Blog - Erica Ellefsen

Adventure and Photography Blog

  • Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:00:11 +0000

    Let Nature Be Your Guide

    One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from trying to plan trips is to be incredibly patient and to be flexible with nature. I’ve learned to plan around the conditions rather than what I think I want to do. It’s important not to be stubborn about this because remember there will be other times when the conditions are just right.

    Sometimes this is easy, like on a regular weekend.  I generally don’t solidify any weekend plans until later in the week, Thursday or even Friday.  I obsessively check snow reports, wave reports and weather reports.  Will I climb? Ski? Surf? Backpack and take photos? Or maybe it’s a good weekend to rest up?  When I make plans with others weeks or months in advance I am prepared to cancel if conditions don’t line up instead of forcing the situation. Trips are time and money, so why not go when you are sure to have a decent time?

    Sometimes it’s a little more tricky..

    Last year a friend and I traveled to Fernie BC to kick off a road trip to Interior British Columbia for a ski trip.  Our plan was to do ski touring trips in the Interior over the course of a week.  We had booked the time off from work a month in advance and had not anticipated the warm conditions that were about to rain down on us.  The mountains were looking really sparse for the white fluffy snow we were hoping for. For months on social medial we looked at amazing powdery mountains so you can imagine our expectations were a little high for this trip.

    We had a great closing day at the resort and discussed what to do.  Together we decided to head across the British Columbia boarder into Alberta.  We ended up making our way to Bow Hut in Banff National park where we ski toured on glaciers  and were able to summit St. Nicholas Peak and Mount Olive. After we were done with skiing we made the decision to stop in Penticton on the way back for climbing. Canada is amazing isn’t it?  Ski touring one day, climbing rock bluffs the next. Before we left Alberta The Northern Lights lit up the sky in Jasper to let me know we were on the right path. Since Interior BC had let winter go and resumed being a hot desert, conditions were prime.  This trip is a memorable experience for me, and nothing what I expected.

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    I know sometimes it’s difficult to alter plans, where ever possible though it’s important to keep a few options in mind and be happy about where nature wants to lead you.  Giving up, canceling and going home is sure to really spoil your fun. Be flexible.  Be spontaneous. Bring extra gear with you just in case you need it. Keep an open mind and don’t be discouraged if your original plans get foiled.  Accept your situation, follow your intuition, see what else you can do that might be amazing.

    Love what nature has in store for you.

    2017-04 jasper-3.jpgWatching the Northern Lights in Jasper, Alberta

     

    G0023554.JPGClimbing in Penticton, British Columbia
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:00:25 +0000

    How to Pee when it is storming outside

    I woke up from a nice deep sleep in the middle of the night, cozy in my sleeping bag, cocooned in my truck canopy camper.  My bladder of course feeling like it was about to burst letting me know with a piercing pain. I knew there would be no rest until the issue would be dealt with.  Normally I would grumble a bit crawl out of my warm sleeping bag and brave the outdoors under-dressed for the occasion of course.  This instance was different though, it was the storm of the year with a forecast of 100cm of snow coming and wind howling.  It was snowmageddon.

    Leaving my accommodations would have surely meant stepping into deep snow and being pelted by a storm that was in full motion.  Think think think, what can I do here.

    File_000 (1).jpegExample of Freezer Bag use for liquids

    Think think think.  I don’t even have a jar in this bunk. Aha! I do have a Zip-lock freezer bag though!

    This was the solution, a wide flexible opening with a couple liters worth of storage. No worries about trying to balance aim into the small opening of a bottle.  Also very disposalable. It worked perfect. Going forward I will be making sure I have a couple of these bags handy.  One bag did the trick for me, if you are in a tent and worried about the bag freezing and cracking, you could double up the bags just in case.

    The bag can be emptied into an appropriate place, away from water, not on rocks in the alpine (I read somewhere goats will lick the salt damaging lichens).  And yes the bag can be re-used for the rest of your adventure.

    File_000.jpegThe storm that inspired not leaving my shelter when nature called.
  • Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:00:10 +0000

    Backpacking Food; What kind of treats are you packing?

