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Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays



And shall I ask at the day's end once more
What beauty is....
 
Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Almost Dawn...


Almost Dawn © Stephen Mullock

Wisps of fog cling to the frosty farm fields as dawn approaches in a sky of pinks and blues.  Another December day is about to begin in the beautiful Chilliwack Fraser Cheam area.   

In the distance, we see Mount McGuire and Mount Sleese raising their heads in readiness for the sun.


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

November Skies



There are times in November when it just rains and rains and the last few days have been that way.  I guess that is why it is so green here.  As a result, when the sun breaks through, even for a few moments, it feels like magic. It was near sunset yesterday when the sun, like a jewel, illuminated this Fraser Cheam setting.  Please click on the image to make it larger.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fall Colour - Agassiz B.C.



All pictures © Stephen Mullock
Towering Beech, Elm and Oak trees are the leaf holdouts today when three of these photographs were taken. Pioneer Park, Agassiz is quite unique in respect to providing a public place with giant sized trees; it is very nice to take a walk under their canopy.

Picture two, is of the Norwegian Maple I planted 21 years ago specifically for its fall colour.

Picture three shows Mount Cheam from alongside the Fraser River a gentle sweep of clouds and the moon rises above this beautiful part of the Fraser Valley.


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Chilliwack Farmland Sun Ray Magic


Beam of Light © Stephen Mullock
For a moment, this dark weekend past, the clouds parted and a beam of light reached down to the Chilliwack soil - magic in a fleeting moment.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Taking Flight - Golden Moments Above the Clouds

My family and I took a much needed holiday two weeks ago, and I packed my camera onto the airplane. Why?  One to avoid any rough handling by baggage people and, secondly, you never know what will come in handy as a Realtor® in Chilliwack the and Fraser Cheam area.  Unfortunately, it was an overcast October morning, but as we climbed, for a few moments, a sky of yellow, orange, sienna, red and gold materialized against a backdrop of majestic purple mountains.  Beautiful.... 

Mount Cheam Above The Clouds © Stephen Mullock
Mount Baker Molten Morning © Stephen Mullock
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Friday, October 28, 2011

A Chilliwack Ghost Story - Part Two


Let Me Rest for a Spell © Stephen Mullock

 A Chilliwack Ghost Story - Part One begins with a bang or shall I say a hammering that will not stop.  

Please read Part One, first before proceeding further with this article.


It is 1951, and the knocking continues night and day like a jackhammer pounding on the exterior of 150 Brooks Ave. Chilliwack, undermining the health of its occupants, a middle aged woman called Anna Duryba, and, her 14 year old niece Kathleen.

A deputy sheriff is posted in the house at night hoping to find the prankster. Spot lights are brought in and a series of experts. The banging continues, sometimes 30 times a night and as close as six feet away.  Rev. Clarke suggests that perhaps a poltergeist is present and the niece Kathleen is sent away to Vancouver.  For three weeks the house is quiet.

Below is the story as it unfolded in the local newspaper, The Chilliwack Progress.  It shows a family and community struggling to come to grips with what appears to be the supernatural.


December 12, 1951     The Chilliwack Progress

First indication of the approach of the "ghost" came Monday night when a small dog in the basement started to bark" said Mr. Duryba.

Alec Duryba, the brother of Anna, had been staying at the house since the banging on the exterior walls had begun in October.  Kathleen, it seems, had returned from her sojourn in Vancouver. "I went outside with my gun but there was nothing there," Alec said. "I told my niece it was just rain dripping on the leaves that the dog had heard.  Then a few minutes after we heard the banging.  It went on for an hour on the east wall and on the south wall."


January 2, 1952      The Chilliwack Progress

A kitchen window, protected by a metal screen, is broken from the outside. "A creamy stain remained on the shattered glass" said Alec.  The screened window is repaired to be broken again Saturday afternoon. The dining room window was smashed on Monday.

 "The window- hammering went on in daylight while members of the Duryba Family stood watching, unable to discover the source of the hammering."

"I think that I'll have to go to the doctor again. Every time I hear that hammering I just go all to pieces. My nerves are all gone," Anna tearfully says.


