What better way to end February hump day adventures then at the beach? Today, with the sun shining and the temperature just making the double digits, it was the perfect day to head to Buntzen Lake just outside of Port Moody, BC.
What I thought was going to be a couple hour adventure turned into a full day trek. The large amounts of rain that Vancouver BC and area has received over the last little bit had much of the lower level South Beach Trail submerged, including the floating bridge that attaches one side of the lake to the other. So, well, I had to trek a little further around the south end of the lake to get to the other side and then up and along the Lakeview Trail to meet the lower level connection at North Beach. At first, after finding the sinking “floating bridge” I debated turning back around but after a lady on the path pointed out that I had already completed nearly an hour of the detour trek out of the 2-3 projected hours, it would be worth me continuing and seeing something new. So I did.
The ever so still man-made lake and cared for by BC Hydro to provide electricity to Vancouver and area made for perfect reflection pictures. It also encouraged internal reflection as it was hard to not see your own face as you looked down to the water. The second generation trees that surrounded Buntzen Lake changed throughout the walk. Firs, cedars, a tree named “bear tree”, and so many more all planted, cut, and regrown to increase electricity production. I really have no clue how the electricity process works but I do know that at one point I walked past a Pump House, passed a Power House, and could hear the flow of a far away Dam (I think I let myself hear it as I have no way of knowing if the Dam was open or not).
I will admit, at a couple points during the trek I was wondering when the end would come. I did not realize that the detour was truly an extra 2-3 hours on top of the already 2 hour trek and that the beginner level trek that is known around Buntzen Lake quickly becomes intermediate or difficult as you head into the Lakeview Trail section. I complained a little bit along the way, wishing my hip was a little less stiff, but every time I started to complain in my head I would walk by a beautiful stream of water or hear the robins signing in the treetops. Really, it is hard to be upset when you are in nature.
As I wrapped my way towards the North Beach, I reached a suspension bridge. If I have learnt anything being in Vancouver, it is that Vancouver is bridge oriented, parks included. The suspension bridge was fairly close to the water and the sign on it mentions that no more than four people on the bridge at once. I had to question BC Hydro and whoever constructed the structure – why only 4? But pausing on the bridge, soaking in the view, and preparing myself for the hour and a half trek back to my car only lasted a few moments. I was back to one foot in front of the other and headed down the south end of Buntzen Lake Trail before my snack bar was done.
The end of the trek was somewhat exciting, I will not deny. I was excited to take a seat on one of the table benches that was not submerged in the high levels of water, grab a snack, and do a little writing.
So, while the trek took longer than I anticipated and means today is less about school then I initially planned it to be, the trip out to Buntzen Lake was perhaps one of my favourite (and driest) treks thus far!