Calvert Island’s Diverse Landscapes
The shoreline on the west side of Calvert Island is fully exposed to the forces of nature. Tree trunks are twisted, stunted and bent inland from the winds off the Pacific Ocean. The sand on the 12 beaches is so fine that it squeaks when you walk. The landscape is rugged, swampy and harder to climb in the monsoon season, starting in late November. But the good news is this is the start of the storm and hurricane season, which produces big surfs brought in from the weather systems out in the Pacific Ocean.
For us, a cloudy day on Calvert is better than a sunny day in the city. If one image is worth a thousand words, then there are not enough days in a year to write about the pristine natural beauty we have witnessed living on Calvert Island. Since the completion of our trails in 2000, BC Parks, the Tula Foundation and the coastal First Nation communities have taken over and replaced our bridges, boardwalks, ladders, ropes and benches, and rerouted the trails and converted this into a first-class hiking destination for visitors. The Tula Foundation started a learning centre for universities on Calvert Island and is full to capacity most of the year.