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
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

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
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 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.
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.