GaLTT’s series of guided winter walks kicked off with Walking through History, led by Kerry Marcus. After a snowy January that led to our forest walk being postponed until spring, twenty lucky participants had a beautiful day on February 3 to learn about Gabriola’s history. We started at School Cross Trail (now Degnen Road North), walked through lovely forest and past the majestic Meeting Tree and petroglyphs in a moss covered meadow, and learned about excavated sand laden with shells at what is now Nelder’s Pond. We were fortunate to be joined by Laura Boulton who shared some of her childhood memories and holds a trail license that allows us to enjoy her beautiful pond and trails. I think most of us were surprised to visit the site of the former Centennial Park, which some residents in the 1970s hoped would become a provincial park. All that is left now is a mossy clearing and well.
Gabriola’s trails take us to many places on our island that are rich in history as well as ecologically important. Why not get involved in helping to maintain them? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining a GaLLT trails work party.
Next up is Gabriola Birds: Songs and Stewardship, 1:30 on March 2nd. Email email@example.com if you’d like to go on the wait list.