Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Calling all Turtle Gardens Alumni!

The beach at Osborne Bay Park, Crofton, BC

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27th, because the annual reunion is being held in Crofton this year! 


Many dogs from the amazing northern BC rescue, Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue, find their forever homes on Vancouver Island.  For the past three years, annual reunions have been held on the lower mainland, and while some islanders travel across the waters to attend, we figure it is time for mainlanders to travel here instead. Yvette will be here, and I'm already hearing from both islanders and mainlanders who are planning to attend. You don't wanna miss it!

The reunion will be held at Osborne Bay Park, a wonderful off leash park offering fields, wooded trails and beach, in Crofton BC.   Crofton is a small community located between Chemainus and Duncan on the east coast of the island.  It is easily reached as a day trip for island people from Campbell River, which is about 2.5 hours north,  to Victoria  at a little over an hour south. 

From the mainland, quickest access is from Tsawassen to Duke Point (2 hour ferry, then 35-40 minute drive), or from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay (1.5 hour ferry, then about a 50 minute drive).  

My granddog Becky and I spent a couple of hours at the park today and here's a few photos from our outing:
First, wide open spaces of grass to run in
Becky says, "C'mon, let's go!"

A well groomed trail  through tall trees leads us down to the beach

Pretty flowers are everywhere

The blackberries will be ripe by then!

Dragonfly in grass

There's benches where you can sit a spell

And rustic trails that loop through the trees

Beautiful views when you get close to the beach

The last little bit is a bit steep - but it's not far!

Lovely arbutus trees hang over the shoreline

Dig for clams if you want, if there's no Red Tide warning!

And watch for the eagles up in the trees

There's mussels too, free for the taking
Need accomodation?  Maybe we can find you something a bit safer than this!

More information and photos will be provided over the following weeks  to tempt you to attend.  If you have specific questions that need answering right away, feel free to email me using the contact at the side of this blog.

You can see earlier photos and blog entries about this park here and here and here.


King said...

Cool Aunty Jean! This is going to be a great reunion. The park looks fabulous! I hope you get ALL the traditional crowd plus MORE this year! Thanks so much for doing this! I know it'll be a blast!

Anonymous said...

Jean now our well kept secret will be out. Just kidding.
It's a beautiful park and I know everyone will enjoy it.