We backed down a few meters and found a room with a view. Forest recreation map from 1990’s very detailed. Photo about Gordon river near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Old. Vancouver Island is in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, and part of the Canadian province of British Columbia.The island is 456 km (283 mi) in length, 100 km (62 mi) in width at its widest point, and 32,134 km 2 (12,407 sq mi) in area. Take an island rich in limestone, immerse it in a rainforest, and voilà, a cave-rich paradise has been born. Vancouver Island has a magical secret! Gordon Bay Provincial Park is located 35 km northwest of Duncan on southern Vancouver Island. Until 1984. Sad to see lake cowichan with no mills humming or smoke stacks puffing. Gordon Bay Provincial Park, Lake Cowichan: See 53 reviews, articles, and 9 photos of Gordon Bay Provincial Park, ranked No.5 on Tripadvisor among 12 attractions in Lake Cowichan. I tell you. For more angling opportunity we fish the Gordon River, Harris Creek and Caycuse River. We drove east, “upstream” and came out to civilization near Honeymoon Bay at Cowichan lake. Gordon River has the Pacheedaht First Nations Campground and Pachena Bay has the Pachena Bay Campground. Gordon River Stump Circumference: 40ft Diameter: 13ft Species: Redcedar Valley: Gordon River, Port Renfrew area, Vancouver Island Estimated Date Cut: March 2010 Photographer: TJ Watt. ( Log Out /  Gordon River, Vancouver Island, The Gordon River runs from north to south from near Lake Cowichan to Port San Juan just north of Port Renfrew on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. From Duncan: By paved road via Lake Cowichan (turn south at the community of Mesachie Lake). Loved reading your very vivid descriptions of surroundings and caves as you go from adventure to adventure. In bushes. Unless otherwise stated in the table below, the daily limit for all waters in Region 1 is zero (0). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. And Herb Domans industries. You feel as though you are at the same level as the plants and birds that live here. Went up Tr4. The plane struck the summit of Mt Bolduc, where the tips of the wings were torn off, it then continued over a gully and crashed into a lower summit. Eventually, we stop, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Its headwater are located in the highlands south of Lake Cowichan and it flows in a southerly direction to empty into northeast corner of Port San Juan. I’d send you a picture but this site doesn’t give the option to attach pictures. for supplying some of the images. Green white orange colour trucks, #22 by albell on November 13, 2019 - 10:11 pm. June 2015. Coming in from Honeymoon Bay would be the quickest, and you can’t miss the Cortina as you get to the camp. Will certainly put this area on my ” to visit soon ” list !! Clayoquot Sound. Have you tried to get to Tuck lake recently? the Back Road Map Book is not very helpful. As you take in the majesty of the rainforest you keep your ears alert for sounds of streams as these often lead you to the caves. Island) to see if the road I thought led to the caves is named correctly, and compare to some old MacBlo maps I have. The park, situated on the shores of Cowichan Lake, is accessed via Hwy #18 off Hwy #1. I haven’t explored that area, it looks interesting though. Hi, Rubber boots allow me to walk through the biggest of puddles, coveralls mean I can slide down sand or mud piles on my bum and work gloves mean I can grab as many thistles as I want! The Gordon River is often the first river that comes to mind when people speak of kayaking on Vancouver Island. The river starts close to Cowichan lake but flows southwest to Port Renfrew and the Pacific. We headed out from home to Port Renfrew then made our way “upstream”. I remember the camp 1985 it was torn down a year later sadly. Please enter your username or email address. Aunt Elsie. Further down some old logging roads we come across a few more advanced caves. Unfortunately, we got lost trying to get back out of the forest and back to camp. Flowing from Lake Cowichan to Duncan, the Cowichan River is one of the world's best fishing spots, hands down. Camping at the Darling River campsite. You feel the squeeze of the rock tunnels engulfing your body and the damp, cool air chilling you. You can drive to Port Renfrew via paved roads from the Victoria and Duncan areas. They were useful back in the day but not now. The San Juan River, flowing into the Pacific Ocean on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, feels different than most island rivers. ATVs and bikes can get past them, but not most 4 wheel vehicles. Port Renfrew is a community on the west coast of Vancouver Island, located about a 2-hour drive west of Victoria, BC. The problem we encountered was that when we found snow on those spurs, it was heavy corn snow, got deepish quickly  (20 – 30 cm) and with the steep grades we really couldn’t make much headway. ( Log Out /  However, access is available to South Island and South West Island areas where rivers like the Sooke, Gordon and Harris creek provide quality steelheading opportunities. There are caves distributed all throughout this region. This ended up being one of my favourite experiences to date, because I had the chance to explore the forest at night, with only my head lamp to illuminate my surroundings. The Gordon River is an extensive river system on the southern tip of Vancouver Island that contains multiple sections of high quality whitewater. I feel invincible in my caving clothes. Chinook, coho, chum, and steelhead all run this river. The Gordon river is Located on southern Vancouver Island near the Town of Port Renfrew on the west coast. If you bump the spiders they begin to “breathe” together in a synchronous way, presumably to scare off the predator. A signature recreation destination in Canada, the Vancouver Island Trail will span more than 770 km from Victoria to Cape Scott. Imagine shutting out all of your fears and doubts as you squeeze into a tiny hole in the ground. https://mossmist.