    When I first started doing overnight and multi-day trips I was really focused on lightweight dried food.  I always had a selection of those bagged back packer meals ready to go.  And for a while this really worked for me.  I enjoyed them, they were high calorie and lightweight, they are still a “go-to” and I have my favourites.  At some point however  I realized I was virtually a pack mule and could handle a little extra food weight.  Is there any better time to have some cheat foods after you’ve burned a couple thousand calories dragging a 50lb pack up a mountain? The answear is no, there isn’t.  Have you ever noticed how much better food taste after burning a zillion calories?  I don’t know about you but when I finish some epic day of sweating it out I have a Godzilla sized appetite at the end. So why not embrace that!

    2016-07-03-Wedgemount-10Pizza at Wedgemount Lake, Garibaldi Park, BC

    I’ve carried everything from Pizza to Cupcakes and Whiskey to Wine into the wilderness.  Probably my favourite meal is breakfast, I love waking up in the morning to the fresh smell of coffee, veggie bacon or pancakes being cooked up, paired with a side of avocado, bagels with peanut butter, and BC Smoked Salmon this is a breakfast buffet I crave. All whilst at my basecamp staring out over a glacial lake at the base of a mountain or while breathing in the fresh scent of rain forest gazing out onto the Pacific Ocean.  Yes Please!

    Here is a pro-tip.  I find many people do not get as creative with their food choices. Bring enough to share with your comrade as a surprise.  I love surprising people I care about. Handing them a fresh pizza after you battled out a day will have you both grinning ear to ear.

    So here are some of my favourite treats I often bring along for multi day treks;

    • Full sized personal homemade pizzas, (enough for me and a friend)
    • Veggie Wraps with avocados, hummus, peppers, spinach, etc.
    • Pizza Buns
    • Pre-cooked rice in a bag
    • Pre-cooked Indian food in a bag
    • Veggie Sausages
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    • Smoked Salmon – This is a staple for me
    • Pancake Mix
    • Maple Syrup
    • Cup Cakes
    • Cans of Cider
    • Whiskey
    • Wine
    • Chocolate
    • Bagels
    • Cheese
    • Peanut Butter
    • Eggs
    • Veggie Bacon
    • Peanut Butter
    • Nachos
    • Hummus
    • Somosa’s
    • Annie’s pasta
    • Coffee – must have coffee
    • Coconut Cream – for coffee
    • Avocados
    • Apples
    • Butter

    What is in your pack?

    IMG_8299.JPGBreakfast at Mt. Colonel Foster, Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island

     

  • Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:06:14 +0000

    Solo Adventures are not always so Solo.

    Growing up I had always dreamed of doing overnight treks in remote wilderness. For as long as I can remember I have been driven to explore the natural world. I made a promise to myself I would not put my life on hold waiting around for the right time and adventure partners to show up.  I would make my own opportunities for adventure.

    In the beginning I had to step outside my comfort zone a bit. Being alone in a wilderness situation sounded like serious business and to some friends and family it seems nutty to adventure alone. If you are prepared, feel ready and are confident to be on your own you should.

    One of the first extended multi-day treks I completed on my own was the West Coast Trail.  I had this idea in my head that I would have a week of solitude to escape to nature and tune out human interaction for a while. While this was still a factor on my trip, I was met by quite a different experience.  At this stage in my early adventuring I had to overcome my fear of doing this on my own. Flash forward almost ten years later and I wouldn’t think twice about this as the West Coast Trail  as a solo trek as this is now a casual walk in the park to me.  It was this first experience however that allowed me to take that first step and grow.

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    (Photo: Day one on the West Coast Trail at Campers Bay)

    The West Coast Trail allows for a certain number of hikers to leave from either trail head each day.  So technically it’s kind of impossible to actually be truly alone, especially since you will be aiming for the desirable designated camp sites  along the way.

    From the moment I arrived at the first campsite on Campers Bay to crossing Nit-Nat narrows to eating a veggie burger at Chez Monique’s I met lovely and interesting people the entire way.  As a solo female backpacker other trekkers approached me readily to enquire about my brave solo trek. They were ready to adopt me into their groups and were constantly trying to feed me for some reason. So was I actual alone? Not exactly.

    In the city we pass each other by like other humans don’t even exist.  Outside of cell service and in the forest we suddenly have this openness and willingness to connect to one another. As an introvert who has a hard time connecting to begin with, this is actually the best feeling.  When I am adventuring I draw on so much positive energy from human interaction and I love it.