January 12, 1952      The Chilliwack Progress

Water diviner, Peter Hiebert suggested that the "ghost" consists no more than an unfortunate combination of hardpan, quicksand and air under the home of Anna Duryba.  The quicksand lies under the hardpan and a "vein" of water snakes through the quicksand directly under the Duryba home close to all four walls.  Above the quicksand is a thick layer of hardpan upon which the house has been built. "A combination of drought last summer, cleaning out of the nearby Semiault creek and a new drainage ditch has lowered the water table.  When the water flowed out of the quicksand, it left low pressure pockets.  Air rushes into these pockets causing the hammering which shakes the home and breaks the windows." "It will stop again", he said, "with the spring rains".

February 13, 1952      The Chilliwack Progress

After a two week quiet spell the Duryba ghost started pounding again Friday putting to an end speculation that the hammering would stop when the water table rose once again. - you see, the Duryba basement is flooded at the time.

A new theory from Alec Duryba is that some malicious prankster has a hidding place on the north side of the residence as all sound since the snow had fallen had come from that side of the home. He suggests that as soon as the snow melts, and, no footprints can be left, the banging on all sides of the dwelling would resume.  They do.

March 5, 1952     The Chilliwack Progress

This is the final reporting of this story in The Chilliwack Progress. The article reads:

Discovery of various metal objects, held together with wire, in flowerbeds beside the home of Anna Duryba, has raised speculation as to whether the "Duryba ghost" is the work of a mechanically minded prankster.

Pounding on the outer walls of the home have been heard since early last fall without explanation.

During the past two weeks, six objects have been dug up in flowerbeds around the house by Alex Duryba, uncle of the owner, who lives next door at 150 Brooks avenue.

Police, however, state they know of no way in which the objects could cause the pounding.

Found have been a small wrench with wire wrapped around it, a valve and wire, and nails wired together in an unusual manner.  Several of the objects have had lengths of copper wire attached to them.

Discovery was originally made by Mayor T.T. McCammon, for whom Miss Duryba formerly worked.  He noticed the copper wire projecting above the ground while visiting the Durybas.

Mr. Duryba says that as each of the objects was discovered and removed, the hammering stopped at that section of the house.

Some ghost stories just fade away - as did this one, thankfully, for Anna and Kathleen.  I wish that I could write a Hollywood ending to these events one that would including them finding an ancient burial site and putting to rest a troubled soul. This story however is real and not Hollywood and so a lot of questions are unanswered.  I leave it for yourself to decide.

Were these metal objects the source of torment?  If so, how could they be without a power source? Do curses work?  Was the haunting the result of a poltergeist?  A ghost?  What was the material found on the broken window, could it be ghost ectoplasm?  Was it just a poor foundation?  I can tell you after 30 years of selling real estate in the Chilliwack area I have never heard of foundation problems that sounded  like this one.  A clever and malicious prankster?  Some individual determined to drive Anna Duryba and Kathleen from their home so that it could be purchased at a bargain price?

I did look in the telephone directory to see if anyone with the family name of Duryba still lived in the area but there were no entries.  The house is long since been removed and a church built on the site - home to the holy spirit. 

If you were living in the area at the time and have some information to add, please send me a message.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN


Chilliwack Halloween Joke 1951 - 1952



Knock, Knock
Who's There
  
Knock, Knock, Knock, Knock, Knock, Knock, Knock, Knock


Sources:  All quotes may be found in the articles of The Chilliwack Progress as dated above in the article.



UPDATE - October 29, 2018


I received some comments from a friend of mine and local Chilliwack resident Ron Arnett who shared the truth of what was really behind this "haunting".
Hi Stephen
That storey has some flaws in it. Anna was Alex Duryba’s “sister-in-law” not his sister. Anna was married to Alex’s brother who apparently did not come home from the “war”. And the niece was Charlette not Kathleen as my older sister went to school with her. The Duryba brothers apparently bought the property together not sure when. But as the story goes after Alex’s brothers demise Alex wanted his “sister-in-law” off the property. However Anna knew she was entitled to her husbands part of the property. The houses were already there when we moved in 1952. They were like twin houses one on each side of the land. The Duryba’s were either Russian or perhaps Ukrainian as my Grandfather could converse with Alex (he was not a nice man). In the end Alex was found guilty of shenanigans or mischief and faced  fines for setting up some sort of contraption to tap on the windows etc. Anna even got a couple guard dogs(before the RCMP nailed Alex)but all they did was bark all the time.
Alex also would shoot at Anna’s house with a sling shot from his front porch as the homes were right in line with each other. Big news back in the day even the Vancouver Sun had written something about it…….
Ron Arnett

We lived in the big house(158 Brooks) now 46510 Brooks.
We moved there in 1952 until 1957. I was in grade 2 at the time we moved in...



