Thursday, September 18, 2008

Buntzen Lake

On Monday we headed out to Buntzen Lake, which is situated in Belcarra Provincial Park - near Port Moody. The entrance to the park is about 40 minutes drive from home.

The lake is actually a reservoir and part of a large hydro electric project and owned by BC Hydro the electricity supplier for British Columbia.

The Southern end of the lake is accessibile easily with parking closeby and has a large sandy beach divided into no-dogs and dogs off-leash.

Here are the views from the off-leash dog section, looking North up the lake.

Charlie getting his first swim of the day

Then we headed onto the trail. We decided to take the Buntzen Lake trail which enabled us to walk around the entire lake. Including stopping for lunch, photos, swims etc the total walking time was around 5 hours.

After about 30 minutes walking along the Eastern edge of the lake, this is the view looking West across the lake. The tiny yellow & red dots on the far edge of the lake are two kayaks.

Mum and I (Mum's photo)

More views looking Norh West across the lake

In this view looking North you can see the suspension bridge, which we will later cross

Then we came across some lillies growing although it was too late in the season to see them flowering

This is the exit from the tunnell that connects Coquitlam Lake with Buntzen Lake. The drop in height and water is part of BC Hydros hydroelectric system.

Now at the North end of the lake this is the view South.

Sun sparkling in the crystal clear water

Views south west from North Beach picnic area

This is the picnic area at North Beach, a great place to stop for lunch

So we did....... (Mums photo)

View North of the suspension bridge adjacent to North Beach

Views South from the suspension bridge across the lake

More views of the surrounding mountains

This is the suspension bridge, it's not as long or high as either Capilano Suspension Bridge or Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge, but Charlie was still not keen to walk across.

Views East across the lake

A short video clip of the view from the trail along the Western edge of the lake

Some people had taken kayak to a remote park of the lake and camped out in the sun

Charlie having his last swim in the lake

Mum captured these beautiful refections in the water

Finally the view North while crossing the floating bridge heading back towards the carperk.

It was a lovely walk with beautiful scenery and helped by great weather.

1 comment:

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