Trip Report – Main Lake Provincial Park – 11-13 June 2022

This was supposed to be an easy start to the camping season, spending a few days at the Main Lake Provincial Park.  But the weather forecasters didn’t cooperate.  Instead of early summer, we were given early spring.  Looking on the bright side, there were no crowds.  Actually the weather turned out better than expected.  No rain at all, warm enough during the day.  We did postpone the trip by two days to avoid the atmospheric river.

Saturday – First surprise – the lake level was far higher than expected, higher than we had seen it during the winter.  It’s been a rainy spring.  We paddled 40 minutes (3.4 km) to Howard’s campsite and set up the camp.  We then paddled another 10 minutes (0.5 km) to the Bay campsite and changed into hiking boots.  We followed the stream up from the campsite to a small lake and back (3.6 km; 3¾ hours).  There are some very nice waterfalls along the way and some impressive trees.  We now know that the best route on the upper section is between the stream and the canyon wall on the east.  For the lower section it’s not clear what the best route through a flat boggy area is.  Then a 10 minute paddle back to camp for a relaxing evening.

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Sunday – The wind shifted to northwest.  We were joined by Les for the day.  We paddled over to the channel between Main Lake and Little Main Lake and through the willows.  Where Stramberg Creek joins Shadow Brook Creek, we decided to land, have lunch and stretch our legs since it was windy on Little Main Lake and there were few places to get out of the kayaks.  We explored where there used to be squatters..  The very high water levels made it easy to get through to Little Main after lunch.  In the lake we saw a beaver swimming .  We paddled back to Main Lake, parted with Les and returned to Howard.  (10.5 km; 3 hours)  Later in the afternoon we hiked up the ridge north of the campsite, which has steep cliffs on the east and west.  This was a pleasant hike through open forest with some big trees and views.  (2.0 km; 1½ hours)  It was still windy through the night with a super almost-full moon.

Monday –  We packed up the camp and paddled to East Beach campsite.  (1.3 km; 20 min)  We changed to hiking boots for a hike to Yeatman Bay on Okisollo Channel.  The stream was a problem to cross, so we used an old logging bridge a bit up from the campsite.  At the Bay, it was a very low tide, so took the opportunity to we walk out to what is often an island and back to the campsite for lunch (3.6 km; 1½ hours), and then paddled back to the Mine Lake boat launch.  (4.0 km; 1 hour).  As we began to drive home, the rain started.

Norris

Multi-day paddling, hiking, camping – Main Lake Prov Park – 11-13 June 2022

Hiking – Rousseau Ridge Loop – 15 June 2022

This is a substitution for the scheduled Mine Lake Bluff loop

Activity Hiking
Destination Rousseau Ridge Loop
Date 15 June, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca 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
Difficulty
Moderate
Costs None
Trip limits 8
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring snacks/lunch; hiking poles if you use them.

Trip Report – Ripple Rock Trail – 8 June 2022

We lined up at 8:00, to get on the 9:00 ferry for our Ripple Rock hike. After all the recent rain, we were almost giddy with delight at having a dry, sunny day. It took 20 minutes to drive north of Campbell River to the trailhead.

Our group of 9 set off amid lively conversations about recent and future travels. The trail was a bit muddy in sections, but otherwise good and easy to follow. We passed a few spectacular old growth trees and wondered why they were spared when trees around them were logged.

It is a popular trail and we met several other folks along the way and at the bluff. We ate lunch at the bluffs, looking over at Maud Island and watching tugs pull barges through Seymour Narrows.  8.7 km 4 hours with lunch stop

Diana
 
Thanks to Norris, Diana and Val for the photos
 

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Hiking – Ripple Rock Trail – 8 June 2022

Trip Report – BC Trail Day – 4 June 2022

The recent torrential rains definitely dampened our BC Trail Day celebration, but a few die-hards went for a short walk anyway. We used the Swale Trail and Black Jack to make a tight loop on the Community Centre trails, following some lovely paths through a fine forest.

The Quadra trail system is an amazing heritage that is worth recognizing. At the end of our walk it seemed fitting that we passed by the memorial to Judy Leicester who worked so hard on the trails. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to her and others like Hilda Van Orden, Marcie Wolter, Nole Lax, and Richard Leicester who did so much to develop these trails. And also to the current hard workers who carry on that tradition like John Barclay, Sam Whittingham and Ken Roxborough, and all the other many, many volunteers.

Debbie

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Hiking – BC Trail Day – 4 June 2022

Trip Report – Bretons and Beyond – 1 June 2022

Four paddlers put in from the Len Road access on a rare dry spring day, and headed off on calm waters. We picked our way through the rocks between the Bretons (staying well clear of the seals with pups) and then made the two km crossing to the Dunsterville Islands on the Read Island side of Hoskyn Channel. Circling the middle island of the group we observed many purple ochre sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, and an abalone or two. Landing on these islands is always a challenge as there is no beach, just large rocks covered with bladder wrack. With the work of landing and securing our kayaks on a rock shelf done, we turned to survey the channel we’d just crossed and immediately spotted a few Orcas on the far side. Four Orcas appeared to be feeding and moving north. To add to the excitement, the other half of the pod, another four to five Orcas surfaced very near to our vantage point and swam past us. All eight to nine of the pod soon submerged and moved off to the north out of our line of site.

