Karst falls Strathcona park

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Karst falls strathcona park

There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul. Virginia Alison

Karst waterfalls strathcona park Vancouver island

Karst Waterfalls

Karst Falls Strathcona Park, where are you? I didn’t know the falls existed until a friend sent me an email, asking if I’d been to Karst Falls. Funny thing, I know where the Karst picnic site is ‘been there, done that,’ even had lunch. Never knew the falls were across the “street.” How did I miss it? Well, the picnic site is on the right side of the road well marked as you head towards the Myra Falls Mines travelling down Westmin Road, along Buttle Lake. However, the trailhead sign, notice I wrote ‘sign, not signs’ as there is only one of them, and it’s at the trailhead exactly opposite the turn off to the picnic area, which is well marked by large road signs. So, to get to the falls, head towards Karst picnic site, (Google it) as there is plenty of parking and then walk across the road. Another easy-peasy moment from Bob 🙂

So what is a karst? Well, I had no idea and yes I had to google it. The definition is “landscape underlain by limestone that has been eroded by dissolution, producing ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes, and other characteristic landforms.” Now doesn’t that sound like a good place to take pictures, and yes it was.
The Trip in – be prepared to hike a little, and the path is uphill with a few switchbacks. The trail takes about 20- 30 minutes to walk unless you’re with me, and I have a camera, then expect photo delays along the way. The path is a loop, so it’s different scenery depending on which trail you take. However when I was there, the bridge over the stream was decapitated, it is easy to make your way across the creek without too much trouble.

From a Photographer’s point of view, Karst falls Strathcona park this is a great place to take pictures. It’s easy to access with multiple locations to

place your butt for hours and get lost in the world of photography. It’s a little dark, which is perfect for longer shutter speed, used in capturing that perfect milky water flowing down the stream and over and around the rocks. Suggest you wear hiking boots or waterproof footwear as you will want to take pictures directly from the creek. Don’t forget the tripod and a polarizer.

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