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Whales at Ahous Bay

Posted on August 9, 2016 at 12:57 PM Comments comments ()
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

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 3:24 PM Comments comments ()
Info from BC Parks is 1st `Comment`, I was unable to post the article directly.

BC Parks Wolf Info

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM Comments comments ()
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.
All park users should have a solid plan to securely store their food and should have the equipment and skills available to hang their food in the event food caches are full.
Further to this, following the steps below will help prevent wolves from habituating to humans and becoming food conditioned:
Space is safe
It is extremely important to discourage wolves from approaching people. The larger the space between you and the wolf, the safer it is for both you and the wolf.
If a wolf appears and acts unafraid, take the following action as soon as you notice the animal:
  • Raise your arms and wave them in the air to make yourself appear larger.
  • Do not allow children to play away from camp, keep them close to adults at all times.
  • When in a group, act in unison to send a clear message to the wolves they are not welcome.
  • Back away slowly, do not turn your back on the wolf.
  • Make as much noise as possible, throw sticks, rocks and sand at the wolf.
  • Use pepper spray and noise makers if you have it and know how to safely use it.
Remember: The wolves needs to know that you may be a threat to them.
Good Camping Ethics
It is extremely important that park visitors ensure all food and items smelling of food are stored out of reach of wildlife.
  • Keep a clean and orderly camp. Cook away from sleeping areas.
  • Suspend food, kitchen equipment, toiletries, garbage and other loose objects on a rope between trees, or in provided food caches, out of reach of wildlife.
  • Do not bury garbage. If you pack it in - pack it out!
  • Wash dishes in a container and dispose of grey water at sea, away from your camping area.
  • Do not clean fish next to your camp.
  • Never feed wolves or any wildlife.
Please follow the above camping ethics when in wolf country and help keep wolves wild.
Recreating in Coastal Wolf habitat
It is common for wolves to feed on seal and sea lion carcasses that have washed up on the shores of the coastal islands. To allow natural feeding, BC Parks is asking all hikers, campers, and kayakers to avoid camping or hanging out at locations where a seal or sea lion carcass has washed ashore. As well, if in a vessel or kayak, do not approach wolves that are foraging along the coastline or swimming across channels. The fact that you are on a vessel or in a kayak will not eliminate the course of habituation.
Do not bring your dog. Dogs are a high level attractant to wolves and other large carnivores. Protect your pet – keep them at home.

BC Parks is still strongly advising park visitors to not bring their pets to Vargas Island and Flores Island Parks.
Please report wolf sighting to BC Parks staff; and report any wildlife - human interactions where public safety is at risk by dialing 24 hour hotline 1-877-952-7277.

Wolf Habituation

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM Comments comments ()
BC Parks is asking all park users to, "Report any human-wildlife interaction where public safety is at risk."  This includes any activities like leaving food for wolves and/or 'baiting' animals to increase photo opportunities.  Any activity that habituates wild predatory animals to human contact most often leads to their demise and I'm sure none of us want to be responsible for the death of bears or wolves; or for that matter an animal attack on another person, particularly a child.
 
BC Parks is also asking us to report all wolf sightngs.
 
To report call 250 954-4618 or 250 725-2149.  For more information checkout www.bcparks.ca 

Lone Cone Trail Open

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 1:40 AM Comments comments ()
Great News; There are now 2 landing locations available to access the Lone Cone Trail.  For guided hikes there is a closer new trail-head from the First Nations village of Opitsat.  And for hikers not requiring a guide the old landing at Kakawis is open again.  Please check 'Island Hiking Drop Offs' on my web site for more details.

New Landing for Lone Cone Hike

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM Comments comments ()
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations has just established a new trail-head at their village of Opitsat, however, at this time it is only open for hikers supervised by First Nations guides.  I'll get you more information including a contact number for the guides as the situation develops.  Return boat transport to and from the new closer landing has been reduced by $5 from the below prices.  The old landing at Kakawis is no longer open; so at this time if you want to hike Lone Cone, you must do it with a guide.


Please note; the status of this guided hiking option is currently unknown.  I will update this when I hear of any changes.


 

Wolves on Vargas Island

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM Comments comments ()
BC Parks is strongly recommending that DOGS not be brought to the island.  There was an attack recently in the Flores Island Prov. Park were a dog was killed.

Big Tree Trail; Lost Comment

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM Comments comments ()
Someone wrote about their concerns with regard to soil erosion and root damage on the Big Tree Trail 3km. Loop; unfortunately I somehow deleted that comment.  The person was advising not to hike beyond the boardwalk.  I should add that First Nations has been maintaining and upgrading the trail including the loop with funds from your trail access fee and hopefully their efforts will minimize the damage. 
 
Note to the concerned person who wrote the 'deleted comment':  Please post it again and I will keep it on my Blog. 
Sincerely,
Dennis Kay owner/operator Clayoquot Connections tours

Lone Cone Trail Update

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM Comments comments ()
 Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations is relocating the Lone Cone Trail drop-off location closer to Tofino.  That is expected to be ready by the Queen Victoria Day long weekend on May 18, when the new trail-head is open rates will be dropped be $5.

Animal Activity

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM Comments comments ()
Lots of activity has been occurring in Tofino's harbour so far this year.  Just 3 days ago a pod of 5 Orcas (Killer Whales) passed right through the harbour mid-day.  And there have been a lot more sighting of Sea Otters and Harbour Porpoises near the native village of Opitsat on Meares Island than in previous years to my memory  I've been so busy that I haven't been able to post that about a month ago there were several Humpback Whales in the Harbour coming and going for a couple of days; I've never seen that before in my 23 years of living in Tofino, that's incredible!  Also a couple of weeks ago while cruising through a narrow passage on the way to pick-up some quests that were island camping there was a black Wolf was swimming over to Vargas Island and only about 25 meters from the boat; got some great video.

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