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Published: September 5th 2015
Canoeing on Clearwater Lake
If ever you start to think there are no places on Earth that can surprise or inspire you, you need to go to this park. Again, we need to thank our friends, Mark and Judy, for recommending we visit. Here are the highlights:
• Clearwater Lake
– We drove to the lake and took our sturdy red canoe off the truck again. (Well, actually, David does all that on and off stuff, I push a little bit up and a little bit down and try not to get in the way.) Fortunately, this lake did have a dock we could use and David kept his feet dry. This is a great lake for canoeing on and there were others out enjoying the day. Some of the canoes were loaded with kids, dogs and camping supplies. For most of our trip, the wind was very calm, so we paddled up one side of the lake and then on the return trip, went across the lake and paddled down the other. This is a 23 km long, narrow lake, We travelled about 8 km round trip, so we never came close to seeing its end.
Falls & Chutes:
• Helmcken Falls
– These impressive falls along the Murtle River plunge 141 m making them the fourth largest in Canada and are one of the main reasons why the park exists. You’d think there would be a huge crowd to see this jaw dropping torrent, but no, there were about four other people. And that’s the thing about this park – it’s never crowded.
• Moul Falls
– This relatively easy trail goes through a birch and pine forest and then descends down a fairly steep trail and some stairs until it reaches Moul Falls. You can walk right behind these falls – well, most people can walk behind these falls. I tried, but my fear of heights and slippery, wet rocks, kept me back. I decided that David’s photos would have to do. There’s a plunge pool at the base of the falls that a couple of brave souls were attempting to swim or shower in – the force of the water falling from the falls made it impossible to stand for long.
• Spahats Falls
– This is one of those trails where you round a corner and gasp or utter a whoop! After a short
walk through and old growth forest of cedar and hemlock, the trail opens up to a massive gorge. Thousands of years ago, glaciers and water carved a wide, deep, colorful gorge. Today, at the end of the canyon, Spahats Falls plunges 75 m looking like a fine silver thread.
• Bailey’s Chute
– This chute is the end of the line for Salmon returning from the Pacific Ocean to spawn. The turbulent water is too powerful, but they valiantly try to swim further. David caught sight of one trying to jump up the chutes. Hops & Hog Restaurant
– Great place to go if you’re a carnivore. Service was good as was the price.
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