Map. But once you have found the entrance it is just a matter of diving in and keeping an open mind on how your body may twist, turn or squeeze through the tunnels. From Victoria: By car on Highway 14 (2 hours) or bus (PBM Transport West Coast Trail Connector Bus). Access: Go to Cowichan Lake, west of… He has a lifetime’s experience of kayaking in all its forms and well over thirty years coaching sea kayaking at the highest level. Gordon River from Mapcarta, the free map. In Scotland, he ran the very successful Skyak Adventures with his wife, Morag. Easter weekend extravaganza. There are... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images In response to this challenge, I decided to take up caving. The rivers were chanting, the trees were buzzing with energy and the entire forest had much more control of my life than I did. Vancouver Island new listings and properies for sale updated several times a day. Loved reading your very vivid descriptions of surroundings and caves as you go from adventure to adventure. Bright the truck in hoisted it up changed out the shock and away we were off. As for maps, well I used the standby of the back road map series for quite a while. 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. At that point we could walk down to the left to the creek pictured in the post. Last time I tried (20 yrs ago!) Gordon River is a locality in British Columbia. It could be a large or small hole in the ground. My dad worked briefly at The BCFP Youbou Sawmill Division. There is a limit to the amount in cache, but usually good enough. I’d send you a picture but this site doesn’t give the option to attach pictures. 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! . More logging roads than that back roads logging roads book that’s published by mussio ventures. Map. At times they were labled with the FS number and at other times ‘local roads’ but they were there. Part of what makes caves so magical is the complete void that you become surrounded by when you are in them. Canada. Vancouver Island … We headed back west, “downstream” and explored the road that, on the map, leads to the Gordon River Caves. You can follow any responses to this entry through RSS 2.0. And Western forest products and TimberWaste. I have found a couple of errors in that backroads map book, so I’m not 100% confident in it. THis was a wicked weekend. It's one of the bread and butter runs of the southern kayak zone that has multiple sections which tolerate a variety of water levels, and it … The cave spiders are particularly interesting because they are rather large (similar to daddy long legs) and live in groups. government has closed rivers and streams to fishing on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands after raising the drought rating to its highest level. The Gordon Watershed has a drainage area of 308 km2and mainstem length of 50 km. But never found the caves, #16 by albell on August 6, 2016 - 9:11 am. The Top 10 Fly Fishing Rivers on Vancouver Island Cowichan River. ( Log Out /  Walked into the mechanic shop and talked to the guys and they were very happy to help. Last year we went on a WetWestie camp up Nat Forest roads (logging roads, we picked them up just off I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass) and for the most part they were on the GPS. I remember the mill well, right up to the end. It may be covered in fallen trees or have a stream rushing out of it. There is a vertical “chimney” in the ceiling. Getting back down the chimney is fun! The following is a partial list of rivers of British Columbia, organized by watershed.Some large creeks are included either because of size or historical importance (See Alphabetical List of British Columbia rivers).Also included are lakes that are "in-line" connecting upper tributaries of … Now what you see is second growth, Doug Fir, Hemlock, some small cedars. Gordon River… Upper and Middle. I can still see in my mind the beautiful old BCFP Logging Trucks hauling first growth Timber. 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). Explore Vancouver Island Free Daily. It is a lot like going down one of those tunnel slides on the playgrounds when you were a kid. Chinook, coho, chum, and steelhead all run this river. The river starts close to Cowichan lake but flows southwest to Port Renfrew and the Pacific. I haven’t explored that area, it looks interesting though. Vancouver Island has a magical secret! Last week my son and I headed out to explore a bit of the Gordon River watershed. 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. It would have been mostly Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar, big trees. ... close up of temperate rainforest growing by the gordon river on the west coast of tasmania, australia; a view of rain forest and reflections on a gordon river cruise on the west coast of tasmania, australia; The river starts close to Cowichan lake but flows southwest to Port Renfrew and the Pacific. Eventually, we made it to an old decommissioned logging road and followed it downhill until we eventually reached a current logging road and somehow connected with our friends who were driving around on the roads looking for us! I remember my dad and I hunting in a bcfp fallers 4×4 pickup. When it was sold to BC Forest Products. