|Be careful when you come out of the restroom!|
|Mum sent the cubs up the tree for safety|
Cathy spotted some movement in the forest up near the Cameron Lake carpark. There was a mating pair in there, a cinnamon sow and a black boar. Now we know what bears do in the woods! When they had finished - it's very brief, the boar walked along the footpath and the sow went into the Visitor information centre. We could hear her banging around, I'm not sure if she was checking out the exhibits or trying to get out the floor to ceiling glass windows!
As I mentioned in my last post, all black bears climb trees - young and old. They love the seeds that are just beginning to sprout at the top of the Western Poplars. I often forget to look up when we are searching for bears. They are well camouflaged behind the leaves and can be difficult to see. This was the mum from last year, she was tearing off branches, absolutely massacring the poor tree. She tried to bring one of the branches down but it got stuck in the fork of another branch.
|look how high they climb|
|we recognise this bear by her white face|
For some reason Cameron Falls isn't anywhere near Cameron Lake, it's about a five minute walk from our campground. The water noise we can hear at our campsite is actually the water flowing over rocks in Cameron Creek that extends from the falls and runs behind our campsite out into the bay.
|Big horn sheep|
There are lots of hiking trails here, eleven are less than 6kms return (my kind of walk), and sixteen between three hours and three days, anything less than three kilometres is easy, then you have moderate (uphill!) and difficult - more than five hours and steep. On our last day we went up the Rowe Creek trail for 3/4 of an hour and turned around. It was uphill all the way and we thought we were doing okay, when a fit young thing passed us and within a few minutes she was out of sight!
|Lower Bertha Falls - 5.2kms more if you walk from the campground!|
We made a few runs up Red Rock Parkway. The first time we saw six bears, but nothing on the subsequent trips. Akamina is still our favourite run.
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