Tranquille River Canyon in February
The Tranquille River Trail goes from the parking lot up past the old dam to where the canyon narrows down. Beyond that is all scrambling. Hikers can walk on the double track, then the single track for about 2.4 km before turning around to come back. there are routes that can be climbed on either side, but those are mostly scrambling or steep off-trail choices. On the main trail are many features to enjoy. Various formations stand out on both sides of the river valley.
Sunshine broke through the clouds, highlighting Tranquille Ridge and the Pimple.
The riverwas flowing freely through snow banks but there were some exposed ice sculptures where the river had eroded the overlying snow mass.
Note – River or Creek?
The Federal Government is responsible for all official place names in Canada and are listed with geographic coordinates in the gazeteer. Officially it is the Tranquille River, but lots of people call it Tranquille Creek. On a BC Parks sign on the trail it is called a creek. Someone in Parks needs to look it up and get it right.
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