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. They seem to speak to you as you walk through the forest, whispering words of tranquility, mystery and wisdom. Explore Vancouver Island Free Daily. Vancouver Island new listings and properies for sale updated several times a day. It requires lots of squirming right from the beginning and leads to a fork in the road- which is probably why it is named Banana Split! It was extremely humbling. Nice pics- just explored that area with help from a backroad map. It is the largest island on the west coasts of the Americas. I recently decided that I was going to do at least one thing a month that pushes me out of my comfort zone. - … I need to get an iPad with gps and topo mapping software to get really modern, I’m still stuck with paper maps. That’s how it used to be back in the 1980’s early 90’s. It's one of the bread and butter runs of the southern kayak zone that has multiple sections which tolerate a variety of water levels, and it remains runnable for a long window after it rains. This beautiful island is home to the largest concentration of caves in Canada, with over 1000 caves recorded and surely many more yet to be discovered. It brought back memories of the fobia I have when in tight quarters…YIKES! Looking for listing details on MLS® #863352, 4737 Gordon Rd in Campbell River? There is a limestone quarry blocking the logging road with gates, so we hiked up from the G R main side. #1 by Laston Lastof on March 27, 2011 - 11:41 am. Gordon moved with his family in 2018 from the Isle of Skye, Scotland to Vancouver Island. We were stopped by too much snow (crust and corn) and the grade. Hi, It’s still sort of visible, trees and brush growing on it, some bike or atv trails etc. NEWS; SPORTS; TRENDING NOW; BUSINESS; ENTERTAINMENT; LIFE; OPINION; VIDEOS; WEATHER; TRAVEL #24 by Matt on November 14, 2019 - 10:13 am. 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. my dad worked at Gordon River when it was owned by Western Forest Industry a Division of Rayonier Canada. This road starts at the site of the old Gordon River logging camp, which at its peak (1950?) Until the 1980’s. Further down some old logging roads we come across a few more advanced caves. Gordon River Gordon ... Vancouver: Vancouver Island: Lower Mainland: Thompson-Okanagan: Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going. But for the last few years I’ve just used google maps and apple maps ( each have their pluses and minuses for sat image data, neither one is excellent for Vancouver island backroad use but they compliment). #18 by albell on August 8, 2016 - 6:38 pm. The island, like the Sunshine Coast, has a lot of places to explore. My human brain is no match for the strength contained in this forest. Too bad about the caves, no one seems to know their exact location. The Gordon river is Located on southern Vancouver Island near the Town of Port Renfrew on the west coast. This is the first bridge across the river, near Port Renfrew. Eventually, we managed to some how find the cave at night by following the sounds of streams. Gordon River is a locality in British Columbia. Rayonier Canada decided to sell there western Canadian division. Honeymoon bay mill apparently was closed permanently 1981. The ceiling of this cave was also memorable, with beads of water collecting on the cold rock. I have mostly explored caves in one particular part of Vancouver Island, namely, near Gordon River. #20 by albell on November 13, 2019 - 5:14 pm. I think I’ve been to McClure lake years ago, let me know how the trip goes. https://mossmist.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/gordon-river-caves June 2015. You will receive a link to create a new password via email. I doubt any mapping software would have logging roads on them, but having the topo data and location via GPS would be a boon. I wanna go check it out, maybe pull some good trim (if it has any) for mine. Heading down into this pit you find the entrance to two caves. Near Gordon River, there are Mudslick, Stream, Hourglass, Easter, Big Bear, Banana Split, and Woodhole caves, each with varying degrees of difficulty and extra “features” like the need to use rope, rappelling skills, and bushwhacking. Vancouver Island has beaches, world-famous trails, picturesque towns, and an award-winning ski resort. If you bump the spiders they begin to “breathe” together in a synchronous way, presumably to scare off the predator. Another cave I explored is called Stream. Gordon river near port renfrew on vancouver island, british columbia, canada. You are likely wearing rubber boots, leather working gloves and coveralls- a classy outfit but also super practical and fun for bushwhacking through the forest! provide spots for surfing. I dare not disturb the delicate balance of life fuelling this majestic and lively organ. Image of renfrew, vacation, temperate - 104232347 For more angling opportunity we fish the Gordon River, Harris Creek and Caycuse River. Clayoquot Sound. Change ). I was just wondering if the logging roads where on GPS…. Steeped in Nuu-chah-nulth culture dating back thousands of years, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is your gateway to the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Mount Washington Alpine Resort is in the top 10 for best powder in Canada, according to specialist ski publication Ski Canada Magazine.It also has a very high annual snowfall of 38ft (11.5m). 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. This majestic coastal river ecosystem is of a scale one is more accustomed to seeing on the mainland. As you enter the hole you can crawl on your hands and knees. I spoke with a retired truck driver, he told me that it is short drive on Tr6. I have my dads company hat still. In bushes. Ive been trying to find the caves, but no luck as of yet, #12 by albell on September 4, 2011 - 10:57 pm, I’ll have to look at the map again (that book-form back road maps of Van. Old. Further west we drove up the north side of the valley, again through logged areas, up steep (measure 29 degrees on one section) spurs, and again foiled by heavy snow. At that moment, more than ever, I could feel the forest come alive. cheers, Saw elk tracks though. ( Log Out /  5:13. The ceiling opens up at times so that you can walk hunched over but mostly it is a combination of crawling and squirming to move through the cave- until you reach  a sump. Loved hunting. Now, I have set the stage for my next adventure…. Each owning equal shares. You think there is no where left to explore, until you look up. Oh and another thing, what’s the story about the house and workshop at the old Gordon River camp? This entry was posted on March 27, 2011, 11:20 am and is filed under syncro, trips, vanagon. Lots of old relics. The Karst rainforests on Vancouver Island are beautifully unique and fragile ecosystems. Thanks for the tr6 tip. