An anenome flourishes in the tidal pools around Commodore Point on Discovery Island. In early June 2015, TIDES led 20 Germans on an interpretive hike of the island located off the shores of Oak Bay in Haro Strait.
With the help our partner, Ocean River Adventures, we arrived on the shores in the morning to explore the trails of this BC Park. A few well-maintained trails give you full access to the park to explore this coastal eco-system. On our visit, the spring flowers were in full bloom featuring a field of Chocolate Lillies.
The shoreline vegetation consists of grasses, native wildflowers and red and blue listed species. Beyond the fields is thick forest vegetation. These woodland and coastal bluff ecosystems represent the dry Gulf Island sub zone characterized by the Coastal Douglas fir biogeoclimatic zone. (excerpted from BC Parks Discovery Island Marine Provincial Park website)
The natural and human history of this island are well-documented and provide interesting stories as one explores the trails crossing the island east to west on the southern shore. Its easy to spend a few hours watching the abundant seashore life of the tidal pools.
At the current time, the only resident animal is a lone wolf who swam to the island a couple of years ago. Park signs let people know of the wolf’s presence but it is seldom seen.
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