Beyond Waskahegan: Goldeye 2020 Highlights

The planning for this trip was almost last-minute, in Waskahegan terms. In August we tested the notion with the subscribers on our email list, and in just a few days, we were up to 16 sign-ups.

It wasn’t too surprising—after the self-isolation and lockdowns imposed for the pandemic, many people were ready to escape to the country. And we knew that doing it with fellow Waskahegan members would be more fun than almost anything.

And so the 16 Waskahegan members spent four days hiking in the David Thompson country. As this was the first Beyond visit for the majority of the members, we were pleased to visit many trails that had been done on previous trips.

Tuesday we arrived at Nordegg and went straight to Shunda Lake (Fish Lake) for lunch and a walk all the way around. The weather grew brighter as the afternoon wore on. After supper, we sat around a campfire well into the evening.

On Wednesday we hiked the trail above Bighorn Creek to Crescent Falls. After lunch there, we drove south to the Cline River. We hiked along the river, and then turned up to hike the first part of the Coral Creek trail up to the horse trail. The weather was spectacular.

That evening, a group of us played Pictionary in the dining room.

Thursday’s weather was even warmer. The majority of the group went south to the Kootenay Plains and hiked the Siffleur Falls. We even discovered how to get to the third falls, which turned out to be amazing. Four hikers traveled north instead, and hiked up to the top of Coliseum Mountain, famous for grand views of the whole area.

When we met again at the centre, a few of us jumped into Goldeye Lake for a chilling but refreshing swim.

In the evening, we celebrated Anita’s birthday with a “mountain” cake made by Goldeye’s chef. The cake had an icing waterfall and trees, and 16 fancy toothpicks representing the hikers.

After supper, hiker Ilona Ryder gave us a reading from Here’s Looking at You, Kids!, her biography of her grandfather, the prolific director Michael Curtiz, and his many hidden families. Following the reading, almost all of us went in for a raucous game of Pictionary.

On Friday after breakfast, we packed our bags and hiked around Goldeye Lake and the fire ecosystem trail, ending with lunch at the edge of the lake.

The whole week we were fed extremely well by the Goldeye staff. The rooms and the facilities were great as usual and the hospitality was impeccable. We will return again.

You can find more photos on Flickr.

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