Posts by Terry Lewis

Trail Usage has Surged during the Pandemic

Trail Usage has Surged during the Pandemic

Trail usage in the US last year, coincident with the pandemic, has risen in the order of 50%.  This is based on sample data from 14 trail counters.  We have seen similar increases in usage here on Vancouver Island based … Read the rest

A 2020 Through-hike of the Vancouver Island Trail

A 2020 Through-hike of the Vancouver Island Trail

A couple going by their trail names of Constantine and Magpie hiked from Victoria to Cape Scott in late summer of 2020. 

They are very experienced long-distance trail hikers having completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Natchez Trace Trail, Read the rest

Article on VI Trail from Lonely Planet

Article on VI Trail from Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet recently did a great article on the VI Trail. Well worth a read!

Decommissioning of the Englewood Logging Railway

Decommissioning of the Englewood Logging Railway

Western Forest Products recently released their plans for the decommissioning, i.e. removal of rails and associated infrastructure, of the logging railway system in the Nimpkish valley of north Vancouver Island. For details, take a look at the pdf available at: … Read the rest

Cumberland to Strathcona Park

Cumberland to Strathcona Park

Leave Cumberland via the back lane across Sutton Road from the Rec Centre parking lot.  As you leave the residential area, drop down through a grassy area to Porky’s Path, a trail through the woods parallel to Comox Lake Rd.  … Read the rest

VI Trail Association – President’s Report – May 2020

VI Trail Association – President’s Report – May 2020

The Vancouver Island Trail – President’s Report for 2019/Spring 2020

 

2019 was an exciting year for us, appropriately falling on our 10-year anniversary as an Association – ten years of thousands of volunteer hours doing everything from building trail … Read the rest

THE VI TRAIL – CUMBERLAND TO FORBIDDEN PLATEAU

THE VI TRAIL – CUMBERLAND TO FORBIDDEN PLATEAU

Take a look at a recent section hiker’s experience – the VI Trail between Cumberland and Forbidden Plateau – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpXR6RTjMZc

May 16, 2020

North & Grubs VI Trail Adventure – 2019

North & Grubs VI Trail Adventure – 2019

To get a good sense of what it’s like to hike from Victoria to Cape Scott on the VI Trail, take a look at this video by North Ross and Sierra Mueller – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3BSdlH53qI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0DwR2ET5pdBaKdhCpDfbe45HC4igOLsWOcmFVLZn2gfr0cpa-SxKMwjbk 

November 25, 2019

2019 VI Trail Section hikers

2019 VI Trail Section hikers

A group of 3 hikers and a singleton started to hike the VI Trail section by section earlier this year.  Currently, they have all made it to the west end of Cowichan Lake.  The next ‘section’ to hike will be … Read the rest

More public access to private forest lands – it’s happening!

More public access to private forest lands – it’s happening!

Under the leadership of CEO Jeff Zweig at Mosaic Forest Management, access to the private lands of TimberWest and Island Timberlands is definitely improving.  Take a look at the following article:

https://www.mosaicforests.com/news-views/2019/6/12/campground-launch-marks-new-collaboration-to-increase-access-opportunities-on-private-forest-lands?fbclid=IwAR03QtscpXGc4XQ3IHkAmKv8pnxFBhNEESyPJue_IJOjRBRguVWTwXgM-L0