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BC Marine Trails: Preserving BC coastal access for small craft users.

BC Marine Trails will be partnering with BC Parks again in 2019 to reclaim Gerald Island from invasive species. Join us as we work to preserve this jewel in our back yard.

BC Marine Trails volunteers will be returning again this spring to continue work removing invasive English Ivy, Scotch Broom, Himalayan Blackberry, Periwinkle, and California Poppy on Gerald Island. We are working under the supervision of BC Parks, to preserve native species, especially colonies of Coastal Wood Fern and native trees under attack.

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Gerald Island Provincial Park is a lovely example of the rocky coastal bluff ecosystem, inhabited by bald eagles, seals, sea lions, and numerous other bird and marine species we love.

BC Marine Trails could use your help, in what can be challenging, but very fulfilling work. Tools, gloves, and eye protection are provided, and we will be camping on the island for three days.

It is easily accessible by small boat from the Nanoose area. The campsites on the island face south, providing ample space for 4-6 tents.

Those who would like to help, but prefer just coming for the day, are also welcomed heartily. Volunteers will be responsible for their own boats, safety gear required by Canadian Coast Guard for small craft, and meals.

Weather permitting, we will launch from Blueback Community Park, on April 1, returning April 4. The paddle is approximate 1.5 NM, or 20-30 minutes of paddling. While we are hoping for a motorized support boat, that will be confirmed closer to the date.

We hope you are able to join us for a working mini-holiday in the beautiful Ballenas - Winchelsea Archipelago. If you are able to donate some time, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also register for this event here.

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