For more than a century, the area that is the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park has been a place where people come seeking a vision of life. Whether the vision was one of artistic fulfillment, mineral wealth or renewal of life, the peaks and valleys of Lynn Headwaters have been a magnet for seekers.
Join Lynn Headwaters researcher Lloyd Knutsen on an 11 km hike as he tells stories of some of the prospectors, poets and climbers who travelled the Headwaters.
It is difficult to reflect on my outdoor life because it is so much part of me. I get a trip idea in my head and everything in my being conspires to make it happen. This has landed me in interesting places in the world: climbing in the Bolivian Andes; canoeing on the south China Sea; jungle exploration in Ecuador. I love outdoor sports for fitness, discovery, adventure, and thrills (different from adventure!) and sometimes get a sense of how these qualities inspire me artistically. Living in Agassiz is the perfect place to keep my mind scanning for wilderness experiences and I’m excited that the Bear Mountain trail will place an entrance into the wilderness right in our backyard. The first thing I want to do is run through the forest from Agassiz to Harrison Hot Springs, have a coffee, then run back. Todd Kabaluk
This time of year the coastal forests are full of flowers, one of my favourites is the Pacific Bleeding Heart. A heart shaped blossom, pink-purple in colour on a short stem gives rise to its name. Sometimes they are found in groups and other times off by themselves. Whenever they are found it is always a welcomed sight.
They are some of the plants to be found along our proposed trail.
This weekend marks a very special Birthday for Canada. The Bear Mountain Trail Society wants to wish all our fellow Canadians and visitors to have a fun and safe Canada Day. Please be respectful of our great outdoors and leave nothing in the woods except your footprints.
I am writing you today on behalf of the Friends of the Green Grind. Five years ago, my husband and I decided to explore the trail for ourselves after hearing such great things about it. We were so pleasantly surprised to find the challenging up hill climb, combined with the beauty and peacefulness of the forest. We invited friends to join us and arranged a schedule of three times a week to climb the hill together. We met frequently, joined by family members, pets and out of town friends who all enjoyed the trail with us. My husband started timing himself and used the trail as a fitness challenge, as did many in our group. I enjoyed walking up the trail at a steady pace, enjoying the conversations around me, as well as stopping to admire the ferns and moss growing on the mighty trees and the wild flowers growing along the path.
We have enjoyed reading the log book that is tucked in a space at the top of the grind. People have commented on the birds they have seen, the weather and even named each wild flower they saw. We loved to comment in the book ourselves, sometimes recording how long it took to go up, or to report the highlights of the things we experienced.
We have come across many hikers through the years. We have seen the same people, with their dogs by their side, and have met new people, some with small children, some with walking sticks and some running up and down for the 5th time in a row, as they train for various trail runs. One year we even welcomed in the New Year, with a small campfire, nestled in the snow and the full moon shining above us.
The trail meets the needs of young and old, fitness fanatics and nature lovers. I would love to see improvements made to the trail, especially the extension out to Harrison, as proposed by the Bear Mountain Trail Society. Please feel free to check out my Facebook page, The Agassiz Green Grind, which has received many “likes” and has beautiful photography to show off all its beauty, walking up our hill.