Alberni Valley Outdoor Club – volunteer trail-builders!

Alberni Valley Outdoor Club work part on Roger's Creek trails (and Xhosa acting like she was helping)

Alberni Valley Outdoor Club work party on Roger’s Creek trails (Ivan, Harold, Randy,Dave, Steve and Mike – and Xhosa acting like she was helping)

Hey, just a quick post here…. I was out for a run with Xhosa a few weeks ago on the Roger’s Creek Trails. Somehow we haven’t blogged about these trails much here, but this is a fantastic trail system right in the heart of Port Alberni, and Dave and I are on these trails all the time – at least several times a week. I’d noticed over the previous week or two that someone had been working on the trail: improving drainage around the wet spots, fixing up stairways, etc.

LDSCN1853Well, on that particular day, I caught the trail-builders in action! A bunch of old guys from the Alberni Valley Outdoor Club, working away with chain saws and wheelbarrows and buckets and shovels. I should have guessed it was them all along – volunteers from this club have been working hard at maintaining this trail system for years, not to mention building and maintaining the new (and still in progress) Alberni Inlet Trail – the other main trail system that Dave and I are on several times a week, and which starts on the south edge of town and heads down the inlet towards Bamfield.

LDSCN1849The guys were working on a side-access to the lower Beaver Pond, just a few hundred metres in from the Burde Street trail entrance. They altered a steep little scrambly trail that goes up to the pond into a more gentle switchback. And the main reason that they did this is so that Frank Stini, who really is the guy who got so many of the trails in the Alberni region going over the past few decades, can get up to the pond. Frank is aging and walks with a cane now – he couldn’t make it up the scramble. Now he can get up to the pond and sit down and watch the ducks and the beavers… just like Dave and I like to do!

So I just thought I’d do a quick post here to acknowledge these guys and all of the hard work they do. Our amazing trails system is one of the gems of Port Alberni, for both hiking and trailrunning – yet unknown to so many people. And it’s thanks to these guys that we have all of these amazing trails! (And hey,  if anyone from the Alberni Valley Outdoor Club knows the names of the guys in this photo, please post them in a comment below and I will add it as a caption – PS, thanks to Judy for emailing that info, caption updated).

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  1. #1 by roxyrolla1982 on April 1, 2015 - 6:19 pm

    Oh how this post brings back good memories…I worked trail building for 3 months alongside Harold, Dave & Mike while I was in the youth volunteer program Katimavik- 10 years ago!

    • #2 by Jacqueline Windh on April 1, 2015 - 6:51 pm

      Ha ha…and I now live in what would have been the Katimavik house back them. 9th Ave?

      • #3 by roxyrolla1982 on April 1, 2015 - 6:56 pm

        That may have been it…a road on a hill, across from a park with a lot of big windows?

  2. #4 by Jacqueline Windh on April 1, 2015 - 6:59 pm

    Yup! That’s where I live now! Looking out onthe park (and my hummingbird feeders on the balcony) as I type…

    • #5 by roxyrolla1982 on April 1, 2015 - 7:03 pm

      Awesome :)) If you see the “boys” tell them hi from Nina. Have you been to “Nina’s Beach” yet? There is a big plaque there with my name on it ..

      • #6 by towhee3 on May 8, 2015 - 10:45 pm

        Hi Nina

        We are finally going to have the official opening of the trail in two weeks time–May 24. Besides the speaches and ribbon-cutting, we’ll be providing return transportation so people can walk half-way or right to the end. We’ll probably be having our lunch at Nina’s Beach.
        The name is a good one and there is a geocache site there with the same name.
        We named the next beach 134 Mile Beach because that was what it was called on the CNPR construction maps (134 miles from Victoria).
        Hope you are doing well–your work is not forgotten.

        Harold

  3. #7 by Jacqueline Windh on April 1, 2015 - 9:59 pm

    I’ll do my best to pass it on. Where’s the plaque?

  4. #8 by towhee3 on April 10, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    Nina! How exciting to hear that you are still keeping up with things in Pt Alberni! And yes, the sign is still there (at the beach just north of Katimavik Creek).
    The crew is doing some final upgrades on the CNPR trail so we can have an official opening this spring–it’s now being called Stage 2 of the Inlet Trail. Part of it is on private property so it was necessary to get the paper-work done before it could be publicized. But peope have been hiking on it for at least 5 years–hope you’ll be back some time to see it.

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