Gobsmacked by the Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park


Gobsmacked is how I would describe my reaction to seeing the colourful mountains that make up the Rainbow Range in British Columbia’s Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

I’d had a small taste of them on one of the best one day hikes John and I have ever done.

But then we had a chance to see the Rainbow Range from the air.

We flew on a float plane out of Laidman Lake Lodge through the Rainbow Range, past Hunlen Falls and landed on Anahim Lake. All John and I could say (actually mouth since it’s so loud inside the plane) to each other was wow, wow and wow again. They are like no other mountains I have seen on the planet.

"Can't get over the colours in this mountain range"

Can’t get over the colours in this mountain range

"Brilliant colours in the Rainbow Range Mountains"

Brilliant colours in the Rainbow Range Mountains

"Vivid oranges in this photo"

"Close-up of the mountains - looks more like a fire"

Close-up of the mountains – looks more like a fire

"Repeating mountains - all rainbow coloured"

"Trees and cliff bands in this shot"

"The muted tones in the Rainbow Range"

The muted tones in the Rainbow Range

"Less colourful mountains"

"More greens and pinks in this section"

More greens and pinks in this section

If you’re in the Cariboo Chilcotin area between Williams Lake and Bella Coola then you’re between two and five hours away from these mountains. Hiking gives you a taste of them, a few days of backpacking would be even better and for the horse lovers out there, multi-day pack trips are an option. The only other way to see the Rainbow Range is via float plane.

Have you ever heard of the Rainbow Range?

This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandboxa website where Nanci offers a chance every Thursday for fellow travelers to post their favourite photos.

Leigh McAdam


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