    Had I been with a pack of hikers this would have been a totally different experience. I would have been more invested with my group and maybe not have talked to or met as many new people. This particular trip is one of the most memorable times and a landmark in my life.

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    (Photo: Fresh Caught Crab Lunch at Nit Nat Narrows)

    There are some adventures where multiple people for really essential for safety reasons. Asses the risks of your adventure and make an informed decision as to if the adventure is suitable to go on your own. If there as an adventure you don’t have a buddy for or just want the experience of solo travel, go for it!  Don’t let any negative thoughts about being lonely or fear hold you back. Focus on the positive and you can do it!WCT SOLO BLOG-3.jpg

    (Photo:  Somewhere along the west coast trail)

  • Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:47:11 +0000

    Cream Lake – Strathcona Provincial Park

    Distance: 10km (one way)
    Elevation Gain: 900m
    Time: 5-7 hours (one way)
    Date: August, 2016
    Specific Gear:  Bug Spray, Crampons/ Ice Axe

    Trailhead Directions
    Take HWY 28 from Campbell River towards Gold River.  When you reach Buttle lake do not cross the bridge and instead follow the road going south along the East side of the lake for 40km.  After you cross the Thelwood Creek bridge at the far end of the lake, turn left onto Jim Mitchell Lake Road.  Follow this dirt road for 7km to the trailhead.  The road is relatively well maintained, however the gravel is quite large, four wheel drive is recommended.

    Trip Report
    The first portion of this trail consist of consistent switch backs through forest leading up to Bedwell Lake, it is very well maintained and easy to follow. The trail to the Bedwell Lake Campground is 6km with 500m of elevation gain.
    Bedwell Lake is a beautiful subalpine like with numerous tent platforms privately positioned amongst the trees.  I imagine arriving early to this location would secure a good spot.  You can choose to set up camp here and carry on with a lighter load or you can continue on to Cream Lake to choose a backcountry spot at the lake. If your destination is Cream Lake I recommend keeping the heavy pack on your back and carrying on to Cream Lake.  It’s completely worth the effort.
    On this particular trip I arrived at Bedwell Lake quite late and it was becoming dark, I had no choice but to setup camp here. Arriving so late in the day, I managed only to find a clear spot along a path for the night. Outside of the provided tent platforms it was a bit difficult to find a decent tent spot.

    From Bedwell Lake to Cream Lake the trail is still very obvious, though it is more of a track than a well maintained trail.  From Bedwell Lake to Cream lake there is another 400m of elevation gain and 4km of hiking. It can be completed in 2-3 hours even with a heavy backpack.
    I was lucky enough to arrive at Cream Lake on a hot sunny August day. There was only one other campsite when I arrived. I setup camp right by the lake and took pleasure and having a very cold dip before having lunch.

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    The lake sits at the base of Mt. Septimus, and at this time of year the only remaining snow was the Septimus Glacier on the North face.  On this trip a pair of crampons came in handy to be able to easily scramble up to the shoulder of Mount Septimus in the late afternoon. I can estimate it must have taken only 30-40 minutes to scramble up to the shoulder of the mountain.
    The views from the top were absolutely stunning.  On a clear day there are views of Nine Peaks, Big Interior and Love Lake.

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    On this trip I had one misfortune, and this was Mosquitoes. I’ve been living on this island for nearly a decade and this is the first time I have encountered a problem.  This mosquitoes were just as dense in the trees as they were at the highest point in the Alpine. The only way I could really fend them off was to put on all my gortex, including pulling up the hood.  I could hear them bouncing off my jacket. I also lost count at over 3oo hundred bites when I got home.    If it’s the summer time, throw a bottle of repellent in your pack.

     

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    View of Cream Lake from Septimus.strath_bedwell_fee_area

    Ref: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/strath/strath_bedwell_fee_area.pdf?v=1490585169992

  • Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:02:22 +0000

    Forbidden Plateau Ski Area to Mt. Becher Summit

    Location: Comox-Strathcona, Vancouver Island
    Distance: 12 km (return)
    Elevation Gain: 600
    Recommended Time: 1 Day
    Month Completed: March

    Trailhead Directions

    From Highway 19 turn right at the lights onto Piercy Road. After a few hundred meters take another right onto Forbidden Plateau Road, follow this road for a few Kilometers until ends in the parking lot of the old Forbidden Ski Area.

