Multi-day Kayaking, Camping – Morton Lake Prov Park- 23-25 May 2023

Activity Multi-day kayaking and camping
Destination Morton, Goose and Mohun Lakes
Date 23-25 May 2023, Tuesday to Thursday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info or 3710; please contact the coordinator well in advance of the trip
Description We will camp at Morton Lake Provincial Park and explore the three accessible lakes.  Mohun and Goose Lakes are on the Sayward Canoe Circuit. We may do some light hiking including one of the portages. This trip can be done as a one, two or three day trip.  Camping is not required if you wish to come for just one day.  Each participant must book their own campsite.  Morton Lake park is accessed by Menzies Main.
Meeting Place QCove ferry terminal or Morton Lake Provincial Park
Departure Time 9:00 ferry to Campbell River or by individual arrangement
Difficulty Easy to moderate.
Cost Ferry, fuel and camping costs.  If you are over 65, the camping cost (not the booking fee) is half price.
Trip limits 10.
Dogs? No.
Notes: Camping reservations can be made at    Most of the available tent sites are double sites, where both have to be booked.  If you are trying to join up with someone else, please call the coordinator.  Site availability is limited.

Kayaking – Gowlland Harbour – 10 May 2023

Activity Kayaking
Destination Gowlland Harbour
Date: 10 May 2023, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 250-285-2029 or
Description We will paddle around all of Gowlland Harbour, checking out the many small islands and the wonderful spring flowers. This will possibly take about four hours. Course will depend on weather. Be sure and sign up one day early so that I may contact you if things change. May stop at my house for appys and beverages.
Meeting Place 823 Gowlland Harbour Road
Departure Time 9:30 (unload and prepare at 9:00)
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring your kayak and all necessary safety equipment as per transport Canada safety rules. Bring a lunch and spray skirt as it might be needed. Only two vehicles can unload at the beach at one time, so please be on time. Gowlland Harbour resort has kindly granted us permission to use their boat launch for this trip. This is not a public access. Many thanks to Gowland Harbour Resort.

Trip Report – Elk Falls Loop – 24 Apr 2023

Five of us hiked the loop from the logging bridge on the Campbell River up to Moose Falls and back. This is an excellent hike with many points of interest along the way, but it is particularly special in the spring with the wildflowers in bloom. We parked on the north side and followed the path upstream.  The timing was perfect and there were pink and white fawn lilies, trillium, and wild bleeding heart all along the way.

We admired the Canyon View and continued up to the Millennium Trail.  We took an unmarked side path to a lovely mossy bluff with an excellent view of Elk Falls and stopped for elevenses.   We continued by some big old growth Douglas fir trees to the Elk Falls viewing platform and suspension bridge.  There was not much water in the falls, but it is always beautiful

We took the gradually ascending Old Growth trail followed by the very steep descent to the rocky viewpoint for Moose Falls and the Dolphin Pool, where we stopped for lunch.  We returned along the river, passing more old growth trees and Deer Falls.  We crossed at Station View, with its totem poles and interpretive information about the generating station, and continued on the south bank, with more wildflowers, back to the vehicles. The weather was perfect for this hike and it was a great way to end the “winter” schedule.  (11.8 km; 4½ hours)


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Hiking – Elk Falls Loop – 24 Apr 2023

Hiking – Hyacinthe Bay at Low Tide – 8 May 2023

Activity Hiking
Destination Hyacinthe Bay low tide walk
Date 8 May 2023, Monday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator by Saturday night
Description We have very kindly been invited to Chauntaluf Farm.  This will be an afternoon walk to take advantage of the 0.5m low tide at 14:22.  After walking through the farm to Hyacinthe Bay, we will explore the tidal flats for their history and ecology.  Gradually moving to the east, we will arrive at the property donated to the SRD, where we plan to return on old (and unmaintained) trails through the forest.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 13:30
Difficulty Very easy unless the trail is in poor condition
Costs None
Trip limits 12
Dogs? No
Notes Bring a lunch, gear for the weather

Kayaking – Maud Island and Morte Creek petroglyphs – 18 May 2023

This trip was previously scheduled for May 24th.

