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Notice to Clayoquot Connections from BC Parks 09/06/19
Notice from BC Parks; Sept 6/19
Notice from BC Parks; Sept. 6/19
Exceptions to Fire Ban
NO CAMPFIRES DURING FIRE SEASON

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Notice to Clayoquot Connections from BC Parks 09/06/19

 From BC Parks;  You are receiving this as a Park Use Permit holder for Vargas Island Provincial Park. As you may already know, BC Parks has received several recent reports of wolf activity in the provincial park on Vargas Island. I would like to take a moment to remind operators of the importance of their responsibility to ensure that their guests are not having a long lasting impact on the animals present in the park. There have been some concerning reports of park users seen in close proximity to wolves and in areas currently being frequented by the pack. Approaching wolves and maintaining a presence around them can and will lead to habituation. Wolves should be allowed to roam free in their range and have access to food without interference by park visitors. BC Park Rangers have been patrolling the beaches in the areas of concern and will be taking action against anyone found to be harassing or interacting in any way with the wolves. In light of this, I would strongly suggest that all operators transporting guests to Vargas Island ensure that they are aware of the following messaging posted on the BC Parks website:

Notice from BC Parks; Sept 6/19


ATTENTION: With the recent increase in wildlife activity in and around Vargas Island Provincial Park, BC Parks is advising park users to adhere to the following;
 
  • Be extremely mindful about how food is stored, always use food caches where possible and have equipment to hang food in the event food caches are full. Please note, Kayak hatches are NOT a suitable place to store food as wolves have learned how to get into kayak hatches. Unlawfully storing food and/or garbage may result in an eviction or violation ticket under section 33.

Notice from BC Parks; Sept. 6/19


BC Parks will continue to patrol the area to ensure that visitors are acting in a responsible manner. Any concerning behaviour or willful disregard for the regulations in the Park Act or Wildlife Act will lead to enforcement action. If you see anything of concern, please feel free to report it to me. Habituation and food conditioning will undoubtedly lead to conflict with humans and serious consequences for all involved.
 
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this matter.

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.
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