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Exceptions to Fire Ban

However, the ban prohibition doesn’t apply to larger Category 3 fires or to campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane, or briquettes.
That said, anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.
The government said that anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.

NO CAMPFIRES DURING FIRE SEASON

When camping in the wilderness, be aware that no campfires are allowed during Fire Season.  In the past campfires were allowed in the 'Fog-Zone' (a 1 km wide strip on the west side of Vancouver Island) during Fire Season; this designation has been terminated.  Please remember to bring a safe & contained means to cook your meals.  Please do your part to ensure that these magnificent Forests are not lost to Wild-Fires. 

Safety Orientation & Safety Info


Safety is our #1 regard;Before departure all guests receive a Safety Orientation and are informed as to the location of Safety Equipment.

1 You will be shown the Red DSC button on the boat radio. When required, if you push the button for 5 seconds it will send the digital ID and location of the boat on a Mayday protocol which will be received by all commercial boats including the Coast Guard.
 
2 All guests will be supplied with life-jackets that must be properly worn (clipped in) at all times.

Giant Trees

As youdrove through Cathedral Grove on your way to the West Coast of Vancouver island the tall tree there is Douglas Fir, at 100 m. (330') tall it is not recognized as the tallest tree on the planet.  However, some unusually tall specimens at just over 120 m. (400') were the tallest trees ever recorded; try and imagine a single tree as tall as a 40 story building. The tall tree on the West Coast is Sitka Spruce, at 90 m. (300) or 30 stories high.  

The wide trees at both Cathedral Grove and here on the West side of Vancouver Island are the giant Western Red Cedar.

Meares Island Big Tree Trail; upgrades 2017

Welcome to the Big Tree Trail;the feature tree is the Hanging Garden Tree which is estimated to be at least 1,400 years old and is just 6 cm. shy of being 6 meters (over 20 ft.) in Diameter.  She  is a giant Red Cedar and gets her name as she is an incredible example of a 'Nurse Tree'.  Several other trees (some of different species) grow on her, she is an eco-system unto herself.  

There are a few changes trail as the boardwalkno longer circles the huge Hanging Garden Tree.

Free Boat Rides May20 & 21

FREE BOAT RIDES;on May 20-21/17.  To Stubbs Island (AKA.Clayoquot Preserve Island); the owner of the Island hires several boats including Clayoquot Connections for Saturday & Sunday of the Queen Victoria Day Weekend each year.  Boats leave the dock just in front of the Whalers on the Point hostile starting at noon.  The last boat over is at 5:00 pm and everyone should be off the Island by 6:00 pm.

Stubbs Island is right in the harbour and only about 1 km west of Tofino.  Come checkout the beautiful gardens & beaches, stroll on the boardwalks through the beautiful ancient forest.

Fishing with Whales

Recently while on a Family Fun Fishing charter near the Lenard Island Lighthouse a Humpback Whale swam quite close to the boat and rolled over on its side.  That day we caught a bunch of Copper Rock Fish at a depth of about 15 m. , which we released. 

As an experienced ex-commercial fisherman who caught and supplied live Rock Fish for the (high-end) Asian restaurant market I know these fish will survive.  Fisheries studies show that 90% of these fish die, however, that study was done at 90 m.

Whales at Ahous Bay

Recently, while entering Ahous Bay for remote island surfing and camping drop-off on the West Side on Vargas Island, we encountered 4 Gray Whales feeding.  On the return cruise back to Tofino there were 8 whales in Ahous Bay, it is always great to see larger numbers of whales and wildlife in Clayoquot Sound. 

The Remote Surfing and Camping drop-off is at a very protected smaller cove just West of Ahous Bay, with a 5 minute hike through the forest to a beautiful prestine beach with a great surfing break on Vargas Island.  That beach with some sand dunes is known locally as Little BaJa; it is a great place to Camp, Surf, and Beachcomb.  I should mention there is a food cache and a toilet at the drop-off cove.  Few people go there and with plenty of beach you should be able to find your solitude if that's what you're looking for. 

Minimizing Wolf Habituation

Info from BC Parks is 1st `Comment`, I was unable to post the article directly.

BC Parks Wolf Info

Wolf Advisory – August 10th, 2013
Over this past week BC Parks has received numerous reports of close wolf encounters on Vargas Island.
A number of these reports indicate that one or more animal(s) is habituated and is looking for human food.
At this time it is imperative that all people going to Vargas Island be extremely mindful with how they store their food at night or during the day if camp is un-occupied. Food left unattended for even a brief time can be enough to entice wolves that are already highly habituated to people.
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