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/gordon-river-caves I can still see in my mind the beautiful old BCFP Logging Trucks hauling first growth Timber. When I go there, I will take pics. Map. I tried to find the gordon river caves. Fly fishing is particularly good in the summer, peaking in June. Image Editor Save Comp. I’ll see about having a look up there I think in early September. #2 by albell on March 27, 2011 - 11:47 am, Not even a hint of a plane or helicopter, which on reflection seems odd. ), the opportunity to experience this magical rainforest at night with only my senses and a headlamp was priceless! At that point we could walk down to the left to the creek pictured in the post. Exploring this forest is beyond magical- in fact you feel like you are in another world. And Western forest products and TimberWaste. Just a high note. Another cave I explored is called Stream. With temperatures hovering around 12 degrees Celsius it proved to be a good day to attempt a motorcycle ride from Honeymoon Bay to Port Renfrew via the Gordon River Forest Service Road (FSR). Modular and Manufactured homes offer you a cost effective alternative to conventional construction methods. You will never get first class mechanical service like this these days!!! I need to get an iPad with gps and topo mapping software to get really modern, I’m still stuck with paper maps. Nice pics- just explored that area with help from a backroad map. Get out there Roger At 66 meters tall and estimated to be 1000 years old Lonely Doug is Canada's second tallest known Douglas Fir. Karst is a topography featuring vertical shafts, sink holes, disappearing springs, complicated drainage systems and cave systems. Well, we had a bit of a view and no shortage of table material. - … It is a lot like going down one of those tunnel slides on the playgrounds when you were a kid. We headed out from home to Port Renfrew then made our way "upstream". Bright the truck in hoisted it up changed out the shock and away we were off. Have GPS with you? Last week my son and I headed out to explore a bit of the Gordon River watershed. Not for beginners, this network of impressive and beautiful caves offers up endless exploration opportunities. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It’s still sort of visible, trees and brush growing on it, some bike or atv trails etc. Rayonier Canada decided to sell there western Canadian division. In Scotland, he ran the very successful Skyak Adventures with his wife, Morag. #20 by albell on November 13, 2019 - 5:14 pm. All I can do is merely explore this magical place. Although I was worried at the time that I would freeze if I had to stay over night in the forest (I had only a base and mid layer on and it was November! First off, getting to the caves is half the fun! ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I was always amazed at the mountain range of bark chips at the western end. The Gordon River Watershed is located to the north and adjacent to the San Juan Watershed. . Vancouver Island is located on the Pacific Coast in the southwestern portion of the province, just off the mainland. Pretty well nothing remains of the camp now, but if you dig around this site you can find some info and pictures of how it used to be. At times they were labled with the FS number and at other times ‘local roads’ but they were there. Fly fishing is particularly good in the summer, peaking in June. Now what you see is second growth, Doug Fir, Hemlock, some small cedars. By turning off your headlamp and going quiet, you experience unique sensory deprivation (sight and hearing). By pressing your back along one side and feet along the other side of the chimney you can suspend yourself in this vertical tunnel and slowly inch your way up to a second level in the cave. The San Juan River, flowing into the Pacific Ocean on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, feels different than most island rivers. Port Renfrew is the western terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail. cheers. In Vancouver. Change ). Thanks for the correction. Gordon River Caves – Moss & Mist Vancouver Island has a magical secret! The Top 10 Fly Fishing Rivers on Vancouver Island Cowichan River. Flowing from Lake Cowichan to Duncan, the Cowichan River is one of the world's best fishing spots, hands down. North America. Gordon River is a stream in British Columbia. Then there is Big Bear which features a grand entrance- sort of like what I wold imagine a bear’s hibernation cave would look like. 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