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Monday, October 24, 2011

A Chilliwack Ghost Story - Part One



The "Thing" began its incessant pounding on the exterior walls of 150 Brooks Ave. Chilliwack in October 1951. It was so strong that it shook the building. Inside this home lived Anna Duryba, who formerly worked doing domestic jobs around the town, and her 14 year old niece, Kathleen.  The niece had moved to Chilliwack in May from Saskatchewan to be her aunt's companion.  They were convinced that someone was playing a prank on them.  They did not believe in ghosts.

A quick check around the home found nothing that would explain the banging.

The pounding continued, sometimes with the ferocity of a jackhammer boom - boom - boom for as long as an hour at a time.  Day and night the violent knocking kept them from getting a good rest.

Five weeks later Anna Duryba had lost 20 pounds and women were suffering from a mental strain, few can imagine, that was when the local Chilliwack Progress newspaper got hold of the story.

A bit about the property, this wasn't some sort of Gothic mansion or chilly castle rather it was almost the opposite. The property was a small little house with four rooms and a simple asphalt shingle siding exterior.  It stood on 4 acres of carefully tended raspberry canes and was close to another Brook's Ave. home owned by Anna's brother Alec Duryba.

November 25, 1951, The Chilliwack Progress

Alec tells of one eerie experience: "We heard it banging one night and I ran outside.  I ran outside and looked around and couldn't see anything. I turned around and just then I felt sort of a wind go by me but I could not see anything."

Other times Alec and his niece would try and catch their tormentor in the act.  "We run outside when we hear it." he said.  "Nothing there.  Then we hear it on the other side of the house and we run around there - nothing there either.  Sometimes we go in opposite directions around the house but we never see anything."

Kathleen adds "I heard him once and ran to the window. I yelled "Go ahead, do it again, you silly fool." Right away I heard it again - bang - bang - bang - right under the window.  I was standing right there and see there was no one there."

Alec adopted a tougher strategy "One time I fired my shotgun twice into the raspberries." "I thought that might scare him away but right after that I heard it again". "I was standing there right in front of the window and I could hear it and the window rattling, what was I suppose to do - shoot the gun into the window?".

Day and night the pounding continued, spot lights were installed, the house was surrounded by neighbours but as always nothing was seen. Possible culprits such as an electrical problem or something wired into the service of the dwelling were tested by shutting off the power - but the knocking continued.

In a search for an explanation, Anna seemed to remember a man dropping by and asking her how much she wanted for the place. "We told him it wasn't for sale but he said he wanted to buy a little place and he liked this. He came back another time when I wasn't home."  Reader please always use a Realtor®.

November 28, 1951, The Chilliwack Progress

Reverend W. J. T. Clarke, pastor of St. Thomas Anglican Church suggested that the strange happening at 150 Brooks Ave. Chilliwack might be the work of a poltergeist. "Strange noises and objects moving through the air - in this case stones* - are the most common. Usually, there is little damage done and there is no apparent logical reason for it all." Rev. Clarke said.  He went on "The inexplicable occurrences are usually associated with one person. When that person leaves the scene, the happenings usually stop."

A deputy sheriff, Al Edwards became the special investigator of this case and was posted every night in the house.  He said, "No explanation has so far been made as to how the noises in the home are caused.  These bangings have occurred as many as 30 times in a single night and have been heard by people standing within six feet of the spot.  The bangings, violent enough to shake windows visibly, move rapidly about the outer walls of the house".

A host of natural causes were considered including, radio station, aircraft beam transmissions and possible subterranean effects from minerals and the nearby mountains without success. Hundreds of spectators began to turn up on the street and the driveway to 150 Brooks Ave. Chilliwack was blocked off.

