The Natural Arches on the Arrow Lakes

Words and Photos by Emily Bevin

Another hot day in the Kootenays! Andrea and I met in Castlegar around 8am for our exploratory Arches trip. After a scenic drive through Syringa Provincial Park we arrived at our put-in and unloaded our kayaks.

The day was perfect, with just a light breeze to cool us as we paddled toward the natural arches on the far side of the upper arrow lake. We were the only watercraft in sight for our crossing which took about half an hour. We paddled alongside the cliffs for a while, looking up into the forest, before landing at a beach near the start of the trail.

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After a quick snack lake-side we headed into the relative cool of the trees to begin our hike! The trail wove its way up the mountainside in a series of switch-backs and after about an hour we arrived at the beautiful stone Arches, complete with a small stream and waterfall to splash in – a very refreshing hike uphill!

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Another snack and an abundance of photo opportunities, then it was time for us to head back down. The return hike felt like it took no time at all and before we knew it we were back at the beach- swim time! 

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The water was amazing, the environment peaceful, but it was time to call it a day. We loaded our kayaks up and headed out onto the lake again for another half hour on the water.

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Back at the car we packed up and re-traced our drive to Castlegar, to enjoy a relaxing evening after a day well spent.


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