Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Golden Ears Provincial Park

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 !


The Logisitician said...

Nice work.

I absolutely love Vancouver. Lived in Los Angeles for 30 years, and used to go to Vancouver 7 or 8 times a year for long weekends. Stanley Park, Granville Island, Sushi at Tojos, and salmon jerky! Yes!

I came across your blog while blog surfing using the “next blog” button on the Nav Bar of blogger.com. I am continually fascinated by the types of blogs that exist on the Internet, and the various, creative ways in which people all over the globe express themselves. Thanks for sharing.


Susan said...

Hi There,
I came across your blog on a search for 'maple ridge blogspot'.
Its a great way to check out whos been to visit.
I live a few minutes drive from Golden Ears Park.
Glad you had a good time. Thanks for sharing.