Hike Carrington Bay – 15 April 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Carrington Bay, Cortes Island
Date 15 April 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info 250.285.2393
Description Carrington Bay Regional Park is one of the most widely used mature forest destinations on the island. The main trail out to the lagoon is an old dirt road bed and the many other trails through the forest are suitable for both hiking and mountain biking. The lagoon entrance is a narrow channel through which the tide flows, mixing salt and fresh water for abundant aquatic life. The forests are also home to a significant amount of wildlife, including several species at risk. The mature forest on the way out to the lagoon also hosts a whole network of hiking and biking trails, with several “you are here” maps along the way that will also help you to locate two historic homesteads. Much of the forest that you will hike through to get to the lagoon is private managed forestland. The Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society has been formed to purchase these forestlands and hold them in trust for the children of Cortes Island in perpetuity. For more information visit http://www.corteschildrensforesttrust.org. Park at the trail head on Coulter Bay Rd. Access is off Carrington Bay Road in Whaletown or down Jimmy Smith Road, through the Cortes Pit. Estimated walking time for several trails: allow at least 2-3 hrs.
Meeting Place Cortes ferry line-up
Departure Time 9:05 a.m. ferry
Difficulty Easy & beautiful
Costs Ferry fare
Trip limits none
Dogs? Yes. Be aware wolves in the area.
Notes: Bring lunch.  This trip is weather dependent.

Karst Formations – 21 March 2015

Activity Naturalist outing
Destination Quadra’s Karst formations
Date 21 March 2015, Saturday
Trip Coordinator Richard Leicester
Contact Info 285-2663; please contact the coordinator by Thursday if you are interested in going
Description Visit some of Quadra’s Quatsino limestone formations, an area which contains karst sinkholes, intakes, resurgences and underground streams.   We will visit two or three areas, which involves a bit of driving on logging roads and bush walking.  We will not be walking in caves.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling. High clearance vehicles will be preferable.
Departure Time TBA
Difficulty
Easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch and gear appropriate for the weather.  Also, bring a flashlight to see into these geological formations.

Blindman’s Bluff & Eagle Ridge – 4 March 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Blindman’s Bluff & Eagle Ridge
Date 4 March 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029; please contact the coordinator at least two days in advance.
Description These are two short hikes linked by proximity.  The route takes us through open forest over mossy bluffs leading to great views.  About 2½ hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch.  Hiking poles may be useful but not essential.

Stramberg Old Growth – 1 April 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Stramberg Old Growth grove
Date 1 April 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca
Description We hear that there has been a lot of work on this trail since we hiked it last winter.  This trail begins near Village Bay Lake and follows open meadow leading into and through the forest.  The reward at the end of the hike is a grove of old growth firs.  About 13 km; 5 hours or more.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch.  This walk is very wet in places.

Hiking Maud Island 11 Mar 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date 11 March 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description Hike to Maud Island through varied forest over level and undulating trails.  We hope to have views from Mt. Lolo and from the Narrows.  We will also see the state of construction of the tidal turbines at the Canoe Pass causeway.  About four hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch.

Hiking on Demand – February 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Hiking on demand
Date February
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978
Description The last three weeks of February are open to your suggestions for hiking destinations.  If you want to go hiking, give Julie a call and suggest a time and a place.
Meeting Place TBA
Departure Time TBA
Difficulty TBA
Costs
Trip limits
Dogs?
Notes:

Mine Lake Bluff – 27 January 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Mine Lake Bluff
Date 27 January 2015, Tuesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info phone 3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description We will leave from the parking area on the road near the Mine Lake access and walk to Camp Homewood.  From there the route ascends the bluff to the north of Mine Lake with great views (weather permitting).  A loop will be made by a trail which descends to the north and circles back to the trail just before Camp Homewood.  The route up the bluff can feel a bit exposed.  This is a hike, not a climb.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and gum boots.  We will need the rubber boots for the section between the road and Camp Homewood.  From there, we can wear hiking shoes/boots.