SCENES FROM CANYON CREEK
Smithers, British Columbia, Canada


FOR SALE as of 23 Aug 2016
Canyon Creek for sale
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010 Looking down from Telkwa High Road.  Far below, the boy with outstreched arms is just about to ride Chute One.  Water in late summer is at its lowest.

Chute One in Canyon Creek, Smithers, BC as seen from Telkwa High Road


060 Chute Two descends down on the right, but is never ridden because too narrow and steep:

Chute Two in Canyon Creek, Smithers BC is too narrow and steep to ride


070 Have moved slightly downstream of Chute Two.  Fisheye-lens distortion makes the situation look more perilous than it really is:

Danger of falling into Chute Two in Canyon Creek, Smithers BC?


080 Camera in same location as above, but swivelled a little farther downstream:

Looking downstream of Chute Two of Canyon Creek in Smithers, BC


110 The Atrium is illuminated by natural light coming from a shaft above:

The Atrium of Canyon Creek, Smithers, BC is illuminated by  a skylight


120 The Atrium can be viewed through its skylight:

Looking down through the skylight into The Atrium in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC


150 Next stop on the trip downstream is The Swirl:

First look at The Swirl in Canyon Creek, Smithers, BC


152 This precocious nine-year-old has not only been to The Swirl, she led the expedition which first took us there:

The nine-year-old girl who first took us to The Swirl in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC


170 Next downstream is Samson's Slab, jutting out of the creek bed.  Looming over Samson's Slab is the cliff known as The Promontory, which we will soon have occasion to climb to the top of:

Samson's Slab in Canyon Creek, Smithers, BC


180 Equalling the strength of the biblical Samson, or at least pretending to:

Lifting Samson's Slab in Canyon Creek in Smithers BC


200 Next stop is Ben's Rock, which has Chute Three on its right-bank side, which is the far side of the rock as it is viewed here:

Ben's Rock beside Chute Three in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC


210 And after Ben's Rock comes Siren Rock, and just downstream of it is a bar composed of pebbles called Siren Bar:

Alluring Siren beckoning travellers to her Siren Rock which sits in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC


220 The camera standing on Siren Bar turns upstream to see in the distance two people perched on Siren Rock.  Radically transformed from year to year is the accumulation of driftwood at Siren Rock, and the accumulation of pebbles at Siren Bar below it:


240 This is Chute Four viewed from upstream.  The trio in the distance has reached the Pretty-Good Barrier Reef which separates the upstream Wading Pool (nearer the camera) from the downstream Swimming Hole (on the far side of Pretty-Good Barrier Reef):

Chute Four in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC showing both Wading Pool and Swimming Hole


260 Looking straight down at the Wading Pool (though on a different visit).  The Pretty-Good Barrier Reef offers seating:

Wading Pool below Chute Four in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC


264 The Throne (with Chute Four visible to its left) is usurped first by one hiker:

The Throne lying beside Chute Four in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC is usurped by a hiker


268 Then by another:

The Throne lying beside Chute Four in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC is usurped by another hiker


300 A candidate for riding Chute Four:

A candidate brave enough to ride Chute Four of Canyon Creek in Smithers, BC may have been found


310 Takes the plunge:

Riding down Chute Four of Canyon Creek in Smithers, BC>
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The Canyon Creek property contains more than half a mile of unique creek scenes, many of them never photographed.  Below are a few more of the photographs that do exist:

340 Taking turns at Sliding Rock:

Taking turns at Sliding Rock in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC which property is currently FOR SALE


350 Tilted Mesa:

Tilted Mesa in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC, which property is currently FOR SALE


360 Shady Notch:

Shady Notch in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC, which property is currently FOR SALE


370 Blotched Boulder.  The farther downstream from the cliffs, the wider and flatter the creek, despite which mammoth formations continue to appear:

Blotched Boulder in Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC, a scenic and adventure-filled property currently FOR SALE


THE PROMONTORY

380 The creek can be enjoyed also at higher elevations, as for example from the top of The Promontory, whose edge some people prefer to stand farther away from than others.  Jutting out on the right is The Tip Of The Promontory.  The nearer rock in the creek below is Ben's Rock, and the farther is Siren Rock, in each case with only the tip sticking out above a higher water level than prevailed in the photos above:

The Promontory overlooking Canyon Creek in Smithers, BC, a property that is FOR SALE


