Enjoy peaceful parks and woodlands for hiking and catch your breath amidst unparalleled natural beauty, snow-capped peaks and glacier clear waters.
There are numerous hikes in the local area a few key highlights include:
Tulip Creek Falls (5 Minutes Away)
This very short trail is located within Syringa Creek Park. The trail-head is accessed by driving up the Deer Park Road past the first bluff area and pulling into the small parking lot beside the first creek which the gravel road crosses. A short trail follows Tulip Creek into an impressive canyon marked by red-stained rock walls covered by velvety moss and the occasional fern. An impressive double cascade makes this charming spot a haunt of photographers at all times of the year.
Syringa Park Trails (5 Minutes Away)
This well constructed trail system is in the vicinity of the Syringa Park camping and day use area. There are two trails (Syringa and Yellow Pine); both work up the open hillside along easy grades. Yellow Pine Trail is further west and runs through generally open Ponderosa (or Yellow) Pine / Douglas Fir forest, offering excellent views of Lower Arrow Lakes below. Syringa Trail is the easternmost trail, climbing from the trailhead near Syringa Creek and staying relatively close to the creek in a denser evergreen forest during its ascent.
A short spur ventures further up into the steep-sided ravine in which the creek runs, while the main trail turns west and runs in that general direction to join up with the Yellow Pine Trail. An alternate leg of the Yellow Pine Trail leaves the Deer Park Road near its junction with the Park Access Road; this trail joins to the east-west connector described above, thus offering various possibilities for routing.
There are site maps in place, as well as several interpretive stop markers. In total, the trails offer about 5 km. of hiking pathway. As the terrain is open with many intriguing rock outcrops, the intrepid explorer can ramble about to their heart's content.
Other Popular hikes include:
- Brilliant Overlook - A pleasant climb of 330 metres up the back of the bluff, on the east side of the Kootenay River, which overlooks the Brilliant Dam. The view of the two river valleys from the top is incredible.
- Skattebo Reach Trail - A fairly long, 12 km one way, sometimes rocky trail that follows the Kootenay River to Glade. Bridges over rushing creeks and the cool forest makes this a delight even on a very hot day.
- Waldie Island Trail - This easy 1.5 km trail runs through a wildlife refuge especially rich in bird life. Signs explain aspects of local history and wetland ecology.