Newton Lake Quadra Isld
Time: 4 hr loop
Date: July 24 2006
I found Sheila and myself venturing over to Quadra Island one more time summer 2006. It was another hot sunny day just like the past 30, man what a summer we were having this year and little did I know then it was going to last right up to Mid October. This was going to be a very relaxing hike in the woods on Quadra Island and also a dip in Newton Lake and a lounge around and soak up the suns rays. The first part of the walk gained 120m over 2km so it was pretty tame. Then we reached a small lake which we both decided to check out to see if there was a good place for a dip as the early afternoon sun rays were beating down upon us. The water temp was good and not too cold for this wussy, so even I took a few hops of the cliff, unfortunately I forgot to take off my sunglasses, which are now on the bottom somewhere. After drying off we headed off to see Newton Lake. Upon reaching the lake we could hear many screams and hollers coming from the distance shores. We noticed two groups, one jumping off the cliffs at the far end and of to the left shore was another group which was a bunch of teens out having a camping outing of sorts, we weren't quite sure what was going on there as we past by. Seeing as the lake was fairly populated and me being such a party pooper I sweet talked my way into hiking further on and going down hill to check out Small Inlet. This was only another 1.6kms further on plus we were to loss all our precious elevation as we had to head down to sea level. It was not that bad, only 175m or so ahhh.... that just a tiny hill. Once down at Small Inlet it was time for another dip to cool off. Only hic-up was we were now looking at Salt water and my last memory of swimming in the ocean was a frigid one. Unfortunately I opened my big mouth and said I would go in, so staying true to my word I didn't even think twice once I stripped down to my shorts. I was very surprised to find out the water temp felt even warmer than the lake we swam in earlier that day and probably the warmest I'd been in North of Qualicum Beach. Just to finish of the day we took a quick blast over to Waiatt Bay for a quick look-see. It was a pretty Bay with a couple of sail boats anchored further out. So I took a few shots and then it was a speedy hike back to the truck as we were running out of time before the last ferry of the day headed back to Campbell River. Yes we did make the last ferry :-)
How to get To There" To be able to hike up Mt Seymour you'll first have to make you're way over to Quadra Island either by flying or taking a Ferry/Boat. The Campbell River to Quadra Island BC Ferry runs once an hr between the hours of 6:40 am to 10:30 pm weekdays Friday/Saturday there is also a late 11:30 pm. The crossing takes roughly 10 minutes and round trip cost 17.25 for car and driver and 5.25 for each additional passenger. Once on Quadra Island drive uphill and take a left at the top at the 4-way stop turn right then take the first left which should be West Rd. stay on this road 6km before taking another left onto Hyacinthe Bay Rd. for just over 9km then take one more left onto Granite Bay Main for around 10kms cross over a small bridge and take the first right and drive uphill 200m to the parking area right at the intersection. I remember there being a house on the down hill slope and think one of the roads leads into their property.