Voyages North

22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet
11 January 2016
30 August 2015 | posted at Maple Bay
30 August 2015 | posted at Maple Bay, B.C.
30 August 2015 | posted at Maple Bay, B.C.
21 August 2015 | Posted at Port McNeill
09 August 2015 | Posted at Prince Rupert

Wild Side Heritage Trail. Vargas Island. Clayoquot Sound. June 20, 2012

27 June 2012 | posted at Tahsis
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Wild Side Heritage Trail in the forest.

A pungent odor of seaweed filled the air. I looked at one of the many piles of seaweed and kelp on the beach and noticed a cluster of white squid egg sacks. A few minutes later I saw another and another.

The squid eggs were just one of the intriguing things we found on the Wildside Heritage Trail. We also saw stately spruce, hemlock and cedar, carpets of moss sprinkled with flowers, ferns and salal and a deer running on the beach. I was just as glad we didn’t see the wolves or cougars others had seen.

The Wild Side Heritage Trail was built and is maintained by the Ahousat Band who live in the village of Marktosis. The Trail consists of a series of beaches separated by forested headlands traversed by boardwalks of hand-cut shakes, winding picturesquely through the forest. We had first walked the trail in 2001 but hadn’t been back since. I was curious to see how it was faring. In a rainforest, wooden trails deteriorate quickly and can be overgrown in a few years if not maintained.

We were not disappointed. Although the trail clearly needs more work it was very passable and the occasional new board showed it’s being maintained. It’s well worth a visit, even at $25 per person.

If you go, anchor in the basin at the end of Matilda Inlet and take your dinghy through the rock-strewn but well-marked entrance to Marktosis. Tie up at the small public dock on your right as you enter the basin and follow the road into town, You won’t find any signs but you will find lots of friendly people to direct you. Ask for the Wild Side Trail office. This year it was in a nondescript white building shared with the housing office.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2015 blog covers trip to SE Alaska 2014 blog covered trip to Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013 blog covered a trip to SE Alaska and back. We left Seattle on May 16 and returned September 9. 2012 blog covered a trip from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver Island, then [...]
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