There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!Mehmet Murat Idan
Lower Myra Falls
If you are a waterfall fanatic, then Vancouver Island maybe one of the best places for you to visit for taking pictures. There are numerous falls and most are within close proximity of one another. In this blog, I’m going to write about one of the easiest to get to, and one of my favourites. Lower Myra Falls is located at the south end of the Strathcona – Westmin Provincial Park, to get there you will have to drive around Buttle lake. But have no fear the road around the lake is a hoot, with lots of twists and turn, and the scenery, oh the scenery is awesome. Plan on taking about two hours the drive will take you north of Campbell River, BC.
There are two sections to the falls, upper and lower. This article is about Lower Myra Falls, which is very accessible. A quick and easy 15-minute hike downhill from the parking grants you access to this stunning, absolutely wonderful place. Anyone wanting to take pictures or spend a warm summer’s day in the water is at the perfect spot. There are several places along the route to see the falls, but the further down the trail the better view you will have. If you have the time and the desire, you could launch your boat or Kayak at one of the many boat launches on Buttle lake, and paddle over to the bottom of the falls. This is one of many things on my bucket list. Word of caution! Depending on the time of year, Buttle lake can become quite low. You will have to watch out for dead-heads along the water route, as logging was and still is a main occupation in the area.
But wait! If you’re heading out to Myra falls, plan on spending an extra 30 minutes hiking Lipton Falls it is on the same route. It’s a quaint little park, and another easy walk into the BC rain forest, with bridges and trails, that remind me of something you would see in a Hobbit movie.
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