|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!
TURTLE GARDENS ANIMAL RESCUE REUNION
SATURDAY AUGUST 27TH
OSBORNE BAY PARK, CROFTON, VANCOUVER ISLAND
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.