Kayak Gowlland Harbour 5 May 2014

Activity Kayaking
Destination Gowlland Harbour
Date Monday 5 May 2013
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029; please contact the coordinator not later than Thursday
Description Gowlland Harbour is a lovely, protected harbour with several interesting islands to explore. There will be wildflowers at this time of year.
Meeting Place Gowlland Harbour Resort parking lot, 823 Gowlland Harbour Rd.
Departure Time 09:45
easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits limited by parking space to 12 cars
Dogs? no
Notes: If you have not completed your 2014-15 membership, please come prepared to sign papers and pay the membership fee.Only 2 vehicles can unload at beach at one time so please be on time. We will paddle South Gowlland and North Gowlland, about 4 hours weather permitting.  Bring a lunch.  If pouring rain, e-mail will be sent out by 8 am cancelling trip.

Gowlland Harbour Resort has kindly granted us permission to use their boat launch for this trip.  This is not a public access.


Trip Photos – Maud Island 31 Mar 2014

The weather could not have been more perfect for our hike to Maud Island. It was a beautiful spring day with plenty of sunshine. We reached Seymour Narrows just before a maximum current of 14.1 knots. It was like a roaring river, complete with whirlpools and back eddies that sea-lions were playing in.

On the return trip we went over Mt. Lolo. This proved to be a bit of an adventure as the trail is not marked as well from that direction. We were rewarded with bright sunny views though.

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Hiking Maud Island 31 Mar 2014

Trip Photos – Ripple Rock – 19 March 2014

Although the day dawned dark and rainy, the weather was great by the time we started down the trail around 11:00.  The group enjoyed the walk on this well constructed, undulating trail including stairs and a swinging suspension bridge.  Points of interest along the way include a few excellent old growth trees, lush mosses and ferns, an old corduroy road, a few creeks, the view point over Menzies Bay from a rocky bluff, the sandy beach at Nymphe Cove and budding fawn lilies.  After the final push up the hill and stairs to Wilfred Point, the group was rewarded with great views of Discovery Passage and a warm and sunny lunch stop.   There were sea lions and seagulls feeding in the current. The area is steeped in the history of early logging and the major efforts made to blow up Ripple Rock in Seymour Narrows to improve the safety of navigation through those waters.  When we arrived the ebb was running about 7 knots.  Although it can run more than double that speed, the turbulence was quite impressive.  The hike, round trip, is 8 kilometres.

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Hiking – Ripple Rock 19 Mar 2014

The Ripple Rock explosion was 9:31 a.m. on 5 April 1958.  The Museum at Campbell River is offering a hike to this lookout to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the explosion on April 5, 2014.  Cost is $20, register with the museum at 250-287-3103.


Trip Photos – Stramberg Trees 12 Feb 2014

The weather was great for the walk to the Stramberg big trees.  The forest in general, and the old growth trees in particular, were a pleasure.  It’s a long, but rewarding walk, as long as you don’t mind full forest, minimal trail and serious route finding.  Allow at least two hours each way and allow some extra time for getting lost.  13 km round trip.

The trail can be divided into three sections.  From the start, the small parking area on the left just before Village Bay Lake, take the path which starts along the stream; don’t take the gravel road which goes uphill to a gate. The hike begins on a good trail along the edge of a very open forest with marshes and ponds on the left. There was good sunlight with the maple leaves gone.  Keep going past an abandoned cabin with old fencing.  At the end of this section the path gets smaller and passes by a mossy rock overlook of a pond.

Section two. From here the path gradually turns north and enters into Main Lakes Provincial Park.  The trail is flagged except for some parts where a flat, wet area is full of fallen trees. For those taking it in the summer, it might be hard to find because of salal growth.   There is one trail junction.  Left is flagged and might lead to Stramberg Lake after a stream crossing. Right, the trail follows the east side of a stream, but on a bank or old roadbed which keeps it out of the wet.  For us, the trail had some snow cover.  The trail is a bit overgrown in places, until it becomes heavy bush and it is no longer possible to follow the old road.  At this point we had lunch at a sunny opening at a creek.

Section three. Where the trail seems to end, look left for an easy place to jump over the stream.  There was no flagging for this turn.  The trail then goes up the hill a bit to a more open forest and the big trees.  For a trail that has not been maintained in some time, there is less brush and blow-down than you might expect. The route is mostly well flagged, but there are a number of places where it would be easy to get lost.  GPS and map highly recommended, preferably already loaded with a route to follow.

Hiking Stramberg Trees 12 Feb 2014

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Hiking – Ripple Rock 19 Mar 2014

Activity hiking
Destination Ripple Rock Trail, Campbell River
Date Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info Margot @ 250.285.2393. margotw@uniserve.com

Please contact the coordinator in advance.

Description Ripple Rock Trail near Campbell River is a 1½ to 2 hour walk (one way) leading to the Seymour Narrows lookout and views across to Quadra and Maud Islands.

The marked trailhead is 15.5 km north of Campbell River with a parking pull-off on the east side of the highway

Meeting Place Quadra Ferry Line-Up/Parking Area
Departure Time 10:00 AM ferry
I can do it, you can do it.
Costs Ferry Cost/Car-pool cost.
Trip limits none
Dogs? Yes
Notes: 4 hours.  Bring lunch to be eaten on the bluff.

Be aware that it is important to lock your vehicle & not leave valuable items in your vehicle.

The trail is 8 km long, with an easy to moderate grade to Menzies Bay and a steep section to Wilfred Point. It passes through areas that were logged about 70 years ago and now have Douglas fir, red alder, broadleaf maple and western hemlock.

On the east side of Menzies Creek the trail passes through two small patches of old growth with 300-year-old Sitka spruce and Douglas-fir. There are good viewpoints along the trail and a nice sandy beach at Nymphe Cove.

Midway between the lookout and Maud Island is the site of the infamous Ripple Rock, two menacing rock pinnacles whose summits used to provide only a few metres clearance at low tide.

This notorious marine hazard wrecked dozens of ships and claimed 114 lives, resulting in a project to destroy Ripple Rock by blowing it to pieces. In 1958, the largest man-made, non-nuclear explosion in history reduced the rock by 370,000 tonnes to create a clearance of 13 m.

Trip Photos – Rousseau Ridge – 1 Jan 2014

Not every trip has fantastic weather, but often it’s worth going anyway.  This trip did not have a predetermined destination.  The decision in the parking lot was to go to Rousseau Ridge from the North Gowlland Road side.  This is a short walk to a rocky bluff with great views of Discovery Passage, when it’s clear.  There is a bit of scrambling to get to the top.  It didn’t even rain.

Hiking Quadra 1 Jan 2014

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Here’s a link to a nice photo on a nicer day (5 Jan 2011)


Here’s a link to a trail description


Hiking Maud Island 31 Mar 2014

Activity hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date Monday, 31 March 2014
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029
Description Hike to Maud Island to view Seymour Narrows at 14.1 knot flood tide at 3:33 pm
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 1:00 PM
Easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Are welcome as long as they will stay by you.  Wolves are a possibility.
Notes: Please let me know at least two days prior if you will be going.

Bring a snack and water.  The hike will take approximately four hours.