Trip Report – Rousseau Ridge Loop – 14 Oct 2020

Seven of us hiked to the top of Rousseau Ridge starting near the end of North Gowlland Road.  From there we followed the open mossy ridge as it gently sloped down, with a few steep sections and great views.  The route emerges onto a logging road.  We followed that back uphill to the end.  We continued on a short, wet trail which joins the Gowlland Trail below Heriot Ridge.  We followed that back to the start, with a side trip to the old growth grove of big Douglas fir frees.  The day before had torrential downpours, but the weather for us was good.  8.6 km; 4 hours.

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Hiking – Rousseau Ridge – 14 Oct 2020

Hiking – Big Tree – 28 Oct 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Big Tree
Date 28 Oct, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 3710; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description The destination for this trip is (what we believe) is the biggest Douglas fir on Quadra.  The walk to it is not long, but there is no trail and the route up goes up and over a saddle and down the other side, somewhat steep (and back up and over on the return).  We can visit several big trees in this valley.  Expect to climb over deadfall.  The approach is by logging road.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot to convoy to the start of the hike.
Departure Time 10:00
Easy to moderate (short, but no trail)
Trip limits 8
Notes: Bring snacks/lunch; hiking poles if you use them.  Wear good boots.  COVID protocol in effect.

Trip Report – Kanish Bay – 30 Sept 2020

We put in at low tide in Granite Bay and were ready to go by 10:00. Our group of five paddlers headed west, at a very leisurely pace, into a flat calm Kanish Bay and to the Chained Islands. As rest stop was in order by the time we reached the campsite on the next to last island of the group we had a chance to assess the site for future overnighting. As we approached the island we met up with a group of 5 kayakers from Vancouver Island who had crossed from Browns Bay on a large Zodiac for a day of paddling.

We headed north east to the north shore of the bay and worked our way east to Orchard Bay (finally!). As we approached OB a couple in a double kayak came straight for us out of Small Inlet – it was Debbie and Norris who had come out from Small Inlet and their anchored sailboat to visit. At this point we also observed 2-3 harbour porpoise circling about in the bay. Also observed while crossing Kanish Bay were a number of salmon jumping and a flock of about 30 loons that took flight as a very noisy, very fast speedboat roared down to Granite Bay and back out to Discovery Passage.

We then enjoyed a long lunch break in the sun at Orchard Bay and scouted out the area for camping potential. It was about this time that we noticed that the air was becoming somewhat smoky.

From this point we headed towards Small Inlet – decided it was taking on too much to venture in – and explored the shallows around the islands (a bit too shallow!) as we headed back to Granite Bay and the takeout at high tide.  6 NM (approx. 12km) over 5¾ hours.


Thanks to Vic, Valerie and Norris for the photos.

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Kayaking – Kanish Bay – 30 Sept 2020

Kayaking – Kanish Bay – 30 Sept 2020

Activity Kayaking
Destination Kanish Bay (Granite/Small)
Date 30 Sept, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish
Contact Info 250-285-2111; cell 250-287-0459
Description Plan A – Kanish Bay – Chained Islets to Ashlar Creek to Orchard Bay
Plan B – Orchard Bay to Small Inlet and short hike to Waiatt Bay.
Meeting Place Granite Bay boat launch
Departure Time 10:00 on the water
Moderate to difficult depending on weather, tides, winds, distance.
Costs Use of ramp $ 5.00
Trip limits 8 kayaks
Dogs? no
Notes: Meet at 0930 for a 1000 departure. Must have a sea kayak and equipment that meets club and coast guard regulations.
Bring lunch and be prepared for fall weather.


Hiking – Rousseau Ridge Loop – 14 Oct 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Rousseau Ridge Loop
Date 14 Oct, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 3710; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description We will start from the North Gowlland road and hike the Gowlland Harbour trail to Rousseau Ridge.  We will take a flagged route and logging road to circle back to the Gowlland Harbour trail and back to the vehicles.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot to convoy to the trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Easy to moderate (on the Rousseau bluff)
Costs None
Trip limits 8
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring snacks/lunch; hiking poles if you use them.

Trip Report – Chauntaluf Farm – 2 Sept 2020

Five of us visited the Kellerhal clan farm, Chauntaluf, on a beautiful, warm late summer day. As three of the group had never been to the property, we first explored some of the farm and the land leading down to Hyacinthe Bay. Then we headed up Open Bay Road and onto the narrow trail leading to Raven Crag. The views of Hyacinthe Bay and the valley below Chinese Mountains were great. We continued along bluffs, through coastal forest, undulating out to Hyacinthe Point. Here we stopped for lunch and the wonderful views of Rebecca Spit and the Strait of Georgia. After a leisurely break, we backtracked and then followed trails to the Coast Mountain Lookout, which offered still different views looking east toward the mainland mountains. We circled round to Nighthawk trail and Big Pond Road before arriving at the pond. There was lots of small wildlife at the pond: a swimming garter snake, numerous dragon flies, damsel flies and many, many rough-skinned newts swimming in the pond. The damsel flies were all busy mating. After another leisurely rest we went back to Open Bay Rd and returned to the vehicles. 6.9 km, 4½ hours.

Thanks so much to Heather Kellerhals for graciously allowing the Outdoor Club to visit her family property. 