IT'S NOT ALWAYS SUMMER ON CANYON CREEK

450 Winter is coming to Canyon Creek.  Water level is at its lowest.  Siren Rock appears in the background:

Fisheye lens photo showing Canyon Creek in Smithers BC beginning to freeze over


470 Once winter settles in, the entire creek bed becomes walkable:

Completely frozen over Canyon Creek of Smithers, BC makes for easy snowshoeing


500 Eventually, ice weakens, but the danger to snowshoers is negligible — at least to snowshoers who know the creek — because the water this time of year is almost everywhere less than a foot deep, and in any case is barely flowing, else the collapsed section would have been carried downstream:

Ice collapse in frozen Canyon Creek of Smithers BC


510 And spring has unmmistakably arrived when patches melt open:

Sections of ice melt in the spring on Canyan Creek of Smithers BC, a property that is FOR SALE


THE CANYON CREEK PROPERTY CONSISTS OF MORE THAN A CREEK

520 For example, it has three hayfields, the most magnificent of which is Homefield:

Hay bales on Homefield located on the Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


530 An idea of how enormous those hay bales are.  Hudson Bay Mountain visible in the distance:

Gigantic bales of hay on Homefield located on the Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC, currently FOR SALE


533 One thing hay bales are great for is enabling magnificent BIG SKY photos:

Giant hay bales enable magnificent BIG SKY photos on Homefield of the Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


539 Youngsters love hay bales even more than adults do:

Children love hay bales on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


540 Looking North from Blueberry Point.  The south-west tip of Homefield lies just beyond the trees on the upper-right.  The highest mountain on the left is Hudson Bay Mountain, whose skiing trails will be seen in a drawing farther below:

Blueberry Point on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


542 Lunching at the north end of Grand Allee:


544 The Canyon Creek property also has large forested areas, the most notable being Mirkwood, whose photograph below has been the subject of some Photoshop color experimentation, but where the height of the Quaking Aspens has not been exaggerated, and in fact as the fisheye lens was not used, where shapes and lengths remain undistorted:

Large tracts of Quaking Aspen in Mirkwood on Canyon Creek farm in Smithers BC


545 Among Mirkwood's attractions can be found our best-ever climbing tree:

Best climbing tree in Mirkwood of Canyon Creek in Smithers BC


CANYON CREEK ALSO HAS THREE PONDS

Shown below at their fullest in May and early June, they shrink as the summer progresses.  All three ponds have drains which can be opened to empty them, which would facilitate any future implementation of water-retention measures such as lining them with clay or plastic or vinyl sheeting.

546 Mirkwood Pond is the largest.  The underwater grass bending to the right indicates that the pond is overflowing in that direction:

Mirkwood Pond on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC which is currently FOR SALE


548 False Pond is second-biggest:

False Pond on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


550 And Goldfish Pond is third-biggest.  Despite the name having stuck, goldfish do not survive in any of our ponds.  Other fish species have not been attempted.

Goldfish Pond on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


WINTER ON LAND TOO

555 And winter comes to the fields as well as to the creek.  Below shows snowshoeing southward on Homefield toward the Whaleback Hump:

Snowshoeing south toward Whaleback on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


560 And now the camera is on top of Whaleback, and pointing northward.  The wide shadow on which the image of the photographer stands is the same shadow as the Whaleback shadow in the photo above.  The forest is Mirkwood, but now seen from its Engelman-Spruce western side rather than from its Quaking-Aspen eastern side:

Snowshoeing north toward Whaleback on Canyon Creek property near Smithers BC


570 Snowshoeing at south-east tip of Homefield.  Whaleback is no longer rendered salient by casting a strong shadow, but can nevertheless be discerned just below the base-of-the-trees line a tad right-of-center:

Snowshoeing at base of Homefield on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


574 Sunset over Nine Duck Pond:

Sunset over Nine Duck Pond on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


CANYON CREEK BIODIVERSITY IS A SOURCE OF WONDER

The Canyon Creek property teems with wildlife of every kind.

576 Owl wondering if the camera might be edible:

Owl on biodiverse Canyon Creek property near Smithers BC


578 Can a swallowtail be attracted to pictures of its kin?

Swallowtail butterfly on biodiverse Canyon Creek property
near Smithers BC


580 Whereas an adult deer will prefer to outrun predators, a fawn relies on stillness and camouflage:

Fawn hiding in the grass on biodiverse Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


CLOSER TO HOME

582 Martial arts practice in the barnside paddock:

Martial Arts practice in barnside paddock on Canyon Creek property in Smithers BC


584 A barn filled with hay offers children an irresistible temptation to climb:


588 After a lifetime of service, machinery becomes art:

Ancient wagon in field on Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


590 We built our own Arc de Triomphe:


600 Then we slid down the grass below it:


610 It was discovered that city folk cannot be trusted to choose the right tools for outdoor work:

City folk cannot be trusted to choose the right tools for outdoor work on Canyon Creek property near Smithers BC


