|Date||3 Oct 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Sandra Burns|
|Contact Infoemail@example.com or 3977. Please 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. The currents in the Narrows will not be impressive at this time. Allow 5 hours, including driving, for this walk of approximately 10km.|
|Meeting Place||Heriot Bay Store for car pooling|
|Notes:||Bring a snack, poles if you use them and gear for the weather. We don’t usually do this trip in very poor weather.|
After parking just where the culvert had been washed out on Copperhead logging road and walking the logging road, trail and route, five of us thoroughly enjoyed the company, weather, spectacular views and the very interesting hike to Eagle Ridge and beyond. After pausing at the end of the Eagle Ridge trail for the views, we made the steep descent to the saddle between Eagle Ridge and the ridge to the north. The route follows lovely, open, mossy bluffs. We had lunch on the northern ridge and then wandered to the high point, exploring the views to the north and south.
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|Destination||Gowlland Island and Harbour|
|Date||19 Sept 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Les Hand|
|Contact Info||285-2029 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Description||The tentative plan is to go around Gowlland Island or possibly Steep Island, and through Gowlland Harbour. The exact course will be decided by group that day. Expect some passages with some current. Please register at least 24 hours in advance as trip may change due to weather.|
|Meeting Place||April Point Marina|
|Departure Time||9:30. Be there by 9:00 to be ready to leave by 9:30.|
|Notes:||All participants must review and conform to QIOC paddling guidelines. Participants must have all Coast Guard required equipment and spray skirts.|
Our group of six and a dog hiked up to see the Nugedzi Lakes and viewpoints. The weather forecast called for rain, but there was very little, so we were glad we went anyway. We stopped near the top of the old logging road to see the northeast viewpoint which had considerable cloud. Further on, the water level in the Lily Pond has been seriously reduced by the recent drought. The southeast viewpoint looking down the Strait of Georgia beyond the pond was also quite cloudy, but clear enough to see a long way. We took the initiative to remove the white plastic tarp which covered cement bags turned to concrete over a decade ago and bring it down in a garbage bag. We continued on to Nugedzi Lake for lunch. Although the weather was improving, no one was tempted to swim. We also visited the western viewpoint over Discovery Passage before returning and making the short side trip to Little Nugedzi Lake, then heading back down the hill to the vehicles. This is a great, highly varied hike and good exercise. 10.8 km; 365 m elevation gain; 5½ hours.
Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos
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Six paddlers took advantage of another lovely day of warm weather and light breezes to kayak from Len Road Beach to Village Bay. We were on the water by 9 am, thankful for the high tide allowing a quick launch. With high tide and calm waters, we went through Shellaligan and on to Village Bay. Several hikers were sunbathing on the rocky outcroppings along the trail, but no other wildlife. This was especially disappointing as just a few days ago a huge pod of Pacific White-sided dolphins spent most of a day in a feeding frenzy in Open Bay. We reached Village Bay at 11:30, brunch time. The beach was surprisingly clean, though a few small items were picked up and one aquafarm basket was left, hoping boaters would take it back. A classic wooden boat was anchored in the bay and we admired their husky dog, and the amazing crop of lettuce flourishing on the back deck. An easy paddle back to Hyacinthe Bay, more hikers lounging on the Shellaligan rocks, though no-one braving the chilly water. A flock of seabirds were noisily feeding in the intertidal at the north end of Hyacinthe Bay, and several dozen seals were dozing, and arguing, on the Seal Rocks.
The highlight of an otherwise peaceful paddle came at the end of the trip. Terry wanted to retrieve some flotsam washed up on Turtle Island, just off Len Beach. He and Vic bagged the huge fishing net, aka “the beast”, straddled it across Vic’s and Val’s kayaks, and Terry practised his guiding skills by towing both kayaks back to shore, Vic assisting as outrigger paddler. The beast will be suitably disposed of, and no-one will be any the wiser as to its timely demise.
Thanks to Terry and Val for photos.
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|Date||15 August 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Valerie van Veen|
|Contact Infoemail@example.com; 250 285 2329|
|Description||Two choices for this trip, depending first on winds, second on group preference. IF wind not an issue: 1. launch from Len Rd Beach and go to Village Bay, return. 2. launch from Valdes Rd beach and cross Hoskyn Channel to Dunsterville Islets, return. Note that landings at Dunsterville can be more difficult due to lack of good beach, thus rocky/shells/mud possible.|
|Meeting Place||See trip description|
|Departure Time||Meet at launch at 8:30, launch by 9|
||Moderate, depends on trip|
|Notes:||Must have sea kayak and all required safety equipment as per Club guidelines. Bring water and lunch. Please CALL to indicate your preference; participants will be notified by phone on Tuesday to confirm which trip is a go.|
After prior consideration of an inscrutable weather forecast, seven club members (including five men, possibly a trip record!) paddled out from the Granite Bay boat launch at 9 a.m. for a day of near-perfect conditions. We first headed to the Chained Islands to provide an easy return if conditions worsened and took a short break and a peek “outside”. The bay was so calm we decided to aim for Granite Point to see the pictograms and watch the activity as fishing boats headed out for a sockeye opening. We then paddled to Orchard Bay – a very picturesque spot with a huge midden, clam garden and abandoned homestead – where we enjoyed our lunch, and then headed back to Granite Bay, arriving at 3 p.m. Thanks to Norris and Les for the great photos! 17.6 km; 5¾ hours.
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