Saturday April 21st, Helliwell Park, Hornby Island, meet at the Ferry lot
Today’s walk is on Hornby Island, two short BC ferry rides away. If you have never been to Hornby or Helliwell Park, now is your chance. The park is large (almost 3,000 hectares) and contains old growth Douglas fir and a Garry Oak meadow. Steep shore cliffs fall down to the ocean, so although sea-side, do not expect to dip your toes in the Salish Sea.
The eco-system on the bluffs at the south end are near desert, an unexpected occurrence. April and May are the best time to see the flowers, and we should be right on time for that.
Please notice the early meeting time. We will gather at the parking lot across from the ferry terminal at Buckley Bay for carpooling over the two ferries involved. If you are car pooling, remember to help out the driver for the ferry cost. There are facilities at the park, and food is available in “downtown” Hornby, but bring a snack and water as well. We have taken time to visit the Hornby Nature House in the past, but that has to be arranged beforehand. Typically we leave Hornby Island on the 2 PM ferry. You may want to stay a little longer on Hornby or Denman Island so ask if your driver is staying longer before getting in their car for the first ferry.