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Smithers: A Great Place to Make 'Lemonade'

By Michelle Cyr-Whiting

Saturday, October 01, 2011 04:00 AM

Hudson Bay Mountain in Smithers, photo taken from Telkwa High Road

Smithers, B.C. -  It is impossible not to be awed by the natural majesty surrounding the community of Smithers...

A recent planned family trip to Stewart, BC, and Hyder, Alaska, to watch the grizzlies bulk up for winter on salmon was washed out by rain, but Smithers was an amazing place to be 'stuck' when we learned of the road closure.

One spot that literally takes your breath away is the Twin Falls recreation site...

Standing at the base of one of the falls that drains from the Lake Kathlyn Glacier on Hudson Bay Mountain, it is almost impossible to inhale as the spray pounds out from the water cascading more than 180-metres.

We were told the falls were a popular destination for both locals and tourists and, after catching our first glimpse of the falls, we were hooked. 

After driving just under 15-minutes northwest of Smithers, it was an easily accessible hike that took about 10-minutes, but you could spend all day enjoying the splendour.

A longer, more difficult hike on the Glacier Gulch trail takes you to the glacier and takes about two-hours.  For this visit, we were content to enjoy the view of, and from, the falls.

 

 

 


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I happened to pay my first visit to the Telkwa - Smithers area tuesdy afternoon - evening. REALLY enjoyed the scenary. Its a hidden jewel of northern B.C. Will enjoy returning to the area soon.