On the weekend we had the opportunity to explore a new provincial park with Rocco – Golden Ears. Even though the Golden Ears Provincial Park is located a mere one and a half hour drive from Vancouver, we’ve never actually took Rocco hiking there. The park itself is one of the biggest in the province, and within it you will find the Golden Ears summit and Alouette Lake. Most of the park is on leash only, with some areas that are completely off-limits to dogs – most notably the day use recreation area at the South tip of Alouette Lake. The North Beach, however, allows leashed dogs. For reference, see the map below:
If you follow the Golden Ears Parkway, it will take you to the Gold Creek Parking and from there you have the choice to go down to the beach (about a 15 minute, easy walk) or enjoy one of the hiking trails, with trail heads near the parking lot. One of the easier trails to try is the Gold Creek Falls Trail, with the added benefit that this trail becomes off-leash one kilometer from the Golden Ears Parkway. We have yet to try it out.
Below are some photos of our walk along Gold Creek to North Beach and of the spectacular views from North Beach. Enjoy!