This was a really cool experience because I’ve never seen anything like it. It stretched for miles over the ocean and lasted the entire day. Pictures just don’t do it justice of how amazing this was.
Originally the fog draped over Port Hardy for most of the morning. Eventually it sat where you see it in the pictures for the rest of the day and evening. It was still there when I went to bed.
The first picture shows you the length (look way in the distance).
This was such a beautiful area, I had to return!
Part 2 – Winter Wonderland: Absolutely Gorgeous!
The snow had fallen over night and I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed to check out Campbell Valley Park again…
Campbell Valley Regional Park is located in southern Langley, BC and has 29km of trails! No, you don’t have to do the full 29km, there are shorter routes that average about 4km per round trip.
At one point, as I stepped out of a trail and into a clearing, I was suddenly standing back-in-time ! Did you know there is a Hidden 1960’s / 70’s NASCAR Race Track in Campbell Valley Regional Park? Its hidden by the forrest! The only way to get to it is through the hiking trails. Very Cool! (sorry, no photo’s of it, but be sure to go check it out yourself!).
Besides the winter beauty of this area, its a very common place to do some bird watching, picnicking, and just enjoying nature along the easy to follow trails.
PS. The birds are pretty friendly too!
Definitely a worthwhile outing to take your family, and bring a camera!
Through my own actions I hope to inspire & encourage others to get out, explore and discover the beauty that is all around.
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Although I’ve never been one for exploring marshes, which is odd because there is truly a lot to see and explore, I decided to check out Pitt Addington Marsh near Pitt Lake.
As my car was approaching the group of 4, 3 of them leaped up and flew off. This light coloured one eventually did the same thing, but it flew beside my car for 1/2 km. I really lucked out with my camera in hand.
Even though its much cooler and windier today, it didn’t stop me from exploring a new area and taking advantage of some great photo opportunities.
Check them out here – A Visual Experience
Over the past month and a half of living and exploring Maple Ridge,
here is what I have discovered…
(Don’t want to read stories? Only want to see pictures, including the ones I didn’t post but are all part of Maple Ridge? Go here: A Visual Experience by me!)
The iconic Clock Tower with a Horse
Donated in 1989, “The Beast”, as it is known by, is made of aluminum spare parts. It’s approximately the same size as a real horse, but has been standing still for a few years now due to mechanic problems and a possible safety risk to the public. Apparently one of it’s hooves fell off…a couple times. Video
Bandstand / Gazebo – I love the layout of this area! The bandstand is the main focal point. It’s surround by the Public Library on the left, the ACT (Art Centre Theatre) behind it, the Leisure Centre sits directly to the right, and the various small store fronts are located in front (behind the camera).
The Leisure Centre is an impressive facility with friendly and helpful staff.
I tried a drop-in Archery session one Sunday evening in their huge full sized gymnasium. It was a lot of fun and something different!
Although it was Beginner’s Luck for the most part… I’m sooooo going to brag! I hit the bullseye a few times….. with my left hand. I’m right handed. However, after a while I think the arrows were getting scared because they started missing the target, lol. Oh well, it was a cool experience.
Billy Miner Ale House & Who is Billy Miner?
William (Bill) Miner -The first train robber in Canada. He was also known as the “Gentleman Bandit” because of his good manners while committing his crimes. More about him can be found here: The Canadian Encyclopedia
William (Bill) Miner Picture courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives
St. Andrew’s Heritage Church Hall
built in 1888
This was a section of the original church hall.
Maple Ridge Museum & World Class Model Railway – although the museum its fairly small, it contains the history of it’s people and cultures.
Located in the basement, an impressive World Class working Model Train Diorama – The museum had an open-house, featuring this work of art. I blogged about it here
The Dyke – located on the north side, where its very common to see people walking, cycling, kayaking and having their dogs retrieving. Great views of the mountains too!
Port Haney Wharf
Although I went by myself and was snapping photos everywhere, I later discovered a map you can follow, called the Port Haney Heritage Walk
Whether sitting up in a tree or soaring through the winds, I can only imagine the beautiful views this Majestic Bald Eagle would have from being high above the rest of us.
Chilliwack, BC – is the seat of the Fraser Valley Regional District and its second largest city.
It’s bounded on the north by the Fraser River, and on the south by the Canada-United States border and is surrounded by tall mountain peaks, such as Mount Cheam and Slesse Mountain, large rivers (the Fraser and Vedder), and recreational areas such as Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake Provincial Parks.
There are many outdoor activities in the area, including hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping, fishing, and golf.
It’s population is approximately 80,000.
Nickname: The Wack
Motto: “Cor Viride Provinciae” (Latin)
“The Green Heart of the Province”