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A raging creek runs through this unique Vernon hotel

BX Creek runs through the middle of the Vernon Lodge.
May 12, 2017 - 8:00 PM

VERNON - Most in the Okanagan are trying to keep overflowing creeks away from their homes. Meanwhile in Vernon, a raging current is blasting right through the inside of a hotel.

The BX Creek is an iconic part of the Vernon Lodge on 32 Street. It’s fed by a culvert just outside the hotel and is directed through the restaurant, where diners are treated to the soothing sound of running water. Except these days, it’s a deafening roar.

“It’s a little nosier than usual, absolutely,” general manager David Gibbs says. “We’ve had comments from some of our guests.”

With heavy rains and spring runoff the past week, area creeks and rivers are running fast and high. While the public is being asked to stay away from creeks and streams, there’s no better place to watch the sheer force of nature than at the Vernon Lodge.

“The public’s welcome to come and have a look. It’s one of the safer places to view the raging water at this time,” Gibbs says.

While the creek always runs a little faster in the spring, Gibbs says it’s certainly higher than normal this year.

“(There are) lots of people inquiring. Everyone’s curious,” he says. “By all accounts, it’s about as high as most people have seen it.”

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