Monday, December 07, 2015

More Treasure Hunting in the Bush

Quads near Olsen's Landing on Powell Lake.
We love riding quads to explore Powell River's backcountry. Forest service and logging roads are open to the public after 6:00 pm on weekdays, and on weekends or holidays unless otherwise posted.

Theodosia and Olsen Valley are connecting watersheds that run from the ocean at Theodosia Inlet to Powell Lake. Over the last century, logging activities have left mains, spurs, and trails that give access to points of interest and historical treasures

You reach Theodosia Main via Highway 101, Southview Road, Theodosia Forest Service Road, a logging spur, and a connecting trail.  Beyond the head of the inlet, a turnoff to the left leads to an old homestead quad riders call Rupert's Farm. A few old buildings, a barn, pastures, and rusting vehicles remain to explore.

An old barn at Rupert's Farm near Theodosia Inlet.

Near Olsen Lake, Theodosia Main heads up into the hills. There we found an abandoned logging truck.

Abandoned logging truck on upper Theodosia Main.

Olsen Lake makes a good lunch stop with spectacular views.

Olsen Lake.

From here, Olsen Main takes over heading down the valley towards Powell Lake. Past Olsen Lake, a spur to the right heads to a cabin used by one of the settlers who homesteaded in the Olsen Valley.

Remains of a settler's cabin in the Olsen Valley.

Continuing on Olsen Main, another logging spur to the right takes you to the foundation of an elaborate homestead along the Olsen River.

Foundation of another homestead in Olsen Valley.

The next treasure is on a deactivated logging road between Theodosia and the Powell Lake logging dock called Chippewa North. Just beyond a slash at the Theodosia end there's a collection of old vehicles.

Old vehicles on deactivated logging road near Theodosia Main.

The last stop is Olsen's Landing on Powell Lake. The logging dock is still in use, but you can see from all the growth on it's massive cedar logs that it's a piece of history too.

Logging dock at Olsen's Landing

Thanks for coming along on this Powell River backcountry treasure hunt. Want to know more about the region? Here are a few books to check out:

Desolation Sound: A History by Heather Harbord
Powell River's Railway Era by Ken Bradley and Karen Southern
Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence
Up the Main, Farther Up the Main, and Beyond the Main by Wayne Lutz

If you want to know more about exploring the Powell River backcountry, contact the Powell River ATV Club on Facebook, phone or email. Help from locals may be needed for you to find some of these off-road treasures.

Click the image to the right to enlarge for contact information. -- Margy

20 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful quiet place. Lovely photos too. If you like you can link up with "Through my Lens" as well. Link is below.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Thanks for the invite. - Margy

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  2. It is amazing what you can find on those trail rides. Your imagination can take over trying to visualize the settles, loggers, miners out there.

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    1. It must have been an exciting place in those days, but rough living. - Margy

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  3. The forest looks like it's reclaiming those vehicles. I love the Olsen Lake shot.

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    1. That's a favourite spot of ours. When the wind is calm you get fantastic reflections. - Margy

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  4. Boy, you sure find some interesting artifacts when you go exploring out there!

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  5. Such interesting finds - the stories they could tell. Are you writing a book about all you find - and including photos - soon all of this will be gone forever.

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    1. Yes, there are so many stories about living here. I am working on a book, but it's taking a long time to pull together. Thanks for the encouragement. - Margy

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  6. I love it when you show these old, abandoned things!

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    1. They are so much fun to find. Glad you enjoy them. - Margy

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  7. It is cool finding these old abandoned homesteads and things. The views of the lake and mountains are gorgeous. Great series of images. Have a happy week!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, when we discovered Powell Lake and Powell River on vacation we knew it was the place for us. - Margy

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  8. I love these old finds. What fun!

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    1. I've seen some really interesting things in your blog posts from your neck of the woods as well. - Margy

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  9. Excellent finds on your trip!

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    1. I bet there are lots of things on the Island to discover. - Margy

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  10. Thank you for sharing your image with "Through My Lens"!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  11. What a beautiful spot and the view over the lake and to the mountains is amazing.

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