June 10, 2024Two-Day Adventure in Blue River: Your Ultimate Summer Itinerary

Nestled in the heart of beautiful British Columbia, Blue River offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. If you’re planning a short getaway, here’s a two-day itinerary to help you make the most of your visit.

Day 1: Hiking and Lakeside Relaxation

Morning: Kick off your adventure with a morning hike. 

Grab yourself some water and a snack from the Rocky Mtn. Deli and head out on to the Blue River trail system. With 27+ kms of hiking trails to choose from, Blue River offers a variety of beautiful trails that cater to all levels of hikers.

River Loop Trail: This easy level trail offers stunning views of the river, surrounding forests and the scenic pedestrian suspension bridge, making it perfect for morning hikers looking to enjoy some serenity.

Green Mile Hike: A lush, unspoiled medium level forest trail that winds through an interior rainforest, great for nature lovers who want to immerse themselves in the beauty of Blue River’s wilderness.

Midday: Blue River Community Park and lunch at Eleanor Lake

Head over to Eleanor Lake at the Blue River Community Park, taking a break to cool off and relax. This tranquil spot is perfect for a refreshing swim or a leisurely paddle. Before you go to the lake, grab a lunch from the Grizzly Shack, or plan to visit the Beach House Concession at Eleanor Lake, where you can enjoy a variety of delicious options including burgers, fries, and wraps. Enjoy your meal by the water, taking in the scenic views and relaxing atmosphere.

Afternoon: Lake Time and Hiking

If you only did one of the trails this morning, take the time to check out the other, they are all in close proximity to town. 

Or spend the afternoon lounging by Eleanor Lake. Whether you choose to swim, paddleboard, or simply relax on the shore, the lake offers a perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of Blue River.

Evening: Dinner at The Grill or Saddle Mt. Restaurant

End your day with a hearty meal at one of Blue River’s popular dining spots.

Grizzly Shack: Known for its casual, rustic atmosphere and delicious comfort food. Try their famous burgers or a plate of their crispy fries. Relax outdoors at the picnic tables, or take away to eat at your accommodations.

Saddle Mt. Restaurant: Offers a cozy dining experience with a menu featuring a variety of dishes, perfect for a satisfying dinner after a day of exploration. Enjoy the beautiful deck and the scenic views while enjoying a tasty morsel.

Day 2: Scenic Views and Wildlife Adventures

Morning: Start your second day with a trip to Mud Lake and a hike to Parbury Falls. 

The trail winds through the forest, often in site of the lake.  It’s an in and out trail, where you can dip your toes in the creek or lake and enjoy the spectacular Parbury Falls. It’s a great spot for photography and enjoying the tranquil ambiance of Blue River.

Late Morning: Embark on an exciting wildlife adventure with the River Safari.

This guided tour takes you through the beautiful landscapes of Mud Lake and the Mud Delta Provincial Park.  Opportunities to spot wildlife such as bears, moose, herons and eagles. The Safari offers a unique perspective of the area’s natural beauty and is a must-do for nature enthusiasts.

Lunch: After your Safari, enjoy a unique dining experience at the Forest Table.

Located at the River Safari, this outdoor floating dining option offers a delicious menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy your meal surrounded by the beauty of the forest and the sounds of nature.

Afternoon: More Exploration or Relaxation

Spend the afternoon exploring more of what Blue River has to offer. You can revisit any trails you missed on the first day or simply relax by the lake. If you’re up for more adventure, consider renting a kayak or paddleboard to explore the lake from a different perspective.

Evening: Dinner and Reflection For your final meal.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Tony’s Grill and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the past two days. Blue River is a perfect destination for those seeking a blend of outdoor adventure and relaxation. With its beautiful trails, serene lake, exciting wildlife safaris, and charming dining spots, you’re sure to have a memorable visit. Whether you’re hiking through lush forests or enjoying a meal by the lake, Blue River offers something special for everyone.

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