Thanks to the generosity of Fern Kernelson and Ross Campbell, owners of Mothership Adventures, members of the $1.000 club of Save the Heart of Quadra Parks were able to take day cruises this past weekend on the beautiful and classic vessel Columbia III. These trips were offered as an incentive to donation of $1,000 or more to the fundraising project.
Leaving from the Discovery Lodge wharf at Surge Narows, Columbia III cruised through the narrows up to Waiatt Bay, then around and between the Octopus Islands: from there through Okisollo Channel, into Kanish Bay, past Orchard Bay and into Small Inlet. On the return trip, the Columbia retraced her path through Okisollo Channel, then traveled through Hole in the Wall, around Maurelle and back through Whiterock Pasage. Gorgeous country.
On board were Linda Hogarth, CR Museum archaeologist and anthropologist, who recounted native legends about the area and Jeanette Taylor, our local historian who brought stories of white settlement in the area, and some of its history, At Granite Point, the Ross took the vessel very close in to the steep rock bluffs there and everyone was able to see the pictographs which Jeanette pointed out. The weather on Saturday was perfect for appreciating the immense beauty at the north of Quadra. The water was calm, clouds drifted over and between mountain tops, and the sun broke through now and again to highlight hillsides and stands of orange maple trees.
All those who enjoyed the two cruises, 40 people in all, are very grateful to Fern and Ross, as are the committee members of Save the Heart of Quadra Parks.