Benefit for the Heart of the Walbran.


Update;  As of February 15th, the dinner is almost sold out, there will only be 10 tickets for the dinner for sale at the door.  Tickets still left for the exciting music event which starts at 8pm. Going to be a fun night, see you there.

On February 17th, you are invited to a night of love and celebration for all that is wild in our world and our hearts, for good music, great food and amazing spoken word poetry. Join us at the Norway House for live music by Mussell and the Flex, poetry by former Victoria Poet Laureate Janet Rogers and ASH. This is an evening not to be missed!

Over the last year-and-a-half, the campaign to save the Walbran Valley (unceded Pacheedaht/Qwa-ba-diwa territory) has regained momentum and supercharged the fight to protect the remaining old-growth rainforests on Vancouver Island.

Community interest in the protection of the unlogged and threatened 486-hectare heart of the watershed – a place of stunning waterfalls, emerald pools, volunteer-built boardwalk trails and rare biodiversity – has skyrocketed.

The best way to galvanize individual support for the Walbran Valley is to get people there, but not everyone has the privilege of being able to access this relatively remote rainforest wilderness on their own. The Friends of Carmanah Walbran, a grassroots, volunteer run group, and Community Action Bus are fundraising to purchase a 20 seat mini-bus that will offer affordable and subsidized transportation to a place that is renowned for being an elixir of spiritual renewal, inspiration and mental health to the folks that visit. We are now in our last push to raise the funds needed to make this dream come true!

Doors: 6:00PM, Dinner 6:30; 8:30pm Dance: until 11:00PM

Tickets: $20 – 50;

Click here for Tickets;  https:// friendsofcarmanahwalbran.

And in hard copy at WildFire Organic Bakery and Cafe and Wilderness Committee- Victoria Office

Full Dinner Menu:

Aphrodite’s Delights


Chilled Mussels, Olives,

Wildfire Bread & Hummus


Fresh Herb Marinated & Grilled Organic Chicken

Vegetarian Moussaka

Grilled Vegetable Shish-kabob (Vegan)

Greek Rice with Fenugreek Leaves

Lemon, Thyme & EV Olive Oil Braised Yukon Golds

Fiery Honey Roasted Vegetables


Rich Chocolate Pastitsio with Organic

Muddled Strawberry & Koum Kouat of Corfuinner

Cash bar.

All proceeds go towards the Central Walbran Express Bus!

Hosted by: Friends of Carmanah Walbran, Wilderness Committee- Victoria Office, Community Action Bus

*We acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.


Benefit Update


Wheels for the Walbran Benefit Update

On November 4th a hundred and fifty Walbran supporters packed the Norway House to listen to Luke Wallace ( pictured) deliver an uplifting performance, with a message of democracy and environmental sanity.

The benefit for more affordable transportation options for overcoming socioeconomic barriers to accessing the magnificent and endangered Central Walbran Valley, was a smash success, far exceeding our highest expectations! It raised a whooping $4000 to help buy a 15-20 seat community action bus which will run on biodiesel/ SVO and offer zero- carbon emissions. Tjis will be a communal/activist transport at an economy of scale taking people into the heart of the Walbran valley, to enjoy and protect the natural beauty and biodiversity of this rare ancient rainforest. With an agreement with Friends of Carmanah Walbran, to ensure its availability for expeditions, the vehicle will be purchased, owned, maintained and driven by the fine folks at Social Coast who have raised another $5000 to make this acquisition possible and have experience and expertise in all there is to know about buses! We will be now looking for another $ 5000 to cover insurance, registration and establish a maintenance fund. Donations can be made to

Thanks everyone who has so warm heartedly helped out!

We are wishing to offer a bus tour, on the Social Coast’s 40 seater, to Wildwood ecoforest near Cambell River, as our next fundraiser, will keep you all posted about that!

Wheels for the Walbran



Friday November 4th, 6pm to 12am. Norway House, 1110 Hillside.

Wheels for the Walbran is an all-ages benefit for the purchase of a mini-bus to provide affordable access to the spectacular and threatened Central Walbran valley, unceded Pacheedaht and Qwa-ba-diwa territory.

