Small Inlet on Quadra Island is a popular place to paddle. A decade-long effort to complete the Small Inlet and Octupus Islands provincial parks with land purchases continues this weekend with a special celebration.

Heart of Quadra Parks campaign nears finish line

On Saturday, the Save the Heart of Quadra Parks celebrates the culmination of this highly successful fundraising campaign

Save the Heart of Quadra Parks is on the home stretch of a decade-long campaign to save the heartland of Quadra’s spectacular marine parks by purchasing the land which lies between the  Octopus Islands and Small Inlet Provincial Parks.

In May, the provincial government signed a purchase agreement  with the landowner and has secured the majority of the funds needed. Quadra Islanders have spent the summer in an all-out effort to raise part of the outstanding amount.

“The response has been amazing, from the local community and nature lovers far and wide who come to kayak and hike this unique park,” said Susan Westren of the Save the Heart committee. “Our target is an ambitious $200,000. We’ve  raised over half that amount in 4 short months. Almost all of these funds have come from individual donations of $1,000 or less.”

On Saturday, the Save the Heart of Quadra Parks celebrates the culmination of this highly successful fundraising campaign to protect these vital lands. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. It’s happening at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall at Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge. Enjoy music, a glass of wine and light refreshments.

The event features guest speaker Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun columnist and renowned author of more than a dozen books, several on British Columbia’s natural and social history. The evening will also include silent and live auctions with an impressive array of items.

Auction items range from artwork to trips and vacation accommodations. Email and drop-off bids are welcomed.

To view auction items and bidding details, go to www.sierraclub.bc.ca

Event tickets are $25 at Hummingbird and Works of h’Art on Quadra. To reserve a place, call 250-285-2850 or email reservation@quadraislandconservancy.ca.

To make a donation go to www.quadraparks.ca or send a cheque made out to Quadra Island Conservancy to Box 202, Heriot Bay, V0P 1H0.