Rice Lake

Yesterday marked the end of daylight savings time here in Vancouver. A precious extra hour over the weekend is akin to winning the lottery.

Very exciting time!

Not only that, but the rain finally stopped and we awoke to beautiful blue skies and sunshine. My heart was singing!

To take advantage of the weather, my boyfriend and I decided to go for a leisurely walk around Rice Lake trail in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in nearby North Vancouver. The walk is approximately 3km long and takes just under an hour without too many stops along the way.

The trail starts not far from the parking lot. The first thing we came upon was the Rice Lake Gate, used by service vehicles and park staff. There’s also an information centre which, from what I could see peeking in a window, offers maps of the various trails in the area.

I thought that this was a neat feature. Rain water runs off the roof into the eave, then down the down the downspout into a tank. See the faucet? And the metal dog water bowl sitting in the grass? Genius.

As we walked into the forest I was in awe of the height of the old trees. They seemed to climb forever.

We then came across this neat old log flume, which would have been used with rushing water to easily move shingle bolts out of the forest down to the shore of nearby Burrard Inlet.

It’s hard to tell but these roots were tall. As in “taller than people” tall.

Our first view of Rice Lake. She’s a beauty.

Rice Lake is an urban fishery, stocked with 5000 catchable rainbow trout each year by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia (BC).

Those feeling so inclined can sit on the wharf and fish – providing you’re in possession of a valid BC Freshwater Fishing license. The maximum take-home count is 2 fish per person, per day.

As I mentioned, Vancouver weather has been pretty gross lately. Lots and lots of rain. #raincouver

Parts of the trail were still wet and squishy.

Most of the trail was in the forest, which was lovely. Every peek we saw of the lake itself was an added bonus to the already gorgeous scenery.

I loved the hairy moss covering many of the trees.

We also came across a memorial site honouring those on board a flight that disappeared in 1947. Searches of the area turned up nothing, but almost 50 years later the wreckage was discovered on nearby Mount Elsay.

I found an interesting article which includes an interview with a nephew of one of the victims.

May their souls be resting in peace.

Rice Lake trail is a wonderful escape from city life, and we look forward to returning.

– Marla

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We’re Marla and Stephanie, two friends separated by a 12 hour drive but not much else. We love food. We also love to travel.

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