    About the Trail

    The Forbidden Plateau Ski area is an abandoned ski area, it’s been closed since 1999. The final demise was the collapse of the lodge roof under the weight of heavy snow. It’s surprising and a even bit spooky to see the ancient ski lifts with chairs still strung up in the above after being closed for nearly two decades.

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    Today the ski area offers incredible backcountry opportunities to skiers, snowboarders and Snowshoers alike.  The trail is of moderate difficulty and there really are endless possibilities for ski runs.

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    On the particular day I chose to do this with a few friends, I followed the trail on a Backcountry Ski setup while my friends hiked in snowshoes. The trail to the summit of Mt. Becher is a moderate hike with periods of gentle elevation gains, followed by traversing trail. On a clear day the view from the top offers views of the Comox area, Mt Albert Edward and the Mount Washington ski resort.

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    Ski Touring Possibilities

    It was a bluebird day with a very fresh coat of powder. My only regret on this day is that it was indeed a day trip.  With a good weather forecast insight it would be fantastic to plan to setup a base camp near the summit of Mt. Becher.  From the summit of Mount Becher a trip could be made across Paradise Meadows to the Mt. Washington Ski Resort.

    Most of the terrain in this area is quite simple, making it a good choice on big snow days. While the trail to the summit generally follows safe terrain, going off piste should always be done with proper avalanche training, gear and Avalanche bulletins should be reviewed.

     

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  • Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:33:52 +0000

    From Sea to Sky – Vancouver Island to Whistler – Redefining my “Backyard”

    It’s 3:45am and my alarm is telling me to get up. I want to turn it off and go back to sleep, it’s Saturday on a long weekend, I could be resting. I can hardly get out of bed for 7am to be to work, how could I possibly be getting out of bed now. But a spark inside me tells me life is short and there is a whole world to experience.

    Without hesitation I am on my feet, hitting start on the coffee maker and having a quick wake up shower.  The night previous I laid out my clothes for the morning and packed all the gear I needed to survive the weekend.  I tossed everything into the truck and I am on the road before 4:30am; it’s late summer and first light has not broken. The streets and highway is nearly void of traffic.  I sip on my morning coffee as I head in darkness for the Nanaimo Ferry Terminal.

    I live in Victoria BC, and I can say the Island has so much to offer in terms of outdoor adventure and exploration.  It may take me a lifetime to fully explore all the areas of Vancouver Island I am yet to see.  With this said, one thing I want to share with Islanders is we really do also have easy access Whistler and Squamish. In fact it takes about the same amount of time to get to Whistler from Victoria as it would to travel to Tofino.  The Squamish/Whistler and Pemberton area is like a whole other Island of adventure.  With towering mountains, refreshing alpine and gorgeous glaciers, adventures in this area are a must. If you are splitting gas and the ferry with friends or family this really is an affordable retreat.

    I get to the Nanaimo Ferry terminal, at the same time as everyone else, pulling directly onto the ferry within moments. Every Islander knows this is the best case scenario, no ferry wait time. I curl into the back seat of the truck to a nap over to the mainland.

    I am on my way to Garibaldi Provincial Park, to hike into Paradise Meadows and Garibaldi Lake then onto Black Tusk an Panorama Ridge. This travel itinerary puts me at the trail head well before noon. I was rewarded with Alpine Meadows, glacier views and a couple nights retreat into wilderness.

    I wanted to share this morning trip story with you because sometimes I think we overlook what is actually our “backyard”.  Have a look at the map, no matter where you live, really investigate what is available to you for a weekend trip.  You might be surprised what you will find and what new places this will lead you too. For me it was getting on the first ferry of the day, for you it might be a float plane or a doable road trip, maybe a boarder crossing. There is a whole world out there, get out and try something new.

