Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Moat Lake Report


Saturday’s hike to Moat Lake was enjoyed by a hardy group of hikers – guide William Wright of the Comox District Mountaineering Club reported “Few snippets of blue sky & a dab of sunshine but mostly overcast with higher elevations obscured”.

Photographer & naturalist Dave Ingram who went along, sent some photos as well as his comments: “It was a pretty awesome, but long day. Weather was mixed throughout – some foggy bits, some clouds, a little bit of blue. Got some nice photos using my new polarizing filter to pull up detail in water.”

The 5 ha. island (actually a peninsula) in Moat Lake is private property within the Park, owned by the Wood family since 1937 (before the Forbidden Plateau area was added to Strathcona Park). Called Stuart Wood Island, in the memory of a family member who was a veteran who died while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, the island has two A-frame cabins still regularly used by the family. The only access is by hiking in 12 km from the Paradise Meadows trailhead, or by float plane or helicopter.

Thanks Dave for the photos! Check out more of Dave’s photos & writing on his blog Island Nature.

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