We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Special Feature: There may be a chance hikers will be able, if they wish, to go for a lake swim at lunchtime on the upcoming hike on Saturday. To get to the lake I have in mind we need to have vehicles that can handle a fairly steep section of road — so 4x4 with decent road clearance. A shuttle arrangement is a possible alternative solution.
Last week we hiked along the beach from Sandbanks to Cox Lagoon and the Airport. At lunchtime on the beach we were lucky enough to have a pod of Orcas coming past heading south some way offshore. The smoke from the forest fires was quite bad so without binoculars it was difficult to see the whales properly. I had hoped to see some Harbour Porpoise so that I could report on them to the Vancouver Aquarium who were conducting a "Cetacean Census" during the long weekend in our northern part of the Salish Sea. However, porpoises are sometimes killed and eaten by transient Orcas so that may the reason we did not get to see any. I did return on Monday to see if any cetaceans were around, but saw no marine mammals apart from a single seal.
The tide was very low so a very good time to introduce a young visitor to some interesting sea life. There were crabs, and sea anemones, a few starfish, and even a rarely seen ghost shrimp someone had found. The grey area on the right In my photo is part of a waste dump at the Lafarge quarry.
Hiking over the rocks on the beach at Sandbanks. At low tide much of the beach is sand rather than rocks and a great area to wander around in.