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  • Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:49:38 +0000

    Mount Albert Edward, Vancouver Island BC

    Distance:31 Km
    Elevation: 850m
    Summit Elevation: 2090
    Recommended Time: 3 Days
    Month: August

    Gear Tip: Bug Spray

    Day 1 – Circlet Lake

    Our trip started in Victoria, we left the city at around 9am, arriving at the Paradise Meadows trail head in the early afternoon. The trail length to Circlet lake is about 10.5km. It’s an easy well marked trail that meanders through alpine meadows, there is some noticeable elevation gain and loss after passing lake Helen MacKenzie. From the trail head to Circlet lake expect 3-4 hours of backpacking.

    If you are planning to make Circlet lake your base camp and are reasonably fit, don’t worry about the weight of that extra warm thing you were thinking about leaving behind or the extra beer. When you are ready to relax by Circlet lake it wall all be worth it. Oh and if you like fishing, this lake is hopping with trout, a popular spot for fly fishing and spin reels. Or maybe you just want to float, why not bring a raft! ?

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    There Circlet lake campground has numerous wooden platforms to set up tents. The platforms are spread out giving you lots of privacy. There is also the Duck Pond, which is the overflow area. The Duck pond is a bit cramped and offers little privacy. In August you can expect every tent platform to be taken, unless you get there during the week.

    Also note the bugs were quite bad this summer in Strathcona Park, this trip was no exception. We were attacked by wasp, mosquitos, and horseflies. I was aware of this in advance, we packed in Mosquito coils and bug spread. These items were invaluable.

    When we arrived at Circlet Lake I surprised my two hiking comrades with an inflatable raft. This was one of the hottest weekends of the summer, we all took plunges in the lake followed by lazy floats on the water. It was incredibly refreshing after a hot sweaty hike to go for a swim. We spent the evening relaxing by our tents until the stars came up and the moon lit up the lake. The moonlight also reflected off the shear cliff boarding the lake, it was really interesting to gaze at.

    Day 2 – Mount Albert Edward Summit

    The distance from Circlet lake to the summit is 5km one way, the elevation gain to the summit is considerable. Light day packs with 2 liters of water and lots of snacks is recommended. If it is really hot out, also bring your water treatment gear with you. In the summer there are plenty of pools along the way to restore your water supplies.

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    The trail is well marked, though you do need to pay attention to the cairns and occasional marking tape to stay on track.

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    You could probably do this return hike in a few short hours if you were determined to be quick. Having been so lucky to have amazing weather, we took the full day to explore the summit trail.   We swam in pools of melted snow, slid down a small snowy glacier, and took in the beauty that is Strathcona Park.  This hike exceeded all my expectations. The views were spectacular,  with clear blue skies and unlimited visibility the wildness of British Columbia was on display.  With good friends joining me for this trip, this was certainly one of my favourite backpacking experiences.

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    Day 3 – The Hike out

    Tired from our excursion and with the weather turning, the only thing to do on this day was to enjoy one last mountain breakfast, sipping hot coffee by the lake.  We were surrounded by Whiskey Jacks on this last morning, I love these friendly birds.

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    Strathcona Provincial Park – Trail Map

    http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/strath/strath_forbidden_area.pdf

  • Wed, 09 Mar 2016 23:10:29 +0000

    Ski Sickness

    I want to take a few minutes to write about a not so fun experience I had on the weekend. I was skiing at Whistler Blackcomb, having an amazing day in loads of fresh snow. It was my first day on Blackcomb Mountain and having discovered the Blackcomb Glacier on my first run I hopped the Glacier Express chair lift to get back to the giant

    IMG_0982Skiers line up for the first runs on a freshly powdered Blackcomb Glacier

    snow bowl before it would be skied out. By the time I reached Blackcomb Glacier for my second go, visibility was significantly reduced by a heavy snowfall. Few people were headed to the run but I figured it was still worth it with all the fresh snow. I tried to wait at the top of the run for a while having some lunch, scarfing down a cliff bar and some smoked salmon. It became obvious the snow was not going to let up and it was coming down heavy. Without any more delay I hopped off the snowy ledge and started to carve down the bowl.

