Trip Report – Shellaligan Pass Loop – 15 May 2019

We had a good group of 11 people and 2 dogs. We parked on Valdez Road and walked the logging road to the shorter loop trailhead. We hiked through the new and the old forest to Village Bay where we stopped for a short break. The day had begun overcast, but cleared to a lovely day. We stopped again to admire the scenery from the rocky bluffs leading into Village Bay before continuing on the trail overlooking Hoskyn Channel. We stopped for lunch on the beach and then hiked back along the logging road to the vehicles.  About 7 km, 2½ hours.

Julie Mellanby

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Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 15 May 2019

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Kayaking – Gowlland Harbour – 24 April 2019

This trip description has been substantially revised.

Activity Kayaking
Destination Gowlland Harbour
Date 24 April 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710
Description The plan is to launch our kayaks at the April Point Marina and go around Gowlland Island.  The exact details will depend on the weather and other conditions.  The weather forecast is good and we are hoping the spring flower will be in bloom.  We will check out the interesting islands, such as Doe, Stag, Fawn, Crow, Wren, Mouse, Vigilant.  This trip is planned around the currents in Discovery Passage.  We will go north on the end of the ebb and return south on the beginning of the flood. About 8 km; 4-5 hours.
Meeting Place April Point Marina
Departure Time 9:30 (arrive, unload and prepare) launch at 10:00
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits max 10 kayaks
Dogs? no
Notes: This trip is dependent on weather.  Bring your kayak, paddle and all equipment required by the Coast Guard. Bring your own lunch and water.

Trip Report – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 13 Mar 2019

Eight hikers arrived on such a magnificent day for the Haskin’s Farm hike.  We did a short hike through the woods to join the main trail and headed down to the beach. We enjoyed time to sit in the warm sunshine and take in the magnificent views of Sutil Channel and other islands. After leaving the beach we took the trail to the north, to view some old growth trees. Returned to the main trail and up the hill, kept right walking on a wood lot road to eventually reach the abandoned orchard of Haskin’s Farm. Continued on the trail arriving at Fir Road. Back tracked down the trail and returned to our starting point. We took two dogs with us and they loved the attention. It was a joy to hear the birds singing and chatting to each other. We were certainly blessed with a gorgeous day and a lovely, leisurely walk in the park. 4.7 km; 2 hours.

Margot Wood.

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Hiking – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 13 March 2019

Trip Report – Blenkin Park – 6 March 2019

Five hikers and two dogs enjoyed a one and a half hour hike through Blenkin Park. Starting on the Homestead Trail, we explored two side trails, one called the Swale Trail, and the other a new trail to Smokey’s place on Heriot Bay Road. At the junction of that new trail with the old trail to Smokey’s, we stopped to wonder at the “trinket” tree. Backtracking to Homestead, we continued to Daisy Trail, then west on the Community Trail to Sheppard Trail. Reconnecting to Homestead Trail for a short distance, we turned off onto Blackjack Trail, ending the hike at the east end of the baseball diamond. The weather was dry and partly sunny. Trail conditions were mainly dry with a few snow patches in open areas, but not icy. Along the route we admired many large Douglas fir and beautiful White Pine, large and small, and thick moss draping parts of the forest as the sun shone through the branches. Despite the good trail condition and weather, we saw no other trail users.

Janis

Hiking – Blenkin Park – 6 March 2019

Hiking – Blenkin Park – 6 March 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Blenkin Park
Date 6 March 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 3614.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Starting at the Community Centre, we will hike a loop through the Blenkin Park trails.  The walking is easy with some great variety in this forest.  This is the first time the Outdoor Club has visited these trails.  Including the extension to Smokey’s on the Heriot Bay Road, this will take less than 2 hours.
Meeting Place Community Centre parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay under owner’s control
Notes: This trip was re-scheduled from the Deadfish Loop due to icy trails.

Trip Report – Kay du Bois Loop – 27 Feb 2019

Since the snow on the local trails has compacted into slippery ice, we moved this trip to a low altitude sunny trail.  Six of us and two dogs hiked the Kay DuBois trail then came back on the logging road between Sutil Road and Fox Drive.  That part still had ice patches.  Then we took the trail down the hill to join the Kay DuBois trail at the strange old sitka spruce tree.  5.2 km; 1½ hours.

Norris

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Hiking – Kay du Bois Loop – 27 Feb 2019

Hiking – Snowden Demonstration Forest – 10 April 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Snowden Forest, Campbell River
Date 10 April 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info 250 285 2329; vvv@qisland.ca
Description For those not going on the multi-day Cowichan Valley trip; a ramble/hike through Snowden Forest in Campbell River to explore the trails to the southwest of Riley Lake. We will take the 9 am ferry over and plan on returning on the 2:30 ferry at the latest. Bring lunch. We can arrange carpooling as needed. .
Meeting Place Q Cove ferry terminal
Departure Time 9:00 am ferry departure
Difficulty
easy to moderate
Costs ferry
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must be under control at all times; this is a popular mountain biking area.
Notes: