Join us on an adventure to Senanus Island
Free Boat ride with T’sartlip Elders for volunteers restoring sacred Senanus Island
Wednesday May 27 9am to 3pm
On Wednesday May 27th - a crew of HAT volunteers and staff will join Peninsual Streams, Tsartlip First Nation members, and high school students from ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School for the ḰENNES (Hagan/Graham Creek, pronounced qua-nis) Watershed Project on the 10th Annual Senanus Island Restoration Day!
We will be removing invasive blackberry, daphne and other species. Please bring water, sun protection, sturdy shoes, a lunch, gloves if you have them, and some energy!
All departures will be from the Brentwood Bay Lodge docks which are accessed by a path just before you get to the ferry dock at the foot of Verdier Avenue. We'll have a ḰENNES sign posted so you won't get lost. You may either park in the spots beside the park there or in the Brentwood Bay Lodge parking lot further up the hill.
Schedule from Peninsula Streams:
8:30 am - The equipment boat will arrive at the dock and Ian Bruce will supervise the loading of the equipment and then head out to the island with a couple of volunteers to get it offloaded.
9:00 am - The EcoCruising Tours boat captained by Brian Smiley will take out its first load of 12 passengers.
9:30 am - This trip will be primarily reserved for the Lauwelnew students and staff but there might one or two spaces open.
10:00 am - The EcoCruising Boat takes its last trip out.
Morning work session - wear sturdy shoes or boots and some form of sun protection. We'll divide you up into work crews each led by one of our old hands. We'll have gloves and all the tools you'll need but if you have a favourite shovel or clippers or loppers, feel free to bring them along.
Noon break - because our arrival times are staggered, the traditional welcome to Senanus Island will be given by a Tsartlip First Nations elder at this time. Then, we'll relax a bit and socialize during our lunch (don't forget to bring one).
Afternoon work session - we'll finish off whatever areas we have been working on and then head back for our respective sailing times.
1:45 pm - the first EcoCruising return trip will again be primarily reserved for the Lauwelnew students and staff because the kids have to get back in time to catch their school buses home.
2:30 pm - the equipment boat will be loaded up and heading back to the dock.
2:15 and 2:45 pm - the Ecocruising boat make its last two sailings with everybody back on the dock at the Brentwood Bay Lodge by around 3 pm.
Please let us know if you have any questions! Spaces are filling, but we have room for a few more.