Trip Report – Kellerhals Farm – 4 Oct 2017

On Oct. 4 with cloudless skies, 7 of us explored around the Kellerhals farm and forest situated near Hyacinthe Creek. With the property map in hand we had a delightful time exploring. We hiked some of the trails through the forest, up to a lookout, relaxed at their pond and observed some rock cliffs and gravel pits of archeological interest.

We all laughed, lunched and lounged during a memorable hike. Thanks to Heather Kellerhals for sharing her property with us.

Meg Stewart

Note: Thanks to Meg for the photos

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Hiking – Kellerhals Farm – 4 Oct 2017


Hiking – Shellaligan Pass – 27 Sept 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Shellaligan Pass
Date 27 Sept 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 250-285-3978; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description This is a classic Quadra walk along rocky bluffs overlooking Hoskyn’s Channel and Village Bay, and through forest.  Depending on the group, we can do the shorter or the longer loop.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay grocery store parking lot
Departure Time 9:30 am
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? yes
Notes: Bring lunch


Wild Mushroom Festival – 13-15 October 2017

Activity Quadra Island Wild Mushroom Festival
Location Opening presentation (Heriot Bay Inn), collecting trips (various spots),   Identification workshop (Quadra Community Centre)
Date 13-15 October 2017, Friday to Sunday
Event Coordinator Darcy Mitchell with Marian McMeekin
Contact Info, telephone: 778-716-7124
Description The Festival consists of 2 parts:

Part 1 – Opening presentation – Friday evening, October 13 at the Heriot Bay Inn. “Tales of the Chanterelle: A Mushroom’s Life in the Woods” by Dr. Shannon Berch, accompanied by delicious mushrooms appies. Seating 6:30 in Herons Dining Room.   Cost for Part 1 – $25.00

Part 2 – Collecting forays and identification workshop

Collecting forays – Saturday, October 14, departing from the Quadra Community Centre at 9:30 a.m. returning to the QCC no later than 3:00 p.m.   Guided field trips to find the greatest possible variety of mushrooms and other fungi.

Identification Workshop by Dr. Shannon Berch – Sunday, October 15, Quadra Community Centre, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with optional Question and Answer session from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Note: if you wish to stay for the Q&A session, bring a lunch or snack as there will be a half hour break.
Cost for part 2 – $70.00

To register for one or both parts of the Festival, call the Heriot Bay Inn at 250.285.3322. Additional information (i.e. what to bring for the collecting forays) will be provided upon registration. Note: all participants in Part 2 (forays and workshop) will be required to sign the Quadra Island Outdoor Club waiver if not already members of the Club.

Trip Report – Kanish Bay & Darkwater Lake – 1 Aug 2017

The hike to Mt. Becher was postponed due to super hot weather, poor visibility from BC forest fires, and ferry overloads. Instead we opted for a cooler, local hike to Kanish Bay and Darkwater Lake. After a long drive over rough logging roads, with a few stops for lake views and wildflowers, we parked and walked to Kanish Bay along a somewhat overgrown old logging road. It was pleasant and cool in the forest and there were still more wildflowers. Views of Kanish Bay don’t come easily, but we bushwhacked down to a gravel beach for lunch, views and a breeze.

We walked back to the vehicle and drove toward Darkwater Lake. The walk is very short, through open understory forest, to the mossy peninsula. We sat on the rocks by the lake and Julie swam in the cool water.  4.0 for Kanish Bay; 1.4 km to Darkwater; 2½ hours total without the driving.

– Norris

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Hiking – Darkwater Lake & Kanish Bay – 28 June 2017

Trip Report – Eagle Ridge – 28 June 2017

We had four different trips scheduled for June 28th at different times. It was like musical chairs; the weather just wouldn’t cooperate. In the end, five of us hiked to Eagle Ridge from the end of Leishman Rd.  The logging road we walked makes a good approach through mostly mature open forest. There is one spectacular old growth fir near the road. We joined the official Eagle Ridge trail at the wetlands and hiked up to the open ridge with great views of Discovery Passage and the Vancouver Island mountains on a beautiful sunny day.  On the return trip, we appreciated the eagle, dragonflies, song sparrow and mama duck with 11 ducklings in the pond. And the wildflowers were amazing: lupine, foxglove, sedum, ocean spray, twin flower, arnica, yarrow, daisy, pussytoes, and more.  4.9 km; 2¾ hours.


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Trip Report – Shellalligan Trail – 14 June 2017

The scheduled Beech’s Mountain loop was postponed due to a weather forecast of showers. Instead the group of eight hikers and two dogs hiked the Shellalligan trail. As it turned out, the weather was fine – cloudy and a bit breezy in exposed places, but no rain. We walked along the open rock shelves adjacent to Hoskyn Channel, with good views eastward to Read Island and Dunsterville Island. Further along, we had long views south to Marina Island, Mitlenatch Island and beyond. As the trail turned west and inland a bit we entered Village Bay. Sitka spruce made an appearance along the trail, and numerous very large and gorgeous maple trees greeted the group.   We dropped down to a rocky beach on Village Bay for lunch. The second half of the loop took us through varied forest of different species and age classes, very lush and green at this time of year. Trip time was three hours; 4.7 km. We convened at the home of Valerie and Allard Van Veen in Open Bay for tea and cake, with great views of Open Bay and good conversation. Thank you Valerie!


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Hiking – Darkwater Lake & Kanish Bay – 28 June 2017

 Rescheduled from June 28

Activity Hiking
Destination Darkwater Lake and Kanish Bay
Date 1 Aug 2017, Tuesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 3710; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description A short hike to Darkwater Lake on a flagged trail, about 1 km round-trip. There might be swimming potential. Darkwater Lake is a bit south of Kanish Bay. We will also do a short walk to Kanish Bay on an old logging road, about 2 km roundtrip. There is also the possibility of walking an old logging road on Bodega Point if the group is interested.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30 10:00
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay
Notes: This trip will be dependent on logging activity in the area. There is quite a bit of driving on active and old logging roads to reach the two areas.