Our first composting, urine-diverting toilet (using a ToiletTech pedal-operated conveyor belt mechanism) was installed and commissioned March 2019 at Zorro Bay! Number 2 (it takes both #1 and #2 deposits!) is at Bain Creek, opened April 2020. It is our own design and entirely volunteer-built. How does it compare with the original? Only time will tell - at least it has no moving parts except for the door! In 2020 we hired a local contractor to build 4 more toilets, based on a Sunshine Coast Trail design. Two were completed in Spring 2020 - at Islet View and Tantalus Landing, with two more to follow this Fall!
Six new recreation sites were established in Howe Sound in 2015. These campsites are only accessible by boat and provide a vital link between the Lower Mainland, Squamish, and the Sunshine Coast. They were developed jointly by the BC Marine Trails Network Association and the Trans Canada Trail Foundation with the assistance of the Squamish First Nation, local Regional Districts and municipalities and Recreational Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC), a branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
In the Spring of 2017, SKABC entered into a formal partnership agreement with RSTBC to take care of the sites at:
- Ramillies Channel
- Bain Creek
- Thornbrough Channel
- Islet View
- Zorro Bay
- Tantalus Landing
Work, done mostly by club volunteers, has involved re-positioning boulders to make boat runs, brushing and levelling tent pads, putting in steps up steep banks to facilitate access, installing picnic tables, adding signage and log books, building short trails and a footbridge, removing hazard trees, installing bear-proof food cache boxes, stringing up bear cache wires and two wooden tent platforms. In addition, maintenance trips starting in 2017 have picked up garbage left behind by thoughtless visitors and clearing away unwanted and poorly placed unofficial fire rings. More details are in the Sea to Sky Marine Trail Report archives: 2019, 2018, 2017.
SKABC's future plans include installing more low-maintenance composting toilets, improving and increasing the number of tent pads. Access trails will be improved too, including kayak 'parking' at sites with inadequate beach space. Look for our visitor logbooks to sign in, make suggestions for physical improvements or report on how the site is being managed. Suggestions can also be sent to Steve Best, our Howe Sound Steward at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope visitors will send in comments - maybe with their smartphones while they are still at a site.
Here's a video tour of the Howe Sound campsites:
SKABC volunteers visit and maintain each site at least twice annually, at the start (May) and at the end (October) of the main camping season. Transportation of people tools and supplies are by kayak, power boat or water taxi. Through fundraising events and donations, we seek to keep access to these sites free to the general public. RSTBC also generously contributes to the site maintenance fund. SKABC accepts donations of building materials of the right type.
SKABC happily accepts donations in coordination with BC Marine Trails to fund future improvements and maintenance to the Howe Sound campsites. Thank you for supporting this great recreational opportunity.