We had a beautiful fall day for eight of us and four dogs to hike along the eastern Quadra shoreline and through woodlot trails. We sat on the beach for a snack and were lucky to see two humpback whales passing by. 2 hours.
We had six people and two dogs for this hike, as well as a WWOOFer from Belgium. The walk was lovely and dry through forest to see stands of first growth Douglas fir. We passed by wetlands, along a creek following the undulating trail. We had lunch on the northern bluff, with a good view for a cloudy October day. There were lots of colourful mushroom along the way and some were collected for dinner.
Six hardy souls prepared for rain and began the lovely stroll through the forest before reaching the rockier trails. Recent rains had helped the mosses to pop out in colour, but possibly the most stunning visuals were the fungi. Many we were able to identify, but a small, white cauliflower shaped fungi with shiny red and black markings was unknown and stunning.
Lunch and a rest at the lookout is always entertaining, watching various boats pass by, especially with so many whirlpools gathering below in Seymour Narrows. We could see rain coming and so after half an hour, began to return to the cars, only getting drizzled on along the way. The rocky parts of this trail are tricky when wet, so we were all very careful and arrived safely. A lovely hike, as always. 10.0 km; 4 hours for walking and lunch with a one hour drive.