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Surge Narrows Trail
The 3 km Surge Narrows trail, located in the Surge Narrows Provincial Park, is a moderate rated hike which travels thru the forest and over bluffs. It is generally easy but there are a lot of roots and rocks sticking up and a few spots that hand holds are necessary. The Quadra Island Recreation Trail Committee looks after the upkeep of this trail
In a small draw with a large moss covered boulder the trail divides to three separate viewpoints. The first viewpoint, to the right, has many rock ledges to use as seats overlooking the tidal rapids, a great place for a picnic. The best time to go on this hike is near a maximum flood tide when the tidal rapids are most spectacular. At maximum tide, the difference in water levels between the Surge Narrows and the Hoskyn channel sides can easily be seen from this view point; currents can flow through this area at 16 knots and up to 14 knots on the ebb.
Another viewpoint is along a 3m high ledge overlooking the rapids, use extreme caution if using this viewpoint. Along the shore and around the corner from the north end is a small islet that is accessible at low tide. With its high tidal changes and many reefs, this park has ideal conditions for marine life. Sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sea stars and anemones flourish in these prime conditions. Seals, otters and eagles are often spotted here.
Allow two to three hours return – not including tide watching.
Access: The trail head is located at the end of Surge Narrows Road on North Quadra Island. If you are coming from the ferry, drive to Heriot Bay, turning left at the fire hall then follow the road to Village Bay Lakes. After crossing the bridge at the lake, it is a 6.2km drive to the parking lot. Park at the top lot or along the side of the road above the steep incline; do not attempt to drive down to the beach. The trail starts at the lower parking lot.
Watch the Video "Kayaking the Narrows"