We enjoyed a lunch break on the rocks under the watchful gaze of a pair of nesting geese, explored the island/campsite, and then relaunched our kayaks with a very light rain beginning. We decided to cross towards Shellaligan Pass and then meandered along the Quadra shore noting the abundant sea stars and several more abalone. As the tide was getting close to maximum low and the surface was quite calm we were able to view the bottom dwellers very clearly as we cruised along admiring the rock formations. We were rewarded for our diligent observations with a sighting of the Valdez cave formations in the rocky shoreline.

We crossed the mouth of Open Bay and Hyacinthe Bay and soon landed on the beach, at low tide, about 200 m from our cars! Luckily we’d brought wheels and managed to get our gear to the foreshore without too much effort. Some wheel systems proved to be more effective than others!  13.0 km; 4¾ hours.

Vic Gladish

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Kayaking – Bretons and Beyond – 1 June 2022

Hiking – Discovery Passage Bluffs – 22 June 2022

Change of start time to 10:00

Activity Hiking/Exploring
Destination Discovery Passage Bluffs
Date 22 June, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710  Please contact the coordinator by Monday night.
Description This short trip explores a bit of the west coast of Quadra Island.  It follows deer paths along mossy bluffs overlooking Discovery Passage and sections of it are along the rocky shore.  Unfortunately there is one section of salal to cross.  Wear good boots and bring your hiking poles if you use them. About 3 km; 3 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot.  We will drive out in a group.
Departure Time 10:00 13:00;  the timing is for a low tide.
Difficulty
Moderate, requiring tolerance for moving through brush and deadfall, and crossing uneven rocks.
Costs None
Trip limits None
Dogs? No.
Notes: Bring a snack or lunch, water and gear for the weather.

Hiking – Beaver Lake to Open Bay Creek – 29 June 2022

Activity Hiking
Destination Beaver Lake to Open Bay Creek
Date 29 June 2022, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710; please contact the coordinator by Monday night.
Description This hike follows a reasonably well maintained trail, but not part of the Trail Committee system.  The first part is downhill, briefly steeply, and then flat.  We will pass around the south end of Beaver Lake, walk a short way on a logging road through a recent clear cut before picking up a trail following a creek which joins Open Bay Creek.  About 5.8 km, 3 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Mostly quite easy, but the trail is rough, brushy and steep in places.
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs?
Notes Please Note:  This trip requires a car shuffle.  So participants need to be willing to share a vehicle with others for a five-minute ride back to the starting point.  Bring lunch, poles if you use them, and gear for the weather.

Kayak Practice – Mine / Main Lake – 23 June 2022

Activity Kayak Safety Practice
Destination Mine / Main Lake
Date 23 June, Thursday, with 30 June as back up
Trip Coordinator Brent Henry
Contact Info brenthenrys@gmail.com, text: 250-205-1106.  Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening (June 21) .
Description We will go on a warm up paddle and find a suitable spot to practise bracing, wet exits and paddle float rescues as basic skills for club paddles.
Meeting Place Mine Lake boat launch
Departure Time 10:00 on the water
Difficulty Moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 6-8, depending on previous experience
Dogs? No
Notes: If possible, bring to wear or borrow a lightweight paddling wet suit, as this facilitates getting immersed more than once. Have a towel and spare dry clothing and some lunch or snacks. A thermos of hot tea is not a bad idea for warming up after practise.

Participants should review kayaking information on the club site by going to: “Required gear and safety equipment”.

Boats should also have adequate flotation in both bow and stern, with either built-in bulkheads or flotation bags or air bottles of some type, attached or contained in the boat.

Trip Report – Mt. Seymour – 25 May 2022

As usual this spring, the weather threatened to cancel yet another hike – BUT – five determined club members defied the odds and set out on a windy, grey morning to ascend Quadra’s highest “peak”. It took us a little over an hour to hike up into the fast moving clouds and another 35 minutes to reach our goal and the first hints of some sunshine and breaking clouds. The views opened up as we ate lunch, out of the wind and in sight of the summit cairn. After an hour of eating and socializing we made our way back down the trail, which, by the way, is in very good condition.   3½ hours plus a 1 hr lunch.

Vic
 
Thanks to Vic for the photos.
 

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Hiking – Mt. Seymour – 25 May 2022

Paddling/Hiking/Camping – Main Lakes Provincial Park – 11-13 June 2022

This trip has been postponed by two days from the original posting.

Activity Multi-day Paddling/Hiking/Camping
Destination Main Lake Provincial Park
Date 11-13 June, Saturday to Monday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710; please contact the coordinator by Monday night
Description We will set up camp at Main Lake and spend three days exploring by hiking and paddling.  Destinations can vary with the group’s interests.  We hope to explore a new area.  We encourage people to come out for the day on Sunday.  This will be the best day for the weather.  You must let the coordinator know so that meeting plans can be arranged.
Meeting Place Mine Lake boat launch
Departure Time On the water by 10:30
Difficulty
Moderate depending on weather
Costs No camping fee before June 15th
Trip limits 8
Dogs? No
Notes: This multi-day trip is relatively easy on a local lake, but requires good paddling and camping gear.