Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hiking to Marble Meadows

Last month, I finally made my way up to Marble Meadows, on one of the last warm weekends of the year.  This area of Strathcona Park has been on my list for a while now and I was stoked to get the chance to scout it out.  Check out my trip report on The Outbound Collective, along with my other adventures and recent articles.  Not on the Outbound yet?  Well, you best get on over there my friend!  Set up your own profile so that you can read, save and tick off your own adventure 'to do' list on this awesome online collective.  Hope to see you over there!



Hiking to Marble Meadows

The most magical places are always a little harder to reach. Marble Meadows is one of those places. Unique in geology and terrain, Marble Meadows is known for it's remarkable limestone cap, numerous fossils and endless carpet of wildflowers during the alpine spring. When you reach Marble Meadows, you are actually walking on a 360 million year old ocean floor. At that time a massive limestone deposit, approximately 300m thick, was created by the decomposition of trillions of ancient sea creatures. Then, 130 million years ago, massive plates slid and the ocean floor was thrust upward to become Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Alsakan Panhandle. In the Marble Meadows, striking white limestone is mashed between layers of granite and basalt, creating unique features that you will likely never see elsewhere. 

Spires, sink holes, endless turquoise lakes and bold stripes of colour are created by this random placement of rocks. If that wasn't enough, fossils of tiny, mysterious sea creatures appear right under your feet and in the white limestone rocks that you pass on the trail. This unique terrain, found in the heart of Vancouver Island, is nothing short of magical.

Read the entire trip report on The Outbound Collective...

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