Location: Kaxi:ks, commonly known as the Walbran Valley, is located about two-and-a-half hours west of Victoria in unceded Pacheedaht Territory. It is one of the finest old-growth rainforests on southern Vancouver Island!
About: A large tract of unprotected ancient forest in the central Walbran is imminently threatened by logging company Teal Jones. The Wilderness Committee has been campaigning to protect this area for years. Along with our local allies the Friends of Carmanah-Walbran, we will be continuing work on existing trails and building new trails into Teal Jones’ proposed cutblocks. Our goal is to create recreational infrastructure to bring more people into Kaxi:ks, connect citizens to the valley’s beauty and significance and amplify the calls for protection.
2021 trip dates will be released sometime next March.
Itinerary & packing:
Exact times are subject to change. You will need to make your own arrangements to stay in Victoria on Thursday night if you live outside of Victoria because this trip leaves first thing on Friday morning from Victoria.
Friday a.m. Leave Victoria by 8:00 a.m. for three hour drive to Walbran Valley.
Friday p.m. Set up camp, eat lunch and then hike and/or trail work.
Saturday Early morning wake-up call and breakfast. Leave for work by 9:00 a.m. Work most of the day, with a potential afternoon hike depending on factors like weather, availability of materials, work progress.
Sunday a.m. Wake-up call, breakfast, pack up camp. Put in a few more hours at work or a short hike.
Sunday p.m. Back to camp for lunch and drive back to Victoria. Arrive in Victoria between 4:00-6:00 p.m.