Category: 2017-2018 trips

Alpine Adventure – Take 20

Slide Mtn (2100m) with its unique geology - Tom Koleszar

by Tom Koleszar, 18 August 2018. Twenty of us recently enjoyed a helicopter trip into our local alpine country.  Flying from the airport and from a staging area near Goat Lake, we spent the day on a ridge top between Diane and Joan Lakes, near Mt Baldy.  It was a great day as we were … Continue reading Alpine Adventure – Take 20

Elephant Lake old-growth

by Lois Bridger, 28 July 2018. Getting to the old-growth took some doing! There were 29 of us in a convoy of vehicles driving up to an elevation of 900 metres.  Nancy and Tom led the hike along part of the Sunshine Coast Trail.  We were fortunate to also have a few knowledgeable foresters along … Continue reading Elephant Lake old-growth

Desolation Sound

by Andrew Bryant, 28 June 2018. After our traditional pit-stop at Nancy’s Bakery, nine of us boarded the Misty Isles in Lund for a cruise up Desolation Sound. Ably skippered by Jonas and deck-handled by Karie, we travelled north on the lee side of the Copeland Islands.  We mostly ignored the impressive big-money homes at … Continue reading Desolation Sound

Courtenay Museum and Trent River Fossil Hunt

by Nancy Pezel, 9 June 2018. After enjoying coffees and conversations on the ferry trip to Comox, our group of 12 members met Pat Trask at the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontological Centre for a tour and up-close look at some of the fossils and dinosaur reproductions Pat showcased during his presentation. Many of these … Continue reading Courtenay Museum and Trent River Fossil Hunt

Mitlenatch Island trip

by Winnie Ferrier, 2 June 2018. On Saturday twelve of us carpooled to Lund to begin an awesome adventure.   We were greeted by Skipper Mike Moore, and then shuttled by zodiac to the Misty Isles, already moored in Finn Bay. There we were welcomed aboard by Jonas who is skipper-in-training, and Karie, their crew member.  … Continue reading Mitlenatch Island trip

Hernando Reef trip

by Cindy Dalcourt, 18 May 2018. Arriving early in Lund, most of us treated ourselves at Nancy’s Bakery before boarding the Misty Isles. Enjoying the bright sunshine and calm water we were off to a good start, made even better when an Orca passed us by shortly after leaving the harbour.  On the way to … Continue reading Hernando Reef trip

Spring Wildflowers

by Nancy Pezel, 12 May 2018. The weather was perfect for our group of 12 members to enjoy a lovely walk searching for spring wildflowers. David Bedry led the group down the Browne Creek Trail to Dinner Rock Bluffs and the campground. Along the sunnier edges of the forest we saw Pacific dogwood and Saskatoon … Continue reading Spring Wildflowers

Birding by Ear – Part VIII

by Andrew Bryant, 28 April 2018. Pierre Geoffray and I led a cosy group of 7 members to learn more about “birding by ear” at Wildwood Bluffs…and this year we had our work cut out for us! It was, in a word, QUIET. We began by walking along the newly-widened roads along the recently-sold “Block … Continue reading Birding by Ear – Part VIII

Geology of the Dodd Lake – Horseshoe Lake area

by Nancy Pezel, 21 April 2018. Tom Koleszar and Barbara Sherriff led an enthusiastic group of 26 members on a trip to learn about the geology of the local area. Along with some great views at our first stop, Tom gave us a brief history of glaciation in the area.  We learned that a kilometre … Continue reading Geology of the Dodd Lake – Horseshoe Lake area

Princess Louisa Inlet & Chatterbox Falls

See those tiny waterfalls on the right? Those are Harmony Falls, which drop about 450 metres. I'm calling this a really fine day. 24 March 2018 - Andrew A Bryant

by Lu Wuthrich, 24 Mar 2018.  Eleven Naturalists headed up Jervis Inlet to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls.  It was an amazing spring day and the views of the snowcapped peaks, multiple waterfalls and granite cliffs were pretty spectacular. We meandered up the coast on the Sunshine Coast Tours boat looking at all the falls … Continue reading Princess Louisa Inlet & Chatterbox Falls

Skookumchuk – by boat!

In the Skookumchuck, BC, 7 Jan 2018 - Andrew A. Bryant

by Cindy Dalcourt, 7 Jan 2018. On a rainy Sunday morning just before daylight, 20 naturalists gathered at the Saltery Bay marina to meet captains Bryce of Sunshine Coast Tours and John Dafoe, Coastwise Guide. Dividing into two boats we made the half hour trip down Jervis Inlet while both captains shared their vast knowledge … Continue reading Skookumchuk – by boat!

Sunshine Coast Trail

by Laurette Hamoline, 24 Nov 2017.  Twelve members of the Malaspina Naturalist’s Club enjoyed another pleasant outing with Duane Sept, our speaker from the previous evening. We explored a short part of the Sunshine Coast Fairview Bay Trail from the parking lot to Harbour Point. Along the way we saw several species of fungi including … Continue reading Sunshine Coast Trail

A day at Stillwater Bluffs

Malaspina Naturalists visting Stillwater Bluffs, Powell River, 19 Nov 2017 - M. Stewart

by Michael Stewart, 19 Nov 2017.  Jason Addy, local resident, adventurer and naturalist, took us on  a wonderful walking tour of Stillwater Bluffs – an area he knows very well – because it’s his backyard! Jason explained the logging company history of the area – amongst other things, he’s a member of the group seeking promotion, protection and … Continue reading A day at Stillwater Bluffs

Mushroom hunt

by Nancy Pezel, 14 Oct 2017.  It was a damp morning but that didn’t deter the eleven hardy members that met at Squirrel Crossing to learn about mushrooms. At the picnic spot across the bridge, Izi Loveluck gave us an informative talk on the basics of wild mushroom identification, a useful handout about mushrooms and … Continue reading Mushroom hunt

Lang Creek Hatchery

Malaspina Naturalists at Lang Creek Hatchery #3 30 Sept 2017 - L. Bridger

by David Bedry, 30 Sept 2017.  About a dozen people met at Lang Creek to see the returning salmon and learn about the Lang Creek egg collection facility run by the Powell River Salmon Society.  With only two paid staff the PRESS relies on alot of volunteer help, especially at this time of year. With … Continue reading Lang Creek Hatchery