Hiking – Kay du Bois Loop – 21 Nov 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Kay du Bois Loop
Date 21 Nov 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Jullie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will start at the trailhead at the end of Sutil Road and hike along the official (and newly renovated) trail and through logging roads on the adjoining woodlot.
Meeting Place Kay du Bois trailhead at the end of Sutil Road.
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must not run through the group
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.
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Hiking – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 14 Nov 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Haskin’s Farm Loop
Date 14 Nov 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will follow the Haskin’s Farm trail to the beach and pass by some great old growth trees before walking through the gently rolling paths on the golf course.
Meeting Place Haskin’s Farm trailhead
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must not run through the group.
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 7 Nov 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Shellaligan Loop
Date 7 Nov 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Partly due to the deteriorating condition of the road, we will park at Valdez Rd and walk to the shorter loop along the beach, the bluffs and into village Bay.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling.
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
Easy to moderate.  There are a few rocky bluffs to scramble up and some undulating sections.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Dogs must not run through the group.
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Trip Report – Rebecca Spit Loop – 24 Sept 2018

Heavy rain had been forecast for over a week for Wednesday, so we thought we would do this simple trip.  In the end, it didn’t rain, so that was a bonus.  Seven of us started at the south Rebecca Spit parking lot by the shore and walked the short distance south to see the Sasquatch.  The excellent driftwood sculpture by Alex Whitcombe of Driftwood Creations is life sized and convincing.  We continued on to Paddy’s Lagoon and the memorial, and walked further to the open driftwood cabin at the end of the lagoon.  From there we followed the new trail up the hill and through the forest, crossing Heriot Bay Rd and following the old logging roads in a loop out and back to the road.  We walked along the shore by the campground and then made the classic loop to the end of the Spit and back in the park.

This short hike has lots of variety and points of interest along the way.  The maple leaves were at their peak.  The trail is mostly very good and the forest is varied – a lovely, gentle walk.  8.0 km; 2¼ hours.

Debbie

Thanks to Norris and Les for photos

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Hiking – Rebecca Spit Loop – 24 Oct 2018

Trip Report – Morte Lake Mountain Bike Loop – 17 Oct 2018

Eight of us had a beautiful fall day for this hike through open forest, over panoramic bluffs,  and passing by lovely, calm lakes.  We were in shirt sleeves for this very scenic loop.  We started up the bike trail Morning Beer onto upper Deadfish, stopping to enjoy the view at Seven Sins.  We descended Nirvana to the hiking trail around Morte Lake and stopped for lunch at the east side Morte Lake viewpoint. We ascended the South Bluff trail and followed along Mud and Reed Lakes to the Walcan Road.  We crossed and hiked along Yellow Mud to Jack Rabbit, connecting back to the parking lot.  We enjoyed the great views and the fall foliage.  9.6 km; 4 hours.

Debbie

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – Morte Lake Bike Loop -17 Oct 2018

Hiking – Big Tree Woodlot – 31 Oct 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Big Tree Woodlot
Date 31 Oct 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029 or leshand@gicable.com.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will start at the new sign at Benner’s woodlot. From here we will go via his roads to Open Bay Main and then to Stramberg Lake. Then do a loop back to Village Bay Road. It is about 8 km. We may do another nearby short hike if the group wants more.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot.
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Yes, but no back and forth through the group.
Notes:

Trip Report – North Gowlland Harbour Bike Trail Loop – 10 Oct 2018

Seven hikers and Joey, the dog, enjoyed a three hour hike in the area north and west of North Gowlland Harbour Road. The weather was perfect – mostly sunny with a few clouds and pleasantly cool. Starting at the Cash Only trailhead, we made a grand loop following Backdoor to Silk Stockings where we passed an area recovering from past copper mining and enjoyed views south to Gowlland Harbour.   The lake on the east side of the trail reflected the changing fall colours. From there we dropped down to the Missing Links Road, then paralleled North Gowlland Harbour Road along Bite the Bullet. As we entered John Marlow’s woodlot on the east side of the road, we stopped on the bridge for Les’s pizza and marvelled at the large beaver dam built at the south end of the wetland. Sam’s Shorty trail behind the wetland brought us back to the vehicles. After much rain, the forest and mosses were bright green, punctuated by brilliant yellows of turning maples.  7.3 km.

Janis McLean

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – North Gowlland Bike Trail Loop – 10 Oct 2018