Posted by: cherylyoung | June 29, 2013

LONG A SPIRITUAL SITE FOR THE LIL’WAT NATIONS, NAIRN FALLS IS A DRAMATIC EXAMPLE OF THE EROSIVE POWER OF WATER

 

There are two provincial parks in the Pemberton

 region with well organized campgrounds;

Birkenhead Lake and Nairn Falls Provincial Park.

 Beautifully located south of Pemberton beside

Highway 99, Nairn Falls Provincial Park features

captivating views, 94 large forested camping spots,

 including vehicle-accessible campsites, and a day-use

picnic area.

 

 The 422-acre (171-hectare) Nairn Falls Park serves

 as a good base camp from which to explore Whistler,

the Pemberton Valley, or nearby Garibaldi

Provincial Park.

As it flows through the park, the Green River carves its

 way through a mass of granite at the foot of Mount Currie.

 

 Having picked up volume from the Soo River and

 Rutherford Creek on its way from Green Lake in the

 Whistler area, it swirls and crashes its way along until

 it reaches a fracture in the granite.

 

 Suddenly, its broad shape is transformed into a

 thundering column of whitewater as it drops 197 feet

 (60 metres) at Nairn Falls.

As abruptly as the theatrics begin, the Green River reverts

 to its former character and hurries on towards

 Lillooet Lake.

 

Unlike Shannon Falls or Brandywine Falls, Nairn Falls

does not drop down a sheer pathway, but instead boils

through several frothy cauldrons.

 

Over the centuries, silt carried in the water has scoured

 out bowls in which the whitewater churns momentarily

 before surging to the rocks below.

 

 Clouds of spray are jettisoned above the maelstrom

 in random patterns that are pleasant and hypnotic

 to watch.

 

 Long a spiritual site for the Lil’wat First Nation,

 Nairn Falls  is a dramatic example of the erosive

 power of water.

Nairn Falls is home to some very special wildlife.

Of particular note is the rubber boa, one of the most

 cold-tolerant snake species.

 Smallest of the boa constrictor family, its average length

 is only 45 cm (18 inches).

 

 Its nocturnal habits mean that this shy snake is rarely

observed.

 

 The boa’s brown or gray, plasticine-like appearance

 and two blunt ends make it hard to identify as a living

 animal from a distance.

 

If you see something that looks like a big brown or gray

 worm, please do not disturb it!

 

One Mile Lake Trail: Approximately 2 kilometres north

 of the campground is a swimming and play area at

 One Mile Lake.

 

The trail leaves the park from the southeast corner of the

 campground.

 

 This trail is not regularly marked and is not maintained.

Coudre Point Trail: Another pleasant walk is around

Coudre Point.

 

 The trail wanders along the riparian areas and bank

 of the Green River.

 The trails vary in length, all using a circular route

 starting near site 17, and ending near site 47.

 

Nairn Falls Provincial Park is situated along a very cold,

 fast-flowing river, and some trails and campsites have

 steep banks and drop-offs.

 

 Visitors must remain on developed facilities and stay

 within the fenced areas.

 

 Use extreme caution when walking near the river’s bank,

 and keep a close watch on children.

Facilities provided include a day-use picnic area with

 picnic tables, potable water from two hand pumps,

 a fire pit, and pit toilets at the campground.

 

 Fees are collected from May to October.

 

 The campground gate is closed after October 1 for

 the winter.

 A Sani Station that operates during the summer

 months  is located 2 km north of the park, across from

 the gas station.

 

Other activities in the Pemberton area include horseback

 riding, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting on

the Green River.

 

Rafting and river kayaking tours are operated out of

 Pemberton.

 

 Outside the park, One Mile Lake is 2km north

on Highway 99.

 This is a popular area for swimming and picnicking.

 

Nairn Falls Provincial Park is located off Highway 99,

2 miles (3 km) south of Pemberton and 20

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR

VICTORIA B.C WWW.CHERYLYOUNG.CA

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