Kayaking – Gowlland Harbour – 2 May 2018

Activity Kayaking
Destination Gowlland Harbour
Date 2 May 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info 250-285-2393
Description We will meet, help each other to launch from Gowlland Harbour Resort.
We will kayak the islands to see the beautiful wild flowers. Kayak to May Island for our lunch.  Visiting the islands in Gowlland Harbour.  Returning to the launch area at approximately 2 p.m.
Meeting Place Gowlland Harbour Resort boat launch, 823 Gowlland Harbour Rd.
Departure Time 10:30 (unload and prepare at 10:00)
Difficulty
easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: This trip is dependent on weather.  Bring your ocean kayak, paddle plus safety equipment. Bring your own lunch and water. I will meet you at the launch site at 10:00.  We help each other with kayak launch.
Gowlland Harbour Resort has kindly granted us permission to use their boat launch for this trip. This is not a public access.
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Trip Report – Deepwater Bay – 12 Apr 2018

Because the weather forecast was poor, we saved the planned view trip for another day when we would have a view, and chose another destination below cloud level.  We also postponed it a day to avoid the worst weather.  As luck would have it, we had a beautiful sunny day for a hike down to Deepwater Bay and back.

The first part of the hike was an unexpected detour through the forest around work to renew the old road for future logging operations.  Trees alongside of the roadway had been neatly felled onto the logging road and not yet cleaned up.  Beyond that, the walking was good except for a bit of erosion and a landslide on the north bank of the creek, which swept trees across to the south bank and the trail.  The whitewater stream was impressive with recent rains and there were several waterfalls.  We had lunch at the Bay in warm sunshine and returned uphill to the vehicle. 4.4 km; 2½ hours.  

As the hike was fairly short, we made a side trip to some of the nearby karst sinkholes.  There was a report that the creek had re-routed.  However, there was some water in the insurgent and resurgent creek, though not as much might be expected with recent rain.

– Norris

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Multi-day Hiking – Cathedral Lakes Park – 5-10 Sept 2018

Activity Base-camp hiking
Destination Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park
Date 5-10 Sept 2018, Wednesday to Monday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info Please contact the coordinator well in advance of the trip at debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710
Description We are planning on two travel days and four nights camping in Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park.  Day 1: travel to Keremos and spend the night in local accommodation.  Day 2 (Thursday): travel up the mountain to the Park in the Lodge “unimog” on the 10:00 departure.  Set up camp in either the Quiniscoe Lake campground (5 minute walk) or the Lake of the Woods campground (25 minute walk).  Begin day-hiking and continue through Sunday.  There are at least 12 trails in the core area ranging from easy to strenuous. The  variety of lakes and mountain scenery is exceptional.  Other activities such as swimming and fishing are also available.  For more info: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cathedral/cathedral_core_area_map.pdf   and    http://cathedrallakes.ca/park/
On Day 6 (Monday) we will descend the mountain on the “unimog” and return to Quadra.
Meeting Place Keremos on the evening of September 5th
Departure Time At your convenience
Difficulty Easy to strenuous.  The group may break into subgroups depending on interests.
Cost Transportation costs (ferries, fuel)  The cost of the ride up the mountain is $105/person round trip.  This is non-refundable and must be paid at time of booking.  Accommodation costs for the first night in Keremos and campsite costs ($10/person/night) at the park, paid in advance as a permit.
Trip limits Eight people; maximum of six tents as we cannot reserve camping spots and we would like to be close together.
Dogs? Not allowed in the park.
Notes: There will not be any group bookings for this trip.  Everyone is responsible for their own reservations in Keremos, on the “unimog” through the Cathedral Parks Lodge (http://cathedrallakes.ca/camper-services/), and the campsite (at the bottom of the following link http://cathedrallakes.ca/park/).  Full camping gear and food is required, but only needs to be carried to the campsite.  Water must be treated.  The camping area is at 2,000 metres, so be prepared far a variety of mountain conditions.

