Trip Report – Village Bay 25 June 2014

Wednesday morning came and the wind was blowing 15 knots at Chatham Point and a forecast of 25 by noon. We therefore decided to move the paddle from Chain Islets to the east side of Quadra. After many phone calls it was agreed to launch at Len Road into Hyacinthe Bay.  Six people showed up and we had a great day on the water.

First we headed over to Hyacinthe Point and then on to Shellaligan Pass. The tide was out so we had to go around and then on to Village Bay. There were a few small white caps at the entrance but this was the most wind we had all day. The group stopped at the head of the bay for lunch. Afterwards we hiked up the old trail to Village Bay Lake. It is not maintained with a few logs over the trail but still very doable. It is a lovely walk along the creek.  At this point half of the group needed to go back because it was already 2:30. The other three of us went on to Crescent Channel and around Bold Island. After this we took the most direct path back which was good as it still ended up 5:30 before we were off of the water. The total trip was about 11 nautical miles. The change of venue we made was for the best as we had not much wind and beautiful skies all day.

– Les Hand

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Kayak Chain Islets & Orchard Bay 25 June 2014

Hike Newton Lake – 13 August 2014

(postponed from 19 July 2014)

Activity Hiking
Destination Newton Lake
Date 19 July 2014, Saturday 13 August 2014, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Syd Lapan
Contact Info Syd 285-2999 or comoxsyd@gmail.com
Description Lovely hike through the woods to a clear, sometimes cold, lake at the north end of the island
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch and snacks.  Might want to bring a bathing suit.  Small, extra walk could eliminate the need for that.

Hike Heriot Ridge Route – 29 June 2014

Activity Hiking
Destination Heriot Ridge Route
Date 29 June 2014, Sunday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710;  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip
Description This hike is a loop following the Heriot Ridge. It first follows the Heriot Ridge trail up to the ridge where there are excellent views to the east and west. The hike then continues on the ridge on a well-used flagged route, not a maintained trail, for about a third of the distance. The route undulates through open forest and bluffs until it joins the Thompson Trail and descends to Thompson Rd. About 2 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for possible car pooling
Departure Time 1:00
Difficulty easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes:

Trip Report – Wood Duck Lake – 19 June 2014

Despite the forecast for rain and gale force winds later in the day, the group of eight proceeded with this hike to an area not familiar to most of the participants. Taking the second logging road on the right after turning onto North Gowlland road, we parked about a half a kilometre down the road, just past a recently harvested area. The mountain bike trail known as Yellow Mud branched to the left and led to a series of meadows and to Wood Duck Lake. The beaver dam, which had failed a few years ago causing some down-stream damage, was in good repair. There were Mergansers with babies on the lake. We continued on and then up on Play Thing trail to an old copper mining site. Finding the Back Door trail we followed this through open forest until we reached a bluff with views of the Chinese Mountain – Beech’s Mountain ridge. We returned via Dick’s Ride trail, making a small loop. 7 kilometres.  The rain and wind held off until we got home.

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Hike Wood Duck Lake & Old Mine Trail 19 June 2014

Trip Report – Nugedzi – 14 June 2014

The group explored all of the Nugedzi highpoints: the old cedar grove, the lakes, the viewpoint over Discovery Passage, the lily pond and the viewpoint over Georgia Basin. The weather was overcast and hazy, even murky, and there were a few drops of rain at lunch, but the temperature was fine for the climb up the logging road. The wildflowers were excellent, though the forest is unusually dry for this time of year. (If the flowers are not all identified correctly, let us know). The pace was leisurely, with stops at all the beauty points for food and talk. 11.4 kilometres.

