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.
I’m a little behind on this, but what another awesome year we had as a family! We were fortunate enough to travel a great deal and had a lot of fun along the way. Here’s some of my favourite images along the way.
2016 is looking like a slower year travel wise, but we’re looking forward to more local adventures on Vancouver Island. Thank you for following us along the way!
Schooner Cove in Pacific Rim National Park is a great afternoon adventure suitable for families. It features:
Beautiful secluded sandy beaches
2 kilometres one way with 336 stairs
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
Schooner Cove, Tofino, Ucluelet, British Columbiaf
Schooner Cove Trail, Tofino, Ucluelet, British Columbia
Schooner Cove, Tofino, Ucluelet, British Columbiaf
Park at the well marked parking lot off of the Pacific Rim Highway (4) about 16 kilometres south of Tofino. Start off on a relatively easy two kilometre trail. The scenic hike wanders through lush rainforest before arriving at a spectacular beachfront area. You will pass giant cedars, a number of small gullies and over a few bridges spanning small creeks. Near the end of the trail you will pass a 600 year old sitka spruce. As you get closer to the beach the rolling sounds of the ocean will greet you.
The pristine beach offers amazing views including rocky outcrops that can be accessed at low tide, so check your tide charts before arriving. A long day of exploring awaits you as you walk south along the beach to Long Beach which is a 10 kilometre expanse of beach. Allow a lot of time, because you will love exploring this area!
If you plan to stay to watch the sunset, remember to bring a flashlight as the densely forested trail back to the parking lot gets really dark!
We’ve had a great year as a family and spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying being disconnected from the hustle and bustle of a busy life. It’s funny how when you get away from your regular routine and into nature, you can really reconnect as a family and remember what really matters!
I came across Jim Goldstein’s annual Your Best Photos project, and so I thought would participate. So here are my ten favourite photos for 2014.
Sandcut Beach near Victoria, BC
Fairy Lake near Port Renfrew, BC on Vancouver Island.
Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies
Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies
Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies
Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies
On the Lake Oesa Trail, Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies
Japanese Garden in Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC
Trail near Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew, BC on Vancouver Island.
I think that might be eleven, but that’s how I roll. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to visit these places along with my favourite people. I also wish to thank each and every one of you that took the time to take a look at my photo adventures. I look forward to more adventures in 2015!
I’m so neglectful in keeping this blog updated regularly. My only excuse is raising a family and the craziness that comes with that.
Some of you may know that we spent about 3 weeks travelling in the Canadian Rockies this summer. If you haven’t made that trip yet, I highly recommend it. It blew my socks off! Totally amazing scenery, and I hope to return before too long.
I am making available some of my favourite images from the trip in a calendar which is available on my Redbubble site at this address: http://goo.gl/cQkYXn
A few of the images are included in this post. But you can see each photo I’ve included by clicking on the link.
If you are a local from Victoria, BC area, I will be placing an order early next week for local pickup so you can save on the shipping. The cost will be $30 Canadian. Please message me to let me know and I will add to the order accordingly.
Thank you to each and every one of you for following our adventures. I wish you a fantastic day and thank you for your support!
Life has been very busy, and my good intentions of updating this blog once a week have fallen by the wayside. But, here’s a little update on what’s going on in my world of photography.
Firstly, I’m taking a photography course at the local college. It is an intermediate course covering off such things as flash, and the Zone system. We’re also assigned a theme each week, so it gets me out shooting in that theme. Our images get critiqued by our instructor, which is a little scary (terrifying actually) but the only way you get better is by hearing the good, the bad and the ugly! I’m also connecting with other local photographers. It gets the creative juices flowing! So, in one of our sessions I mentioned to one of the other photogs my interest in one day getting a film camera. She said she had an extra and so a deal was struck! Next class she brings this baby . . .
It’s a Pentax Spotmatic with a couple lenses, extension tubes, and a bunch of other goodies! So I’m geeking out over my first film SLR!! It’s older than I am, but seems to work alright. I had to take it down to a local camera shop to get the battery compartment open as it was corroded up, and the light meter wouldn’t work. Ten minutes later, they had it cleaned up and it works! I have yet to have my first roll processed as I’m still working on it, but I like the way shooting film forces you to slow down and think about your shots. I also taught my daughter how to use it so here’s a photo of her shooting with it.
I’ve also been saving for a new Ultra Wide-Angle lens and finally had enough (and it was on SALE!) so I got the Sony SEL 10-18 F4. I’ve been testing it out of late. Here’s a few shots with the lens:
Taken at Cattle Point in Victoria, BC. I’ve been working at these long exposure shots to improve in this area of photography.
Taken at Cadboro Bay
Taken at Cattle Point in Victoria, BC
Mount Douglas, Victoria, BC
So far the lens is sharp and I like it. The wide angle is something to get used to but I think it’s a keeper!
Yes, we are THAT family! What do I mean? Well, the other day I was spending time with a close friend and she was explaining how her husband will spend a full day trying to search down a big tree in a forest, even after the fun factor has waned for the rest of the family. A big tree, she lamented! I laughed and said “I totally get it!” I was, of course, taking the side of her husband for we are THAT family.
I’m blessed with a husband who is crazy kind enough to agree to my crazy ideas. You see, when I see something cool on the internet, I want to go see it for myself. So, that starts the planning process if it is feasible, not dangerous, and is something we can do as a family, including our four year old. Those are the parameters. So, when I suggested we go find the tallest Douglas Fir Tree in the world, and we happened to be in the area, my husband again said, “why not!”
So we set off, but I’m not sure what I was thinking. It was my husband that read the disclaimer about the road which reads:
“**Please take note regarding driving to the Red Creek Fir: The
gravel logging roads from Len’s Main are rarely maintained or
not maintained at all. Use at your own risk. It is recommended that
you have enough gas, a spare tire which is in good condition (and that
you know how to change a flat tire). It is always wise when travelling
in the backcountry to let someone know where you intend to go and
when you will be back. In the event you have car trouble, stay with
your vehicle. It is best to visit the Red Creek Fir in the morning as the
road is rarely travelled after dark. Those driving rental cars should be
aware of rental contracts regarding travel on logging roads. This route
is not recommended for vehicles with low clearance (compacts, sub
compacts, sports cars etc.) SUVs, Pickups and 4x4s are best!!”
For anyone who just has to see it for themselves, here’s some directions.
So, it’s REALLY not suitable for cars! Take my word for it, you really are better off in a truck or SUV. It is bumpy, rocky and clearly not passed very often, as there were branches down along the way that needed to be cleared. My husband didn’t complain even though he had to clear the roadway from fallen branches. So, if you are going to go, bring some gloves or a chainsaw or something to clear the road. My husband had his gardening gloves but it was getting ridiculous after a while, and I even questioned whether it was a good idea! But, we pressed on, and my husband got a good workout.
So was it worth it? Well, you can judge it for yourself, but this tree is huge! We remarked how it is a marvel that it was even spared from being logged! In addition to this awesome old growth Douglas Fir, there are giant cedars that are awe inspiring! Along the road way there’s a really cool creek which cascades straight down. Truly impressive! A fun adventure for the whole family and another wonder of creation!