It’s strange to think of something so large beginning here. In a spot in front of you. Bubbling out of the ground from deep springs on this moody morning of yawning sky and red-hued sunrise. From here, a 2000 km journey of North America’s 4th largest river system (by volume) to the Pacific Ocean begins. The mighty Columbia River. Life itself – in an ecosystem and an industrial powerhouse – springs anew. Pristine, like nowhere else.
Take a quiet stroll down the 1.5 km (loop) Source of the Columbia Trail in Canal Flats. Just off the trail, wildflowers, insects, birds and wildlife can be seen. Poplars, spruce and willows line the pathway. Large patches of cattails and water grasses grow as they have for thousands of years. When you reach the end of the loop, spend some time on the foot bridge. Here, many waterfowl, eagles, hawks and song birds can be seen and heard. Keep following the Trail to its conclusion and witness the water bubbling from the ground.