Kayaking – Open Bay 8 April 2015

Activity Kayaking
Destination Open Bay
Date April 8, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029
Description This will be our chance to get things out of storage and ready for the summer.  Plans are to have an easy paddle out to Open Bay, have lunch and paddle back. Approximate paddle time 45-60 minutes each way. Course may be altered by wind or even extended if the group desires.
Meeting Place Len Road water access.  From Hyacinth Road turn right onto Len Road and then a quick left down to beach access.
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Please be sure to have ALL safety gear required by the Coast Guard.
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Hiking Mt Sweat 21 April 2015

 This trip will take place on April 22!

Activity Hiking
Destination Mt. Sweat
Date 21 April 2015, Tuesday or 22 April if visibility is poor on Tuesday
Trip Coordinator Rolf and Heather Kellerhals
Contact Info 285-3570. Please call to confirm and for driving directions.
Description The trip involves some steep sections and some scrambling over rock, but no actual rock climbing, with some good views over the island and mountains.  Three to four hours depending on the route.
Meeting Place the Kellerhals’ farm
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch.

 

Hiking Maud Island 29 April 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date 29 April 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description Hike to Maud Island through varied forest over level and undulating trails.  We hope to have views from Mt. Lolo and from the Narrows.  We will also see the state of construction of the tidal turbines at the Canoe Pass causeway.  The current through the Narrows will not be very impressive on this day.  About four hours or more.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch.

 

Trip Report – Karst Formations 21 Mar 2015

Clouds in the early morning gave way to perfect sunny weather for the Karst Hike on Saturday March 21st, 2015. The previous day’s rain provided plenty of water in the streams, creating ideal conditions in which to really appreciate this distinctive topography.

Karst landscape is largely shaped by dissolving action of water on carbonate bedrock (usually limestone, dolomite, or marble). This geological process, occurring over many thousands of years, results in unusual surface and subsurface features ranging from sinkholes, vertical shafts, disappearing streams, and springs, to complex underground drainage systems and caves.

A narrow band of Quatsino Limestone on Quadra Island extends north from Open Bay and terminates near Luoma Creek. The most significant area north of Canyon Creek contains the most number of caves and karst features. Although the cave sizes are very small, the impressive size of some of the karst features makes this an interesting area for recreational exploration and interpretation.

The Quadra Island Trails Committee has applied to Recreation Sites & Trails BC for two Forest Interpretative Sites to help protect some of finest surface karst features on Quadra Island.

Richard Leicester.

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Karst Formations – 21 March 2015

Trip Report – Heriot System Loop 11 Mar 2015

Due to the forecast storm, this was proposed as a last minute substitute for the hike to Maud Island. As it turned out there was only a bit of wind and some drizzle in the last half hour. The six of us hiked along the Hope Spring trail to the Gowlland Harbour trail. We admired the old growth fir trees and then took the side trip to the old growth grove. We continued along the Thompson trail and then returned to the cars via the Heriot Ridge route. We stopped for lunch on an open mossy bluff. These trails are in good condition for the end of winter, with noticeable volunteer maintenance. 2 ¾ hours; 6.1 km.

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Trip Report – Blindman’s Bluff & Eagle Ridge 4 Mar 2015

It was cool in the morning when the five of us left for Eagle Ridge. It was a great sunny day for a hike though. We were surprised to find that the beaver pond was nearly dry on the way there. The ridge was covered in may shades of beautiful green moss and the views of the island mountains great. We returned on the same route and then hiked Blindman’s Bluff Trail. We saw one deer and the bald eagles entertained us why we ate lunch.

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Blindman’s Bluff & Eagle Ridge – 4 March 2015