Trip Report – Silent Carrington Bay & Grandmother’s Grove – 9 Dec 2019

Such a lovely three ladies silent hike at Carrington Bay, Cortes Island. We began with a meditation under the ancient maple tree at the entrance to the trail and then we began our silent hike. Stopping and truly seeing the old giants, visualizing the homestead, the care, hardwork and attention given to homesteading. Listening to the waterfall, the woodpeckers drilling away and later hearing the sound of the lagoon. We walked onto Grandmother’s Grove and ate our lunch near the water, lots of ducks on the lagoon. Those ancient trees towering above us, a lovely place to sit and we felt welcomed. Returning eventually to the trail and slowly making our way back. We ended our hike with a beautiful meditation. There is such a powerful eloquence in silence. A wonderful day.


Thanks to Sandra for the photos

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Hiking in Silence – Carrington Bay & Grandmother’s Grove – 5 Dec 2019

Trip Report – Carrington Bay & Grandmothers’ Grove – 2 Dec 2019

We tried, unsuccessfully, to change the date of this hike for better weather, but we ended up with a cold, grey, drizzly day.  Our group of 13 hiked along the old logging road stopping at the Borden homestead .  We continued on to Carrington Bay and the tidal lagoon, and crossed the narrow channel on the bridge as the very high tide was rushing in with a standing wave.  We wandered through the camping area and on to the peninsula with the swim rock.  The lagoon had ice on it and was incredibly silent.  We had a bone chilling lunch break on logs in the forest before we continued on to Grandmothers’ Grove, a beautiful old growth stand of spruce and cedar, in the James Creek drainage.  We followed the trail and logging roads back in a loop and made brisk time up the hill to the vehicles to catch the earlier ferry and stay warm. 8.5 km; 3 hours.


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Hiking – Carrington Bay & Grandmothers’ Grove – 2 Dec 2019

Trip Report – Eagle Ridge and Beyond Loop – 27 Nov 2019

Thirteen of us did the Eagle Ridge and Beyond loop on a crisp, frosty, sunny day.  After crossing the creek where the culverts washed out, we started with the “beyond” part, going up the mossy open ridge (in the warm sun) one ridge north of Eagle Ridge.  Then we descended down the open bands on the south side of that ridge and switched over to beneath the impressive cliffs of Eagle Ridge.  Then the route winds through a gap in the cliff defences and emerges at the top.  We had lunch at the Eagle Ridge summit, enjoying the views, and then took the trail back down, with a stop at the viewpoint overlooking the beaver ponds.  5.6 km, 3¼ hours.


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Hiking – Eagle Ridge Loop – 27 Nov 2019

Trip Report – Haskin’s Farm & Environs – 20 Nov 2019

On a sunny, cold morning 13 hikers and 3 dogs set out on the very familiar (to most) Haskin’s Farm trail. After quickly arriving at the beach and enjoying the mid-fall sunshine it was decided that we would visit the big trees along the beach trail, ascend to the top of the bluff and then explore the new trails. We forest bathed under the big Douglas firs then back-tracked to the switchbacks, regrouped and headed along the new trail that skirts the bluff, checked out the man made pond that is part of the new Golf Club development, walked the new trail through the future subdivision and eventually sat down for lunch at the clubhouse picnic tables and basked in the sunshine. Several hikers headed back to their cars and several headed around the golf course, bushwacked for 10 minutes, regained the Haskin’s Farm logging road close to the Todd’s Trail sign, and finished off our 3 hour outing. The new trails are a welcome addition to this classic Quadra hike. 8.5 km, 3 hours.


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Hiking – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 20 Nov 2019

Hiking – Deepwater & Seymour Shoulder Loop – 18 December 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Deepwater & Seymour Shoulder Loop
Date 18 Dec 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 285-3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description We will either walk or drive up Deepwater Main from the Granite Bay Rd.  Then we will walk up a steep old logging road on the NW side of Mt Seymour.  From there the road contours around the N side of Mt Seymour, with views to the N, then it descends back down to Granite Bay Rd.  About 10.4 km and 4 hours if we walk the whole loop.  If we do a car shuffle, it will be a couple km shorter.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools
Departure Time 10:00
Moderate, due to elevation gain and eroded logging roads in places
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay if under control
Notes: Bring lunch , gear for the weather and poles if you use them

Hiking – Surge Narrows – 11 Dec 2019

If the weather is poor, this hike will be postponed and a shorter destination will be substituted.

Activity Hiking
Destination Surge Narrows
Date  11 Dec 2019
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 3798.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will drive to the end of the Surge Narrows Road and hike along the undulating, relatively short trail to the rocky bluffs overlooking the Narrows.  The current will not be running strongly.  We will then continue on the unmaintained route to a small bay.  It’s unlikely that the tide will be low enough to reach the island.  (Low tide at 11:05 – 3.7m; 10:07 – slack current, 12:48 – max flood 5.4 kt))
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
The official trail is moderate but short; the route is more challenging
Costs none
Trip limits
Dogs? Dogs must not run through the group and would need to be particularly disciplined on the route
Notes: Bring  lunch and gear for the weather


Trip Report – Shellaligan Pass Loop – 13 Nov 2019

We had a big group of 14 people for this classic hike. The weather was overcast, but good for hiking.  We parked on Valdez Road and walked the logging road to the shorter loop trailhead. We hiked clockwise through the new and the old forest to Village Bay where we stopped for a short break.  We continued on the rocky trail with moss, lichen and water views.  We stopped again for lunch on the rocky bluffs at the corner of Village Bay and Hoskyn Channel where we enjoyed the view of the calm water and migrating ducks.  We  continued on the trail overlooking Hoskyn Channel stopping briefly at the small cove and then hiking back along the logging road to the vehicles.  6.7 km, 3 hours.

Julie Mellanby

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Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 13 Nov 2019