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Naturalist Experience—Crater Lake Waterfalls & Fire Ecology Hike

A small river meanders through the forest and then cascades via several sets of waterfalls into a deep, circular cavern where a sapphire blue lake shimmers at the base of steep, volcanic walls.

Exploring the waterfalls during the Fire Ecology & Naturalist Experience at Siwash Lake WIlderness Resort   Before the wildfire hit Siwash, the hike to Crater Lake was always a favourite with our guests. Because the fire changed the landscape so drastically, we've created a new path that follows the green zone along the river bed, whereas before we hiked through the forest that is now severely burnt.

This has created an Indiana Jones type experience where you clamber over boulders, swing off burnt tree roots and traipse through the willows and long grasses that line the river bank to find yourself suddenly perched above the first set of waterfalls.

During this Siwash Naturalist hiking experience, you’ll learn about wildlife tracking, migration, habitats, flora, fauna, geology and more. On route you'll watch for wildlife sign and your guide will interpret the sensitive ecology of the area. Learn to understand the positive and negative impacts that fire has upon the land, and witness the differences between a creeping ground fire, a moderate burn, and a full-on rank six conflagration.

When its time to take a break from your Nature studies, enjoy an open air shower under the first set of waterfalls, or cool off at the second set of falls in the natural Jacuzzi, a deep bubbly pool that is formed by the constant pounding of river water upon the rocks below.

The third waterfall has a significant drop, thundering into the lake, and you can admire it safely from below after your guide leads you down into the bottom of the crater. Once there, those keen on fishing may cast a line into the lake for wild rainbow trout.

This is an excellent opportunity to view the effects of climate change, which many of our urban-dwelling guests have not experienced fully until they visit Siwash. We hope to inspire and educate our guests to make a difference and do their bit to help the planet when they return home.