Summer! It’s going to be a hot one. We are currently in the midst of a heat wave, with temperatures reaching mid 30’s with more to come. Experts are predicting a long hot and dry summer. And what better place to be than the mid island? An abundance of beaches, parks, and swimming holes will help you keep your cool.
Lakes, rivers or miles of coast the choice is yours. Being ocean lovers, here is our choice for the best beaches.
1. Transfer Beach Park
My family and I love Transfer Beach. Great beach, good food and we play in the water park like we are little kids, writes Sharmon Perry.
Transfer Beach has it all. Playgrounds, sand volley ball, horseshoes, kayak rentals, and a water spray park, just to start. Add a full service concession stand, lots of picnic tables, fossils and coal chunks hidden in the banks, and a great big willow tree to chill under and we haven’t even dipped our toe in the water or gone to the other side where the Amphitheatre set against the ocean makes a dramatic setting for weddings, a quiet cup of morning coffee or the summer Sunday Concerts in the Park series.
2. Elliot Beach Park. (Shell Beach)
This is Suzanne Deveau’s favourite beach because “it is close to where we live and our dog can hang out with us at the water….love the island!”. We agree. A popular swimming beach and a popular kayak launch spot. The kids love the rope swing.
3. Big Rock Beach
There’s even some oldtimers that haven’t heard of Big Rock Beach at Boulder Point in Saltair. This beach is Verna Hastings favourite spot. Access is at the end of South Oyster Road. Warm shallow waters and an impressive rock left behind by the glaciers make this a dramatic spot. Lots of beachcombing when the tide is out.
4. Kin Park
This beach park is a popular spot for beachcoming, sighteeing, picnicking, swimming and a spot to launch your boat. The waterfront park includes a children’s playground and sand box, grassy lawns, and change rooms. Kin Park is an ideal destination for marine sightseeing and birdwatching. From the shoreline one can see Bird Rock, Tent Island and a beacon sitting on a point. At low tides the ocean waters recede revealing wet sand, seaweed, tidal pools and stranded shells. It is during low tides visitors can actually walk out to Bird Rock.
5. Blue Heron Park
This is a great place to spend the spend the day or an hour. If you can’t get a room at the spectacular Yellow Point Lodge, remember that this beach is right next door. Enjoy beachcombing or sitting on a log watching the light play on the water. The sandstone warms the water and makes it a pleasant swimming spot for the end of the day.
Photos: Cindy Damphousse, Marina Sacht
Sweet summer music
Summer is a time when the hills come alive with music. All over the island there are music festivals from country to folk to open mics at local coffee shops. Live music is the soundtrack to summer.
Please check out Concerts in the Park, lineup in this issue pages 24-25, and Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society for upcoming performers, www.cvcas.com