So much of the history of the Interior is
hidden just off the back roads in forested areas getting
reclaimed by the land. Pioneers often abandoned
homesteads, old cars, flumes, irrigation ducts and other
necessities of pioneer life when they moved into the
cities or went off to fight in the wars in Europe.
Robin’s Creek Road is one of the many places
around Kamloops where signs of early pioneer life can
be found tucked away in the forest waiting to be
discovered. During one of my hikes in the area, my
friend and I discovered the remains of an old flume and
a cool waterfall.
Not to be confused with aqua ducts used for
irrigation, flumes took the form of wooden troughs
elevated on trestles and were used to transport items
such as logs and heavy minerals.
This flume was made of wood and metal
which is different from many of the other flumes in the
Southern Interior. I looked online and wasn’t able to
find anything on it. Perhaps one day I will research it in
the archives down at the Kamloops Museum but for now
it remains a mystery that will have me wondering who
built it and why.
HOW TO GET THERE – From Kamloops head East
on the Trans Canada highway and then take the Hook
Drive exit and turn left on Dallas Drive. Follow Dallas
Drive until it runs parallel to the Vernon Highway and
finally ends then get onto Robin’s Creek Road – a
gravel road. Drive a minute up the road and park on the
side; the flume and waterfall are located down the hill
on the right. There is no marked trail.
 The twin falls are upstream and the single falls are downstream. Photos compliments of Jurgen Schmidt.