Chef Jon Cash of Soule Creek Lodge, Port Renfrew and Erika Heyrman of Wildfire Bakery ( of Friends of Carmanah Walbran) will be collaborating to create a gourmet buffet dinner. Musical entertainment for the night is provided by Vancouvers eco-troubador and recording artist Luke Wallace, the young and talented Woody Guthrie of the BC environmental movement. And just announced the ever popular electronic groves of Bousada.


Selection of Wild Fire breads and spreads

Roasted winter vegetable and quinoa Salad
Green salad

Shepherd’s pie with lamb
Vegan shepherd’s pie

Chocolate & Brioche Bread Pudding w/ Butterscoth Whiskey Sauce and Candied Pecans

This is a show not to be missed!

Get your tickets now either at Wildfire Bakery or via etransfer
(and held at the door) to:

Buffet Dinner: $ 15-30 sliding scale ( 6 pm- 7:30 pm)

Luke Wallace/Bousada Concert and Dance: $12-$20 ( 7:30- midnight)

Bar and mini- pizzas until closing.

Come celebrate this amazing ancient forest, with the community of kindred spirits who love it, as much as you do!

Co- sponsored by Friends of Carmanah Walbran, Social and Environmental Alliance and Island Forest Futures.


Calendar of Upcoming Events


1. Monday, September 26th, 7 pm, Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street
Public forum: Future of Forests and Communities on Vancouver Island, with presentations by former forest ecologist and Metchosin councillor Andy Mackinnon and Dr. Ben Isitt, Victoria councillor and CRD Director, about local economic alternatives to continued old-growth logging on Vancouver island. Co-sponsored by Island Forest Futures, Friends of Carmanah Walbran, Wilderness Committee and Juan de Fuca Forest Watch.
2. September 27th,  Noon – 1pm, Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St. 
Stand Up for the Old-Growth Forests: A lunch-hour rally to support a resolution being introduced by local delegates at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Victoria to urge the provincial government to amend the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan to end old-growth logging on Vancouver island. Co-sponsored by Wilderness Committee, Friends of Carmanah Walbran and Island Forest Futures.
3. October 1st, 1-3 pm, Metchosin Community House, 4430 Happy Valley Road.
Grand Opening of the artists’ exhibition Into the Magic: Artists for the Heart of the Walbran Valley. Refreshments will be served. Show runs until October 23rd. Profits from art sales will be donated to the conservation efforts of the Friends of Carmanah Walbran in the Central Walbran Valley. Organized by Coalition of Artists for the Walbran ( CAW) 


4. November 4th, 6pm- 2 am, Norway House, 1110 Hillside Avenue
Wheels for the Walbran: Community Dinner, Concert and Dance, a benefit for the purchase of a mini-bus for group transportation to the Walbran valley. Chef Jon Cash of Soule Creek Lodge and Erika Heyrman of Wildfire Bakery will be collaborating to create a yummy meal and Vancouver eco-troubador and recording artist Luke Wallace and a special mystery guest will be providing the grooves for the night. Dinner tickets are sold separately.  Beer keg and bar until closing. Co-sponsored by Friends of Carmanah Walbran, Social and Environmental Alliance, Island Forest Futures.

Island Forest Futures Upcoming Events


Monday Sept. 26 @ 7:00 pm
Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St, Victoria

Featuring: Metchosin City Councillor, forest ecologist and co-author of Plants of Coastal British Columbia,Andy McKinnon and Victoria City Councillor, CRD Director and social justice actvist, Ben Isitt

Co- Sponsors: Island Forest Futures, Social Environmental Alliance, Friends of Carmanah Walbran.

Wednesday Sept 14th -7pm-9pm.

Edward Milne Community School, Sooke

Join us for a moderated panel discussion on the future of our forests. This event free and is open to the public. Your questions and comments will be welcomed.

Featuring: Metchosin City Councillor, forest ecologist and co-author of Plants of Coastal British Columbia,Andy McKinnon and Victoria City Councillor, CRD Director and social justice actvist, Ben Isitt

Co- Sponsors: Island Forest Futures, Social Environmental Alliance, Friends of Carmanah Walbran.

“Its time for legislators to adopt progressive forest policy that will re- invigorate local forest- dependent economies and provide an immediate transition away from the needless logging destruction of rare Old- Growth coastal rain forests toward ecological management of the silvicultural land- base. A transition from corporate tenures, to community- controlled forestry; from the export of raw resources, to value- added production of locally- manufactured finished wood products, that generate far more more employment of skilled labour, with far less wood.”

