The weather in Vancouver usually doesn't treat us well.
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Hours of rain in British Columbia become days, days become weeks. And when I pass yet another puddle on the pavement while wearing everything that is waterproof (or is not waterproof at all), the clouds begin to fly away unexpectedly in many different directions, the beautiful blue sky is up there above our heads again, and the sun illuminates everything around, as intensely as never before. These two completely opposite faces of the city during the winter time fascinate me a lot here in Vancouver, but it's not the main theme of today's article.
Recently, there were about several days of continuous rain pouring down my face and arms time after time when suddenly (and happily!) again in Vancouver days with the beautiful bright sun appeared. Believe me, this sunlight – so brightly illuminating everyone's faces and the landscape around – gives a lot of energy.
Buntzen Lake in British Columbia, Canada
We decided to take advantage of the good weather and organize a road trip for a few days, heading to places on the map of British Columbia which have been waiting fairly too long to be discovered. One of the main destinations on our route was Buntzen Lake, located just behind Port Moody (approx. 45 minutes by car from Vancouver), near Eagle Mountain.
Although the weather was changing on our way like in a kaleidoscope, and it was actually raining most of the time, when arriving at Buntzen Lake, once again we realized that British Columbia is definitely a region full of beautiful areas that are worth discovering no matter of weather. Even considering the clouds around, the vibes of the place were totally intriguing – especially when you're standing in front of the wide and deep Buntzen Lake, surrounded by mountains and forest.
Fog on Lake Buntzen
Lake Buntzen is surrounded by Indian Arm Provincial Park from one side and by Belcarra Regional Park from another. In fact, it means you enter a wild area on each side surrounded by forest.
Various trekking trails are located near Buntzen Lake. When looking for the most scenic trails in the area, you can choose from e.g. Buntzen Lake Loop, Swan Falls Loop, Diez Vistas Trial, and Energy Trail. The trails have different lengths and difficulty levels, starting from a 60-minute walk along the lake, to 6, 8 or even 10-hour trekking towards nearby peaks and viewpoints.
Buntzen Lake Park is a popular getaway among Canadians, especially in the summer season when you can swim in the lake, go kayaking, or have a picnic on the beach.
Arriving at Buntzen Lake at the beginning of spring and finding snow-white clouds gently hovering over the tops of forests, watching dense fog in the air, feeling snow under feet and observing the whole landscape reflected in the wide lake - I had a while here to do what I love the most. Take a look at the photos - I hope the views will encourage you to visit Buntzen Lake when in British Columbia.
If you know other places worth visiting in British Columbia, Canada, let me know. I'd be happy to get to know your recommendations!