Wildflowers line the shoreline here in Victoria, BC. The early morning light makes them even more beautiful!
We spent some time exploring some of the local parks today including the beautiful Goldstream Provincial Park. This time of year the moss is so bright and beautiful and the flow of Little Niagara Falls is pretty full with the seasonal rain!
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.
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
- Tidal Pools
- Box Island
- 2 kilometres one way with 336 stairs
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!
- Rain gear
- Good hiking shoes or boots
- Flashlight if staying past sunset
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.
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:
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!
Have a great day!