Link to the full IFF policy statement here.

Inspiring weekend at the Walbran Valley Convergence


A most beautiful and inspiring weekend at the Walbran Valley Convergence. With over a 120 people adding their voices to the growing momentum to protect the Central Walbran.  There was the opening of the Harriet Nahanee Memorial Trail which is named in honor of Harriets work to protect this area and her inspiring leadership. The trail allows visitors to  witness this threatened ancient forest and has long sections of Cedar boardwalk which helps accessibility and also protects the areas fragile soils. There for the ceremony were  members of Harriets family, Harold, Leo and Francis, age 6, who cut the ribbon. Also attending was  Pacheedaht elected Chief Jeff Jones, his wife Helen, elder Bill Jones and lovely folks of all ages, many visiting for the first time. With the sun shining everyone enjoyed the festivities in this preciously magnificent forest/river environment, last of its kind on the south island.

Thanks to all the kick-ass volunteers, doing set-up, clearing parking and camping spaces, cutting firewood, greeting guests, the cooks, those serving food, doing cleanup, take- down, creative child care, the speakers, story-tellers, workshop leaders, singers, MCs,  the magical light show, to the children, the swimmers, the star-gazers, the bonfire merriment and all lovers of the wild, sharing in our bright-eyed passion for this enchanted paradise in the threatened heart of the watershed: We will prevail in winning its protection!

Thank you all for making this such a sweet and memorable weekend and we will see you next year for the 4th annual Walbran Covergence.


Walbran Valley/Kaxi:ks Convergence July 30th-31st;


convergence poster                                    Join us for the 2nd annual Walbran/Kaxi:ks Convergence.

Walbran Valley/Kaxi:ks Convergence

When? Saturday July 30, 2016 – Sunday July 31

Where? Central Walbran Valley


July 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Walbran Valley Road Stops Here Campaign, a successful series of non-violent direct action(s): tree-sits, road barricades, office sit-ins, hunger strikes, banner hangings and public protests that were pivotal in the creation of the 13,000 ha Carmanah/Walbran Provincial Park.

A quarter of a century later, three generations of concerned citizens join together to altogether halt the needless destruction of the world-class ancient temperate rainforest in the heart of the watershed, in the beautiful Central Walbran Valley/ Pacheedaht/Qwa-ba-diwa territory that was foolishly left out of the park in 1994, and is still, after all the backlash, slated for logging by Surrey-based Teal Jones, who has been clearcut logging the steep side hills to the height of land, along park boundaries, on the south side of Walbran river. Enough is enough!

This festive gathering will include the very exciting and historical grand opening of the first official leg of The Harriet Nahanee Memorial Trail.

Harriet Nahanee, originally from Pacheedaht and present in the Walbran Valley on the front lines in the 90’s, was a lifelong activist involved in many struggles fighting for the recognition of Indigenous land rights and protection of the environment. She was a human rights activist and fought against discrimination, marginalization and institutionalization of Indigenous people in the cities, especially Indigenous women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She was a vital member of many movements and activist communities, and a strong role model for many including some members of FoCW.

The Harriet Nahanee Memorial Trail is a magnificent trail system that lies outside of the protected area of the Central Walbran Valley

The gathering will also include speakers, hikes, workshops and community meals. Join the past with the future, in our common cause to end old-growth logging, once and for all, in the Walbran Valley.

All are welcomed for this weekend of camping, celebration of place and all the good work being done by so many at this mass Convergence in the most beautiful time of the year, in one of the sweetest places on the island, the best of the last, the last of the best, of the great ancient Red Cedar Forest.

The Friends of Carmanah Walbran are organizing transportation to the valley for a Saturday day trip and also for an overnight camping trip. We are organizing festive community meals and other activities suitable for a range of ages. Details are below.


Saturday July 30th

7:30am Vans leave Victoria City Hall, travel via Duncan and Lake Cowichan.

