Saturday, March 28, 2015

'The Valley'

The central section of the Beaver Valley is the part I know as 'The Valley'.  It's closest to home, it's the most scenic, and it's full of wonderful places to explore.  There are waterfalls, the Bruce Trail, karst sinkholes and springs, and viewpoints over the valley.  It's especially beautiful in the fall.  This is the third in a series of posts describing the entire Beaver watershed.

The upper part of the valley in this area is the narrowest, here pictured from the top of the Beaver Valley Ski Club.  and far up at the end on the right, the Boyne, a tributary of the Beaver drops over Hogg's Falls and joins the Beaver.


Ironically, the Boyne, here pictured just above Hogg's Falls - a bit of the old broken dam shows up on the left - is larger than the Beaver, because much of the flow of the main river, dammed to form Lake Eugenia, now goes through the flumes to the power plant.

You can see the two flumes leading to the power plant in this picture, the two towers on the far side of the valley being the pressure relief valves or 'stand pipes' for the flumes.  I'll include a post about it soon.

The centre of the valley here is dominated by the two ski clubs, the Talisman hills now closed.  There are numerous ski chalets scattered over the slopes and around the two clubs.  Only a few open fields remain on that far slope, but I've seen pictures from 50 years ago showing mostly open fields!

From the top of Old Baldy you get a view encompassing the former Talisman ski runs just a mile or two further north. As well you can see some of the houses in the village of Kimberley among the trees on the left, plunked right down in the middle of the valley.

Looking north from the cliffs you see the valley gradually widening as we reach the end of this central section of the watershed.

And from the opposite side of the valley, at the top of those old Talisman ski slopes, you see where the valley starts widening out to form the lower valley that I'll describe in tomorrow's post.

There are so many interesting things to see in this central scenic part of the valley.  By the time I'm finished you'll be getting tired of pictures of Old Baldy, here taken when driving past last fall.

And here taken on a walk into the viewpoint from the cliffs.  Those are the slopes of the Beaver Valley Ski Club in the distance, and our home is above the edge of the escarpment, beyond those slopes.  Did you spot the rock climber?

Here he is, hanging in the middle of space on that cliff!  Sure surprised me, but just a few minutes later he was clambering over the top edge.

There are so many streams dropping over large and small waterfalls along the sides of the valley here that a large section of the Bruce Trail is locally known as the 'Falling Water Trail'.

The lower slopes used to be farms, though never very prosperous ones I expect.  No farm in this part of the valley has sold to a farmer for a long time though; they all go to rural residents who just let the fields grow up in trees.  Given the steep slopes, probably a good idea.  It's not unusual to come across old fencelines like this one far back in the middle of the forest.

Few roads go down the slopes and across the valley here; this is one of only two.  Most either end abruptly at the top of the valley edge, or follow a long old dog's leg that a horse and buggy once managed, but a car certainly could not!

And there are karst sinkholes like this one, where the water above the valley drains directly into cracks in the limestone, emerging part way down the slope as a spring.  This is one of the valley stories that I find the most fascinating, and there will be a seperate post on that soon too.

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In case you're wondering, the tooth (or the gap where it used to be) is fine.  But it was minus 20 here this morning, so winter's not leaving yet!  Don't know where those Robins we saw a few days ago are hiding!



11 comments:

  1. Interesting post on The Valley. Wonderful pictures! Especially liked the fencing in the snow.

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  2. glad you are all healed up. gorgeous valley you live in. fall is my favorite time of the year.

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  3. The fall colors are spectacular!

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  4. These are nature's colours in all glory, love the slow water falling, the rock climber, yes I did see him in the far away one first, when I clicked on it. scary stuff. So glad the gap is doing OK, take care in that cold outside.

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  5. Those are truly magnificent views. Look at the cliff, wow I wish I was not afraid of falling from it :) I like the names, Beaver valley, Talisman hills and Old Baldy :)

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  6. All soo beautiful . I haven't found our high peek to take photos of our valley most of our high peeks are covered in wooded areas mind you our valley isn't as big either lol and we are in a wide spread village in our valley . Hope your mouth is all healed up now from having that tooth pulled ! Thanks for sharing , lovely photos ! Have a good day !

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  7. Oh those fall colors! I'm glad to hear your dentist took care of things for you. I sure do enjoy visiting your valley in every season. :-)

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  8. i hope those robins found a warm spot, until spring arrives. when i was in my bird shop the other day, i mentioned to the owner that i thought the robins were early this year!!! she said they come when the holly berries are at their finest. that they come whenever their winter food supply has been exhausted. she also said that robins can be "wanderers" staying away from the pack, that it is not unusual. i love visiting that store because the owner is wonderful and shares all her knowledge!!

    i love the seasons, i could not live without them, and i really adore fall. the colors and the temperatures. i love spring as well but it does not hang around long enough, like autumn does!!!!

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  9. It's so interesting to see a cohesive view of where you live. Thanks.

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  10. Beautiful country, thanks for posting photos of the place you call home.

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