630 Crabapple fatigue:

Bountiful harvest of crabapples on Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


ALWAYS LEARNING

640 One advantage of Canyon Creek spaciousness is that it enables the teaching of skills that can't be taught in the city — as for example control of the twin-joystick Bobcat A300 by a thirteen-year-old:

Thirteen-year-old girl sitting at controls of Bobcat A300 on Canyon Creek property near Smithers BC


660 One of whose exercises started with picking up two logs:

Thirteen-year-old girl picks up two logs using grapple of Bobcat A300 on Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


670 Raising the logs as high as the Bobcat will allow:

Thirteen-year-old girl lifts two logs as high as possible using grapple of Bobcat A300 on Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


680 And from that height dropping them:

Thirteen-year-old girl drops two logs using grapple of Bobcat A300 on Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


780 Trees can be blown down by the wind:

Thirteen-year-old girl examines tree blown down by the wind on Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


800 But why let falling trees reach the ground when Superteen is on hand to catch them?

Super teen girl catches a falling tree on Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


Four Nearby Destinations

Which are:
  • (Nearby-1)  Tyhee Lake Provincial Park,
  • (Nearby-2)  Hudson Bay Mountain,
  • (Nearby-3)  Crater Lake, and
  • (Nearby-4)  Twin Falls.

820 (Nearby-1) Tyhee Lake Provincial Park is a nine-minute drive from the Canyon Creek property.   Photo borrowed from 
static.panoramio.com

Y=Tyhee Lake Provincial Park is a nine-minute drive from Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


900 (Nearby-2) Hudson Bay Mountain's base is a fifteen-minute drive from the Canyon Creek property.  The distant mountain appearing in several of the photos above has most often been Hudson Bay Mountain.  Drawing borrowed from  www.snowseekers.ca

The Hudson Bay Mountain base is a fifteen-minute drive from the Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


920 (Nearby-3) Crater Lake (shown on the upper-left in the drawing above) looks like this up close:   Photo borrowed from  hellobc.com

Crater Lake across the valley from Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


And (Nearby-4) Twin Falls, whose parking lot is a 21-minute drive from Canyon Creek, with the viewing platform for the falls costing a further ten-minute hike uphill.  Much more challenging would be climbing up the Glacier Gulch Trail to the melting ice sheet which feeds the falls.

940 At the height of the spring melt, the Twin Falls are accompanied by five really teensy falls:

Twin Falls near Canyon Creek farm near Smithers BC


950 A popular option is to go to the very base of the leftmost of the two falls which requires first of all a slightly-scary scramble over sloped rock, followed by the walk along the base of the micro-glacier shown below (whose litter consists mainly of bark particles blown off trees by strong winds, and other botanical debris similarly distributed):

Mini glacier on way to leftmost fall of Twin Falls near Canyon Creek of Smithers BC


960 The above micro-glacier is of interest mainly for its curious righthand edge, as shown below.  The leftmost of the Twin Falls lies just around the corner to the left:

Curious ice formations edging the mini-glacier approaching Twin Falls near Smithers BC


970 A closer view of the leftmost of the Twin Falls.  It is no difficult matter to go beyond the rise on which the arm-waving hiker stands, and descend right to where the water crashes, with little to fear but the roar and the spray.  Photographing this very ground zero, though, would require a waterproof camera because of the power of the spray — which can be seen drifting to the right of the creek:

Leftmost of Twin Falls near Canyon Creek of Smithers BC


As the world heats up, what's the sensible thing to do?  Consider heading north!

But just how far north is Smithers, BC?  Not that far — it's at 55° north latitude (where the Equator is 0° north latitude, and the North Pole is 90° north latitude).  Restricting attention below to cities whose names seem familiar, we note 23 that lie farther north than Smithers, followed by 31 others that lie almost as far north:

LatitudeCities
65Fairbanks, Nome
64Reykjavik
63Trondheim
62Yellowknife
61Anchorage, Lillehammer, Whitehorse
60Helsinki, Oslo, St Petersburgh, Uppsala
59Stockholm
58Juneau
57Inverness, Aberdeen, Riga
56Edinburgh, Glasgow, Moscow, Copenhagen
55Derry, Omsk, Smithers, Kaliningrad, Vilnius, Belfast
54Kiel, Lancaster, Minsk, Hamburg, Edmonton
53Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Dublin, Nottingham, Berlin
52Amsterdam, Warsaw, Cambridge, The Hague, Oxford, London
51Greenwich, Bristol, Leipzig, Antwerp, Calgary, Brussels
50Kiev, Plymouth, Prague, Kharkiv, Winnipeg