Almost Heaven? Hiking in Golden Ears and Alouette Lake
Get your hiking boots on, Golden Ears is Almost Heaven
Visiting Lake Alouette at Golden Ears Provincial Park If you enjoy hiking, Golden Ears Provincial Park is a must see! Have you ever been to Golden Ears or Lake Alouette? Well, get those hiking boots on and join me at Golden Ears.
John Denver's song says "Almost Heaven" - but this isn't West Virginia, it is British Columbia, the Westernmost Province of Canada. BC is an area of temperate rainforest and Golden Ears Park is a fine representative of that rainforest. The smell of clean air and cedar is as near to pure as you can get anywhere near civilization and whenever I visit BC I have to see the Lake! This page is about the lake.
Hiking Boots ready? Just breathe in the view!
A Special View of a Special Place, Mountains, through trees, across Alouette Lake
For me, this really is somewhere I can feel totally at home! I said this was Almost Heaven. Just take a look at the picture. There are trees, mountains, streams, moss people and lakes. I could never tire of Alouette Lake although the activities tend to be Summer only we visit whenever I am in BC.
The North Beach Trail
On Location - Film Crews get their hiking boots on too...
Filming in British Columbia
Golden Ears Park and the Lake are often used as locations for film and TV as are a lot of locations in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
The wilderness just lends itself naturally to filming. While we were there last year a camera crew had hijacked one of the car parks and were filming nearby. We saw them in the woods! This picture shows the view from the lake, the mountains with a little sprinkling of fairy dust and the forest that covers the whole area.
The Cougar - A novel inspired by the beauty of Golden Ears Provincial Park
The Cougar is a fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy and the beautiful environment of Golden Ears and Lake Alouette.
The Kindle version of The Cougar is free for Prime members to borrow and reasonable priced for those who are not enrolled..
I got my hiking boots on and camped out here...
Lounging In My Natural Habitat
I use this shot as my Sibelius music profile. (Cropped to fit of course) Here I am in our favourite picnic spot. The lake is peaceful and inspiring. If I lived here I would write so much music and poetry.... Need I say more?
Activities British Columbia Style
Kayak on Golden Ears Lake - Popular British Columbia recreation
I always have a little grumble about the boats because you can only hire them in the summer. I guess that is because students run the operation.
You will always see boats on the lake though, because people who own their own bring them. In the Summer, we hired a canoe and paddled about a bit. We plan to do this again sometime and picnic on the shore where we can pull faces at the bears and raccoons.
If you are into boats and boating like me, why not have a browse through the boats and equipment here?
Swimming in the Lake
Yes you can swim in the Lake, and this pic was taken in August. That water, believe it or not was COLD.
In August, it gets quite crowded on the "beach" by my standards - by Blackpool standards it is not! However, on Bank Holidays there will be quite a few people picnicking with Hibachis.
In the Spring I am discouraged from swimming because the snow melting makes the temperature truly icy! I am still tempted though. I threaten to jump in. This is a girl who swims across the Spey whenever opportunity presents....
How the woods are full of them! You only really get to appreciate this special fairy place OUT of season and Spring visits for me are the BEST. The colours are so full of life!
When Shall I Return?
This is the question everybody is asking - the answer? Just as soon as I can. This is where I truly belong.
Perhaps next time I shall see the Lake in Winter? Like the geese I had to fly many thousands of miles away.... Sadly, this is unlikely. The Park is closed to visitors in the Winter as the hills are dangerously slippery. I guess I would just have to buy a little retirement cottage in the woods nearby, bundle up with thick clothes and walk.... That is a pleasure I hope my music will one day bring me. Until then I shall return again when the Park gates open, be it Spring, Summer or Fall...
Whenever I return to BC cannot be soon enough for me for many special reasons - and this particular part of BC - Golden Ears and Lake Alouette - is indeed Almost Heaven for this country girl.
The Cougar is available in paperback too.
© 2009 Lisa Marie Gabriel