Hardy trail-maker and son lauded

Dear editor,

I just spent Friday of the Easter long weekend showing my son, who was up from Victoria, all the great places we have to go hiking and where I feel safe taking our three small dogs for walks in the woods. He is a very big outdoor enthusiast, often mountain biking and snowboarding all over the island.

Approximately four months ago, we were told about a new trail that we didn’t know was in the area. I just want to share this with the rest of the North Islanders who love to explore the area. It’s on the way out towards the ferry terminal in Port Hardy, just across the road from Wildwoods Campsite pull off. You have to walk about 10 minutes on the logging road before you come to the head of the trail and then you’re in for a treat. This trail winds through the woods and along the lake and eventually ends up at the Storey’s Beach. Mostly done in cedar boardwalk and stones on landscape cloth, makes it a moderately easy hike which takes about an hour round trip.

I was telling my son about the trail when we came across Walter Johnson and his son Lenard. They were out working on the trail on Good Friday and told us that the funding had run out in November but on their own time they’re staying on to finish it. Walter told me that he couldn’t just walk away before it was done. My thanks go out to him and his son for all the hard work they have put into it and continue to do so that we can all enjoy such a fabulous walk through the woods so close to home.

Theresa Roe

Port Hardy