Quadra Island Mushroom Festival

Quadra Island Wild Mushroom Forays – Schedule and Guidelines

Note: Participants must register with payment for the events so we know how many people to plan for. Contact Heriot Bay Inn at 250-285-3322 or http://www.heriotbayinn.com

 Dates:

Foray – Saturday, October 4 – Participants must register and pay by September 26, 2014.

Saturday Schedule:

 9:30 a.m. – meet in the parking lot of the Quadra Community Centre for a 10 a.m. departure (car pooling)

3:30 p.m. – everybody back from the field – bring specimens to Room 3, Quadra Community Centre

The purpose of the foray is to collect specimens for identification for use in the Sunday workshops, with emphasis on edible species.

There will be several foray locations. Each group of 2 vehicles will be assigned to an initial location; each owner/driver is responsible for his/her passengers. Each group of vehicles will have a foray leader. Drivers must register with the overall foray coordinator before leaving and check in upon return. All foray participants must sign QI Outdoor Club waivers before heading out. It is strongly suggested that each group of vehicles change location after 2 hours (or less) to give everyone a chance to visit at least 2 spots. Participants should check in with their foray leaders each half hour to reduce the chance of people wandering too far or getting misplaced. PLEASE HUNT IN PAIRS – NO LONERS.

Foray locations with maps will be distributed to participants at the meeting place on foray dates.

Equipment and clothing list

  • Rain gear and boots, hat
  • Whistle
  • Compass or GPS
  • Full water bottle
  • Packed lunch
  • Basket or bucket
  • Knife
  • Paper bags and roll of wax paper for collecting
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small first aid kit (e.g. bandaids)

Each vehicle should have a blanket and towel and a first aid kit.

 

Trip Report – Cortes and beyond 15-17 Sept 2014

Debbie, Norris, Margot, Lonn and Darcy boarded the 9:05 ferry to Cortes on Monday morning and launched at the foot of Sea Vista road – a bit of a carry from the parking area made much easier by loading all the gear except boats on Lonn’s truck which he was able to drive to the beach. We left near high tide on a beautiful, sunny, windless day and paddled north through Plumper Passage and on to the entrance to Von Donop Inlet, with a short lunch break at Carrington Bay.

Our first plan for a campsite was to select one of the two reported on either side of Robertson Creek, about a kilometer northwest of Von Donop entrance. The first site showed a good beach, but tent sites appeared to be well back in the bush and rather dark. The second site would have been fine had it not been littered with derelict boats, floats, Styrofoam blocks and other detritus. So, following a futile hunt by Margot and Lonn to the north, we paddled back into Von Donop Inlet, to a beautiful, flat, open spacious site among huge cedars at the entrance to Von Donop lagoon. There’s even a picnic table!

Following happy hour (with smoked salmon), dinner and a campfire, we crawled into our tents and woke next morning to another beautiful day. We first checked out the entrance to the lagoon to see whether it would be possible to paddle in (an exercise we repeated later in the day at a higher tide). The lagoon entrance is full of shellfish and sea stars that obviously relish the rushing water. We then paddled across Sutil Channel to the Penn Islands. We spotted one small group of kayakers (who turned out to also be from Quadra Island) and landed at a campsite on the east side of northernmost Island. The beach has excellent protection from all weathers and several tent sites (occupied by the tents of our Quadra neighbours). After paddling among the islands, accompanied by snorting, blowing and splashing seals, we returned to Von Donop and, starting at the north shore of the lagoon entrance, hiked up to Wiley Lake. On the way back, we stopped to investigate a small cabin, which has been built by local residents to provide emergency shelter for boaters and hikers. We again tried to enter the lagoon, but concluded that tides likely need to be higher than 14 or 15 feet to make entry possible.

After another quiet night (except for the odd owl and the rustle of curious rodents), we broke camp for the return trip. With impeccable timing, the weather started to change and we paddled back in a light headwind followed, as we drove onto the ferry, by the first drops of rain.

In all, we paddled about 60 kilometres over the three days.

submitted by Darcy Mitchell, trip coordinator

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Paddling/camping beyond Cortes 15-17 Sept 2014

Trip Report – Mine Lake Bluff 10 Sept 2014

This trip was scheduled for Rousseau Ridge, but at a last-minute request it was re-routed to the bluff on the north shore of Mine Lake. The weather was perfect: clear, warm and still. We followed the trail from the Surge Narrows Road to the Camp Homewood campsite, which was closed for the season. After finding the sign to the bluff we climbed through the forest and then steeply on rocks up to great views of Mine Lake and the Mt. Seymour Ridge. We explored the top of the bluff for views and found a trail that descended the north side and then along the base of an impressive cliff. This trail circled back to re-join the trail we had taken up the south side of the bluff. We descended to the lake, stopping for lunch and a swim at the rocky peninsula near the campsite, before heading back.

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Hike Rousseau Ridge – 10 Sept 2014

Trip Report – Beech’s Mtn 2 Sept 2014

The forecast was for rain, one of the few rainy days in the entire summer. A small group decided to go anyway. The threat of rain was exaggerated, but there was mist and low clouds – not perfect for hike with such great views. We hiked up to the viewpoint and on to the summit. We then decided to make a loop back to the parking lot by taking the route down the west side of Beech’s mountain, continuing on the old logging road for a while, and then following another flagged route along bluffs, finally joining the North Chinese Mountain trail. There are several routes from the logging road to the Chinese Mountain parking lot, but this is the most scenic.

