Here’s a group of happy hikers from a previous Larch Hike at Dipper Lake. Some year this hike encounters snowfalls while in others the weather is balmy.

Here’s a group of happy hikers from a previous Larch Hike at Dipper Lake. Some year this hike encounters snowfalls while in others the weather is balmy.

Nature Park Society celebrates the Larch

Annual Larch Hike — ‘Chasing the Colours’ — takes place Sunday, Oct. 18

We have two of the larch species in this area and the Alpine, or Lyle’s Larch up at the higher elevations have almost finish showing off their brilliant golden shades on their twisted branches.

Down in the lower valleys we are surrounded by the noble Western Larch and at this time of year they are at their golden best, interspersed with the green shades of the pines and firs.

The various willows and shrubs add to the colour mix with their yellow and red fall hues.

But this year, because of the extremely dry summer we think our larch will yellow-up and lose their needles earlier than usual.

Kimberley Nature Park Society offers you two chances to get out on the trails to enjoy the western larch trees before they shed their needles.  A ‘preview’ larch hike on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10 am called “Chasing the Colours” will start from the Nordic Centre. Suzanne McAllister (427-7043) will be your guide and you will get a walk across the deep grasses on the receding Dipper Lake and observe a beautiful grove of Trembling Aspen.

The regular annual Larch Hike will take place on Sunday, October 18. Join us for this second chance to chase the colours on a hike to Dipper Lake before the wind strips the needles and leaves for another year.    There are two starting points.

You can choose to meet at the Nordic Centre at 9 am for a mainly-flat eight kilometre round-trip lasting about four hours. Or you can meet at the junction of St. Mary Road and Mathew Creek Road (6.8 km) at 9:30 am for a short car pool then a moderate four kilometre round-trip hike for approximately three hours. Both parties will meet at Dipper Lake where you have the option of exchanging car keys with a friend and hiking out the other route.

These hikes are suitable for all walkers. Just bring your own supplies and come ready to enjoy the outdoors. For information call Struan Robertson (427-5048). Always a popular end of season outing, the Larch Hike offers outdoor exercise with friends before the cooler weather sets in.

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

Bella Bella is on B.C.’s Central Coast, accessible only by air and ocean. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. provides $22 million for Heiltsuk development on Central Coast

Elders care home project, tourism, lumber mill supported

Most Read