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Hike Nugedzi 14 June 2014

Hike Nugedzi 14 June 2014

Activity Hiking
Destination Nugedzi Lakes
Date Saturday, 14 June 2014
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285 3710; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Hike up an old logging road and meander through open forest to the lovely Nugedzi Lakes.  If the group wants more, there are side trips to viewpoints looking southeast and west.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00 A.M.
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch

 

Paddling/camping Sutil Channel 5-9 July 2014

Activity Multi-day Paddle
Destination Flexible (Penn Islets/Rendezvous Islands/Cortes/West Redonda)
Date July 5 to July 8 or 9 (3-4 nights); Saturday to Tuesday/Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell
Contact Info darcm@telus.net or 285 2739
Description Depending on the interests of trip participants and weather conditions, we will plan to launch from the Heriot Bay public ramp, cross to Viner Point on Read Island and spend 3-4 nights camping on one or more of the Penn Islets, Rendezvous Islands, Teakerne Arm and the north side of Cortes.  We expect to paddle between 15 and 20 kilometres per day.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay public dock
Departure Time 9 a.m.
Difficulty
Moderate
Cost Launching fee and pay parking
Trip limits 6
Dogs? no
Notes: Please contact the coordinator no later than June 26.  Once we know who is planning to participate, we’ll discuss trip details including alternative itineraries.

Trip Report – Discovery Islands 2-4 June 2014

Trip Coordinator: Darcy Mitchell

Following a quick pre-launch discussion, the planned trip to the Octopus Islands became a trip to the Rendezvous Islands instead. With strong to gale force winds forecast for the return date, we decided it was best not to be limited by slack water in Beazley Passage in the event that we needed to make a quick exit. We launched in 10-15 knot winds from the dock at Discovery Islands Lodge about 1:30 and paddled through White Rock Passage in sunny and calm conditions, although against increasing current, until we reached the eastern entrance where wind and current collided and it was a bit sloppy with steep waves close together. Heading downwind, we reached the north end of South Rendezvous and started hunting for a campsite reported to be on the northeast shore. Ducking around a point, we found a scrap of beach in a nook with little surf, and scrambled ashore. The campsite on a small peninsula (the handmade sign calls it “Cliffside Camp”) offers about three tent sites, has great views in nearly all directions and is very exposed in a northwest wind. The kayaks were hauled far up on logs, but Norris and Debbie moved them farther into the bush as the tide continued to rise late into the night. Next morning, we waited patiently for the beach to reappear, but finally launched from the seaweed-covered boulders with small waves.   This exercise had elements of the fox, geese and grain puzzle about it, as boats needed to be loaded at the water’s edge and launched one by one, a tricky task for the one person left on the beach. We resolved this problem by holding a loaded kayak offshore and floating it back in for the last paddler.

The morning was quite calm, so we headed south to check out a second reported campsite on South Rendezvous. This lovely site is more to the west than the south of the island, and appears to be an old homestead as there is a large meadow and the remains of a dock. The site offers a good beach for landing, and excellent protection from all directions except the southwest. Carrying on north, we crossed to paddle up the east side of Central Rendezvous, then back toward White Rock Passage to avoid fairly strong outflow winds, and to find a campsite within a short paddle back to the Lodge. There appears to be a camping area on the Read Island side of the passage, but it is fronted by active shellfish leases, and we felt that campers might not be welcome. We continued on to check out a campsite on the Maurelle shore north of the Settlers Group. Unfortunately, the outflow current from Beazley Passage was so strong we were unable to make much headway before being spit back out. We then paddled back toward White Rock Passage to a large beach in hopes of finding space there. After hunting about, we located a small site beside a creek, overhung with alders, and rather heavily infested with tent caterpillars. We spent the night about 15 feet from the high water mark.

Next morning, we explored along the south shores of the Settlers Groups and, just as the wind really started to blow, returned to the Lodge dock at noon. In all, we paddled 35 kilometres over about 10 hours. We had a great time, and learned a lot, including the fact that campsites are limited and it’s important to start looking fairly early and have several alternatives. As we paddle this summer, we intend to identify and visit as many potential campsites as possible in the Discovery Islands/Desolation Sound area to facilitate future trip planning. With the early return, there was an optional hike to Surge Narrows.

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Paddling/camping Octopus Islands 2-4 June 2014