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Then from Sooke you're about a hours drive north to downtown Port Renfrew. Port Renfrew’s two river mouths ? It was another steep and snow covered spur, but we did manage to find a small waterfall and have lunch. I tried to find the gordon river caves. I tell you. I’d like to have a look around there, maybe walk the creeks. Have GPS with you? The B.C. 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. The Pacheedaht Campground is a beautiful, and often bustling campground, quite close to the Gordon River trailhead for the West Coast Trail. Forest recreation map from 1990’s very detailed. On the logging roads. Valley: Gordon River Valley, Port Renfrew area, Vancouver Island Since coming to power, the NDP government has so far continued with the destructive status quo of massive old-growth forest liquidation. Nearby communities include: Honeymoon Bay, Cowichan Lake, Youbou, Duncan, Victoria. Take more pics if you go I’d love to see them. Vancouver island.Canada. The end of this cave is very beautiful as there is a waterfall which is supplying the abundance of water in the stream! #21 by Matt on November 13, 2019 - 9:05 pm, That’s ok. 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 San Juan River, flowing into the Pacific Ocean on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, feels different than most island rivers. Yes, the water was clear and this colour. Flowing from Lake Cowichan to Duncan, the Cowichan River is one of the world's best fishing spots, hands down. I Actually have another forest map from Canfor. Campbell River. In 1991 with my uncles. Chinook, coho, chum, and steelhead all run this river. The southern trailhead is at the mouth of the Gordon River at the Pacheedaht campground near the town of Port Renfrew. Another thing, at the risk of sounding like a cranky old guy, it’s annoying how many roads are gated or trenched/bermed. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Take an island rich in limestone, immerse it in a rainforest, and voilà, a cave-rich paradise has been born. We headed out from home to Port Renfrew then made our way “upstream”. WFI remained in the area eventually selling off there Timber Holdings. By turning off your headlamp and going quiet, you experience unique sensory deprivation (sight and hearing). Vancouver Island new listings and properies for sale updated several times a day. However it wasn’t until the mid-seventies and beyond that the Gordon began to be known as a great stream among steelheaders of Southern Vancouver Island. In this beautiful ecosystem, you are a guest. Unless otherwise stated in the table below, the daily limit for all waters in Region 1 is zero (0). Sad to see lake cowichan with no mills humming or smoke stacks puffing. It is then that you realize, the human race is no bigger or better than this strong forest that in its own way has thrived longer than we have been on this planet. In Canada. #2 by albell on March 27, 2011 - 11:47 am, Not even a hint of a plane or helicopter, which on reflection seems odd. When I go there, I will take pics. ), the opportunity to experience this magical rainforest at night with only my senses and a headlamp was priceless! Until 1984. Had an old hand held GPS with us and recorded coords of campsites. Once there, you get to do a few handstands and other random twisting movements through windy narrow tunnels, until finally reaching an open room which contains some cool stalactites. Port Renfrew is the western terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail. Travel 26 km west on Hwy #18 to Lake Cowichan, then 14 km on South Shore Road. Gordon moved with his family in 2018 from the Isle of Skye, Scotland to Vancouver Island. Victoria Peak, Vancouver Island's second largest mountain at 7200 feet is the headwaters of the White river… From Duncan: By paved road via Lake Cowichan (turn south at the community of Mesachie Lake). Please enter your username or email address. It was a fun trip with a few more dents added to the syncro. Dad had the keys to locked gates. Gordon River Trailhead The southeastern trailhead, the Gordon River Trailhead and Registration Office is located 4 km north of Port Renfrew. (Jan 26, 2021) . 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. I have to go back in the summer and see what’s what. alistair. Vancouver Island is located on the Pacific Coast in the southwestern portion of the province, just off the mainland. My ears were working over-time, listening for creeks and rivers to help us find our way. You will never get first class mechanical service like this these days!!! We drove east, “upstream” and came out to civilization near Honeymoon Bay at Cowichan lake. Those were the days. Vancouver Island Classic…..Gordon River. Kayaking the Triple Crown of the Gordon river at a low flow on Vancouver Island. What a day today on Southern Vancouver Island. We backed down a few meters and found a room with a view. But really, we are steps away from living, breathing Karst rainforest. They were useful back in the day but not now. The river starts close to Cowichan lake but flows southwest to Port Renfrew and the Pacific. One of my caving visits out to Gordon River ended up being quite the adventure, as a group of myself and two others ended up getting lost in the forest in an effort to retrieve some ropes that were left in a cave. You will receive a link to create a new password via email. In 2016 he completed a Masters degree (Stirling University) in Performance Coaching with… The park, situated on the shores of Cowichan Lake, is accessed via Hwy #18 off Hwy #1. I really appreciate your comments, thanks, #23 by Matt on November 14, 2019 - 10:07 am. I’ve been exploring logging roads for more than 30 years, it did seem as if there was more access some years ago. Here are some pic of the recently logged area, showing some old grey stumps from the first cut. You smell moss and soil, but hear nothing but the steady and calming drips of water. 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