Map: Deas Island
Sun sets about 7:45 so headlamps are recommended.
Deas Island has not be utilized for some time, but we are fortunate that Ben Smith has updated the map as of 2016. There is no elevation gain and running will be fast. Keep your eyes open however...
"Each evening between 500 and 1,000 female Yuma bats and their pups exit
Burrvilla, a Queen Anne Revival–style heritage home built in 1905 and
relocated to the park in the 1980s. “We try to manage the bats, which
roost in the attic, so as not to disturb the caretakers who also live in
the property. It’s quite something to see great horned owls perched on
the roof waiting for the nightly appearance. They prey on the bats as
well as young skunks," Addendum: Bats departed for winter nesting grounds about August 21st.
Loop 1 will pass by the home so you can take in the sights. Both Loop 1 & 2 will have several controls sited at water's edge: "Don’t be surprised if the slap of a beaver tail grabs your attention as
sharply as if a shotgun went off beside you. The silence that surrounds
the slough on summer evenings is as enveloping as the cool air carried
along by the river’s current. The most captivating sight of all is Mount
Baker, lit by the moon rising (08:15 PM) in the southern sky." (editor Jack Christie, Georgia Strait)
It will be high tide, so Orienteers on Loop 2 may get their shoes wet.
Addendum: Due to high levels of smoke and elevated PM2.5 pollution (high AQHI), courses were shortened.
6:15pm Introduction to Orienteering for Beginners
8pm Park Closure, participants must all depart before gate is locked!
Always use good judgement and common sense. Carry a whistle at all times. Headlamps are essential to see and be seen. Take care when crossing roads and parking lots. Watch out for other runners, cyclists, and trail/sidewalk users.
Without volunteers, these events cannot take place. A hearty thanks to all those helping put this event on. If you would like to volunteer/help at upcoming WETs/WJRs or would like to organize a WET please let us know.