Yesterday we drove up-island to Campbell River.
My daughter Beth is the new Curator of the Campbell River Museum – since January this year – I am so proud. I had never even been to the Museum. I had been up to Campbell River to see her and teach at the FibreFest, But I had never made it to the Museum.
The drive up-island was made in a heavy marine fog. The fog made the drive a little ghostly as the normal landmarks were hidden. Sometimes the fog would lighten and brighten and we would think that the day would clear. Not to be! The fog stretched from Nanaimo to north of Campbell River and it didn’t start to lift until we were about to leave!
The Campbell River Museum is a wonderful local museum with several interesting exhibits.
- Have you ever heard about the Ripple Rock Removal? I hadn’t! This was a really big undertaking and explosion and still hasn’t been matched, even by modern constructions!
- The Native Masks and artifacts are incredible. The museum has strong ties to the local first nations populations and this is reflected in the exhibits!
- There is a wonderful exhibition of photographs from the Sayward or Bloedel Fire of 1938 – incredible.
After the museum we went and walked through Elk Falls park. We did the loop that extends from Moose Falls, past Deer Falls and then ending in Elk Falls. A glorious display of moving water – rushing through narrow channels, meandering around beautiful pools and finally down an amazing drop.
The path we took went leisurely down to the first – Moose Falls. And then took a more level route to the next falls. We passed by a pool that looked perfect for a swim – but not on this trip! There were small side streams that fed into the river as we walked past the main channel. The channel grew ever narrower as we got closer to Elk Falls.
Elk Falls took my breath away. It was something to hear and see; foaming, roaring and dancing over the edge of the surrounding rocks.
I wished that I had been able to see it before the Campbell River was dammed in 1948. The pictures of the flow are said to fill the hole that you can see in my picture. Can you imagine the roar and rush of the water!
As we left the park – the fog was finally lifting. The leaves glowed against the blue skies – wonderful.