|Destination||Rebecca Spit Loop|
|Date||30 October 2019, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Debbie Quigg|
|Contact Infoemail@example.com or 3710. Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.|
|Description||We will visit the Sasquatch and then continue to Paddy’s Lagoon. We will follow some unofficial trails that loop out and then circle back to the campground. We will explore the recent improvements to Drew Creek. If we then continue to the end of the Spit, the hike is about 8km.|
|Meeting Place||Rebecca Spit parking lot just past the gate on the right by the water at the south end of the park.|
|Notes:||Expect some mud on the way to Paddy’s Lagoon. Bring a snack and gear for the weather.|
|Destination||Kay du Bois Trail|
|Date||9 Oct 2019, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Julie Mellanby|
|Description||We will hike this trail beginning at the south. This is a classic trail along the shore through a mixed forest with great views of Sutil Chanel. A short walk.|
|Meeting Place||Kay du Bois trailhead at the end of Sutil Road|
|Dogs?||Okay if they don’t run through the group.|
|Notes:||Bring a snack or lunch and poles if you use them.|
After a dark and stormy night, we prevaricated about getting out on the water in the face of an uncertain forecast. However, the lazy kayaker doesn’t get the first wave, or something like that, so three of us scrambled and were on the water by 10:16. Skies were overcast but the rain stayed away, the winds were calm, and the sun even peeped out occasionally. We meandered around Hyacinthe Bay, admiring both the variety of architecture, and the extensive pillow-lava formations. The incoming tide even allowed us to go around Heriot Island, where we were astonished to see large outcrops of sand dollars in the shallow, warmer waters. From there we enjoyed a calm crossing over to the Bretons and Hoskyn Channel. A few seals greeted us, but two were more interested in their squabbling than us. In the Breton Islets, oystercatchers, scoters, and dunlins were busy exploring the intertidal. We noted the number of boats still plying the waters around the Islands, we could see a kayaker launching from one large yacht that was hanging around Open Bay.
Our game plan was to land in the small beach beside the van Veen’s house, but a surprising amount of southerly swell generating wave action on the rocky beach made us decide to land on the sand/gravel of Big Beach and walk over to our house for our break. After lunch in the sun on our deck we were back on the water by 2 pm. An elegant two-masted schooner that has been anchored in Open Bay captured our interest, an internet search later revealed that it is for sale. We then had the pleasure of meeting the kayaker from the large motor yacht, a delightful American lady who travels the west coast in her yacht every summer. She was accompanied by her two dogs lounging on the deck of her kayak, resplendent in their doggie PFDs. She said she usually has her cat with her as well on her daily paddle. We were off the water by 3 pm. after a very pleasant, easy-going paddle. 13.7 km or 7.4 NM; 3½ hours, without the lunch break.
Valerie van Veen
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|Destination||Hyacinthe and Open Bays|
|Date||8 Sept 2019, Sunday|
|Trip Coordinator||Valerie van Veen|
|Contact Info||250 285 2329; firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Description||Summer-end Sunday Social … a gentle paddle to explore Hyacinthe Bay, then over to Open Bay, possibly check on intertidal and seals in the Bretons. Land on beach beside our house for coffee, tea, goodies provided to accompany your lunch/snack at our place. Paddle back to Len Road beach around 2 pm in time for high(er) tide.|
|Meeting Place||Len Road beach|
|Departure Time||9:30 , on water by 10|
|Notes:||Bring your own lunch. Kayaks will be put up on driftwood on our beach while we enjoy the break up at our house. Forecast is for possibly showers in afternoon, little wind. Must email/call by Friday night to confirm participation. Kayaks must be ocean kayaks and conform to all Transport Canada requirements.|
We camped at the Woss Lake Recreation Site, with the group arriving gradually over about 30 hours. Due to forecast rainy weather, many invested quite a lot of effort in setting up camp with tarps. Three of us kayaked on Woss Lake Monday morning in calm and increasingly sunny conditions. We paddled down the east side of the Lake exploring the cabins and boat launch. (about 7 km) Some also explored the Woss River Trail with some impressive old growth cedar and good views of the river from a bluff. This trail goes a long way, but we only went about 2.8km. In the afternoon, two more people arrived and the weather turned showery. We drove logging roads to check out Schoen Lake Provincial Park. We already knew that any possible interesting hiking would involve access by boat, but the deluge of rain when we arrived discouraged any enthusiasm for exploration. Back at camp, we enjoyed appies by Les’ campfire before dinner. By Monday night the final two people had arrived and enjoyed an evening canoe paddle, where they found some pictographs.
