Snow – Mt Washington – 29 March 2017


Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 29 March 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Lynda Van der Minne
Contact Info 250-285-2231 or;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night
Description This will be a late season snowshoe trip to Mt. Washington, probably to Paradise Meadows.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools should be arranged in advance.
Departure Time 9:00 ferry to Campbell River.  Those taking cars need to be early enough to get on the 9:00 ferry.
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass.  The snowshoe day pass is $10 or $28 if you rent equipment.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.



Trip Report – Bluffs West of N Gowlland Rd – 22 Feb 2017

The trip Wednesday was a partly off-trail adventure over some classic Quadra scenery – open moss-covered ridges, with views from along the top of cliffs on those ridges.  Seven of us took advantage of the sunny, almost-Spring day.  From the active quarry on the NW side of North Gowlland Road, we followed the open ridges to the high point near the Little Black Dress mountain bike trail.  From there we opted to do a loop of mountain bike trails including Little Black Dress, Silk Stocking and Back Door.  We descended back to North Gowlland Road on a partially developed trail.  7.6 km; 3¾ hours.


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Hiking – Bluffs West of N Gowlland Rd – 22 Feb 2017

Multi-day Hiking – Linnaea Farm, Cortes – 15-18 May 2017

 This trip is FULL, but you can contact the coordinator to be on the wait list.

Activity Four days of hiking
Destination Linnaea Farm, Cortes Island
Date 15-18 May 2017, Monday to Thursday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info or phone 250.285.2393; commitment for this trip needs to be made by March 13.
Description Planning four days of hiking on beautiful Cortes Island, staying at Linnaea Farm House. This is an eight bedroom rustic farmhouse, on the edge of Gunflint Lake at the gateway to many of the hiking trails on Cortes. This is an active farm & was once the residence of the farmers who ran ‘Lakeview Dairy’, the last raw milk in B.C.
Many beautiful trails on Cortes, Green Mountain, Easter Bluff, Kw’as Park, Sisken Forest Park, Carrington Trails etc. The schedule of trails will be developed presented daily with your input. This year we want to spend one day in Kw’as Park, we always ran out of time. Pot-luck dinners will be organized, using the farmhouse kitchen. Please check:
Meeting Place Heriot Bay ferry line-up for Cortes
Departure Time 9:05 am sailing, be early in case of overload.
Difficulty  Easy to Moderate.
Cost Ferry costs plus shared fuel.  $35/night if you bring your own sleeping bag or linen; $50/night if Linnaea supplies the linens.
Trip limits Eight bedrooms.  Deadline booking is 13 March 2017.
Dogs? No. Dogs are not allowed on the farm.
Notes: Everyone is responsible for their own daily breakfasts & lunch, pot luck dinner teams to be organized.
Car-pooling will be organized.
Looking forward to once again hiking on beautiful Cortes Island.

Hiking – Bluffs West of N Gowlland Rd – 22 Feb 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Bluffs West of North Gowlland Rd
Date 22 Feb 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This hike starts up briefly on an active logging road and then climbs steeply up onto open bluffs.  There is no trail or flagged route, but there are views to the south and west.  The route continues through mostly open forest and mossy bluffs (only a bit of bushwhacking) to join the Little Black Dress trail.  The trip is flexible in length by choosing the many mountain bike trail options.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling.
Departure Time 10:00
This trip includes industrial logging roads, steep mossy bluffs without trails and mountain bike trails.  It will have a bit of everything.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Bird Watching – Qualicum shoreline – 29 March 2017

 Change of date from March 29 to April 12!

Activity Bird Watching
Destination Qualicum area shoreline
Date 12 April 29 March 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Mark Zimmerman
Contact or 285-2103; please contact the coordinator ten days to one week prior to the trip to ensure car pooling availability.
Description The focus of the trip will be on local area birds and water birds, particularly brants.  The group may visit more than one location depending on the cooperation of the birds.  Actual destinations will be decided closer to the time of the trip and will remain flexible.
Meeting Place Q Cove ferry terminal
Departure Time Early ferry departure TBD
Easy walking
Costs Shared fuel and ferry costs
Trip limits
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch, gear for the weather and binoculars.

Hike – Chinese Mountain – 22 Mar 2017


Activity Hiking
Destination South and North Chinese Mountain
Date 22 March 2017 Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will go up the south side to South Chinese Mtn. and have lunch while enjoying the view. Then down the north path and up North Chinese Mtn. and back to the vehicles.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 10:30
Moderate, but up and down
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? No, as trail is narrow in spots.
Notes: It is only 3.4 km around South Chinese so we will go up north as well. Not everybody has to do both.

Hiking – Thompson & B&B Trails Loop – 15 Mar 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Thompson & B&B Trails Loop
Date 15 Mar 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This hike will include official trails, flagged routes and unofficial trails.  The loop will pass over rocky bluffs with views, follow along creeks and travel through undulating forest.  There are a variety of options depending on the interests of the group, including Rousseau Ridge.
Meeting Place Trailhead for Thompson Trail on Thompson Rd.
Departure Time 9:30
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay
Notes: Bring lunch, a pole and gear for weather


Hiking – Eagle Ridge Loop – 8 Mar 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Eagle Ridge Loop
Date 8 March 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This hike will include the official trail to Eagle Ridge and an unmarked route descending the ridge and continuing on to the higher ridge to the north.  From there we will descend to the logging road and return to the vehicles. The descent from Eagle Ridge is very steep on mossy rocks.  There is no trail.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling.
Departure Time 10:00
The section up to Eagle Ridge is a maintained trail of moderate difficulty.  The descent from Eagle Ridge is challenging.  The segment to the next ridge and down to the logging road is on an  unmarked route through mostly open forest.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Depends on the dog.  Would need to be completely controlled during the descent.
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Hiking – Kay du Bois & Fox Main Loop – 1 Mar 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Kay du Bois and Fox Main Loop
Date 1 March 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This hike will be a loop including the Kay du Bois trail and some of the logging roads in Dick Whittington’s woodlot.  There are some hills and wet places, but mostly easy walking.
Meeting Place Kay du Bois trail head at the south end of Wa Wa Kie Rd
Departure Time 9:30
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay
Notes: Bring gear for the weather and maybe a snack.

Trip Report – Mt Washington – 8 Feb 2017

Three of us snow-shoed at Mt. Washington on Wednesday. The clouds were low, but the snow was excellent. It was absolutely a winter wonderland, with snow clinging to branches and bark in the forest. We crossed Paradise Meadows on the Old Cabin and Crooked Creek trails before taking the summer trail up to Battleship Lake. The trail had been well used, so it was easy to follow. It was completely quiet in the forest and we met very few people. We continued over the Lake and through the forest to Lake Helen Mackenzie. The steep descent was great in the deep powder. We crossed some of the Lake and then had lunch in a sheltered spot out of the wind. Around 1:00 it began to snow lightly. We returned to Paradise Meadows and completed the Old Cabin Loop. 8.1 km; 3 hours.


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Snow – Mt Washington 8 Feb 2017