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Some people search for wisdom. Others for truth. Then there are those who search for views from toilets…

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The Great Outdoors
 Open-air toileting at its very best. Photograph Valerie McDougall.

Open-air toileting at its very best. Photograph Valerie McDougall.

Looking at this proud and regal toilet, it's easy to see why people call them thrones... This magnificent outdoor facility is on the Balu Pass Trail, an 11.4km hiking route in Glacier National Park, Canada. But be aware - Balu means bear! They say to check in with the rangers and watch a video about bear safety before heading out on to the trail. The video may or may not tell you what to do if you see a bear while using this toilet...

Location…

 Entering Glacier National Park on the Trans-Canada Highway. Photograph  Mariano Mantel

Entering Glacier National Park on the Trans-Canada Highway. Photograph Mariano Mantel

Not to be confused with its namesake in Montana, USA, Glacier National Park is in British Columbia, on the Trans-Canada Highway. A point somewhere on Balu Pass is marked here on the map - it’s unlikely to be the exact location of the toilet, but you never know…

 

Another photo of this toilet!

In case you thought it was too good to be true...

 Balu Pass toilet in close-up. The yellow writing on it says 'no garbage'. Photograph  Staticx (flickr.com) .

Balu Pass toilet in close-up. The yellow writing on it says 'no garbage'. Photograph Staticx (flickr.com).

A close encounter with a bear…

Incidentally…

There are hundreds of open-air toilets in National Parks around the world, including this one on the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park, California.

 A loo with a view of the Angel Wings rock wall in Sequoia National Park. Photograph  Miguel Vieira

A loo with a view of the Angel Wings rock wall in Sequoia National Park. Photograph Miguel Vieira

Bhaalu is 'bear' in Hindi and is thought to be where Balu Pass gets its name. It's also where the name Baloo (the bear) comes from in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. This toilet was included in Good Loo Hunting, by Luke Barclay (Virgin Books). Homepage image is by Valerie McDougall. Please be ‘bear aware’ when entering areas inhabited by bears...

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Introducing 'Other Things With Views'...

Introducing 'Other Things With Views'...

Extraordinary toilet photographed on Alcatraz Island

Extraordinary toilet photographed on Alcatraz Island