Trip Report – Nugedzi Lakes & Lookouts – 27 July 2016

The nine of us had a perfect day for the hike to Nugedzi Lakes and lookouts. We started a bit earlier to get up the old logging road before the heat of the day. We stopped at a viewpoint just before the end of the old road with great views to the northeast and then continued on to the Lily Pond and the viewpoint looking southeast. We hiked through the ancient forest arriving at Nugedzi Lake in time for lunch and a swim. We continued on to the viewpoints over Discovery Passage and then retraced our steps, making the loop to Little Nugedzi on the return.   We were quite warm and fairly tired when we reached the parking lot, but had a wonderful day.   11.9 km; 6½ hours.


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Hike – Nugedzi – 27 July 2016


Trip Report – Noel’s Pizza Peak – 21 July 2016

Thursday dawned clear with summer in mind, so five of us set out to Noel’s Pizza Lookout. We started up the steep old logging road between the two Chinese Mountain peaks and continued up along the ridge which forms North Chinese Peak following a lovely flagged route.  When the route reached an old Nugedzi logging road we resumed the steep rough hike to the north side of Beech’s Mountain.  From there another flagged route took us to the Noel’s Pizza viewpoint, with great views overlooking Morte Lake and points from south to west to north.  We then took another flagged route to the summit of Beech’s Mountain for more views, including to the east.  From there, the official trail takes us back down the ridge which forms South Chinese Mountain.  8.3 km, 5 hours.


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Hike – Noel’s Pizza Peak – 21 July 2016

Trip Report – Morte Lake Mtn Bike Trails – 20 July 2016

The weather forecast for Wednesday wasn’t great, but when we woke up in the morning it was raining pretty hard. Since the scheduled hike to Noel’s Pizza Peak is a hike to a viewpoint, we decided to postpone that for a day and hike some of the Morte Lake area mountain bike trails instead.  The rain stopped and five of us had a great walk on these wonderful trails.  Lower Deadfish, Upper Deadfish, Lost Rider, Stinky Beaver, Straight as a Dime, Back Door, Plaything, Yellow Mud, and Jack Rabbit.  11.0 km, 4 hours.


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Hike – Forbidden Plateau Lakes – 17 Aug 2016

Activity Hiking
Destination Loop to include eight lakes on Forbidden Plateau in Strathcona Park
Date 17 August 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info or 250-3710; it is important that you contact the trip coordinator not later than Sunday, 14 Aug.
Description This is a moderate, but long day hike of 16-19 kilometers round trip with a few steep, rooty sections. Estimated hiking time is 7 hours, plus breaks. The hike is planned as a loop, moving counter-clockwise. Starting at the Friends of Strathcona Visitor Centre we will hike to Helen Mackenzie, Hairtrigger, Kwai, Mariwood, Croteau, Lady, Kooso, and Battleship Lakes and before returning to the parking lot.   Hopefully the weather will encourage swimming in some of these Lakes.
Meeting Place Ferry parking lot on Quadra Island at 7:30 a.m. for car pooling for 8 a.m. ferry sailing
Departure Time As soon as we can
Difficulty Moderate terrain with some steep sections & long day
Costs Ferry and carpooling costs
Trip limits 12; make sure to sign up early.
Dogs? Dogs are permitted, but must be on a leash at all times due to Park regulations
Notes: This is a lovely hike through sub-alpine plateau, with beautiful lakes and great views.


Trip Report – Newton Lake – 13 July 2016

Six enjoyed the peaceful walk to Newton Lake.  Half of us had a swim in the clear, turquoise water.  And we were all grateful (locals and visitors) to spend the day in such a pristine place.  We had the lake all to ourselves.


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Hike – Newton Lake – 13 July 2016

Hiking – Stramberg Creek and North Grove – 24 Aug 2016

 Change of date and change of starting time

Activity Hiking
Destination Stramberg Creek and North Grove
Date 24 17 August 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description This is an exploratory trip on old, overgrown logging roads and flagged routes.  We will begin at the Main Lakes Park parking access to Stramberg Lake and follow Little Main Road north, paralleling Stramberg Lake and Creek.  We may try to reach Shadowbrook Creek or Little Main Lake, before crossing Stramberg Creek and following a flagged route north of the lake to a grove of old growth trees.  This trip will not go to Stramberg Lake, unless the group wants to make a short side trip.  Expect bushwhacking.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools
Departure Time 9:00 10:00
Costs none
Trip limits none
Notes: Bring lunch.

Hiking – Maud Island – 3 Aug 2016

Change of Coordinator

Activity Hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date 3 Aug 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Hike to Maud Island through varied forest, via bluffs on Mt. Lolo, and along the shore of Discovery Passage to view Seymour Narrows. There will be a 14.2 flood current at 15:30  We will return in a loop going by the lagoon.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 13:00
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring a snack and water.

Hike – Newton Lake – 13 July 2016

Activity Hiking
Destination Newton Lake
Date 13 July 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description Lovely hike through the woods to a clear, sometimes cold, lake at the north end of the island.  Hopefully swimming will be involved.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Notes: Bring lunch and possibly a bathing suit.

Trip Report – Paddle Training – 29 June 2016

On June 29, nine club members fell out of their kayaks – repeatedly. But with demonstrations and coaching by trainer Douglas Taylor, assisted by his wife, Penny, everyone got back in – repeatedly.

Organized through Coast Mountain Expeditions, the session provided an introduction to assisted kayak rescue and self-rescue for those without previous training, and a refresher and practice for more experienced paddlers. Participants took part in one of two 3-hour blocks, which included a review of kayak safety requirements, discussion of how to rig kayaks to facilitate rescue (e.g. good deck lines rigged loosely enough to grab easily), and a brief demonstration of bracing technique. Most time was spent, however, on the proper way to “wet exit” (after working up the nerve to voluntarily turn upside down….), and to safely and efficiently re-enter the boat either with the help of another kayaker, or with the use of a paddle and paddle float as an outrigger. Doug provided a handout on the steps in self- and assisted rescue which will soon be available in digital form for any club member who wishes one. Please contact Darcy at to request your copy.

The weather and water conditions at Mine Lake were perfect – warm air and water, sunny and a slight breeze – great for training, but probably not the most likely conditions for a real capsize. Doug emphasized the need to practice rescue techniques regularly so that the kayaker develops ‘muscle memory’ that will be there when needed for the real thing.

Participants agreed that annual training and practice are vital both for individual paddlers, and to build a cohort of club members with confidence in each other’s skills and knowledge.

Thanks to Lannie at Coast Mountain and trainers Doug and Penny for a very worthwhile day.

Darcy and Valerie

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Kayaking – Paddle Training – 29 June 2016