This is one of the easiest yet very beautiful trails in Golden Ears Provincial Park. It is an easy 1 hour (2.7km/1.7mi) walk along Gold Creek to the Lower Falls. The trail is fairly flat and has a few ups and downs. The rocky beach about 20 minutes in is a beautiful spot to rest and relax. When I went here the last time with my friend we stopped at this spot for a picnic and we really enjoyed it very much! About halfway to the falls, part of the trail has been washed out and re-routed. If you stop at the bank of the creek and turn to look southwest, you get a great view of the mountains overlooking the creek.
I would take about 2 hours and some to enjoy this trail. Take out more time if you plan for a picnic along the way.
The North Beach trail is a very easy trail that you can walk in about 20 minutes one way. It follows the Gold Creek all the way until it ends up into Alouette Lake. While walking the North Beach trail you may spot birds such as ravens, hawks, bald eagles, and Blue Herons. Other animals in the park you might spot are squirrels, deer, black bears, beavers and mountain goats. At the North Beach where you can enjoy the views, walk along the beach. There is also a campground here for those who would like to camp in this park.
You can find this trail in the Gold Creek Day Use Area which you can find by driving a few kilometers/miles north of Alouette Lake. When you are getting near the parking lot you will have to cross Gold Creek on a narrow wooden bridge with your car which is one way traffic only, so always watch for oncoming cars
If you feel like it and there's not too many cars around it might be interesting to stop at the park gate. There is a nice mountain goat statue on the sign of the park and people like to stop here to take a photo of it. Just make sure you only stop when it's safe to do so.
Favorite thing: Golden Ears Park is this huge mountainous provincial park (which means it's funded by the province) ... and most of it you can't access by car. Alouette Lake however, can be accessed by car. It's a gorgeous lake about a 20 minute drive from the main gates. We were there in April so it was still too cold to swim, but families were enjoying themselves along the beach, people were having BBQ's and a few people were even sunbathing!