Hiking – Newton Lake and Waiatt Bay – 14 Aug 2019

Activity Hiking with swimming
Destination Newton Lake, Small Inlet and Waiatt Bay
Date 14 Aug 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 3978
Description We will hike up to Newton Lake, down to the portage between Small Inlet and Waiatt Bay and back to the Newton Lake parking lot. Distance about 15 kilometres – will take approximately 6-7 hours (including lunch and short swim stops at Newton Lake)
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for carpooling
Departure Time 9:00
Moderate, with a steepish grade between the portage trail and Newton Lake.  Fairly long day.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Notes: Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks, and swimming stuff if you want to swim.

Hiking – Stramberg Creek and North Grove – 7 Aug 2019

Change of start time to 9:00

Activity Hiking
Destination Stramberg Creek and North Grove
Date 7 Aug 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description 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 will cross Stramberg Creek near Shadowbrook Creek and follow a flagged route north of the lake to a grove of old growth trees.  This is not a maintained trail.  Expect bushwhacking, deadfall and a creek crossing.  We will stop for a swim in Stramberg Lake at the end of the hike.  About 12 km; 4.5 hours without the driving.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools
Departure Time 9:00 9:30
Costs none
Trip limits none
Notes: Bring lunch and bathing gear if you want to swim.

Kayaking – Tree Island – 31 July 2019

Activity Kayaking
Destination Tree Island
Date 31 July 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710
Description We will take the ferry to Campbell River and drive to Union Bay, where we will launch the kayaks into Baynes Sound.  The crossing to Tree Island/Sandy Island Marine Park is about 2.5 NM and the low tide is around noon.  We can explore the beaches, Seal Islets, and spits to the northwest and southeast.  The marine park is known for its bird and marine environment and fragile ecosystem.  Here is the link to the park information:
This is meant to be a relaxing trip and we will cancel or postpone if the weather is not reasonable.
Meeting Place QCove ferry terminal
Departure Time 8:00 ferry, be early in case of overload
Moderate depending on conditions
Costs Ferry, transportation costs, and $5 boat launch fee
Trip limits 10 paddlers
Dogs? no
Notes: This will be much more efficient if participants carpool.  You will need to follow the QIOC paddling guidelines. This trip requires a sea kayak with spray skirt and floatation. The deadline for registering for the trip is July 29th.


Hiking – Morte Lake Loop – 24 July 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake Loop
Date 24 July 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 3978
Description We will hike the official Morte Lake loop, with opportunities for a picnic lunch and swimming.  4 to 5 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Easy to moderate.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay
Notes: Bring lunch and something to swim in, if you want to.


Kayaking – Granite and Kanish Bays/Small Inlet – 23 August 2019

This trip was originally scheduled for August 21.

Activity Kayaking
Destination Granite and Kanish Bay/Small Inlet
Date 23 August 2019, Friday
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish
Contact Info vicgladish@gmail.com; 250-285-2111; cell 250-287-0459
Description Depending on weather (wind) conditions, paddle to Chained Islets, Granite Point, Orchard Bay and/or to Small Inlet with option to hike across to Waiatt Bay (if winds shorten our Kanish Bay portion).
This trip could be as much as 12 NM (24km) and take, including breaks, up to 6 hours not including the driving time.
Please carefully read all notes posted below.
Meeting Place Granite Bay boat launch
Departure Time 0830 at Granite Bay; 0900 on the water
Moderate – winds and tides over a 5-6 hour day
Costs Use of ramp $ 5.00; transportation to GB
Trip limits 8 paddlers
Dogs? no
Notes: Lets try to carpool to save fuel – carbon footprint – and space at the boat launch parking. If you can take 2 kayak, set it up with your paddling partner or let me know. I can pick up 1 passenger/kayak.

**All participants must review and conform to QIOC paddling guidelines. Only ‘sea kayaks’ with skirts for this trip, as weather can change quickly with the potential for strong northwesterly winds. If you have not paddled with the coordinator previously, please contact Vic no later than August 16. All participants must contact the coordinator by email (preferably) or by phone to confirm participation no later than August 19th. The trip will be cancelled if Environment Canada forecast winds for Johnstone Strait are higher than 15 knots, or steady rain is expected. Participants will be informed by 7 p.m. on Aug 20 if the trip will be cancelled.

