Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial Park

We had a wonderful overnight cruise in the Bayliner. We left Powell River in the afternoon and arrived at Heriot Bay on Quadra Island in time for an early dinner at the Inn. With Halcyon Days' tanks and our tummies full, we motored over the adjacent Drew Harbour to spend the night at anchor.

Today we stopped at Mitlenatch Island. The whole island is a Nature Provincial Park. The environment is very different from neighbouring islands. Because it is in a rain shadow, you will find the rocky cliffs covered with low growing bushes and few trees.

In winter, you will find California sea lions basking on the shores and feeding in the rich waters. In spring you will find wildflowers and nesting sea gulls. Today, most of the wildflowers were gone, but the gulls were roosting in every nook and cranny on the exposed cliffs.

If you follow the path from the north anchorage, you will come to a bird blind. From here you can view the gulls on the cliffs below without disturbing them. A handy guide above viewing window give you tips on behaviour and species identification.


We hiked back down the trail to our waiting Halycon Days. It was such a nice day that we decided to slowly troll on the way back to see if we could catch a salmon. Wayne did hook a nice ling cod, but we let him go. We are the catch and release kind of fisherpersons.

What a wonderful place to live. So many options: boat, quad, hike, kayak and live up the lake. Powell River has something for everyone to enjoy. -- Margy

5 comments:

  1. the first photo is so tranquil. marvelous explora-log. Thx.

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  2. Sounds like you had a great trip.
    I love the picture of the Sea Gull and the background is so pretty.
    The book I just finished was great.
    What are lockers on your quads?
    Hugs ♥♥♥

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  3. You do truly live in a beautiful place. What a blessing!

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  4. Scrolled through several of your posts and enjoyed them all. Good luck with the replanting.Here in Ohio my backyard garden is starting to look like a jungle LOL ...this must have been a wonderful trip. I would send you some sun if I could

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  5. Thanks all for commenting on our trip to Mitlenatch. It's one of those places I love to visit over and over again. - Margy

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