Kayak Practice – Mine / Main Lake – 23 June 2022

Activity Kayak Safety Practice
Destination Mine / Main Lake
Date 23 June, Thursday, with 30 June as back up
Trip Coordinator Brent Henry
Contact Info brenthenrys@gmail.com, text: 250-205-1106.  Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening (June 21) .
Description We will go on a warm up paddle and find a suitable spot to practise bracing, wet exits and paddle float rescues as basic skills for club paddles.
Meeting Place Mine Lake boat launch
Departure Time 10:00 on the water
Difficulty Moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 6-8, depending on previous experience
Dogs? No
Notes: If possible, bring to wear or borrow a lightweight paddling wet suit, as this facilitates getting immersed more than once. Have a towel and spare dry clothing and some lunch or snacks. A thermos of hot tea is not a bad idea for warming up after practise.

Participants should review kayaking information on the club site by going to: “Required gear and safety equipment”.

Boats should also have adequate flotation in both bow and stern, with either built-in bulkheads or flotation bags or air bottles of some type, attached or contained in the boat.


Trip Report – Mt. Seymour – 25 May 2022

As usual this spring, the weather threatened to cancel yet another hike – BUT – five determined club members defied the odds and set out on a windy, grey morning to ascend Quadra’s highest “peak”. It took us a little over an hour to hike up into the fast moving clouds and another 35 minutes to reach our goal and the first hints of some sunshine and breaking clouds. The views opened up as we ate lunch, out of the wind and in sight of the summit cairn. After an hour of eating and socializing we made our way back down the trail, which, by the way, is in very good condition.   3½ hours plus a 1 hr lunch.

Thanks to Vic for the photos.

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Hiking – Mt. Seymour – 25 May 2022

Paddling/Hiking/Camping – Main Lakes Provincial Park – 11-13 June 2022

This trip has been postponed by two days from the original posting.

Activity Multi-day Paddling/Hiking/Camping
Destination Main Lake Provincial Park
Date 11-13 June, Saturday to Monday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710; please contact the coordinator by Monday night
Description We will set up camp at Main Lake and spend three days exploring by hiking and paddling.  Destinations can vary with the group’s interests.  We hope to explore a new area.  We encourage people to come out for the day on Sunday.  This will be the best day for the weather.  You must let the coordinator know so that meeting plans can be arranged.
Meeting Place Mine Lake boat launch
Departure Time On the water by 10:30
Moderate depending on weather
Costs No camping fee before June 15th
Trip limits 8
Dogs? No
Notes: This multi-day trip is relatively easy on a local lake, but requires good paddling and camping gear.

Hiking – Mine Lake Bluff – 15 June 2022

This trip will be postponed due to trail flooding around Mine Lake.  There will be an alternative destination.

Activity Hiking
Destination Mine Lake Bluff
Date 15 June 2022, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710; please contact the coordinator by Monday night.
Description We will hike through the Camp Homewood site on Mine Lake and then move steeply up to great views from the bluff. We return with a loop down the north side following under the cliffs.  This is a hike with lots of variety.
Meeting Place Parking area north of the Mine Lake boat launch
Departure Time 10:00
Moderate, with some challenging spots on the steep hike up.  There is some exposure in a few places.
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? no
Notes We will not do this trip in wet weather. If you are not comfortable with heights, this won’t be a good hike for you.

Trip Report – Gowlland Harbour – 21 May 2022

This trip was rescheduled from May 11 and this time the weather was perfect. The first paddle of the summer in bright sunshine with a light breeze. Three kayaks met the other two kayaks at April Point Marina. From there we went up the west side of Gowlland Island to Steep Island.

Between Steep and Gowlland we found a three meter wooden dinghy barely floating. One gunwale was a few inches above the surface while the other side was a few inches below. The stern and bow were also only marginally above water. The decision was made that we should move it out of the passage and the Gong Show began. Being submerged it was very hard to tow and constantly weaved back-and-forth. Finally with two kayaks towing and one on each side keeping it moving straight, we got it to the north end of Gowlland Island.

We then proceeded to May Island and around the north end of Gowlland Harbour. Jill Sampson was very gracious and allowed us to have lunch on her beach. After lunch we weaved down through the smaller islands looking at the spring flowers. The nicest seem to be on Stag Island.

The group stopped at my place and had refreshments and snacks on the deck. From there the paddlers went to each of their own launching spots. About four hours and six nautical miles travelled.


Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos.

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Kayaking – Gowlland Harbour – 21 May 2022

BC Trail Day – 4 June, Saturday

We encourage you to celebrate BC Trail Day on Saturday, June 4th by enjoying Quadra’s amazing trail system.  BC Trail Day is part of a larger, international celebration.  Quadra is particularly fortunate to have an amazing trail system built and maintained over many decades by the Trail Committee.  The Trail Committee dates back to the 1980s.  Building the Morte Lake trail in 1986, with the assistance of Forestry and government grants, was a milestone in the development of a trail system, which grew to include other trails on Crown land using old logging roads.  As the system has expanded, so has the volunteer base.  Over the last three years, more than 2,000 hours have been devoted each year by 50 to 60 volunteers to maintain and improve the trails.  The Quadra trail system has now developed to include a network of mountain bike trails and paths to access rock climbing routes.  The Quadra Island Outdoor Club began 10 years ago, taking advantage of this great trail infrastructure and the amazing forests, lakes and views we have.  Normally there is a trip each week throughout the year. 

There are many ways for you to participate in supporting and enjoying our trails.  Volunteers to help with the maintenance of the trail system are always appreciated by the Trail Committee and the community at large.  If you are interested in volunteering to work on trails, you could contact John at 250-285-3897.

Another possibility is to join the Outdoor Club for a hike on Saturday, June 4th.  We will have a variety of hikes, at different levels of difficulty, available for you to join.  You do not need to be a member of the Club to participate.  We particularly encourage those who are new to the trail system to join us for an outing.   We will be meeting at the southwest corner of the Community Centre parking lot at 10:00.  Because of COVID we are unable to offer carpooling.  If possible, please RSVP to qioutdoorclub@gmail.com about your plans to participate.

An alternative option is to get a trail map from Aroma Café or Robin at 250-204-0748 and venture out on your own, whenever that is convenient for you.  Although the winter clean-up is still a work in progress on some trails, most trails are well maintained and easy to follow on your own or with your friends.  And always remember to leave the places you pass through as beautiful as you found them.

Hiking – Ripple Rock – 8 June 2022

Activity Hiking
Destinatio Ripple Rock Trail, Campbell River
Date 8 June Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Diana McKerracher
Contact Info Diana@gicable.com
Description Ripple Rock Trail starts 16 km north of Campbell River. It is a moderate hike of just over 9 km, taking 4 to 4.5 hours return. There are several metal bridges, and a 47-step staircase near the top.
Meeting Place QCove ferry line up
Departure Time 9:00 ferry
Costs Ferry and gas
Trip limits 10
Dogs? No
Notes: Please let me know on Monday, June 6 if you plan to come on this hike. We can carpool to save on ferry and gas costs, but only if we know ahead of time who is going. If it looks like ferry overloads are going to be a huge issue, we will propose a different hike here on Quadra. Bring a lunch and dress for the weather.