Trip Report – Kayak training – 26 June 2019

Nine kayakers participated in an excellent course on strokes, braces and rescue techniques taught by Monica Russell and ably assisted by Graham and Janet.  The day began cool and a bit rainy, but rapidly cleared and warmed up.  The morning was spent on strokes (forward, sweep from bow and stern, sculling, and bow rudder), edging and bracing, particularly low bracing.

The afternoon was spent on assisted- and self-rescue.  Everyone began with a wet exit and assisted re-entry, then moved on to self-rescue with a paddle float.  Some tried the t- or bow rescue. The water and weather were warm enough to avoid getting chilled.  There definitely wasn’t enough wind to make the rescue practice realistic.

The course reinforced the importance of practicing these skills and of having the proper deck rigging to facilitate rescues.


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Kayaking Training – Mine Lake – 26 June 2019

Trip Report – Main Lake Prov Park – 20 June 2019

Although the wind was blowing about 15 knots, five kayakers decided to to give it a try as the day was otherwise beautiful. We started at Mine Lake boat launch and headed to the creek joining Village Bay Lake. The water level is low but it was out of the wind. As we entered the lake we were treated to watching a osprey hunt for about five minutes. They are such fast and graceful birds. He would swoop and hover, swoop and hover as he watched for prey and then dive at great speed to hit the water. After a few tries up he came with a fish in his talons and carried it off to the nest.

We then traveled back the creek and entered the channel to Main Lake. Here we pushed straight into the wind and waves. It was a challenge and work but also gave us some good practice in rough water. Upon reaching the small island to the west of Big Sandy we decided to take a break and have lunch. As we ate the wind came up more so decided to paddle back to Mine Lake. It was so much easier going with the wind back to the vehicles. About 3 hours and 4.5 nautical miles.


Thanks to Norris and Les the photos

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Kayaking – Main Lake Prov Park – 20 June 2019

Trip Report – Mt. Sweat & Coast Mtn Lookout – 19 June 2019

We began the outing by exploring the Kellerhals’ farm from the barn down to the water, encountering gardens and farm animals on the way. Heather showed us the quickest way up to the Pond, taking old, wide logging roads and smaller paths. After admiring the Pond we began the route up Mt. Sweat. This clambers up a steep bluff and then undulates along a ridge to a wonderful lookout with views through 270°. The day was mostly sunny and very windy from the northwest. We stopped for lunch and then followed a very basic route, steeply down to Kolker Main. We soon left the logging road and re-entered the Kellerhals property, following an old, wide trail to the Coast Mountain Lookout. After descending back to the farm, we stopped to enjoy Heather’s wonderful trees and her garden. She then invited us to sit on her deck and enjoy some refreshments. It was a lovely, social day.  7.3 km; about 4 hours moving time.


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Hiking – Mt. Sweat & Coast Mtn Lookout – 19 June 2019

Trip Report – Main Lake from Surge Narrows Rd- 13 June 2019

Seven members and two dogs hiked the path from the Surge Narrows Road to Main Lake.  The route was dry and in good condition, with the usual deadfall trees to climb over, under, or go around.  It was cool in the shade of the forest.  The forest has several notable big Fir trees and an open understory.  After lunch at the lake, four of us walked to Yeatman Bay, three of us stayed at the beach to swim and nap.  The dogs split up.  We saw a mink emerge from Yeatman Bay and run into the forest.  At the Main Lake beach we were out of the wind, but we could see lots of whitecaps further out.  9.8 km; 4½ hours.


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Hiking – Main Lake from Surge Narrows Rd- 13 June 2019

Trip Report – Mine Lake Bluff – 5 June 2019

Seven hikers headed out in mixed weather. It had rained earlier but the trail had dried up and the lake level was low. We stopped at Camp Homewood to look at their new dock and cabin then proceeded up the hill. The rocks on the steep portion were dry which greatly helps the climb up. There were overcast skies at the top but the views were great. During lunch a dark cloud blew in and let loose a deluge for 20 minutes that soaked us. As it slowed down we descended down the back side of the hill. The huge maple by the cliff is always impressive. By the time we returned to the vehicles there were sunny breaks. All in all it was a good hike. 5 km, 3½ hours


Thanks to Les for the photos

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Hiking – Mine Lake Bluff – 5 June 2019