|Niagara Falls water drops 47.5 m|
Waterfalls seem to be catching my attention lately with good reason. Spring melt is on which means rivers and creeks are flowing fast creating spectacular waterfalls on Vancouver Island. Here’s one worth checking out: Niagara Falls. I am not talking about the famous one in Ontario. There happens to be two Niagara Falls in Canada and the one I am talking about is located in Goldstream Provincial Park just north of Victoria, BC. The falls are actually quite easy to get to. From Goldstream Park it is a five minute walk along the south bank of Niagara Creek on the Lower Falls trail. This provides easy access to the base of the falls.
More directions/maps/info at Goldstream Provincial Park
Easy to get to yes but don’t stop your adventure there. Continue on past the falls and hike the Gold Mine trail. This trail is great for a few reasons. First it is short, about 2km in length. Second is it is a loop type trail. (Park at Goldstream Park, check out waterfall and continue on ending the hike south of Goldstream Park but still close enough to walk back to parking lot.) Third are the special features along this trail. Without counting Niagara Falls there are 5 more unique and interesting parts to the Gold Mine trail.
1. A tunnel - Always a hit when exploring with children. Heck even I love going through tunnels. As soon as you enter the tunnel you can feel the dampness. This is immediately followed with echos of loud screams. Not only is this tunnel fun to travel through it also allows you to cross the busy Trans Canada highway safely. Playing Frogger in real life not so much fun when you only have one life!