Two for the Price of One


Strathcona Provincial Park, located on Vancouver Island, is big. At 250,000 hectares, it was designated as a provincial park in 1911, and is the largest in British Columbia.

Within the park are several campgrounds, one of which is at Ralph River. So for a couple of days last week, my wife and I packed up the car and drove for over 3 hours to what turned out to be the most desirable campsite in the park.  

Little did we know, is that Wednesday was to be our best day weather wise. Thursday was wet and cool. After wandering around some of the shoreline of Buttle Lake, (named after John James Taylor Buttle, a surveyer and cartographer of the mid 1800’s), we decided to take a short drive to Mayra Falls. The pictures to follow are just before the final plummet to the lake.

The last time we were here, we walked out on these rocks, but not today; too wet and slippery.

On our way home Friday we stopped at Lupin Falls, just a short walk from the highway. Just like at Myra Falls, the rain had brought out all the hidden shades in the rock. This is an entirely different falls; not as much water, higher and in a much more lush setting.

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Located about midway on Vancouver Island, and in Strathcona Provincial Park is beautiful Myra Falls.

The first photo is of the lower falls as they cascade into Buttle lake.

DSC_0155We pulled off the highway at a lookout, grabbed the long lens and got this shot from across the lake. Luckley there was a railing to steady the camera. Camera settings for this long shot were, 1/800sec, f8, 400mm, iso 200. The people you see in this pic are standing where I took the next shot.

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At this time of year the volume of water is greatly reduced so we were able to stand in areas that would normally be covered with rushing water.

I would love to visit Myra Falls during the spring runoff. I imagine the rush of water would be deafening and awesome.

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This last shot is of the Upper Myra Falls, a moderately difficult hike of about 3k through lush moss covered forests.

There are many water falls on Vancouver Island, but I rate this one at the top of my list. Cheers.