Trip Report – Mt. Seymour via Nugedzi – 11 July 2018

Hoping to avoid the predicted warm temperatures, 13 intrepid hikers (9 Club members and 4 guests) got an early start on their ascent of Mt. Seymour, leaving the HB parking lot at 8 am. As this was to be a cross-over hike, three cars were left at the Mt Seymour trailhead on Granite Bay Road. At 8:45 am we began the slog up the Nugedzi Trail, which seems to be easier going up than down. Several varieties of mushrooms, fungi, and some late season orchids were noted on the logging road section of the trail. We stopped at the first East viewpoint for a brief rest, only a slight heat haze blurring the horizon. Finally, entering the old-growth forest (or “Enchanted Forest” so named by one hiker) was a pleasant relief, reaching Nugedzi Lake by 10:50. We had decided to press on to summit Mt. Seymour first, then to return to Nugedzi for a well-earned swim. We reached the summit about an hour later, enjoying the views first south over Nugedzi , then west to Vancouver Island and Seymour Narrows , where the flood current was clearly visible, as we climbed. The spectacular views south and east from the summit awed our visitors, the Discovery Islands clearly visible, and well beyond down Vancouver Island and over to the mainland. We took the board walk loop back to Nugedzi Lake where most of the group at least dipped their toes in the water, which was quite bearable. Refreshed, we walked briskly down the Mt. Seymour trail to the waiting cars, arriving just after 3:15. 11.2 km; 6.5 hours

Note: thanks to the Trail Committee who had obviously been very busy earlier this year weed-whacking the entire Nugedzi-Seymour trail.


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Hiking – Mt. Seymour via Nugedzi- 11 July 2018


Hike – Nugedzi Lakes and Views – 29 August 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Nugedzi Lakes and Views
Date 29 August 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 3978; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Hike up a steep, old logging road and meander through open forest to the lovely Nugedzi Lakes.  If the group wants more, there are side trips to viewpoints looking northeast, southeast and west.  Nugedzi Lake is a great place for lunch and a swim.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?  okay
Notes: Bring lunch and swim wear if you want.


Hiking – Morte Lake Loop – 15 August 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake Loop
Date 15 August, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description We will hike the official Morte Lake loop, with opportunities for a picnic lunch and swimming.  4 to 5 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay
Notes: Bring lunch and something to swim in, if you want to.


Trip Report – Bretons and Village Bay – 9 July 2018

Seven hardy souls braved calm waters, no wind, no rain, light cloud cover, and mild temperatures to venture out to the Bretons and beyond. From the Len Road put-in, we were on the water by 10:17 am, launching taking a little longer than usual thanks to the very low tide. A gentle paddle out to the Bretons gave us a chance to admire the pillow lava in Hyacinthe Bay, and the exposed inter-tidal in Hyacinthe and the Bretons. A few curious seals eyed us from quite close up, they are now obviously much more used to kayakers than when I first paddled in the Breton islets. We saw a few gulls and one small flock of ducks (Goldeneyes ?). The absence of Oystercatchers and other birds usually seen there was possibly due to the large contingent of kayakers from one of the local outfitters who had landed on one of the islets in the very low tide and were busy exploring. We proceeded to Moulds Bay for a brief rest stop, the cabin there seems deserted once again. Passing “Clay’s Cabin” and the oyster lease, we were able to squeak through Shellaligan in the now rising tide. At the oyster lease, heavy rope netting still covers the bagged oysters on the beach, seemingly untouched since my last foray there a few years ago. We also noted the abandoned vessel beached in Shellaligan, no sign of any squatters there this year, nor on Shellaligan Beach. As time, not destination, was the determinant for this paddle, we opted for the first beach on the south side of Village Bay, that is also accessible from the trail, just before it turns inland, as our endpoint, rather than press on to the north beach at Village Bay. After a brief lunch break, we paddled directly back to Hyacinthe Bay, against a light wind, and were rewarded with a high tide landing. 14.5 km; 5 hours.


