Trip Report – Village Bay Beach – 18 July 2021

Four of us set off on an almost perfect paddling day from the Rebecca Spit boat launch. While this is a very easy launch, regardless of tides, it does have its challenges regarding motor boat use, which was constant, and negotiating the ferry crossing both ways. However, we were off to an early start, on the water by 9:40. In calm seas and no wind, we enjoyed a leisurely paddle to the Breton Islets, taking the opportunity to survey intertidal damage from the recent heat dome event. Dead mussels were all too apparent, and the tide level did not allow for easy observations of the presence or absence of sea stars or other intertidal life. The usual oystercatchers were nowhere to be seen. The resident seal colony seemed content, and it was nice to see that they no longer flee their perches in panic as kayaks approach.

We continued on to Moulds Bay, enjoying a short break on the beach. The old oyster lease seems to have been relinquished and the Clay Cabin has been restored. The rising tide allowed us to scoot through the Shellaligan passage, then past the Shellaligan rocks and on to Village Bay where we stopped for lunch. Content with our paddle so far, we opted to return via the same route to the Spit.

On the way, we stopped to admire the amazing geological formations at the south end of Valdes Beach which include a lava tunnel. This unique feature alone is well worth the paddle to this area.

We waited briefly for the ferry to pass in front of us, returning to Rebecca Spit by 3 pm.  18.0 km; 5¾ hours.


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Kayaking – Village Bay Beach -18 July 2021


Trip Report – Nugedzi Lakes- 21 July 2021

A small group of three got to enjoy the hike on the familiar route to Nugedzi lake with the not so obvious cairn indicator showing us the way up the trail. We added a few more rocks to the cairn on the way back from a wonderful lunch by a lake. As it was cooler than days past no one felt the urge to swim and we were back in good time. Huckleberries were plentiful but there were few signs of wildlife except for the lone grouse.




Hiking – Nugedzi Lakes and Views – 21 July 2021


Trip Report – Shellaligan Pass Trail- 7 July 2021

We started the larger Shellaligan loop trail around 9:30 from the end closest to Valdez road in order to time our lunch later on the rock outcrop overlooking the ocean.   This is a beautiful hike through big forest and ferns and then along the ocean front with expansive views.  Just past the unique tree with all the uniform holes that circle its circumference we could see a portion of new dock at the old oyster farm where people were working.  We had the benefit of watching hump backs during lunch.  The hike was leisurely and with lunch was close to 3 1/2 hours.


Thanks to Vikki for the photos

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Hiking – Shellaligan Pass Trail – 7 July 2021


Kayaking – Village Bay Beach – 18 July 2021

Activity Kayaking
Destination Village Bay Beach
Date 18 July; Sunday
Trip Coordinator Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info 250 285 2329
Description A club favourite, out through Moulds Bay, Shellaligan Pass, to Village Bay Beach. If time, energy, interest, weather, we can paddle further around Bold Point.
THREE possible dates (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) as rain and wind is still forecast for Friday. Let me know by WEDNESDAY (14th) evening your preference. I will confirm day with all registered paddlers on Thursday at the latest.
Kayaks must be ocean- going craft with all required Transport Canada Safety equipment. If you have any questions call coordinator, 2329.
Bring lunch, water, snacks.
Meeting Place Rebecca Spit boat launch
Departure Time 9 am meet, on water by 9:40
Easy – moderate
Costs None
Trip limits 8 kayaks
Dogs? No
Notes: Our launch window allows for the Cortes ferry. We will time return for the ferry.

Hiking – Nugedzi Lakes and Views – 21 July 2021


Activity Hiking
Destination Nugedzi Lakes and Views
Date 21 July, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Neil Unwin
Contact Info or 604-202-4762 call or text.  Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening.
Description A respectable climb up a rocky old logging road and then along a foot trail through the forest to the Nugedzi lakes. We may also take side trails to viewpoints. About 11 km and as much as 6 hours with lunch, a swim and three viewpoints.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Ok, no running through the group.
Notes: Bring lunch, water and swimwear if you wish to swim.

Hiking – Mt. Elma, Strathcona Park – 28 July 2021

This trip has been postponed


Activity Hiking
Destination Mt. Elma, Strathcona Park
Date 28 July, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 3710; Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening.
Description We will hike from Raven Lodge up to Battleship Lake and continue on the Forbidden Plateau trail, passing Lady Lake.  The trail up Mt. Elma is not an official, maintained trail.   The Mt. Elma summit  is 1,420m and will have good views in all directions, weather permitting.  Approximately 13 km and 420 m elevation gain.
Meeting Place QCove ferry terminal
Departure Time 8:00 ferry.
Moderate to challenging
Costs Ferry and fuel
Trip limits 10
Dogs? No
Notes: If you wish to car pool, please make your own arrangements in this COVID transition period.  This trip will only proceed in reasonable weather.  Rain or extreme heat will be avoided. Bring lunch and appropriate gear.

