Our day trip to beautiful Bear Creek…
Given that we’ve been here in Canada for over a month now and still haven’t seen a wild bear, we thought we’d try what seems like the most obvious of locations, Bear Creek Provincial Park. Famous for a range of activities including Canoeing, Cycling, Fishing, Hiking, Swimming, Waterskiing and many more, Bear Creek is definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited since we started our trip. We took a 3km hike up and along the creek with gains and losses of about 100m in elevation, which took nearly two hours, mainly due to the fact the we took near on 100 photographs on the way around. Because of that, you can expect a lot more photographs throughout this post than usual, which I know at least one of you is going to be really happy about (mum)!
We chose to take the longest trail of many, because we’re both super fit and active, you know? It started with a pretty steep incline and then what seemed like a million wooden steps into the sky:
By the time we’d reached the top we couldn’t see where we started from and had to stop for a rest!
We carried on past a few viewing points and then headed back down until we found ourselves alongside the water, which was our next excuse for a rest, before a bit of adventuring around the bridge and on the rocks:
The scenery was to die for but we realised that the only way back was to go up and over, so we had another climb on our hands, this time with nothing but a dusty narrow path instead of the steps. I’ll be honest this part of the trail probably took the longest. About three quarters of the way up we found ourselves level with the highest point on the opposite side of the creek, and carried on upwards from there. Was the climb worth it? You decide:
From this bench you can see Kelowna (on the left), West Kelowna (on the right), and the William R. Bennett Bridge (in the middle, obviously). Better yet, from then on the trail only went downwards, but still offered some pretty spectacular views:
Our day wasn’t done when we reached ground level though, not in the slightest, because Bear Creek has a sandy beach which stretches 400m along the lake too. We headed to the beach and I tried to convince myself not to get in because the water was freezing, but simply couldn’t help myself. The swimming area is sectioned off by logs, which to most people means ‘don’t go past the logs’, but to me means ‘I bet you cant stand on those logs’. Although they were pretty far out I’m a very strong swimmer so gave it a go. Unfortunately Abbie missed the money shot (me slipping off of the log and hitting the water face first) but here’s a picture just to give you an idea of how far out I went for no reason other than not being able to give in to my inner child:
As soon as the sun went in it started to get a bit chilly so we packed up and headed home. I probably haven’t done that much walking in a few years, but getting straight into the cold water will have done me the world of good. At least I know I’ll be able to walk when I wake up in the morning now.
The best part about today is that (other than breakfast) it cost us absolutely nothing, and on that note I’ll leave you with three pictures, all of the same thing, in this order – 1) original photo, 2) photo at 20x zoom, 3) photo at 40x zoom. Do your best to find the goat in the first picture, before checking out the second and third. Then, when you’ve found it, look a little closer and you’ll see a baby goat underneath:
I’ll be honest, I didn’t notice the baby goat until Abbie pointed it out to me, it’s pretty well camouflaged! We still haven’t seen a bear though.