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'Going' in the great outdoors
Image: Valerie McDougall.

Image: 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 careful! 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 the toilet...

Location

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

Entering Glacier National Park on the Trans-Canada Highway. Image: 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…

 

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Incidentally…

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.

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. Image:  Miguel Vieira

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

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...


Introducing 'Other Things With Views'...

Introducing 'Other Things With Views'...

Historic toilet photographed on Alcatraz

Historic toilet photographed on Alcatraz