Kayaking – Granite Bay – 16 Aug 2021

Postponed due to high winds

Activity Kayaking
Destination Granite Bay/Small Inlet or Granite Point
Date 16 Aug, Monday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell
Contact Info (preferred); 250 923 5540
Description Depending on conditions, we’ll paddle from Granite Bay to the Chained Islets and to Granite Point, returning via Orchard Bay, or to Small Inlet, with a hike through to Waiatt Bay.
Meeting Place Granite Bay boat launch
Departure Time 9:30 a.m. for 10:00 a.m. launch
Easy/moderate depending on conditions
Costs Parking/launch at Granite Bay ($5.00)
Trip limits 6
Dogs? No
Notes: Please contact the Trip Coordinator 48 hours before the trip to confirm your attendance. A go/no go decision that reflects the weather forecast will be made by noon the day preceding the trip date.
Must have equipment that meets club and coast guard regulations.  Bring lunch and gear for the weather.

Multi-day Kayaking – Jedediah Island – 7-11 Sept 2021

Activity Multi-day kayaking
Destination Jedediah Island via Texada Island
Date 7 to 11 Sept 2021, Tuesday to Saturday
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish
Contact Info; 250-285-2111
Description Three days on the water; one travel day to get there and one to get home; Camp on Texada on day 1 with the crossing to Jedediah early on day 2. Return to Texada on day 5 and on to ferries and home.  Details will be posted soon.
Meeting Place Quathiaski Cove ferry lineup at 0630
Departure Time 0705 ferry Quathiaski Cove
A 2km crossing from Texada to Jedediah makes this, depending on weather, a more difficult trip.
Cost About $200 for ferries and camping fees
Trip limits 6
Dogs? No
Sept 7  – Travel day; Meet at Q-Cove Ferry by 6:30 AM; to Little River to board 0955 ferry to Powell River; hopefully onto the next ferry to Texada Island; Drive to Shingle Beach Campsite
Sept 8  – Paddle to Jedediah Is
Sept 9/10 – hiking/paddling Jedediah/Lasqueti/ etc
Sept 11 – Paddle back to Shingle Beach; ferries to Powell River (330 pm)/ Comox (510 pm)/ Quadra (??)
This itinerary could easily be shortened by a day for whatever reason. However, it does not allow any time to visit the Townsite Brew Pub 😥.
Please take the time to read the club’s paddling guidelines –
If the weather forecast for the week looks windy/wet on Sunday, Sept 5 we will communicate re cancellation.
Plan to be self-sufficient for camping. NOTE: there is no drinking water on Jedediah so bring enough water for 4 days.
Feel free to email, text (250-287-0459), or call Vic Gladish

Trip Report – Main Lake & Yeatman Bay – 30 June 2021

This hike was all within Main Lake Provincial Park on an old trail that has recently been restored by Quadra Trail Committee volunteers. Eight of us drove to a pull-out on the Surge Narrows Road (identified by a cell-reception sign) and started hiking at 10:00. Even though the temperature was lower than previous days, it was still hot even in the shade of the forest.

The trail descends steadily, first through ferns with occasional muddy spots and we arrived at Main Lake where we stopped for a snack before carrying on to Yeatman Bay on Okisollo Channel. No one braved an ocean swim, but as soon as we got back to Main Lake several hikers jumped in for a refreshing dip. After lunch at the lake, we hiked back to the cars.

Walking time: 3 hours    total trip time: 4.5 hours    distance 10 km


Thanks to Diana and Norris for the photos

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Hiking – Main Lake and Yeatman Bay from Surge Narrow Rd – 30 June 2021


Hiking – South End Loop – 14 July 2021


Activity Hiking
Destination South End Loop
Date 14 July, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Cyndy Chidley
Contact Info Call / leave message with return phone number: 250 285-3575   Please reply by July 13th, 7 p.m.
Description This will be a loop hike along Kay Dubois Trail, up connector path to Woodlot Trail then 2 1/2 km. south to lovely meadow by creek for snack.  This is a forested walk.   Return to vehicles via Kay Dubois.  Approximately 5 km., 3 hours.
Meeting Place Park at end of Wa Wa Kei Road at northern terminal of Kay Dubois Trail.
Departure Time 10:00
Costs None
Trip limits 12
Dogs? Dogs are welcome
Notes: Bring drinking water and small snack.