Number 10 on my personal bucket list is simply, finding waterfalls. The ingredients for this are quite handy at the moment.
Be in a place where there is easy access to waterfalls. Check. We live in British Columbia where there appears to be an endless supply. This leads to…
Having limited ability to travel elsewhere. Check. There’s a pandemic limiting most travel. This leads to…
Spending time away from other people. Check. Hiking into these places invariably means that it is just you and the bears. Which leads to….
Knowing where to go. Check. There are plenty of guide books out there. We are presently using “Mountain Footsteps” by Janice Strong. An excellent source for hiking trails in the Kootenay Range of British Columbia. Which leads to…
Having the equipment to pursue this goal. Check. Our winter adventures loaded us up with good footwear, walking sticks, clothing, backpacks, water bottles and, last, but most important, bear spray and insect repellent (not so needed in the winter).
There’s nothing quite like a hike in the mountains, leading to an inevitably beautiful spot, be it a lake, a river. a waterfall or simply a breathtaking view.
Let us give you some photos of a few of the falls we have visited over the past few years, and we will add many more as we go into the future. Also some related music for you as well, Hank Williams and “Singing Waterfall”.
Took this one in spring 2016 near Balfour, BC. The mist and fog create an eerie feeling out on the water, which I didn’t capture very well. Good memories of our sailboat on Kootenay Lake though. That is another story, for another time.
Did an easy one after our climb on Saturday. Basically walked the provincial park at Moyie Lake. Interesting as we were able to get to a few places we haven’t been able to get to in the past. Made it as far as where Peavine Creek enters the lake and had to quit. To wide to cross and nothing to bridge it with. Beautiful day.
Today we hiked Eager Hill, just outside of Cranbrook, BC in Canada. We’ve been looking at this for over a year now and no one seemed to know where it was. After several attempts we decided to try this place on the highway that everyone goes to, and, sure enough, this was it. It is not called Eager Hill, and I don’t even know what it is called, but it’s the place.
The hike itself was gentle, around 5 miles or 8.5 km. Gentle uphill in most places and well worn. The app I use says an elevation gain of 239 feet to a maximum height of 3215 feet. Took us approximately 2 hours with several pauses for pictures.
This may be Rapid River, Saskatchewan, not really sure. Whatever the name, it connects Lac La Ronge with Hale Lake. We walked to Hale Lake with several people, including relatives of the airman the lake was named after. Many lakes in northern Saskatchewan are named after servicemen who died during WW2. A beautiful hike to a beautiful tribute.
Moraine Lake, Alberta is the “other” lake. It is accessed off the same road as Lake Louise and is every bit as beautiful, if no more so. It’s biggest redeeming factor is that people drive right by the road to Moraine and continue on to Lake Louise. Their loss.
It is also higher in the mountain range as you can see by the snow line. I find it hard to believe, but I took this shot 10 years ago, time for a return trip.
Took this shot on February 27, 2021. Norbury Lake in East Kootenay, British Columbia. Taken with iPhone XR, no filter. Doing a tour north and east of Cranbrook. The wall of mountains is stunning. The spot on the ice is someone ice fishing.