Tuesday morning: After Les’ delicious blueberry pancake breakfast, we departed for Woss Lookout. We parked at the trail sign and hiked up the steep logging road, through some clear cut and into the forested lookout hill. The steep trail is well equipped with rope aids and the distance is quite short, but a good test of fitness. We were soon rewarded with the restored fire lookout and excellent views, even with a bit of cloud around. The views of the Schoen, Vernon, Woss and Nimpkish Valleys are impressive, as well as the nearby mountains. We returned by the short loop and headed back down the steep trail, once again thankful for the ropes. (4.6km, 3½ hours; 400m elevation gain)
Tuesday afternoon: After lunch we continued on to the Little Huson Caves Regional Park. The short walk through the woods takes you to the sculpted rock of the Atluck Creek working its way though the limestone. The boardwalk and stairs are very helpful and some have been recently replaced. We enjoyed views of the Natural Bridge from both entrances, the River Cave, the Atluck Creek and the Bridge Cave. The green water, scalloped and sculpted rock were beautiful. (about 2.6km, 1½ hours) Back at camp, quite a few bathed in the Lake, which wasn’t too cold,
The forecast had consistently called for afternoon showers and we escaped until Tuesday evening, when the real weather was expected. The rain began lightly after 21:00 and increased and continued all night. Wednesday morning, five of us made a short paddle on Woss Lake in marginal weather, before taking down the sodden camp gear and heading home.
Thanks to everyone for the food sharing, logging road driving, and general good time. Having the only serious rain at night was a benefit for seeing this beautiful and not much visited area.
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The Heriot Ridge Loop was cancelled due to rain (slippery bluffs). Instead, we opted for an enjoyable hike along the Kay Dubois Trail. The rain had stopped as six people and Kona (the dog) met at the trailhead on Wa Wa Kie Road and followed the trail south along the ocean. After the night’s rain, the forest was humid, very green, almost jungle-like. Before heading up the hill to the south end of the trail at Sutil Road, we stopped at the beach access for a break and watched the rough waves breaking at the shoreline. At the end of Sutil Road, we followed logging roads east and north. On the road north that leads to the end of Fox Road, we spotted wolf poop and a small brown garter snake trying to find a patch of sun. Before reaching Fox Road, we turned east onto a small trail that winds its way back to the Kay Dubois Trail, connecting at the big mother spruce tree. From here it was short hike back to the vehicles. Our timing was good as it began to rain again. Thank you Norris for the photo-taking. 5.3 km; 1¾ hours.
This trip was originally scheduled for June 15th
|Destination||Main Lake Provincial Park|
|Date||20 June 2019, Thursday|
|Trip Coordinator||Les Hand|
|Contact Info||2029 or email@example.com Be sure and sign up so I can call you if weather changes.|
|Description||We will first cross Mine Lake and paddle the creek to Village Bay Lake. Then we will go to Main Lake. Once there we will decide on a route considering wind. We may go all around or just stick to one end. The plan is to have one short stop before and after lunch. This will add to the time. About 3 hours paddling but trip may take 5 hours.|
|Meeting Place||Mine Lake boat launch; be there by 9:30|
|Departure Time||10:00 am|
||Easy as long as the wind is down|
|Notes:||Must have all safety equipment as stated by Coast guard. Should also have a spray skirt in case wind comes up.|