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Hiking – Chauntaluf Farm – 2 Sept 2020

Trip Report – Nugedzi Lake – 26 Aug 2020

Six hikers enjoyed a perfect, late summer day for our hike up to Nugedzi Lake. We opted for the second, slightly higher viewpoint as our first rest stop, much appreciated after the usual slog up the eroded logging road. The views, though somewhat hazy, extended to the Coast Mountains and south to Texada Island. The Old Growth Forest was a welcome respite from the increasing heat. We were surprised to find how eroded the trail here was in some spots, tree roots fully exposed in many places, possibly the result of increased traffic (we actually saw 9 other people on the trail at various times) and the heavy rains of early summer and recent days. (We learned later that one of the 9 was a local trail runner, who was on his way back from having run the entire trail up from the Nugedzi trailhead parking lot, down to the Mt Seymour parking lot on Granite Bay Road and back over, after having biked to the trailhead from Heriot Bay. And we thought we were putting in an effort just to do the Nugedzi hike. )

As this trail was new to one of the group, we did the “Cook’s Tour”, going southeast out to the Lilyponds and the Lookout for views to Georgia Strait and beyond, before heading to Nugedzi Lake for lunch and a refreshing and very welcome swim. After lunch, we hiked up to the next viewpoint from which we could clearly see the mountains of Vancouver Island, and, once again, wondered about the history and purpose of the “Flagpole Cairn” at this site. A pleasant walk around Little Nugedzi Lake completed the tour before we headed back down.  10.8 km; 6 hours.

Valerie van Veen

Thanks to Norris, Valerie Vic for the photos

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Hiking – Nugedzi Lake – 26 Aug 2020

Trip Report – Newton Lake-Small Inlet-Waiatt Bay – 19 Aug 2020

Six hikers set out on a damp, overcast day for the annual hike into northern Quadra’s provincial/marine parks. Our small group was able to set a quick pace up the rocky remains of a logging road and into the beautiful second growth forests of Small Inlet PP. A brief stop at Newton Lake made the point, as we stood in a brisk southeasterly breeze, that a swim in the lake was not likely to happen this day.

We made our way to Small Inlet where the few boats at anchor seemed to be squeezed into a puddle of tidal water between vast expanses of exposed beach, clam beds, and remnants of clam garden walls. After a brief visit to the always fascinating spring at the head of Small Inlet we headed, via the portage trail, over to Waiatt Inlet. The trail clearing work by the Trail Committee (specifically the Barclays and the Fords) was duly noted and praised, and allowed a quick passage across Quadra Island.

While sitting on the Waiatt Bay shore enjoying lunch and the view and counting the boats, we were joined by two club members who rowed in from their sailboat. All were pleasantly surprised at this serendipitous rendezvous, and soon, we were a group of eight on the return hike to Newton Lake. We did encounter a few people returning from a swim at the lake but none of our group was tempted in on a breezy, drizzly afternoon. After a brief stop on the rocks by the lake, the sailors headed back to their boat and the hikers returned to the trailhead.  13.2 km; 5.3 hours.


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Hiking – Newton Lake-Small Inlet-Waiatt Bay – 19 Aug 2020

Hiking – Nugedzi Lake – 26 Aug 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Nugedzi Lake
Date 26 Aug, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen
Contact Info; must contact the coordinator by Tuesday noon
Description Nugedzi is one of the more challenging hikes on Quadra. This will be moderately-paced, suitable for those who might not be in top condition this summer.  In order to maintain contact with any fast hikers who wish to go ahead (only in a group, “pod rules” apply) I will bring 4 “family” radios.  The trail is rough and more challenging at the beginning, on a steep, eroded forest road, eventually turning off into the forest and through one of the few old-growths remaining on Quadra. Swimming is possible at Nugedzi Lake.  Hikers will be asked to maintain proper distancing on the small rock outcrop that is the usual lunch spot and provides the most convenient access to the lake.
Meeting Place Meet at trailhead at 10 am
Departure Time 10:00
Moderate, some steep challenging sections
Costs none
Trip limits 10, travelling in pods or distanced
Dogs? Must be under control; dog owners will be asked to go ahead of the rest of the group
Notes: This hike will be entirely weather dependent … cancelled if too hot or raining. Hikers MUST sign up with coordinator (email or call) by NOON TUESDAY. Bring lunch, and swimsuit and towel if desired. Club COVID protocols regarding eligible participation and etiquette apply; please call the coordinator if you have any questions.

Trip Report – Kayak training – 12 Aug 2020

There were a total of 5 participants on a cool morning for August. With the boats on the ground, just up form the launch site, we went over outfitting, particularly in regards to rescues.

After a short period, we paddled north on Main Lake to a small shallow bay near an island, opposite and a little past the twin private islands. The water was shallower here and there was a place to pull out for drying off and changing clothes.

Participants tried solo rescues, and group rescues for the couple involved. One brave soul even made a game attempt at a roll.   After a couple of hours and a quick lunch, we headed back.

Although there were plenty of users on the lake, we had this practice area to ourselves. We had only a gentle breeze on the return trip. A cool August morning turned into a pleasant warm day, and no one got too cold, despite getting wet. About 4 hours went by quickly.

Brent Henry

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Kayaking Training – Mine Lake – 12 Aug 2020