Hiking – Surge Narrows logging roads – 29 Jan 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Forested area east of Mine Lake
Date 29 Jan 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.
Please contact the coordinator in advance.  With the winter weather, stay in touch with the coordinator.
Description We will leave from near the Mine Lake access and walk logging roads through a woodlot.  The roads are relatively flat.  There may be wet areas.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Costs None
Trip limits None
Dogs? Okay, if they do not run through the group. This is wolf habitat.
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for the weather.

Trip Report – Open Bay Trails – 1 Jan 2020

Instead of a New Year’s paddle (postponed due to weather forecast) seven hikers got together on the first day of 2020 to explore the trails and roads of Open Bay with a local guide – Val – followed by lunch and socializing at the Van Veen residence.

The day started out with outstanding weather – calm, dry and sunny breaks – and we took great advantage of it with nearly a three hour walk, some on the road and several legs through the beautifully sunlit forests that rim Open Bay. We stopped briefly at the beach access at the end of Valdez Rd where we enviously watched a lone kayaker crossing the mouth of Open Bay on the glassy calm water. We again accessed the water at the other end of the bay with a hike down the forested switchbacks to Big Bay and the We Wai Kai Reserve #8. None of us took a polar bear dip into the chuck and the tide was too high to walk the beach back to Valerie’s so we made our way back up to the road and to our indoor lunch spot complete with fabulous view and fresh hot coffee! We had a great vantage point to watch the weather deteriorate quickly into another winter storm. Thank you to our hosts.

And our day wasn’t over yet! We made a stop along Valdez Road and walked less than 100 m off the road into a spectacular grove of old growth Douglas Firs. Another hidden gem on Quadra Island.  8.5 km, 2¾ hours.


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Hiking – Open Bay Trails – 1 Jan 2020

Hiking – Open Bay Trails – 1 Jan 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Open Bay Trails
Date 1 Jan 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish and Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info vicgladish@gmail.com or 2111
Description A New Year’s day social walk in the Open Bay area, including Big Beach.  After walking we will go to Valerie’s house to socialize and eat our lunches out of the rain.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot to carpool. Parking is limited
Departure Time 10:00 am
Costs none
Trip limits 12
Dogs? No


Trip Report – Lighthouse Trails – 11 Dec 2019

Plan B was substituted due to weather.  Eight of us spent a couple of hours hiking the trails from Cape Mudge lighthouse, first to the north along Discovery Passage and then along the Cape Mudge shoreline with a loop into the forest and back to Tsa-Kwa-Luten.  We had lunch back at Julie and Randy’s house.  We didn’t get wet, just a bit blown around on the Cape Mudge bluffs.  7.5 km, 2 hours.


Thanks to Norris and Cyndy for the photos

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Trip Report – Haskin’s Farm & Environs – 20 Nov 2019

On a sunny, cold morning 13 hikers and 3 dogs set out on the very familiar (to most) Haskin’s Farm trail. After quickly arriving at the beach and enjoying the mid-fall sunshine it was decided that we would visit the big trees along the beach trail, ascend to the top of the bluff and then explore the new trails. We forest bathed under the big Douglas firs then back-tracked to the switchbacks, regrouped and headed along the new trail that skirts the bluff, checked out the man made pond that is part of the new Golf Club development, walked the new trail through the future subdivision and eventually sat down for lunch at the clubhouse picnic tables and basked in the sunshine. Several hikers headed back to their cars and several headed around the golf course, bushwacked for 10 minutes, regained the Haskin’s Farm logging road close to the Todd’s Trail sign, and finished off our 3 hour outing. The new trails are a welcome addition to this classic Quadra hike. 8.5 km, 3 hours.


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Hiking – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 20 Nov 2019

Trip Report – Shellaligan Pass Loop – 13 Nov 2019

We had a big group of 14 people for this classic hike. The weather was overcast, but good for hiking.  We parked on Valdez Road and walked the logging road to the shorter loop trailhead. We hiked clockwise through the new and the old forest to Village Bay where we stopped for a short break.  We continued on the rocky trail with moss, lichen and water views.  We stopped again for lunch on the rocky bluffs at the corner of Village Bay and Hoskyn Channel where we enjoyed the view of the calm water and migrating ducks.  We  continued on the trail overlooking Hoskyn Channel stopping briefly at the small cove and then hiking back along the logging road to the vehicles.  6.7 km, 3 hours.

Julie Mellanby

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Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 13 Nov 2019

Hiking in Silence- Carrington Bay – 5 Dec 2019

This trip has been postponed to Dec. 9

Activity Hiking in Silence
Destination Carrington Bay, Cortes Island
Date 9 Dec 2019, Monday  5 December 2019, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info 250.285.2393.  Please contact the coordinator well in advance of the trip, so that car pools can be arranged.
Description We will meet at the Cortes Ferry Line-up. We will drive to the Carrington Bay Trail entrance. Before beginning the hike we will partake in a short meditation, followed by 1 minute of silence (for those who wish to.) Giving oneself completely to the act of listening, seeing and feeling. Hiking in silence onto Carrington Lagoon. Spending a little time at the lagoon and then onto Grandmothers Grove. Returning on the 3:50pm ferry to Quadra. Please bring your packed lunch and water. This trip is weather dependent. The Forest Trust for the children of Cortes has been formed to purchase these forestlands and hold them in trust for the children of Cortes Island in perpetuity. I always feel honoured by being there. Margot.
Meeting Place Cortes ferry line-up.
Departure Time 9:05 am ferry; Car-pooling will be encouraged. Designated drivers please be in line-up by 8:15a.m – this is a busy trades-person ferry.
Costs Ferry travel costs; bring your experience card and ID
Trip limits 8
Dogs? no
Notes: This trip is for all who wish to hike in silence.