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
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Lush Forest to Secluded Beaches

Schooner Cove in Pacific Rim National Park is a great afternoon adventure suitable for families. It features:

  • Rainforest
  • Beautiful secluded sandy beaches
  • Tidal Pools
  • Box Island
  • Wildlife
  • Waves
  • 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!

 

PACK LIST

  • Rain gear
  • Jacket
  • Good hiking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Flashlight if staying past sunset

Enjoy!

My Top 10 Photos for 2014

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, BCSandcut Beach

Fairy Lake near Port Renfrew, BC on Vancouver Island.Fairy Lake Fir

Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Canadian RockiesFollow the Leader

Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies14688569254_5d5f3a3ec9_o

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, Canadian RockiesTakakkaw Falls

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies14784835179_e68a708037_o

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park, Canadian RockiesCabins on the Lake

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies15078174208_e71a9abe55_o

On the Lake Oesa Trail, Yoho National Park, Canadian RockiesAlong the Trail

Japanese Garden in Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BCJapanese Garden Oasis

Trail near Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew, BC on Vancouver Island.In the Woods

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!

Summer Wanderings

Last summer we set off on a three week family adventure covering over 4500 kilometres! With two kids stuck in the back seat some might envision a Griswald Family Adventure and at times it felt like it. The opportunity to wander through Olympic National Park in Washington State, drive down the Oregon Coast, swing by the California Redwoods, and then be blown away with the vastness of Crater Lake was too much to pass up! So we ventured off our our annual summer travels with lots of snacks, our GPS, and a few movies to avoid 3 year old meltdowns!

I had opportunity to write about our crazy adventure for Wanderer Magazine. The editor happens to be a friend I went to high school with, Tracey Heppner. She’s a really cool girl, and amazingly awesome photographer too! Check out the magazine here:


http://issuu.com/wanderermagazine/docs/october2013/1?e=0

A few of my favourite photos from the trip:

 

I’m in the planning stages of this years adventure, through the Canadian Rockies!!! Stay tuned for more details.