Kathleen, was taken to Vancouver both for her health and to test this notion that the work of a poltergeist was the cause of the strange knocking, window tapping and window breaking.  For three weeks the Thing was quiet.

Check back by October 28th for the conclusion of the Chilliwack haunting.

Notes
       *  All members of the family had by this time  been struck by small stones.

Sources:
  • The Chilliwack Progress November 25, 1951
  • The Chilliwack Progress November 28, 1951

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mount Cheam's Peak View


As mentioned in a previous post living in the Chilliwack* area comes with the added bonus of incredible natural beauty right at hand.  There is always something interesting to see or visit.  A week ago, I took a hike to the top of Mount Cheam, the most revered mountain in the eastern Fraser Valley but unfortunately my camera ran out of battery power.  I was able to take some shots from the top with the camera of a generous fellow hiker.  It was a remarkably clear day and some hikers said that they could see the ocean.

This is the view from the top of Mount Cheam at 2,112 m (6,929 feet) looking westward over Agassiz and Chilliwack. You can see Harrison Lake to the right, the muddy Fraser River the town of Agassiz through the centre and Chilliwack and the Cheam ridge to the left.  Please click on the picture to make it larger.

Mount Cheam View © Stephen Mullock
Mount Cheam I have recently learned from a reading of "Sepass Tales Songs of Y AIL MIHTH" means high. The notes in this book tells how the English ear has turned Mount Tsee-am (meaning high) to Mount Cheam  (pronounced Chee - am).  Many times locally I hear it pronounced She - am.

Of course, hundreds of pictures were taken on this hike - that is the beauty of a digital camera isn't it. That is, so long as it has power.

Here are a selection of some other photographs taken by myself and others, I hope you enjoy them.

Hermann Hikers on the Mount Cheam peak ©
Stag © Helle Hansen  
Mount Baker from Mount Cheam © Stephen Mullock
Stephen Mullock & Lady Peak © Helle Hansen


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Friday, September 30, 2011

Mount Cheam BC - Legend and Sin

 Chilliwack* is encircled with a necklace of mountains but none capture the attention and imagination of residents more than Mount Cheam (pronounced locally as "She-am").  This is a landmark that the eye seeks out perhaps because of its pyramid shape or the way light and shadow move across her face. Morning sunlight comes from behind her as the day begins.  I have gazed at her thousands of times each time finding a new expression.  This week, with the Hermann Hiking Group, I went to her summit for only the second time in my life - a great privilege. 

Dog Face (Lady Peak) explained

The previous day an onslaught of rain and wind had blasted the eastern Fraser Valley but when I awoke except for a veil of clouds lightly concealing Cheam from view the skies are remarkably clear.




We muster at stops in Agassiz, Popkum and Sardis with a group of 20 being assigned to the 4x4 vehicles necessary to climb up to the staging area located off the Chilliwack Lake Road; more specifically 27 km from the Vedder bridge.  I am grateful to be placed in Sid's truck both because of his experience driving these rough decommissioned gravel roads and his company.  Along the route Shelley in the back tells us there are 82 dips to cross before we get there and that number 53 is a real bad one.  I start a count and in between the lunging about I reminiscence about the many legends that surround Cheam.


The folklore about Mount Cheam is both beautiful and haunting.  It is the stuff of life and death, transformation and love.  As explained in an earlier post, Mount Cheam, is the wife of Mount Baker and she returned to this place in order to look after both the First Nation people and the Fraser River salmon, fish once essential to their way of life.  Behind her keeping her company is "Lady Peak" but to locals this was always "Dog Face", Mount Cheam's canine companion.

Number 53 lives up to its reputation as the truck grinds over its edge.  We stop a few times to take in the view.  The green hues of the alpine meadows intensify and then recede as light breaks through the clouds. We are almost a mile high.  Magic.

Mount Cheam and Lady Peak,  BC
It is 17.5 km from Chilliwack Lake Road bumping along a gravel road to the top staging area.  Thankfully an outhouse washroom has been built and is properly equipped that is long way to bang about in a truck.

