British Columbia is rich with mountains, forests and water...and boasts some of the world's loveliest waterfalls. Since Bridal Falls happens to be right on our doorstep (a ten minute drive)...we visit there often.
Usually we have the grandkids along for the hike...
(l-r : John, Martha, Liz, Elmer, myself and Vern)...but this time we took our Kelowna relatives there for a little stretching-of-the-legs before they began their roadtrip home.
Bridal Falls drops four hundred feet and is located in the Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park. The water comes from nearby Larch Mountain...and eventually flows into the Fraser River.
An easy hike of about 15 minutes takes us to the viewing platform...
...and that is as far as hikers are allowed in this day and age! Things were different when I was a kid. No one seemed too concerned about safety...there were no signs...no viewing platforms...and we went to the very base of the falls.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is located at the site of the ancient village of Popkum which has settlement records dating back to the 1700s. The falls only received provincial park status in 1965...before that time it was our own little treasure!
The park is situated in the Coastal Western Hemlock bio-climatic zone....and due to an abundance of rainfall, every branch is hanging with moss.
Red cedar, western hemlock, broadleaf maple, and red alder form a dense canopy over beds of moss and fern.
Oh yes...and all along the trail are signs warning of black bear in the area. We made a lot of noise along the trail...and kept the bear at bay. But we know there are record numbers of black bear in our area this year...and as of yesterday, they have discovered our corn field near the mountain. We are hoping they leave us something to harvest!
And so ends our visit to Bridal Falls...and as we leave, we see paragliders landing in the fields nearby. They see the falls from a new perspective...I think I'll stick to the trail!