Hiking – Maud Island- 1 Apr 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date 1 Apr 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Sandra Burns
Contact Info sandraburns.ca@gmail.com or 3977.  Please do not call after 8:00pm.  Contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Hike to Maud Island through varied forest and terrain.  We will do a loop passing over the shoulder of  Mt. Lolo, crossing the causeway to Maud Island, enjoying views of Seymour Narrows, and returning by the salt water lagoon.  Allow 5 hours, including driving, for this walk of approximately 10km.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
Moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 12
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch, poles if you use them and gear for the weather.  We don’t usually do this trip in very poor weather.

Hiking – Reed Lake Loop – 11 Mar 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Reed Lake Loop
Date 11 Mar 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614.  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip departure.
Description We start at Reed Lake on Walcan Road, hike south on Straight-as-a-Dime, east on Backdoor Trail and north down Dick’s Ride to the large beaver-dammed lake (variously called Yellow Mud, Nighthawk, Hilda’s or Wood Duck Lake). Hiking along the lake, we follow Yellow Mud Trail northwest back to Reed Lake. If the weather is good and hikers are keen, we could expand this loop to include Silk Stockings and Little Black Dress.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy but trail on bluffs could be slippery.
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Yes, under owner’s control
Notes: Hiking stick(s) are useful on the rock bluffs, lunch and rain gear.  Time – 3 hours.

Hiking – Open Bay & Crikey Creeks – 12 Feb 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Open Bay and Crikey Creeks
Date 12 Feb 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614.  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip departure.
Description We plan to walk a figure-of-eight loop starting on the trail along the Open Bay Creek, then circling back on a logging road. After a short walk down Open Bay Main we will hike up the Rio mountain bike trail and down Crikey Creek. About 6km and two hours walking time.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Open Bay Creek is easy, but can be wet. Crikey Creek is steep, but easy ground to walk
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Yes, under owner’s control
Notes: Bring hiking stick(s), lunch/snack and rain gear.

Hiking – Homewood Trail Loop – 15 Jan 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Homewood Trail Loop
Date 15 Jan 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614.  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip departure.
Description We hike the Hopespring Trail, then south on Gowlland Trail and climb up to Homewood Bluff. From here we loop back on High Bluff Trail and climb to the High Bluff viewpoint. We follow the high route north across South Heriot Ridge past the communication tower, and down Hopespring Trail to the vehicles.
Meeting Place Hopespring trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy with a little moderate scrambling up the two viewpoint bluffs
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Yes, under owner’s control
Notes: Hiking stick(s) useful on the rock bluffs. Bring a lunch and rain gear.  Time – 2-3 hours.

Trip Report – South Morte Lake Loop – 6 Nov 2019

Nine of us and two dogs enjoyed another beautiful fall day for this highly varied and scenic hike.  We started up the steep bike trail, Morning Beer, and continued on Upper Deadfish.  The path travels through open forest and rocky, mossy bluffs with dappled light in the sunshine and a few great viewpoints.  We had lunch at the Deadfish summit and then descended Seven Sins and Nirvana to the hiking trail around Morte Lake.  After stopping briefly at Morte Lake, 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 trails, connecting back to the parking lot.  There were lots of great views, but perhaps the most photogenic were the myriad mushrooms. If you know what they are, please let us know. It’s been a great fall for mushrooms and there were lots of Chanterelles collected for dinner on this hike.  9.2 km;  4 hours.

Debbie

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Hiking – South Morte Lake Loop – 6 Nov 2019

Hiking – Carrington Bay – 4 Dec 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Carrington Bay, Cortes Island
Date 4 December 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator well in advance of the trip, so that car pools can be arranged.
Description After the ferry crossing we will drive to the Carrington trailhead and follow the trails to Carrington Bay and lagoon.  We will have lunch at Carrington Bay and continue on to Grandmother’s Grove following the stream.  We plan to return on the 3:50 pm ferry.
Meeting Place Cortes ferry line-up.
Departure Time 9:05 am ferry; vehicles need to be in the ferry line-up not later than 8:15 am for this  busy sailing.
Difficulty
Easy to moderate.
Costs Ferry travel costs; bring your experience card and ID
Trip limits 12
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Kayaking – Hyacinthe & Open Bays to Breton Islands – 1 Jan 2020

Activity Kayaking
Destination Hyacinthe & Open Bays to Breton Islands
Date 1 Jan 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish
Contact Info vicgladish@gmail.com; 250-285-2111; (cell 250-287-0459).  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This trip will be weather dependent and changes will be posted during the week before the trip. ALL paddlers MUST be equipped for ocean paddling in the winter.
We will put in on the first high tide of 2020, paddle the bays (Hyacinthe and Open) and the Breton Islands and find a sunny, south facing beach for a New Years Day picnic.
Meeting Place Len Road Beach Access
Departure Time Meet at 9:30; on the water at 10:03 (high tide)
Difficulty
Moderate depending on weather, winds and tides over a 3-4 hour day
Costs None
Trip limits 8 paddlers
Dogs? No
Notes: ALL paddlers MUST be equipped for ocean paddling in the winter. Please review paddling guidelines (https://qioutdoorclub.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/paddling-guidelines-aug2018.pdf). Having dry clothes waiting at the take out would be advisable.  Bring water and lunch.
The alternate plan, in the event of southeasterly winds, will be to put in at April Point and paddle into Gowlland Harbour.
The alternate, alternate plan will be to reschedule for a better day later in the week.