11am-1pm Camp setup in the valley, lunch (bring your own)

1pm Convergence Opening with special guest speakers

including Bill Jones, Pacheedaht elder
– Welcoming/ territorial acknowledgment

– Introduction to the weekend events and camp facilities

– Procession to trail head. Solemnly acknowledging on-going ecological destruction of the watershed and urgent need for an old-growth logging moratorium.

– Grand Opening of the newly upgraded boardwalk trail which will now be known as The Harriet Nahanee Memorial Trail. Dedication speeches and acknowledgements.


3-5pm Guided Hikes (easy, intermediate, challenging)

  1. Easy: (kids and seniors) – to lower falls and/or Emerald Pool
  2. Intermediate: Upper Falls Loop
  3. Challenging: Upper Waterfall – Castle Giant
  4. Challenging: Karst features/proposed cutblock 4403/Marbled Canyon

6 pm Community Dinner/Salmon Feast

(menu is below)

7:30pm Evening Program with special guest speakers

including Neville Winchester, renowned entomologist

  •  Performance with recording artist and eco-troubador Luke Wallace.
  • Campfire songs, story-telling and talking circle
  • Night hike to lower falls for ‘Luminous Forest Project’, after dark.
  • Slumber Party. tent set-up “Wake up with the Marbled Murrelets on the Bridge”
  • Night hike to lower falls for ‘Luminous Forest Project’, after dark.
  • Slumber Party “Wake up with the Marbled Murrelet on the Bridge”

8pm Daytripper vans head back to Victoria


Sunday, July 31st;

9 am Pick Your Own Berries-Pancake Breakfast & Biggest Berry Contest:

Berry contest categories are; Thimbleberry, Red and Black Huckleberry and High Bush Blueberries

10:30am-1 pm Mini- Workshops (1 hr. each)

We welcome participation, please send us am email if you would like to lead a workshop

may include:

-Non-Violent Direct Action and Affinity-group organizing
-Karst geology and old-growth forest ecology.
-Campaign-building: Broadening the Base.
-Trail-building as a campaign strategy.
-Community-based Economic Alternatives to Old-Growth Logging.
-Native Plant Identification.

1 pm Lunch

2-4 pm Break camp and/or free time to explore and socialize

For those riding in vans, they will be leaving by 5pm

4pm  Closing Circle with special guest speakers


*** our vans are now full and as of Friday morning we are offline and in the woods. If you are looking for a ride or have a ride to offer please post on this event site and hopefully you can find your match. Quite a few vehicles are meeting on the Pandora side of Victoria’s Centennial Square at 7:15 AM on Saturday, leaving at 7:30. You may find rides or riders there – and there will be caravan if you are unsure about directions ***

We are also no longer  taking vacations for the community meals. Although we will have quite a few extra plates available  please arrive in the valley with enough food to get you through.

Looking forward to a fantastic weekend!




Passenger Vans;


A limited number of seats in passenger vans for transportation to and from the Walbran Valley can be reserved via picatic ( or by emailing us directly (

These are available for a Saturday day trip OR an overnight trip. Rides will leave Victoria City Hall Saturday morning at 7:30am sharp. Vans will return either late Saturday night (leaving the valley at 8/8:30pm, back approx 11:30/12) or Sunday evening (leaving the valley at 5pm, back approx. 8:30pm).

Round trip tickets are being offered at a subsidized rate of $60 each or at the full cost of $80. If you would like to attend but are not able to contribute towards the cost of transportation please contact us directly via email.


if you are driving and can offer rides, please let us know and we will help coordinate rides with riders. If you are looking for a ride please let us know and we will help!



Saturday Salmon Feast. (suggested donation $10-20). Sunday morning will be a Pick-your-own-berries pancake breakfast. (suggested donation $5-10). You must reserve your plate to guarantee we have enough food but these community meals are being provided by donation and are for all to enjoy. Please reserve your plate at

There are limited kitchen facilities in the valley. For all other meal requirements (and if you do not reserve plates in the community meals) please come prepared and self sufficient.

– Lightly smoked local wild salmon with a Maple/Orange Glaze

– Citrus and Burberry Slaw

– Taku Baked Beans

– Wild Fire Bread

– Watermelon wedges

FLAPJACK pick-your-own-berries BREAKFAST MENU

– Traditional pancakes with the option of added rainforest wildberries provided by you!

– Maple syrup

– Coffee and Tea