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Victoria & Islands branch - Tsolum River and Mt. Washington Mine Tour

September 16, 2017 - 10:30am
Victoria & Islands

Tsolum River and Mt. Washington Mine Site Tour River Restoration and Mine Reclamation

This year the Victoria and Islands Branch is planning our major fall professional development event around a tour of the Mount Washington Mine Site near Courtenay, with emphasis on mine closure activities and the connection to salmon stock recovery in the Tsolum River watershed. 

This tour will be a day-long tour that will take you to places not many people have the opportunity of visiting.

The day will unfold in two parts; Segment A (morning) will take place on the mountain at the former mine site, and Segment B (afternoon) will take place at lower elevation along the banks of the Tsolum River.

The Branch has lined up two great speakers to present at the event. Wayne White from the Tsolum River Restoration Society will speak about recovery of salmon stocks and the importance of community stewardship initiatives.  Lionel Borges a reclamation specialist who led the revegetation efforts on Mt. Washington from Stantec will lead us on a talk about the closure activities at the site. John Deniseger a retired member of the Ministry of Environment was involved with the reclamation activities at the site and will share his knowledge from the regulatory perspective.

This youtube clip gives an overview of the issues we will be seeing and talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yCh7Dci8l0.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Meeting Time:  10:30am sharp

Meeting Place:  Parking area at bottom of the Mt Washington road

Registration Deadline: Please register ASAP and by September 1, 2017 at the latest. Event is open to BCIA members only.

Cost: $10.00

How to register: To sign up please register online.  (below)  Alternatively you may contact Bonnie at the BCIA office to phone in your credit card information.

Food and Snacks: There will be snacks in the vans and a bagged lunch provided for this event.

Personal Protective Equipment: Participants are responsible for their own safety gear and it is mandatory that it include the following:

  • Sturdy hiking boots, gloves, eye protection.
  • High Viz Vest
  • Raingear/Sun hats (weather appropriate clothing – keeping in mind that weather in a mountain environment can change suddenly),

Additional details:

Near the bottom of the Strathcona Parkway off Highway 19 we will park our vehicles and transfer into large passenger vans to begin the tour. (Click here for map and more details on location.)  Due to site access constraints the group will be limited to 24 people.   The morning (Segment A) events will take us up to the former mine site on the mountain and a site tour of closure activities there.  We estimate that Segment A will be completed and we will be back at the meeting place around 2pm. 

The afternoon (Segment B) will see us leave from the meeting place to a location closer to sea level on the banks of the Tsolum River and the salmon spawning grounds.  The salmon may be running in the river at that time.  Allowance has been made to give members the choice to attend only Segment A, or to attend both segments A and B, in recognition that some members may have significant travel times. (Cost is the same for either option)

There will be snacks in the vans and a bagged lunch for this event.

Participants must be capable of walking on uneven ground.