The rain and wind of a day earlier has made the skies crystal clear and a wonderful blue.

I am on the hunt for beauty as we begin our trek.  Beauty it turns out is all around us.


Hermann Hikers and Lady Peak, BC
We pass Spoon Lake which has an interesting impact shape I once thought was the result of a meteor and wrote about it in a post called Cheam and the Great Ice Giant. There is some speculation that Spoon Lake is a kettle lake formed back in the days of the glaciers when a large ball of ice and debris came slamming down from a great height and then melted away leaving the lake.  I look at the embankment it carved away and still think meteor.  Have a look.

Spoon Lake, Cheam Ridge, BC





Back to the hike, the clouds continue to make a quite a show for us on Dog Face and I do my best to capture something awesome in the quickly moving light.


Cloud Play on Lady Peak, BC
I take one more picture of Mount Baker across an alpine meadow and wouldn't you know it my camera runs out of power.  A terrible sin - so sorry.
Mount Baker from Cheam Ridge, BC
The views at the top were captured on another hiker's camera and I will try to get some of these fantastic pictures up soon.  Meanwhile check out the Hermann Hikers Group site.

Living in Chilliwack* comes with the advantage of a having large natural landscape in your backyard.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

The discovery of Hot Springs at Harrison Hot Springs


Harrison Lake BC near Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs was once a marsh full of cranberry bushes and, apparently, never was a habitation site by the First Nation people of the area.  Given today's upscale Village, modern residential subdivisions and lake view apartments that enjoy a location next to both a hot springs and the largest lake in the Lower Mainland it almost seems hard to imagine. The First Nation peoples would have known and believed in the curative effects coming from these strange steaming waters of Harrison Lake. Legend says that white people discovered the hot springs by accident.  Gold prospectors exhausted after a winter of mining fell from their canoe into the lake waters and to certain doom only to discover that they were warm!

There are two hot springs at the south end of Harrison Lake the "Potash" with a temperature of 40° C and the "Sulfur" with a temperature of 65° C.   People from around the world travel here for the curative properties of these mineral rich hot springs.  Of course these waters are cooled to maximize comfort so to ease the aches and stress of bathers.

Over the years I have also heard of a number of natural hot springs up the side of the lake but have never had a chance to see them.

Today, you are welcome to visit the public pool or if staying at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel enjoy either the two indoor or 3 outdoor pools.  Locals, often take a wander up the west side of the lake to one of the hot springs sources.  I like to think that those gold miners must have splashed into the water close by; I can only imagine the smiles on those weary fortune hunters. That must have been a very good day.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011


Lake and the Needle Peak


Diana   
Weathered and bowed
Needle Peak BC
Exploring the local rich nature beauty is an added benefit to Chilliwack* living as these recent hiking pictures show.  This series comes from the Needle Peak area of the Coquihalla Summit.  A beautiful Alpine lake being feed by a large wall of melting snow was a pleasant surprise. All photographs if clicked will appear larger.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Steve & Ian climb Elk Mountain, Chilliwack BC




This is a great little video that friend and fellow Royal LePage Realtor© Ian Meissner did of our climb up Elk Mountain, Chilliwack, B.C. - enjoy.

My photographs and comments of our trek can be found in the following post call Elk Mountain - Hike 5.

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Elk Mountain - Hike 5


One of the big advantages of the Chilliwack* area comes from its proximity to rivers, lakes, forest and mountains.  Life in this area is richer with nature right on the doorstep and the Chilliwack* has great diversity. My hiking trips are included to give you some sense of the special place we live in.


The west coast rain forest grows dense and deep, sunlight must really stretch to reach the ground, as a result the underbrush is kept low to the earth.  My long time friend, Ian Meissner, has joined me today for the hike up Elk Mountain and for the next two hours I pant and push my body upward the elevation gain being 800 meters (2625 feet). Ian, who has become very fit in recent years, has little difficulty but the trail is moderately difficult and a good level of fitness is required along with hiking shoes and plenty of water.  This is a popular trail that is quite wide and in good condition.

