Saturday April 14, Campbell River Estuary
The Campbell River Estuary is known world-wide for its Tyee Pool, where monster salmon have been caught, but there is more than that. Like most of the estuaries near industrial sites, it suffered from contamination from industrial waste and destruction of the riparian boarders. Previously home to three sawmills, complete with land sorts and log haul-outs, the place was trashed and dead. Campbell River adopted the Estuary Management Plan was adopted in 1996, and extensive restoration has occurred. Today’s walk will be led by Loys, and may include a stop for lunch after the walk. Bring water and wear suitable boots, and dress for the weather.
Details on the Restoration plan are available from the Campbell River City website:
A 3 minute video by the Vancouver Aquarium featuring Tim Ennis, is here:
Saturday, April 7th South Side, Puntledge River from Comox Dam
Today’s walk explores the south side of the Puntledge River downstream for about 2 km. This side of the river is much less visited then the north side, which BC Hydro has developed for hikers, bikers and picnic users. The walk is an easy downhill stroll on the way out following the turns in the river on well-maintained paths and trails.
A wide range of birds visit the forest, and many shade loving plants line the trails.
Saturday March 31st, Cumberland Marsh; Jumbo’s Cabin
Loys will be leading a Public walk through the Cumberland Marsh today. The Marsh drains into Perseverance (aka Coal) Creek, and is home to a number of interesting plant species as well as being a favorite spot for water fowl. The level walk goes from Jumbo’s cabin across low coal hills and ends at the Number 1 Japanese Town Site near the Saito House. This is one of our most popular walks, and is an easy stroll.
For more details, check out this link to our website:
Saturday March 24th, Ripple Rock,
On April 5th, 1958, the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion to date occurred at Seymour Narrows, just north of Campbell River. The 1270 metric tons of Nitramex 2H explosives was loaded into tunnels coming from Maud Island, on the east side of the narrows. Ripple Rock had been a long time danger to shipping on the inland passageway, as its two peaks almost broke water at low tides. The risk of grounding was increased due to the high volumes of water that flow during full tides. We will meet at the Courtenay Country Market, 5352 Old Island Highway across form Sunnydale golf course. The drive to the trail head is about 45 minutes, and the walk around 3 hours return. Pack water and a light lunch as we picnic at the viewpoint before the return trip. For more details check out this link: