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Columbia III to the Heart of the Parks

Parent Category: QICSS general
Last Updated on 05 April 2013
Published on 01 November 2012

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.

 

Celebrating Success

Parent Category: QICSS general
Last Updated on 05 April 2013
Published on 01 November 2012

The Save the Heart of Quadra Parks fundraising celebration held at Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge last Saturday was a fabulous success. Thank you to everyone who donated such a wide variety of auction items, to all those who supported the event by attending and bidding and to those who made individual donations that evening. Ticket sales and the auction brought in $8,000 and donations totaled $9,000.
This brings our total now to $160,000!

Quadra Islanders and businesses have supported this project since day one and the committee is thrilled that our total has climbed so high. BC Parks has sent the following message: ?I want to congratulate you in your success of raising $160,000, primarily from local community members. It?s an incredible amount. I believe this may be a record for a small community to raise these funds in such a short time.?

We can all celebrate. The owner of the land has just agreed to extend the completion date for the sale to the year?s end. The active campaign on Quadra is now over but because of this change in circumstances, further donations will be accepted until mid-November and the thermometer will stay in place for just a few more weeks. Cheques made out to the Quadra Island Conservancy can be mailed to: Box 202, Heriot Bay, BC, V0P 1H0 or please visit www.quadra.parks.ca

 

About QICSS

Parent Category: QICSS general
Last Updated on 05 April 2013
Published on 04 October 2010

The Quadra Island Conservancy and Stewardship society was formed in 1992 in order to raise money and purchase the only private property fronting on Morte Lake.  This goal was accomplised, the property was purchased and a covenant held by The Nature Conservancy of Canada was placed on the property.  This covenant assures the property will be left in its natural state in perpetuity except for a small trail system to allow public access.

As well as being the stewards of the Morte Lake property and by extension the Morte Lake watershed, QICSS' stated purpose is to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of the human and natural environment of the area.  To this end QICSS holds protective conenants on several properties on Quadra and Cortes Ialands.


 

Quadra Park to be Completed

Parent Category: QICSS general
Last Updated on 05 April 2013
Published on 30 May 2012
??There is some wonderful news for Quadra, for the islanders, our tourists and our tourism businesses.  On May 1st,  The B.C. Government  signed an agreement to purchase 395 hectares of land which lies between the Octopus Islands Marine Park and Small Inlet Provincial Park.  This property, privately owned until now, was always intended to be part of these parks and lies  at their  heart.    A great many of the features which make this area so special are actually located on these hectares:  the historic portage trail connecting the east and west side of the unusual narrowing at the north end of Quadra, numerous important archeological sites, a rare freshwater spring and part of the trail to Newton lake where both yachters and hikers traditionally swim.   It also includes the viewscapes from both Small Inlet and Waiatt Bay.   The property has been at the top of B.C. Parks Land Acquisition List for years and the features it includes are already  on the Parks website even though the land is not yet part of the parks.

Islanders have been working for almost twenty years to have this property brought into the parks after the original negotiations broke down. Of the purchase price, the government has found the bulk of the monies needed but further fundraising is necessary to secure the sale.    Now, a committee has formed under the auspices of the  Quadra Island Conservancy and Stewardship Society to raise a portion of these funds.
Save the Heart of Quadra Parks, website soon to be up and running,  has the goal of raising $200,000 and has already applied for major funding from Mountain Equipment Co-op to add to this amount.

This area has exceptional conservation and recreational values and is one of the most popular  marine wilderness destinations on B.C.s coast.  It needs to be protected and added to the parks or otherwise it will be logged or developed.  Small Inlet and Octopus Islands Provincial Parks would  be seriously marred if this were to happen.  Save the Heart of Quadra Parks believes this will our the last chance to acquire this land.  We have only until September 28, 2012 to raise the money. 

Go to quadraparks.ca for full details and donation information.


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New Web-page

Parent Category: QICSS general
Last Updated on 05 April 2013
Published on 04 October 2010

Welcome to the new web-page for the Quadra Island Conservancy and Stewardship Society.  This is a Joomla Content Management System (CMS) site and thus can be modified and enhanced fairly easily.  The site is up and running but has relatively little content.  That will be rectified over time.  If you have any suggestions for content, links you would like to see, problems or comments contact the webmaster

 

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