BC Nature Field Camps are traditionally hosted by one of our clubs or a member. These educational “Camps” provide members with a chance to go out in the field, accompanied by knowledgeable leaders in Botany, Birding, Geology and a host of other areas in our natural world. These camps can vary to “All Inclusive” lodges with very comfortable accommodation to rustic accommodation in barrack style or shared accommodation rooms or even as rustic as camping (or glamping (glamourous camping) in motorhomes/trailers)
All camps are posted here and subsequent follow up articles can be found in past editions of the BCnature magazine. Please see below for information of upcoming camps.
Our first camp of the year is co-hosted by the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club and BC Nature. A long awaited return by our Camp Cooks Extrodinaire, Fiona and Pat! The last camp in the interior was in 2013 (Merritt); there is much demand for a camp in the Okanagan, so have your dialing finger ready to register as this camp is sure to fill up.
Where: Camp Arbuckle, Carr’s Landing, Winfield.
This camp is a “residential camp” (Girl Guide camp.)The camp is on the shore of Okanagan Lake with full access for swimming, canoeing, or kayaking (using your own boats). The main building has a kitchen and meeting room and the second building contains a dormitory with double occupancy bunk bed rooms with shared washrooms.
When: May 7 – 11, 2017.
Why: An opportunity to enjoy and experience the Okanagan Valley in the spring.
Who: Any interested BC Nature naturalists.
Tentative Program: Hiking, birding, botany, winery tours, visiting conservation sites, and the local museum. Car-pooling will be encouraged for activities away from camp. There will be evening lectures and slide presentations. Speakers and topics TBA
Registration: Registration through BC Nature office, please telephone – 604 985-3057 at 9:00 a.m.
Capacity: This camp can accommodate 26 persons.
Please bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. Cost: $630.00 per person ($600.00 if paying by cheque) which includes accommodation, all meals, all presentations, and outings.
Second year in a row! The 2016 Mitlenatch Camp was such a hit with such a large waiting list, we have decided to host this camp again! This exciting four-day, three-night camp is based on Quadra Island at the historic Heriot Bay Inn.
The schedule is almost complete and includes a three-hour guided trip to Mitlenatch Island. Accessible by boat only, Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial Park offers excellent opportunities to observe and photograph wildflowers and birds. When you visit in May, the island’s meadows of spring wildflowers are in bloom; perhaps you might glimpse the seals and sea lions.
Along with this visit, we are arranging for a trip to visit the petroglyphs and pictographs of the Tsa Kwa Luten, a trip out to the Clam Gardens and midden beach and a hike in Main Lake Provincial Park. This park protects a biologically exceptional area that includes more than 72 bird species and 234 plant species. Physically, the park is exceptional with limestone sinkholes and waterfalls and is home to a variety of wildlife, including wolves and cougars. There are great speakers and hike leaders booked to participate this year.
What’s included? All accommodation, meals, speakers, hike leaders, and entry to all off-site trips. What’s not included? Travel expenses related to arriving at Quadra Island. Car-pooling is recommended for ferry and on-island travel.
A full schedule for the Mitlenatch Camp will be posted on our website http://www.bcnature.ca/. Registration will be on Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am. by phone in only – 604 985 3057 – Please, no early birds. This trip requires good mobility (not suitable for wheelchair or walker) for the Mitlenatch portion of the camp and also the hike and possible second boat trip. Cost is identical to 2016, $750.00 payable by credit card. (A discount is offered for those paying by e-transfer or cheque)
Final itinerary and registration will be emailed to you upon your successful registration on January 18, 2017.
Fall is the best time of year to go Grizzly Bear watching across the Johnstone Strait and into Knight Inlet from Vancouver Island because this is when bears need to pile on fat for winter hibernation. We will see Bald Eagles dive to snatch salmon and charging bears chasing fish! All from the safety of a big flat-bottomed boat.
As well, Telegraph Cove is among the best places in the world to see incredible Orcas (Killer Whales). You will be guided around islands that are teeming with wildlife in one of the most beautiful locations on British Columbia’s coastline. Our home base will be the quaint cottages on the lovely and historic heritage boardwalk of Telegraph Cove. Here we will explore this beautiful tiny cove and perhaps visit the Whale Museum.
Included This four-day camp includes two boat trips (one all-day Grizzly Bear watching tour and one Orca Whale watching tour) and accommodations* in quaint cottages of Telegraph Cove Resort. We will also be viewing native art and the many totem poles in Alert Bay. Your meals that are included will be four dinners in the cove’s waterfront restaurant “The Old Saltery Pub”. Tips are included. Car-pooling can be facilitated.
*Regarding accommodation: Please keep in mind these are shared rooms, 2-3 to a room, shared bathrooms, shared kitchens and fridges (for breakfast and lunch making). Each person is a distinct individual and in camp-style situations you have to be tolerant of other people. Bring sleeping pills, ear plugs, etc. It would be helpful if you have a “share” person in mind.
Co-ordinator Anne Gosse – Trip Leader: Heather Neville. Only 24 spaces are available. See http://www.bcnature.ca/ or Nature’s Voice enews for more details. Total price for the camp is $840.00 . There is a reduction when paid by cash, cheque or e-transfer.
Wait of 24 has been partially accommodated by hosting a second Telegraph Cove camp. thank you to all those who phoned in.