Snowshoeing Strathcona Park

I’ve wanted to try snowshoeing for a while now, and so a last minute trip up to Mount Washington in Strathcona Provincial Park afforded the opportunity.  I got the rest of the family settled into their respective activities and set off to the Nordic Centre to pick up my gear.  On the suggestion of the very kind staff, I set off from Raven Lodge to combine Old Cabin Loop train along with Crooked Creek Trail.

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I was surprised by how easy it was to get used to the snowshoes, but it was pretty simple and I was moving along at a good pace, stopping along the way to take photos.

It was gently snowing making for a enchanting scene and I will definitely go again as soon as I can.

Here’s  some of my favourite photos of the outing:

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Whistler Train Wreck

We enjoyed a hike up to the Train Wreck near Whistler. It’s such an interesting contrast between the forest and the bright paint of the graffiti filled box cars.  Our return along Trash Trail and the beautiful Cheakamus River rounded out a great family hike!

Hot Springs Cove – Returning after 25 Years

My husband and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We decided to return to our honeymoon spot, Tofino, BC to celebrate together. On our honeymoon, my husband had arranged for us to go to Hot Springs Cove, a natural geothermal spring which is unique as the hot springs flow down a series of pools and meet the Pacific Ocean. The ocean tides flow into the pools cooling down the hot water. You can reach Hot Springs Cove via boat or float plane, docking about 2 kilometres away from the Hot Springs and reaching it then via a beautiful boardwalk trail through the forest.

Twenty five years ago, Tofino, was much less discovered and Hot Springs Cove was not yet popular with tourists.  We were much less prepared for outdoor adventures at the time and I was ill prepared for the slippery boardwalk leading through the coastal forest. I remember slipping and sliding and falling several times along the way.  But the Hot Springs were free of other humans and we had an enjoyable time in the mineral waters. I have looked fondly back on these memories over the year.

So, it was with great excitement that we set off, this time on a float plane to Maquinna Marine Park. It’s a 15 minute plane ride to the Park and the views are spectacular, and really this is the way to go if you can do it. We arrived midafternoon which was great because many of the charter boats leave by about 3 pm and so most of the tourist were leaving as we were walking in. This way we could spend some time enjoying this amazing place on our own.  It’s rare that you can return to a beloved spot years later to still be blown away by it’s beauty. I’m so grateful we could go back and thrilled to spend time there with my one and only 25 years later.

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Gorgeous boardwalk
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Stellers Jay along the way
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Our float plane leaving

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My husband enjoying a soak in the pools

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Lennard Lighthouse

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Hike to Silvertip Falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Silvertip Falls is a lesser known falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park near Clearwater, British Columbia and definitely off the beaten path. Dropping 550 feet, this falls is the tallest waterfall in Wells Gray Provincial Park, coming off the shoulder of Trophy Mountain Plateau. The area is seldom explored, and so the secluded backcountry hike makes for a very special family friendly experience.

To get to Silvertip Falls, follow Clearwater Valley road north towards Wells Gray Provincial park for about 11km. Then turn right onto Spahats Creek Forest Service Road and continue to Silvertip Falls Recreation site which is about 6 km. Park near the outhouse, and you’ll find the unmarked trailhead running along the creek. This is not a long hike to the falls at just 1 km but the scenery is beautiful so you will want to linger as you explore the area. The trail was a bit overgrown with devil’s club so be careful where you step. Once you get to the foot of the falls it is possible to climb a little higher, but it does become rather steep. The cascading falls provide some beautiful shooting opportunities for the shutterbug.

The Strawberry Moose Snackery back in Clearwater is a great place for fresh baked goods and drinks after the hike.

PACK LIST

  • Hiking Boots
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Water