Trip Report – Texada Island – 7-11 Sept 2021

What originally was planned as a kayak trip to Jedediah Island morphed into a trip to Texada Island, mostly to hike. Four of us took three ferries the day after Labour Day to reach Shingle Beach on a beautiful afternoon.  We settled in to the spacious campsites at the Forestry Recreation Site and enjoyed walking and relaxing on the beach. The beach walk south lead to an old homestead and a cabin in ruins. (3.2 km; 1¼ hours)  We watched the sunset from the bluffs.

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On Wednesday morning we kayaked south from Shingle Beach in steadily increasing southeast wind. We had no fixed destination and returned to the beach as the white caps pushed us home. (5.7 km; 1½ hours)  In the afternoon, we drove to Shelter Point and walked the gentle Kay Garner nature walk. This trail loops first along a shore bluff on Mouat Bay and then through the forest. The ocean views and old growth were excellent. (3.8 km; 1 hour)  After dinner we again enjoyed the sunset from bluffs at the campground.

After some night rain, Thursday was mostly overcast. We hiked up to the Mt. Pocahontas summit at 462m, which was the site of Canada’s first fire lookout in 1924. This fairly short hike is rewarded with excellent views of Malaspina Inlet and mainland mountains to the east, and Lesqueti, Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island to the west. Part of the group continued on to other nearby viewpoints (7.9 km; 3¼ hours) while others went to Emily Lake to look for turtles, which are common on Texada.  Everyone browsed through Van Anda and some stopped at beaches on Gillies and Davie Bays on the way back to the campsite.  Just above the Shingle Beach campsite, we hiked the short, rambling Colossus Grove trail with an exceptional old growth cedar tree (0.9km).

On Friday, we drove uphill on good-condition logging roads to Bob’s Lake, another Forestry Recreation site with camping.  The lake was beautiful, quiet and very inviting as a camping destination.  Nearby, we hiked up to Mt. Davies with the summit at 609m.  This hike was even shorter than the Mt. Pocahontas hike and mostly through a beautiful, mossy forest with completely open understory.  After enjoying the 360° views during lunch, we hiked on looking for the viewpoint from Mt. Blood.  We underestimated the number of routes flagged with identical flagging tape in the area and some ended up elsewhere, but all had great views.  Some of us swam in Bob’s Lake before returning to the campground for dinner. (5.5km; 3¼ hours)

Three of us were able to linger for a hike on Saturday before returning home.  It was quite windy and lightly raining. We headed to the north end of Texada and hiked in the Eagle Cove Trail system. We made a loop which included a gnome village, some hard walking on rocky, mossy terrain along circuitous trails, dramatic bluffs above wetlands and really impressive bluffs along the Malaspina Inlet shore.

We enjoyed Texada much more than we expected with its amazing variety and beauty, and felt we could have spent much longer exploring trails, lakes, beaches and logging roads.  We hope to go back.


Thanks to Norris and Vikki for the photos

Kayaking – Granite Bay – 23 Sept 2021

Activity Kayaking
Destination Granite Bay/Small Inlet or Granite Point
Date 23 Sept, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell
Contact Info (preferred); 250 923 5540
Description Depending on conditions, we’ll paddle from Granite Bay to the Chained Islets and to Granite Point, returning via Orchard Bay, or to Small Inlet, with a hike through to Waiatt Bay.  We will be back at the boat launch by 3:00
Meeting Place Granite Bay boat launch
Departure Time 9:30 a.m. for 10:00 a.m. launch
Easy/moderate depending on conditions
Costs Parking/launch at Granite Bay ($5.00)
Trip limits 6
Dogs? No
Notes: Please contact the Trip Coordinator 48 hours before the trip to confirm your attendance. A go/no go decision that reflects the weather forecast will be made by noon the day preceding the trip date.
Must have equipment that meets club and coast guard regulations.  Bring lunch and gear for the weather.

Hiking – Mt. Seymour – 29 Sept 2021

Activity Hiking
Destination Mt. Seymour
Date 29 Sept 2021, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish
Contact Info; 250-285-2111; (cell 250-287-0459)
Description This is a strenuous hike with great views – best done in good weather.  It’s a steady climb up old logging roads, until the trail branches off and follows open bluffs and forest to the summit at 620 m, the highest point on Quadra Island.  We will then descend by the same route.  Four to five hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Costs none
Trip limits 8
Dogs? No
Notes: This hike will be cancelled if the weather is not favourable.
Bring a lunch.
COVID protocols in effect.

Hiking – Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Park – 26 Aug 2021

Postponed due to weather.

Activity Hiking
Destination Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Park
Date 26 Aug, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen
Contact Info 250 285 2329
Description Anyone up for a hike in Strathcona Park this coming Thursday??? A moderate hike in Paradise Meadows , about 4-5 hours.
Meeting Place QCove ferry terminal
Departure Time 8:00 am ferry
Costs Ferry
Trip limits None, see Description above: must follow Club Covid rules while walking, must sit in groups of 6 max , distance as needed
Dogs? Must be on leash in the Park
Notes: A chance to get out in Strathcona. Leave on 8 am ferry, stop at Dave’s in Willow Point for a treat to take up the mountain. Bring Lunch, water.

