Valley of the Devil’s Club

The huge leaves of Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus) are visible from the Millennium Trail in Elk Falls Provincial Park. Maple-like leaves the size of a giant’s plate, clusters of bright red berries, thick twisted spine covered stems. Stumbling through a patch of Devil’s club¬†(Oplopanax horridus) can be a memorable experience. While the common name gives some indication of the nature …

Wildflowers on the Canyon View Trail

This is the time of year on Vancouver Island to get down to local riverside trails and check out the spring wildflower bloom. One of my favourite places to walk is the the Canyon View Trail in Campbell River. We usually start this moderate 6 km loop trail at the John Hart Generation Station and then walk downstream along the …

Canyon View Trail in Campbell River

The beautiful White Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum) is one of many wildflowers in bloom along the Canyon View Trail in Elk Falls Provincial Park. The Canyon View Trail in Elk Falls Provincial Park is a six kilometer loop that follows the banks of the Campbell River is spectacular right now and getting better every day. Allow yourself about 1.5 hours …

Something Smells at Elk Falls

There is a distinctive aroma in the air at this time of year, especially in the wet and soggy places on Vancouver Island. I took the kids out to Elk Falls Provincial Park near Campbell River this week and did the loop trail to the falls viewpoint and then followed the river up to the second parking area near the …