June 28, 2012 | Tips from Travellers >
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Everyone knows about mosquito itch, and you have to be careful to avoid duck itch otherwise known as swimmer's itch…but have you heard of alpine itch? That is when people like me, simply can not wait to strap on a pack (and maybe some Swiss lederhosen) and take a hike through alpine meadows, past glacial streams up to marvelous mountain peak views. In fact it is only a few more weeks until the snow and high water levels recede and my Zoggeli, (traditional Swiss footwear) can travel these trails once more. So in the mean time I have found a fantastic alternative right in the town of Smithers—the Perimeter trail. This trail travels the circumference of the town, running along the Bulkley River, and past the scenic down-town. The entire loop is about 12.5km, but it is easy to access and exit the trail at various points throughout the town. As I walk I hear birds singing and the laughter of three kids on bikes who race past me, it’s the perfect trail for a family walk or a morning jog. The trail is easily accessible from Riverside Municipal Campground and provides the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs after a long day of travelling.