• Fishing Report for June 9

    Tom Davis sent me the D.F.O. working papers for Chinook Salmon in 2021. It details the D.N.A. findings and hatchery abundance in all the areas, and the results were astounding. 

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  • GERTIE’s 8th anniversary coming up soon

    Having been with the GERTIE crew since our community bus began its island roundabouts in June of 2013, I almost can’t believe we are approaching 8 years of operating a public transit service independent of BC Transit, but with so much support from our Regional Directors, our Island Trustees, and Gabriola businesses and residents. 

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  • Fishing Report for June 2

    Shell and I did a test fish last night, and the Waterfall was alive with Chinook! We fished for an hour and a half, had 4 doubleheaders, and two strikes while I was lowering the line. We boated and nicely released 10 Chinook estimated to be 7 to 11 pounds. These were taken bottom bouncing in 135 to 155 feet of water, with Cookies and Cream spoons as bait.

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  • Public Trails on Private Land

    One of the great pleasures for Gabriola residents and visitors alike is our island’s extensive network of maintained trails. Whether it’s a walk to the village for coffee or an epic ‘Descanso to Degnen’ hike through coastal Douglas-fir forest types, the well-maintained network of community trails offers something for everyone.

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  • GaLTT launches new program to help Gabriolans conserve more natural habitat on their properties

    This Earth Day April 22, Gabriola Land and Trails Trust (GaLTT) will launch its new Nature Stewards Program. GaLTT President Rob Brockley described the program as inspirational, voluntary, and full of opportunities for community collaboration.

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  • Fishing Report for April 21, 2021

      D.F.O has not made any additional announcements about opening a Chinook selective marked hatchery fishery locally. I am afraid that the longer the delay, the less the chance of a positive result. 

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  • Residents and Shore Keepers tackle shoreline clean up

    Some residents of Decourcy Drive and members of the Gabriola Island Shore Keepers Association (GISKA) have spent hours in January dealing with an abandoned dock that had become lodged at the high tide line on the beach just around the corner from Turtle Rock.

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  • GERTIE getting through the dark days

    By Valentine’s Day we will have enough light to walk home from the ferry and bus stops before dinner – I’m holding on to that for now. 

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  • Fishing Report for January 27, 2021

    There are good quantities of Chinook at Thrasher, Grande through Whalebone, and Neck Point. Finding legal sized fish is the problem, as 90% plus of the Chinook are 18 to 22 inches, and have to be gently released. 

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  • Speaker series invites viewers to engage in ‘true history of Canada’

    Stephanie Johnson believes it is vital for all Canadians to learn about the Indigenous stories and history of Canada. It’s part of what inspires her work within Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, including as the organizer of the Learning with Syeyutsus Speaker Series.

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