    Almost immediately something strange began to happen. It felt as if the snow beneath my skies was moving, almost as if I was setting off an avalanche. Or like the snow under my skies was moving in a different direction. I stopped skiing and fell to my bottom, sitting for a moment, confused about what had just happened. I was still so excited to ski an amazing bowl of powder, not caring that I couldn’t see a thing. So off I went, but again, the snow under my skis felt like it was moving and by this time I was getting dizzy. I tried this a couple more times more finally settling on the side of the mountain as it puked snow all around me. I wanted to vomit any time I looked around and I started to sweat. I was content to just sit there, with my eyes closed, I felt like I should take a nap. At this moment, high above the treeline with lots of blinding terrain to get through I realized I needed to get out. I thought the resort might even close the glacier run back up with so much falling snow. I finally realized and accepted what was happening to me. I had “Vertigo” or what has now by coined “Ski Sickness”. Amazingly the term, has only been around since 1995 when Rudolf Häusler of the University of Berne was the first described to suffer from this disease (Wikipedia). Of course I didn’t know about this condition or what could have caused it prior to experiencing it.

    IMG_0974Photo taken during the whiteout run

    For some people in during whiteout conditions the brain cannot accurately determine orientation or movement (Sickly Slopes). My brain was spinning to the point where I thought I might need to flag someone down to get me out or tell them to go get ski patrol. However I was able to get myself out of the situation by slowly following the markers and looking as far ahead as possible. I turned my skies as little as possible, plowing or edging my way down the slope. I found looking as far away has possible was the natural remedy to this situation. Eventually a pair of skiers came by, one of the two would ski ahead of her partner then wait for her friend to catch up. She didn’t know it but she became my guide down to the treeline as she always seemed to be the perfect distance ahead for me to follow slowly. Once I got out of the alpine and into the trees the symptoms began to relieve themselves. But I was still woozy enough to call it a day, and the nausea actually continued for the following day, though it was bearable. I was also told by an acquaintance who also suffers from ski sickness that I will now be more prone to it happening again.

     

    So in case you find yourself in a similar situation here is what I recommend you do:
    1. Accept what is happening. Don’t try to fight it or ski normally with this condition, stop and assess the situation.
    2. Don’t Panic, you will get out of this in one piece. You just need to take your time, stop and think about your next steps.
    3. Ask for help! If you don’t have a ski buddy find someone to guide you down to the treeline. Remember you are disorientated, the last thing you need is to go the wrong direction and end up lost in the backcountry.
    4. If it’s possible take your skies or snowboard off and walk.
    5. Find a point of reference as far away on the horizon as you can, a marker, a tree, a rock outcrop, anything will do. You’ll be doing yourself a big favour because if you act fast to remedy the sickness you may be able to carry on with your ski day.
    6. Rest up before hitting the slopes again, take a breather. It can be intense situation to live through.
    Stay Safe out there!

    IMG_0965Blackcomb Glacier before visibility vanished
  • Tue, 01 Mar 2016 06:36:38 +0000

    Meares Island, Tofino – British Columbia

    Big Tree Trail
    Distance: 6.5km
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    Getting to an island when you are already in a nearly remote location might seem like a daunting task to organize and you might think it’s expensive. Trust me it’s worth your time, it’s easy and inexpensive.
    With almost no notice we hopped on a water taxi and after a scenic 10 minute boat ride we were on Meares Island. We rode to the island using Tofino Water Taxi. The service provided by Tofino Water Taxi was excellen, with amazing service, a professional operator and flexible schedules. There is cell reception on Meares Island so if you decide to change your pick up time you could contact the water taxi.

    The name of this trail “Big Tree Trail” is exactly what you will see on Meares Island. In fact it might even be an understatement, as these trees are enormous. Once on the island you can decide if you would like to walk to the end of the boardwalk (it takes less then 40 minutes even if you are slow) or you can do the loop trail around the island.  The boardwalk is easy.  The trail beyond the boardwalk is moderate since the ground is relatively uneven, Though the trail is flat and takes little effort to walk, you can expect it maybe very muddy and slippery. If you plan to do the section beyond the boardwalk wear hiking boots and take your time, there is no rush. With a slow walk the trail takes about 2 hours to complete, I recommend you spend about 3 hours here however to find a spot to have lunch and simply enjoy the serenity of this mythical place.
    What you will witness on this scenic trail is some of the oldest living organisms on this planet. The trees on this island range from 1000 to 1500 years old (tofinotourism) Just think about that for a moment, How incredible is that.?? You will walk through true rain forest that hasn’t been logged.  In my heart I wish we could allow more coastal forest to return to this incredible state.

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