Trip Report – Campbell River Ramble – 4 April 2018

On April 4, in cool and drizzly weather, five adventurers set out to explore the hinterlands of Campbell River.  We walked from the ferry terminal to the north ERT trailhead at the corner of Maple and Homewood . From there it was gradually uphill on the wide paved trail, which was surprisingly deserted, through mixed deciduous, past a few old homesteads and some signs of future development. Crossing Evergreen Rd, a short walk brought us to the Beaver Lodge Forest lands where we met many more walkers as well as mountain bikers in this beautiful forest. The wide Rail Trail led through coniferous second growth, graced with a few old specimens. Branching off on a bike trail took us to the underpass and out onto Rockland Rd, crossing over we followed the paved trail past the Willow Point Sportsplex, winding our way down to the waterfront to a very welcome lunch stop in Willow Point . Refreshed, the Quadra Island crowd walked briskly back along the waterfront, in plenty of time for the 3:30 ferry. A very long pleasant walk, disappointingly few wildflowers, but nice to see the salmonberries and huckleberries beginning to bloom, as well as a little group of Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa) gone wild, and cultivated spring blossoms. 19.3 km; 5⅔ hours, including lunch.

Valerie  & Darcy

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Hiking – Campbell River Ramble – 4 April 2018

Trip Report – Miracle Beach & Salmon Pt – 28 March 2018

Seven of us took the 10:00 ferry and drove to Miracle Beach. There is a provincial park here as well as a large picnic area and many small trails. There are huge sand flats when the tide is out. Although not many birds while we were there, this can be a great place for bird viewing. We walked along the beach to Black Creek. Then followed it up to the campground and back to the vehicles. 2.5 km and about 45 minutes.

We then drove up to the Salmon Point Restaurant and Pub for a delicious lunch. After we walked the ocean side trail to Oyster River Nature Park. We made a loop through it and back to Salmon Point. There were quite a few birds on this trail and a pair of bald eagles perched on the light tower at Salmon Point. 6.5 km and about 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Les

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – Miracle Beach & Salmon Pt – 28 March 2018

Trip Report – High Bluff-Heriot Ridge Trail Loop – 21 March 2018

Six hikers and one dog enjoyed a three hour hike on Heriot Ridge. The weather was cloudy and threatened rain but none materialized, and we were even treated to occasional weak sun behind the clouds. Starting at the Hopespring trailhead, we walked up to the height of land, then headed south off-trail along the bluffs of Heriot Ridge. Our first stop was the location of the new North Island communication tower. From there we dropped off the south end of the ridge and proceeded through the woods to High Bluff viewpoint where we stopped for a break and snack. The Vancouver Island mountains were hidden from view, but we had closer views of Gowlland Harbour and Georgia Strait to the west and south. We returned north along the ridge’s open bluffs at a lower elevation, stopping to admire a rare grand old Douglas fir tree and wonder about a large pile of feathers, probably belonging to an unfortunate grouse. Back at Hopespring Trail, we headed north along Heriot Ridge Trail, and were treated to a frog chorus at a small wetland along the way. We connected to the Thompson Trail and proceeded down the trail to Thompson Road.

Janis

Hiking – Heriot Ridge and North Loop – 21 March 2018

Trip Report – Blindman’s Bluff and Eagle Ridge – 14 March 2018

Six hikers went to the end of Leishman Road and up the woodlot road to a spot by the bridge to park. There is large, gnarled, old growth fir near here that is worth looking at. We hiked up the old road to where it joins the official trail at the beaver pond. The beaver lodge shows well this time of year. We turned right and went up to Blindman’s Bluff trail. The trail is in good shape but one needs to watch as to not wander off it. There has not been much traffic on it so moss has grown on much of it. It was a mixed cloud and sun day so the views were spectacular over Gowlland Harbour and south. The wind was chilly though so we sat out of the open to have lunch.

After lunch we continued back to Eagle Ridge Trail and up to the top of it. There were great views over Discovery Passage. We then returned via the same route to the vehicles.

Les

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Hiking – Blindman’s Bluff and Eagle Ridge – 14 March 2018