Today we ventured out to Golden Ears Provincial Park, a few kms North of Maple Ridge. The forecast had been cloudy all day but we were actually very lucky and it was blue sky and sunny. So much so that we spent more time in the Park than we had planned and never made it over to Fort Langley which we had thought to visit after our walk.
We decided to take the Lower Falls trail to get some good views and not to much uphill !
After a short walk we came across a pebbled beach which gave good access to Gold Creek for Charlie and good views.
Charlie enjoying the beautiful clear water of Gold Creek
Looking South along Gold Creek
Mountain views and reflections in the water
Views to the West towards the Blanshard Ridge
And a closer view....
Then we arrived at Lower Falls. They only drop 10m and they are at their lowest capacity being the end of Summer. However, they were still quite impressive and a good turning point for our walk.
A brief clip of Lower Falls
The four of us at the falls
Dry river bed with views of peaks beyond
Mr C collecting a huge piece of wood from Gold Creek
Moss covered trees in the forest
Decaying tree trunks make great homes for mushrooms
We discovered that there was a film crew working in the park and they had created a set around the bridge from Parkway to the entrance to the Lower Falls trail. Whatever they are filming is set in Vermont as all the vehicles had Vermont license plates !
Here is an upturned truck in the creek with the crew stood nearby.
View up Gold Creek from the bridge
Then we looked in on Alouette Lake which is also in the Golden Ears Provincial Park on our way out. While it was vitually empty on a September Tuesday, it is clearly a busy spot on summer holidays, this shows just some of the picnic benches adjacent to the beach at the foot of the lake.
Views of Alouette Lake
Closer view of the mountains at the far end of the lake
It was a lovely walk and we have now discovered another Provincial Park that we will want to explore some more !