Legend has it that Toad Mountain got its name when a prospector was staking his land claim, looked down, saw a toad, and… that was that. Nevertheless, Toad is a legendary ridge-line hike just outside of Nelson. And the view from the summit? Toad-ally awesome.
Trailhead: Unnamed road, off of Gold Creek Road
Distance, Round Trip: 8km
Backpacking meals are a tricky business. You want to bring food that is nutritious, tasty, easy to prepare, easy to clean-up, and lightweight all at the same time! Also, you probably don’t want to eat the same thing every day.
Our recent 5-night backpacking trip into Mt. Assiniboine had us puzzling through meals, as we sorted and prepared food for the trip. Here’s what we ended up bringing and what we thought!
All aboard the Great Northern Rail Trail! It’s not the most exciting hike, but the rail-grade is easy, gentle walking. The destination of this hike is white sandy Troop Beach at Five Mile Point – a great picnic spot with shallow water, sandbars, and solitude.
Trailhead: Svoboda Road
Distance, Round Trip: 12.5km
Cornice Ridge is a great off-trail hike exploring ridges and peaks in Stagleap Park. The area has good landmarks and easy access. And once you get up to the ridge, the alpine wandering is spectacular!
Trailhead: Bridal Lake, Stagleap Provincial Park
Distance, round trip: 10.5km
Every year in late summer, the mature kokanee salmon begin the struggle of their lives. They face a literal uphill battle- fighting their way upstream to their original spawning grounds to find mates and lay eggs. It’s exhausting work and once their eggs are fertilized and buried, the kokanee die and wash away to feed forests and bears.