Summer visitors To North Island are frequently looking for something to do that will fill an hour or two between major activities such as fishing or whale watching. Many of them love hiking and exploring but have limited time. One of the choices we recommend is the Beaver Lake Trail, especially for those who are unacquainted with our environment and are a bit timid to take on a wilderness hike. The Beaver Lake Trail is one that enables you to “get your feet wet” without getting wet feet! We have sent people there from our gallery by the hundreds, people who want a good look at the rainforest but have very little time to drive the back-roads or can’t drive them with a rented vehicle.
Here are our directions: This is a great place to stop and visit if you are on your way from Port McNeill to Port Hardy or vice versa. When you get to the Port Alice turn-off (about half way) follow it for about a kilometre until you see the Beaver Lake Picnic Site on your right. Almost directly across the road from it you will see the Beaver Lake Trail sign with a small road and a parking lot. This is the beginning of a demonstration forest with a trail that has well marked signs telling you what sort of trees you are seeing. The entire trail is about a kilometre in length, but if that is too daunting, you may cut off early for a shorter version. An absolutely exceptional short path that manages to encompass examples of trees within a forest changing from birth to old age, it is a must see for both visitors and locals. On the day I did the on site sketch of one of the giants for this painting, I was pleasantly surprised to have a number of trekkers check me out. Do yourself a favour; see it for yourself and enjoy!