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Kayaking – Breton Islands & Village Bay – 9 July 2018

Kayaking – Granite/Kanish Bays – 1 August 2018

Activity Paddling with possible small hike
Destination Kanish Bay (launch from Granite Bay)
Date 1 August 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell
Contact Info
Description Depending on weather (wind) conditions, paddle to Chained Islets, or to Small Inlet with option to hike across to Waiatt Bay.
Meeting Place Boat launch, Granite Bay
Departure Time Assemble at 9:30 for 10 a.m. departure. Expected time of return is 4:00 p.m.
easy to moderate; depending on wind conditions
Costs $ 5.00 launch fee at Granite Bay
Trip limits eight
Dogs? no
Notes: All participants must review and conform to QIOC paddling guidelines. Only ‘sea kayaks’ with skirts for this trip, as weather can change quickly with the potential for strong northwesterly winds. If you have not paddled with the coordinator previously, please contact her no later than July 27. All participants must contact the coordinator by email (preferably) or by phone to 778 716 6124 to confirm participation no later than July 29. The trip will be cancelled if forecast winds are higher than 15 knots, or steady rain is expected. Participants will be informed by 7 p.m. on July 31 if the trip will be cancelled.

Trip Report – Rousseau Ridge Loop – 4 July 2018

Twelve hikers, two of whom were new to the Outdoor Club, met at the Hopespring trailhead for a four hour hike. The day was sunny and warm. We headed up Hopespring trail to the top of the ridge and down the west side, turning northwest onto the Gowlland Harbour trail. This trail was followed through shaded second growth forest and along a ten-year-old clearcut, nicely regenerating, to North Gowlland Harbour Road. Crossing the road and up Missing Links Road a short distance, we hiked northeast along Bite the Bullet which parallels the logging road, managing to avoid being dusted by logging trucks. Recrossing the logging road, we turned southeast at a large beaver dam and walked up John Marlow’s woodlot road. At a deep pool in an old quarry at the roadside, we stopped to admire the critters (salamanders?) swimming there. At that point, we turned south onto a faint bike route that led us to intersect with the Gowlland trail at Rousseau Ridge. Climbing to the top of the ridge, we enjoyed lunch with great views to the west over Copper Bluffs, Discovery Passage and the Vancouver Island mountains.

On the return trip, the group split into two at the Thompson Trail intersection. One group followed Thompson Trail to Thompson Road; the other group retraced their hike down Gowlland Trail and up and over Hopespring Trail to the vehicles at the trailhead. We managed to stay in the shade for most of the hike, and out on the open ridge we had some cloud cover and a nice breeze. However, an earlier start may have been in order – by the end of the hike, the temperature was climbing, with my home thermometer on Thompson Road reading 29C.  10.1 km; 4 hours.


Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – Rousseau Ridge Loop – 4 July 2018

Kayaking – Bretons and Village Bay – 9 July 2018

Activity Kayaking
Destination Bretons and Village Bay: time, not distance will determine destination
Date 9 July 2018, Monday
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen
Contact Info; 250 285 2329
Description We will paddle from Len Road Beach northwards towards the Bretons and Village Bay . Trip will be about 4-5 hours including a lunch break. Bring lunch, snacks, and water.
Meeting Place Len Road Beach
Departure Time Meet at launch site at 9:30 am; on water by 10 am
Moderate: trip will be cancelled if steady rain and/or winds over 18 knots (approx). Paddlers should be prepared for some wind and possible rain.
Costs None
Trip limits Seven paddlers plus coordinator
Dogs? no
Notes: Paddlers must have all gear and equipment as outlined in the Paddling Guidelines on the QIOC website. Paddlers who are not Club members AND/OR who have not paddled with this coordinator before MUST talk to the coordinator no later than 24 hours before launch (ie by 10 am Sunday morning) in order to be signed-up. All other paddlers must email or phone coordinator no later than 7 pm Sunday night to sign-up. ONLY paddlers who are signed-up will be allowed to join this trip.