Trip Photos – Kayak Quathiaski Cove 26May2013

Five paddlers enjoyed an outing on Quathiaski Cove on May 26.  It was mostly sunny with a light southeast breeze.  The day came with very big tides and currents, which made for interesting paddling even in the relatively sheltered waters of the Cove.  We explored the Cove and enjoyed the pony on Grouse Island, sea urchins, Harlequin ducks, and baby jellyfish.

Kayak Quathiaski Cove 26May2013

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Trip Photos – Hike Hyacinthe Point and Ridge 18May2013

Eight hikers took advantage of the Kellerhal’s generous offer to hike on their 160 acre property.  The route followed mossy bluffs over Raven Crag and out toward Hyacinthe Point with great views of Hyacinthe Bay, Sutil Channel, and Chinese Mountains.  The lunch stop at Coast Mountain lookout added views to the east.  We also walked to the pond, the beach and the old Schoolhouse.  Rolf and Heather provided excellent commentary about the history and natural history of the area.

Hike Hyacinthe Point and Ridge 18May2013

Backpacking Della Falls 9-12 Aug 2013

Activity backpacking
Destination Della Falls
Date Friday-Monday, 9-12 August
Trip Coordinator Will laVigne
Contact Info 250-203-3530 or  willlavigne@hotmail.com   Please contact the trip coordinator before 9 July if you are interested in this trip.
Description Drive to Port Alberni.  Park and get a ride to boat then one hour boat ride to trailhead.  Hike to falls is 16 km which is a 300 metre gentle uphill climb.  Intermediate hike which can take 7 hours.There will be a 2 hr hike from base of falls to Love Lake for the best view of Della Falls.Third day afternoon boat ride back then home.Overall plan- 1st day get part way or if all goes well be at Falls, 2nd day get to Falls and trip to Love Lake for view, 3rd day early am start back. Also this could be done in 4 days but that needs to be determined prior to leaving Quadra. I would prefer to do it in three days.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry
Departure Time 6:15 or 7:05 ferry
Difficulty
Mostly intermediate
Costs Ferry plus, $10 to park car on boat owners property or park free where boat is, $125.00 per person for roundtrip.
Trip limits 3-4 people; 5 at the most.
Dogs? no
Notes: Issues or concerns: no bear cache — need to bring rope; there can be bears. Mice like the tips of camelbacks and try to get in tents. Cable car crossing. There can be wasp nests on the trail and that’s not good for the 2nd or 3rd person.I have tentatively setup the boat ride and will get feedback from someone who is planning on going the week before.  There is info on the web and it is accurate according to a source.  If there is interest please contact Will ASAP, to figure out timelines for boat and hiking details.
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Kayaking Cortes 20-21 July 2013

Activity kayaking
Destination Cortes day paddles
Date Saturday-Sunday, 20-21 July 2013
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg and Margot Wood
Contact Info 285-2393.  Please contact the trip coordinators well in advance of the trip.
Description We haven’t done these trips, but come to Cortes and explore with us.  There are a number of options: 1) come Saturday on the 9:05 ferry, paddle with us, and return to Quadra on the 5:50 ferry, or 2) come Friday anytime or Saturday on the 9:05 and camp on Cortes, paddling together on Saturday and Sunday.The Saturday paddle is expected to be from near the ferry dock at Whaletown south to Shark Spit on Marina Island or to Coulter and Carrington Bays, conditions permitting.  For Sunday, we could choose a paddle in Squirrel Cove, or from Manson’s Landing, or from Cortes Bay out and around Twin Islands, depending on conditions.
Meeting Place Cortes ferry terminal, 20 July
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Moderate
Costs The cost of the ferry.  If you stay over Saturday night, there is the cost of camping or other accommodation.  We think we can launch the kayaks for free, but there might be a charge at Squirrel Cove or elsewhere.
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: This is the weekend of the Cortes Music Festival, so definitely plan ahead if you want to stay over Saturday night.  The Music Festival takes place right next to the Gorge Harbour Marina.  If you want to party all Saturday night, Gorge will be the place to camp.  If you prefer it quiet, Smelt Bay Provincial Park or Squirrel Cove will suit you better.Arrangements have not been made for the group, since we have no information about how many are interested.  Camping at Gorge Harbour includes access to their pool and other facilities.  Reservations can be made for Gorge Harbour by calling 935-6433.  Tents are $25/day.

Reservations for Smelt Bay are made on-line through Discover Camping.  They allow up to three tents and four adults per site.  The cost of a site is $16/day plus a $6 reservation fee.