Activity Kayaking
Destination Maud Island and Morte Creek petroglyphs
Date 18 May 2023, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish
Contact Info 250-285-2111; or 250-287-0459 text
Description According to Joy Inglis’s “Petroglyphs of Quadra Island” there are several petroglyphs located along Quadra’s west shore at the outflow of Morte Lake creek just east of Maud Island.
We will put in at the Leishmans Rd shore access by 0930 am and paddle north to Maud Island, likely bucking some current as we will want to stay close to shore to avoid any hazardous turbulence. Lunch at Maud Island and then backtrack to the mouth of Morte Creek to the old village site of Kawstin to find and view the petroglyphs. Then return to Whalebone Cove and the takeout.
Meeting Place Shore access at Leishmans Rd
Departure Time 0900 on the water; meet at 0830
Moderate to difficult depending on weather and currents.
Costs None
Trip limits 8
Dogs? No
Notes: The tides/currents will be a factor. In order to view the petroglyphs I am planning our arrival for low tide with less attention to what the current will be doing. Poor weather and/or wind will mean this trip will be cancelled.
All participants must be equipped for ocean paddling in cooler weather – required equipment as per club guidelines ( and appropriate clothing.
I will email to each participant the petroglyph information relevant to the location.
Bring lunch, hot drinks, extra warm layers and something to sit on.

Trip Report – Trout Creek Falls Trail – 12 April 2023

Five of us took advantage of the perfect weather (recently very rare) to hike the Trout Creek Falls loop, which for some historical reason is on Mohun Creek.  The trail was dry and in good condition, with evident clean-up after winter and some new ropes since we visited last.  It goes uphill, as you might expect for waterfalls. Multiple waterfalls.  There are three main ones and a cascade.  The first is near the trail head and is impressive.  The second is bigger and higher and even more impressive.  The third is beyond impressive, though the height of the drop is less than the second falls.  This last falls drops into a narrow gorge and the trail is just on the opposite gorge edge, as close as you would want to be.  But watch your step!  We had lunch on the open, mossy bluff just above the falls.  There was lots of water in the falls after all the recent rain, and it was a sunny, blue day, with sunshine on all the falls.  Perfect.

After lunch we visited the calm pool in the creek just above the falls, then hiked on upstream to where the trail joins the Mary Lake (forestry) Road, which we followed back down, with a short stop at Mary Lake.  Mary Lake is a beautiful lake, but somewhat spoiled by slobs who leave garbage, shotgun shells and bits of fluorescent orange shotgun targets everywhere on the otherwise lovely mossy bluff.  (7km, 3 hours)

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Hiking – Trout Creek Falls Loop – 12 April 2023

Hiking – Elk Falls Loop – 24 April 2023

Activity Hiking
Destination Elk Falls Loop
Date 24 April, Monday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or  Please contact the coordinator by Saturday night.
Description The plan is to hike the full loop beginning at the logging bridge across the Campbell River.  We will hike along the north shore of the River (hopefully there will be trillium and fawn lilies in bloom), across the Canyon View Bridge, up to the Elk Falls viewing area, Moose and Deer Falls, before heading back down on the south side of the River.  About 12 km and 5 hours.
Meeting Place Q Cove Ferry terminal.  Drivers need to be early for this busy sailing.
Departure Time 9:00 ferry
A few steep places, but mostly reasonable walking on good trails.
Costs Shared ferry costs
Trip limits 12
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Trip Report – Maud Island – 4 April 2023

Four of us set out on this gorgeous sunny day from the Maud Island parking area.  On the way to the view point situated on Maud Island which overlooks the Seymour Narrows we took the route over the bluffs via Mt Lolo.  This is a tricky part of the hike requiring caution on some of the descents.  We enjoyed the sunshine and spectacular views while we ate our lunch at the viewpoint and were entertained by four or more sea lions frolicking close to the shore in the rapids. On the way back to the vehicles we took the lower trail and stopped at the salt water lagoon to check it out.  The hike including lunch was close to 4 hours and was 10 km.  


Thanks to Vikki and Norris for the photos.

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Hiking – Maud Island – 4 April 2023