Trip Report – Village Bay Beach – 18 July 2021

Four of us set off on an almost perfect paddling day from the Rebecca Spit boat launch. While this is a very easy launch, regardless of tides, it does have its challenges regarding motor boat use, which was constant, and negotiating the ferry crossing both ways. However, we were off to an early start, on the water by 9:40. In calm seas and no wind, we enjoyed a leisurely paddle to the Breton Islets, taking the opportunity to survey intertidal damage from the recent heat dome event. Dead mussels were all too apparent, and the tide level did not allow for easy observations of the presence or absence of sea stars or other intertidal life. The usual oystercatchers were nowhere to be seen. The resident seal colony seemed content, and it was nice to see that they no longer flee their perches in panic as kayaks approach.

We continued on to Moulds Bay, enjoying a short break on the beach. The old oyster lease seems to have been relinquished and the Clay Cabin has been restored. The rising tide allowed us to scoot through the Shellaligan passage, then past the Shellaligan rocks and on to Village Bay where we stopped for lunch. Content with our paddle so far, we opted to return via the same route to the Spit.

On the way, we stopped to admire the amazing geological formations at the south end of Valdes Beach which include a lava tunnel. This unique feature alone is well worth the paddle to this area.

We waited briefly for the ferry to pass in front of us, returning to Rebecca Spit by 3 pm.  18.0 km; 5¾ hours.


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Kayaking – Village Bay Beach -18 July 2021

Trip Report – Nugedzi Lakes- 21 July 2021

A small group of three got to enjoy the hike on the familiar route to Nugedzi lake with the not so obvious cairn indicator showing us the way up the trail. We added a few more rocks to the cairn on the way back from a wonderful lunch by a lake. As it was cooler than days past no one felt the urge to swim and we were back in good time. Huckleberries were plentiful but there were few signs of wildlife except for the lone grouse.




Hiking – Nugedzi Lakes and Views – 21 July 2021


Trip Report – Shellaligan Pass Trail- 7 July 2021

We started the larger Shellaligan loop trail around 9:30 from the end closest to Valdez road in order to time our lunch later on the rock outcrop overlooking the ocean.   This is a beautiful hike through big forest and ferns and then along the ocean front with expansive views.  Just past the unique tree with all the uniform holes that circle its circumference we could see a portion of new dock at the old oyster farm where people were working.  We had the benefit of watching hump backs during lunch.  The hike was leisurely and with lunch was close to 3 1/2 hours.


Thanks to Vikki for the photos

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Hiking – Shellaligan Pass Trail – 7 July 2021


Kayaking – Village Bay Beach – 18 July 2021

Activity Kayaking
Destination Village Bay Beach
Date 18 July; Sunday
Trip Coordinator Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info 250 285 2329
Description A club favourite, out through Moulds Bay, Shellaligan Pass, to Village Bay Beach. If time, energy, interest, weather, we can paddle further around Bold Point.
THREE possible dates (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) as rain and wind is still forecast for Friday. Let me know by WEDNESDAY (14th) evening your preference. I will confirm day with all registered paddlers on Thursday at the latest.
Kayaks must be ocean- going craft with all required Transport Canada Safety equipment. If you have any questions call coordinator, 2329.
Bring lunch, water, snacks.
Meeting Place Rebecca Spit boat launch
Departure Time 9 am meet, on water by 9:40
Easy – moderate
Costs None
Trip limits 8 kayaks
Dogs? No
Notes: Our launch window allows for the Cortes ferry. We will time return for the ferry.

Hiking – Nugedzi Lakes and Views – 21 July 2021


Activity Hiking
Destination Nugedzi Lakes and Views
Date 21 July, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Neil Unwin
Contact Info or 604-202-4762 call or text.  Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening.
Description A respectable climb up a rocky old logging road and then along a foot trail through the forest to the Nugedzi lakes. We may also take side trails to viewpoints. About 11 km and as much as 6 hours with lunch, a swim and three viewpoints.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Ok, no running through the group.
Notes: Bring lunch, water and swimwear if you wish to swim.

Hiking – Mt. Elma, Strathcona Park – 28 July 2021

This trip has been postponed


Activity Hiking
Destination Mt. Elma, Strathcona Park
Date 28 July, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 3710; Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening.
Description We will hike from Raven Lodge up to Battleship Lake and continue on the Forbidden Plateau trail, passing Lady Lake.  The trail up Mt. Elma is not an official, maintained trail.   The Mt. Elma summit  is 1,420m and will have good views in all directions, weather permitting.  Approximately 13 km and 420 m elevation gain.
Meeting Place QCove ferry terminal
Departure Time 8:00 ferry.
Moderate to challenging
Costs Ferry and fuel
Trip limits 10
Dogs? No
Notes: If you wish to car pool, please make your own arrangements in this COVID transition period.  This trip will only proceed in reasonable weather.  Rain or extreme heat will be avoided. Bring lunch and appropriate gear.