Mount Baker
I had hoped to catch a good view of Mount Baker from the trail and once we hit the meadow I am not disappointed.  This dormant volcano lies in Washington State and unfortunately cannot be seen from Chilliwack as a range of mountains are in between.  Still, I often think of Mount Baker as the Volcano in my backyard. Back in December 1880, it is reported that night "the sky was so bright you could read a newspaper by it" and that the daytime sky was filled with bright red clouds of acid smoke.*  Mount Baker seems peaceful on this blue sky day.

The difficult hike up to the meadows has been well worth the effort and we are greeted with a wide variety of views some near and others far.  Looking northward across the Fraser Valley we can see Agassiz, Harrison Lake, to the west is Chilliwack, Sardis, Cultus Lake and the Chilliwack River Valley. Please click on the next image to make it larger.

Chilliwack and Cultus Lake © Stephen Mullock

Ian Meissner, On Top of the World
Thistle and Sleeping Bee
Sleese Mtn. and Border Peaks
Indian Paintbrush
Chilliwack from Elk Mountain

A flag flies brightly above the Valley marking this as a special place - Elk Mountain.



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Source Notes:
* Five Corners The Story of Chilliwack by Bruce Ramsey

Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chadsey Lake, Sumas Mountain, BC - Hike 4


Clouds over Chadsey Lake © Stephen Mullock

Consider the entire package when you are thinking about relocating, the Chilliwack* area has plenty to offer including a spectacular natural setting which I have been exploring in a series of local hikes. My first hike took me up the Coquihalla, my second to the Harrison Lake Forestry lookout, then to Lindeman and Greendrop Lakes, the destination today Sumas Mountain's Chadsey Lake sometimes called the Lost Lake.

Sumas Mountain, Abbotsford B.C. stands quite alone in the middle of the Fraser Valley.  To the south are the fertile plains of the Sumas Flats to the north the Fraser River, west is Abbotsford and eastward Chilliwack.

I meet fellow Hermann Hikers on the north side of the mountain and we convoy up Sumas Mountain Road  to a trail head marked with a baby's sun hat.

It's a 735 meter (2,411 feet) climb in elevation to the lake we are told by our trail master K, even higher than the Mount Cheam accent. It's requires intermediate hiking ability with a round trip taking 6 - 7 hours depending on whether you go to the peak or not.

Into forest we climb, after the downpour of rain we had a few days earlier, the forest is still sloughing off moisture. Humidity levels are so high even the leaves seem to be sweating. 


There are a number of fast moving streams to cross and few logs to climb over, but, as usual, the hiking here is just as simple as placing one foot in front of the other.  Sometimes, this is a trudge and at other times a brisk walk through the trees.  From H, I hear about the "magic forest" that's ahead of us, and how, when she last came through here, clouds clung to the evergreens creating an enchanted landscape.  We wind our way up pushing through underbrush in some areas, past large fern growths, at last, we come to a view point and have a look northward over the Valley.

Sumas Mountain View © Stephen Mullock
Hiking is not just about the destination, rather it is about the journey. Alien looking plants and mushrooms found along the way are examined with delight. I enjoy the taste of some huckleberries along the way.

Huckleberries © Stephen Mullock
Tree Growth © Stephen Mullock
Cotton Grass © Stephen Mullock
There is a real difference when we reach the upper forest, the "magic" one that is.  The trees are taller over 100' in height, the light is more muted and uniform, the underbrush has all but disappeared, brown trunks rise tall against a field of ever green.  This is indeed a beautiful place. 

After 3 hours of hiking we reach Chadsey Lake where we rest. Like a gift just waiting for me, I find a huge eagle feather about 20" in length...magic.

Chadsey Lake, Sumas Mountain © Stephen Mullock

Quick Facts
"Sumas" is a Halqemeylem word meaning "a big level opening" according to Wikipedia to the Sumas Prairie below.

Sumas Mountain has special significance to the First Nation people as it sheltered them through a legendary great flood eerily similar to the story of Noah. This story was recounted in an earlier post called Sumas Mountain and the Great Flood.

Name Details for Sumas

Hike Sumas Mountain

The Sumas Peak has an elevation of 910m or 2,986 feet above sea level.

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241 Balsam Ave. Harrison Hot Springs
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4545 Humphrey Road, Agassiz 


Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.