Trip Report – Steep Island – 12 Nov 2018

On a calm and partly sunny day, four kayaks set out from Q Cove for Steep Island. We first paddled into Unkak Cove as there was a 12 foot tide and much of the Cove dries at a lower tide. There were numerous birds there. It is too bad that there are also numerous old docks that have been left to rot away. From the Cove we traveled up in Discovery Passage by April Point. We were going with the ebb tide, but found many back eddies along the way. It was fun to have the tide moving in all different directions which kept you adjusting your paddling.

We stopped to have lunch and enjoy the sun at Vigilant Island, and shared some smoked salmon, cheese and crackers.  From there we went around Steep Island. There was some current getting there but almost none going along the west side where I thought it might be strong. A person may know if it is ebb or flood tide, but the current is constantly changing near shore. The tide was nearing slack now so we headed straight back to the Cove, though there was still come current against us. On the way we had two sea lions put on a bit of a show for us. It is unsettling for a creature bigger that the kayak to come up close to you. All in all a calm, warm and wonderful day for a paddle especially considering it is November.  7.8 nautical miles and 4 hours.


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Kayaking – Steep Island – 12 Nov 2018


Hiking – Maud Island- 27 Feb 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date 27 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Sandra Burns
Contact Info or 3977.  Please do not call after 800pm.  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 10:00
Costs none
Trip limits none
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.

Kayaking – Steep Island – 12 Nov 2018

Activity Kayaking
Destination Steep Island
Date 12 Nov 2018, Monday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029 or   Be sure and sign up so I can call you if weather changes
.Description This will be a trip with some current. We will ride the ebb north and there should not be too much current coming back as max is 4.4 at 11:50. This is a higher tide so will be a good time to explore Unkak Cove. If wind comes up we will change to a April Point launch and do Gowlland Harbour.
Meeting Place Quathiaski Cove Ramp
Departure Time Meet at 10:30, launch at 11 am.
Costs parking
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: All participants must conform to QIOC paddling guidelines. Participants must have all Coast Guard required equipment and spray skirts.

Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 7 Nov 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Shellaligan Loop
Date 7 Nov 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Partly due to the deteriorating condition of the road, we will park at Valdez Rd and walk to the shorter loop along the beach, the bluffs and into village Bay.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling.
Departure Time 9:30
Easy to moderate.  There are a few rocky bluffs to scramble up and some undulating sections.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Dogs must not run through the group.
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Trip Report – Morte Lake Mountain Bike Loop – 17 Oct 2018

Eight of us had a beautiful fall day for this hike through open forest, over panoramic bluffs,  and passing by lovely, calm lakes.  We were in shirt sleeves for this very scenic loop.  We started up the bike trail Morning Beer onto upper Deadfish, stopping to enjoy the view at Seven Sins.  We descended Nirvana to the hiking trail around Morte Lake and stopped for lunch at the east side Morte Lake viewpoint. 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, connecting back to the parking lot.  We enjoyed the great views and the fall foliage.  9.6 km; 4 hours.


Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – Morte Lake Bike Loop -17 Oct 2018

Trip Report – North Gowlland Harbour Bike Trail Loop – 10 Oct 2018

Seven hikers and Joey, the dog, enjoyed a three hour hike in the area north and west of North Gowlland Harbour Road. The weather was perfect – mostly sunny with a few clouds and pleasantly cool. Starting at the Cash Only trailhead, we made a grand loop following Backdoor to Silk Stockings where we passed an area recovering from past copper mining and enjoyed views south to Gowlland Harbour.   The lake on the east side of the trail reflected the changing fall colours. From there we dropped down to the Missing Links Road, then paralleled North Gowlland Harbour Road along Bite the Bullet. As we entered John Marlow’s woodlot on the east side of the road, we stopped on the bridge for Les’s pizza and marvelled at the large beaver dam built at the south end of the wetland. Sam’s Shorty trail behind the wetland brought us back to the vehicles. After much rain, the forest and mosses were bright green, punctuated by brilliant yellows of turning maples.  7.3 km.

Janis McLean

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – North Gowlland Bike Trail Loop – 10 Oct 2018

Hiking – Morte Lake Bike Trails Loop – 17 Oct 2018

Re-scheduled to 17 Oct

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake loop via Dead Fish
Date 17 24 Oct 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info or 285-3710;  Please contact the coordinator several days prior to the trip
Description We will start from the Morte Lake parking lot and hike up Morning Beer on the southern ridge.  We will follow mountain bike trails to Seven Sins, then descend on Lost Rider to Reed Lake.  We will cross the road and the creek and continue on Yellow Mud and Jack Rabbit back to the parking lot.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00 A.M.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay on leash or out front – we may encounter bikes or animals
Notes: Bring lunch.  Expect some steep sections, wet sections, mountain bike trails, and views.