Tenting at Squirrel Cove is $15/tent.  Phone 935-6327.

Backpacking Mt Albert Edward 31Aug – 2Sept 2013

Activity backpacking
Destination Mt. Albert Edward
Date Saturday-Monday, 31 Aug-2 Sept 2013
Trip Coordinator Will laVigne
Contact Info 250 203 3530, email willlavigne@hotmail.com
Please contact the trip coordinator well in advance of this trip.
Description The hike from parking lot to summit is 16 km, the distance from parking lot to Circlet Lake is 3-4 hr of easy to moderate hiking.  Set up camp at Circlet Lake and on second day go to summit which is 3-4 hrs one way.  The third day is time to head back.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry
Departure Time 6:15 or 7:05 ferry
Difficulty
Easy to moderate
Costs Ferry plus $10/person a night to tent on platforms.
Trip limits 4-6 people
Dogs? no
Notes: This will be a very busy weekend up there so the earlier the better to get a campsite.  If there is no space at Circlet Lake then we have to go back 2.2 k to Kwai Lake. Bring water filter as you can swim in the lake.  Fishing is allowed.  Plan on bringing water for summit round trip as there is greater chance of no water at summit.  Bring poles for the summit descent if you use them.  There are toilet pits, bear cache/wire.  No fires.Please google or check trail books about this hike.

Hiking Seymour Ridge 13 July 2013

Activity hiking
Destination Seymour – Nugedzi Lakes – Beech Ridge linkup trail
Date Saturday, 13 July 2013
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description Hike up to Mt. Seymour, with great views of Nugedzi Lakes along the way, and nearly 270° views from the summit (620m).  Return to the old logging road and continue south to the Nugedzi Lakes and along the trail past the ponds. Using old, unmaintained trails and logging roads continue on the ridge and over Beech’s Mountain.  Descend Beech’s Mountain by the trail leading to the Chinese Mountain parking lot.  About 12 km.  Allow 6 to 7 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot to arrange cars.
Departure Time 08:30
Difficulty
Moderate, but long
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: This trip involves a car shuffle, with some cars left at the Chinese Mountain parking area and others parked at the Mt. Seymour trailhead.
Bring lunch.

Hiking Maud Island 30 June 2013

Activity hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date Sunday, 30 June 2013
Trip Coordinator Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info 285-2329; vvv@qisland.ca.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description A unique opportunity to see Seymour Narrows from our side, and the site of the once infamous Ripple Rock. Have lunch at the spot where the access tunnels were drilled to create the world’s biggest non-nuclear explosion that pulverized the rock (and assumedly the fish and anything else swimming by at the time).
Meeting Place On Walcan Road, just off junction of Hyacinthe Bay Road and Walcan Road.  I will be in a green Toyota 4Runner. The “new” access is down several kms of rough logging road so good clearance required. We can arrange carpooling and park extra cars in the Morte Lake parking lot if needed.
Departure Time Leave meeting place at 8:30  am; we should then be on the trail by 9:00 at the latest. Unfortunately, the current times are not in our favour as slack is at noon on June 30, but the earlier start should hopefully let us see some action in the Narrows.
Difficulty
Moderate – a scramble up and down over the side of Mount Lolo for the view on way there, narrow steep section on Maud Island; rest of hike gentle to some grade.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? No dogs.  Sections of trail on Maud Island and Mount Lolo are too narrow and steep to safely mix with dogs.
Notes: Email leader, vvv@qisland.ca, to sign up for this hike. If this hike is cancelled due to weather I will email all registrants by 10 pm night before.

Ever since 2011, use of a new forest access road has shortened the hike considerably to a comfortable 4-5 hours.

Kayaking Hyacinthe-Open Bays 7 July 2013

Activity kayaking
Destination Hyacinthe Bay to Open Bay, Breton Islands
Date Sunday, 7 July 2013
Trip Coordinator Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info 285-2329; vvv@qisland.ca  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description A pleasant paddle along coast, explore Open Bay and the Bretons.  Allow about 4 hours (wind dependent).  Plan to enjoy the 12:00 – 13:00 low tide at Big Beach in Open Bay.
Meeting Place Turn on to Len Road, then turn left immediately to go down to the beach. Parking is limited; we can double park if needed.
Departure Time Meet at 09:30, launch at 10:00
Difficulty
Moderate; trip will be cancelled if winds ≥20 knots.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch, water, and maybe a swimsuit and towel.

Kayak and equipment must meet all Transport Canada kayak paddling requirements.  Bring water and lunch and clothing suitable for weather and sea-state.

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