A few people went the following day which was sunny and beautiful.

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Hike Beech’s Mtn. – 2 Sept 2014

Quadra Island Mushroom Festival

 

Quadra Island Mushroom Festival
Fall 2014

Sponsored by the Quadra Island Mushroom Club, the Heriot Bay Inn, the Quadra Island Outdoor Club, and the Quadra Recreation Society.

What, where and when?

Part 1 – Chanterelle appetizers followed by a presentation on local wild mushrooms by noted mycologist Dr. Shannon Berch.

Friday, October 3, 7 p.m. in Heron’s at the Heriot Bay Inn

Cost – $25.00 per person

Part 2 – Guided collecting forays and mushroom identification workshops.

Saturday, October 4, 9:30 at the parking lot, Quadra Community Centre, return by 3:30 and bring specimens to room 3 (upstairs) at the Community Centre.

Sunday, October 5, 10 a.m. to noon – Introduction to wild mushroom identification,   12:30 to 2:00 – Intermediate mushroom identification. Both sessions with mycologists Shannon Berch and Sharmin Gamiet. Room 3 (upstairs) at the Community Centre.

Cost – $55 per person

Register for either or both parts by calling the Heriot Bay Inn at 285-3322.

A list of ‘things to bring” for Part 2 will be posted on the Outdoor Club and HBI websites by early September.

Call early – space is limited. Refunds can be made up to 48 hours before the event.

Note: further guided field trips are planned for October and November.
Check the Quadra Island Outdoor Club schedule for dates to be announced.

Questions?
Contact Darcy Mitchell at 250 285 2739 or email darcm@telus.net

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Report – Bedwell Area 25-27 Aug 2014

We began the hike up from the trailhead to Bedwell Lake at 1:00 and walked through the impressive forest of old growth, boulders and stairs up to Baby Bedwell Lake (6 km, 3 hours). We set up camp at Baby Bedwell Lake and took advantage of the warm, sunny weather to go swimming and cool down. This was a trip to try out new gear: foamies, stoves, GPS and inReach.

The next day we hiked up one of the approaches to Tom Taylor. We walked to Bedwell Lake, then west to the south shore of Baby Bedwell and more or less along the west shore of Bedwell Lake on an up and down, somewhat overgrown, flagged and cairned route. This led to excellent views of the area, especially Septimus, Big Interior Mountain, Bedwell and neighbouring lakes. There were also lovely lakes at the northeast foot of Tom Taylor. Progress was somewhat slowed by eating lots of great blueberries and swimming in the lakes. We continued on up the northeast ridge of Tom Taylor, but turned back at 3:00. We retraced our route until we reached Baby Bedwell and then followed a route to the west of the lake back to the campsite. (about 10.5 km, 9 hours)

On the third day, we had expected the weather to deteriorate, but since it was still warm and sunny, we decided to explore more of the area. We hiked to Bedwell Lake and a short way down the trail to Bedwell Sound. We then hiked along the east shore of Bedwell Lake, which is also an undulating, somewhat overgrown, flagged and cairned route. Even without the blueberries and swimming, this was not fast walking. At 1:00 we headed back, broke camp and hiked out. We left the Baby Bedwell campsite following a well cleared and flagged route to the west of the established trail, joining that trail after about a kilometre. (about 16 km, 8.5 hours for the day) This is a truly spectacular sub-alpine destination, which is quite readily accessible and has lots of opportunities for side trips.

Sidebar: As we walked in on the first day, the talk on the trail from those we met coming out was about the 140 lb, injured dog at Bedwell Lake. The dog was unable to walk, and he and the owners were running out of food. All rescue alternatives were problematic. The next day, the dog was retrieved by a volunteer helicopter and rescuers, which was the big news event of the week in Campbell River.

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Backpacking Baby Bedwell & day trips – 25-27 August 2014

Trip Report – Chain Islets & Orchard Bay 20 Aug 2014

Five members showed up for the trip and we were rewarded with an awesome paddle. The wind was blowing NW 15 and forecast was for 20 knots in the afternoon so we were hesitant to leave Granite Bay. After some discussion we decided to brave forward as this trip had already been canceled once due to winds. We stayed close together so if anyone felt the wind was too much we would just turn around and come back. It was challenging paddling into the wind, but not that bad and gave us a chance to practice some skills. As we turned the first point the water got a bit better as we had some protection from the Chain Islets. Some harbour porpoises were out playing and the sockeye were jumping to make things exciting.

The group stopped at a protected bay on the south side of Kanish Bay near the entrance. From here we could walk to the outside and see what the wind was doing on Johnstone Strait. The white caps were many so we decided to have lunch and hope that it calmed down. After lunch we rounded the west most island and out into the wind. It was a bit much so ducked back behind the next island and paddled on the lee side to the eastern most island. At this point the wind calmed some and it was decided to make a dash for Orchard Bay. The crossing was uneventful and not bad as we had a following wind.

Orchard Bay is a very interesting place. The midden is enormous with a huge level meadow on top. There are many places to camp here. It is well worth the time to explore this old native site. After this we paddled across the entrance of Small Inlet and back to Granite Bay.

- Les Hand

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Kayak Chain Islets & Orchard Bay 20 August 2014