Convergence Review


The 4th annual Walbran Convergence was a great weekend for the 100+ people who came out to help  protect this special place. Thanks to Bill Jones and Shawna Green for their continuing support, Port Renfrew’s Soule Creek Lodge for putting together the dinner, the Sierra Club volunteers for making the Sunday Breakfast happen, the drivers from Community Action Bus and the Forest First Express Society Bus and all the volunteers from W.C and FoCW. With these events we amply demonstrate that we are not going away anytime soon!

See you next year. Or register for the September 22nd-24th trail and boardwalk work group with FoCW and W.C!


Convergence; July 29th-30th, 2017.


Friends of Carmanah/Walbran and Wilderness Committee are thrilled to announce this year’s 4th Annual Walbran Valley Convergence!

On July 29-30, more than hundred people will gather in the Central Walbran Valley (Kaxi:ks) in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht Nation.

Scroll down for event itinerary!

This annual event is a recognition and a celebration of the first wave of activism in the Walbran Valley – 26 years ago this summer! – that saw part of the Valley protected from destruction.

It’s also an opportunity for people to come together in one of Canada’s most spectacular ancient rainforests and discuss how to better manage these incredible ecosystems and build a truly sustainable forest industry..

This years’ theme is building unity, and the formal programming will highlight a diversity of voices, including Indigenous leaders, forest sector union leaders, elected officials and biologists.

An opening welcome and keynote speakers will kick off the weekend at 1:30pm on Saturday the 29th.  Speakers include Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones, Arnie Bercov, Presedent of the PPCW, Green MLA Adam Olsen and others

From 2.30pm there we be a number of guided hikes; to the Castle Giant and the Harriett Nahanee Memorial Trail

At 5pm there will be a Salmon Dinner. Tickets available through picatic or are available at Wild Fire Bakery or RSVP through email and pay on the day.  See menu below.


 9am; A Pick your own Berry Pancake breakfast hosted by the Sierra Club; By donation.

10:30; Workshops; Bird song identification: Building diversity: Forestry Reform and more.

Noon; Closing

This weekend is always an inspiring and powerful event and is sure to be one of the highlights of your summer.


We’re working to make the event as accessible as possible, and are organizing return daytrip transportation on the Community Action Bus on Saturday.

Round trip bus tickets are being offered at a subsidized rate of $30 per person or each or at the full cost of $50.

The bus will be leaving Saturday morning from the Vic High parking lot (on Gladstone & Chambers) at 7:30am with a pick up in Duncan at 8:45am and coming back the same day, leaving the Walbran at 7pm (after dinner). We should arrive back in Victoria by 11pm.

The Forest First Bus (12 seater bus) will be leaving Victoria to the Walbran Vie Sooke and Port Renfrew, Saturday, 7.30am. Please email us for more info.

Please use this page to organize carpooling and other ride shares!

**BUS TICKETS: Available online through Picatic ($5 fee included, $30and $50) or at Wild Fire Bakery (1517 Quadra Street at Mason, $25 and up).


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

– Citrus and Burberry Slaw (GF, Vegan)

– Taku Baked Beans (GF, Vegan)

– Wild Fire Bread

– Fruit (GF, Vegan)


**TICKETS: Available online through Picatic ($5 fee included, $20and $40) or at Wild Fire Bakery (1517 Quadra Street at Mason, $15 and up).


We need a lot of volunteers for set-up, take down, food prep, hosting elders, parking, etc. Please email if you`re interested in volunteering!


If you would like to support Friends of Carmanah/Walbran’s campaign to Save the Walbran Valley please feel free to make a donation through Picatic, at Wildfire Bakery, by email transfer to or bring cash to the event, there will be a donation jar! We really appreciate your support!

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the traditional unceded territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation.

Sponsored by: Friends of Carmanah Walbran, Wilderness Committee, Forest First Express Society, Sierra Club, Island Forest Futures ( IFF).

Bioblitz Results


Results from the Walbran Bio/blitz of May 28th. Thanks to everybody who came and helped out. See you again next year!
1. Harlequin Duck (observed) – a still-downy but
adult-sized duckling at the edge of Emerald Pool
2. Belted Kingfisher (observed)
3. Olive-sided Flycatcher
4. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
5. Steller’s Jay (observed)
6. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
7. Brown Creeper
8. American Dipper (observed)
9. Swainson’s Thrush
10. American Robin (observed)
11. Wilson’s Warbler (observed)
12. Black-headed Grosbeak (observed
13. Black Swift
14. Northern Flicker
15. Hairy Woodpecker
16. Golden-crowned Kinglet
17. Hermit Thrush
18. Varied Thrush
19. Band Tailed Pigeon

Other Fauna;

1. Pine Martin
2. Douglas squirrel
3. Mink
4. Wolf (paw print)


1. Western Hemlock 2. Sitka Spruce 3. Western Yew 4. Western Redcedar 5. Red Alder 6. Salal 7. Alaskan Blueberry 8. Red Huckleberry 9. False Azalea 10. Red Elderberry 11. Baldhip Rose 12. Thimbleberry 13. Black Gooseberry 14. Douglas Maple 15. Falsebox 16. False Solomon’s seal 17. Hooker’s Fairybells 18. Western Trillium 19. False Lily-of-the-Valley 20. Siberian miner’s-lettuce 21. False Bugbane 22. Red Columbine 23. Goat’s Beard 24. Palmate Coltsfoot 25. Pacific Bleeding Heart 26. Bunchberry 27. Small Bedstraw 28. Deer Fern 29. Sword Fern 30. Lady Fern 31. Maidenhair Fern 32. Step Moss 33. Vancouver Groundcone 34. Wood Saxifrage

Science in the Valley/Bio/Blitz;


2nd Annual Science in the Valley/Bio/Blitz; (flora and fauna count.)

Join FoCW and the Sierra Club on Sunday May 28th in the Central Walbran Valley to learn more about the Temperate Rainforest and help record the diverse and threatened wildlife that calls this place home.


10:30-11am;  Arrive

11-12am; Welcome by Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones and briefing by knowledgeable experts, including renowned entomologist Dr Zoe Lindo.

12-1pm; Light Lunch and refreshments supplied by Soule Creek Lodge of Port Renfrew.

1pm-7pm Guided Hikes/bioblitz.

Easy challenge hikes.

Emerald pool trail, 15 minutes.

Lower HNMT trail, 45 minutes.

Medium/hard challenge hikes.

Harriett Nahanee Memorial Trail-2.5 hours.

Castle Grove/Giant Trail-3 hours

Anderson Lake Trail-6 hours.

7pm; Finish and check in at bridge.

FoCW Calender of Events 2017


* April, Friday28th-Sunday30th. Work group with Wilderness Committee (WC).

* May, Sunday 28th . ‘Science in the Valley/Bioblitz’.  Join the FoCW and knowledgeable scientists for talks, guided hikes and a bio/blitz (flora and fauna count).

* June, Friday 2nd- Sunday 4th. Work group with W.C.

* July, Saturday29th-Sunday30th. 4th Annual Walbran Valley Convergence. Public event with food, music, workshops and guided tours.

* August, Saturday 26th-Sunday 27th. FoCW Guided Hikes and work group.

* September, Friday 22nd-Sunday24th. Work group with W.C

* October, Saturday 21st-Sunday22nd. FoCW work group.

*November, Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th. FoCW work group.

Note; Please pre-register for WC and FoCW  work groups.

Benefit Update.


Thanks to the many people that made this event such a huge success with about 150  people enjoying an amazing night of varied and creative entertainment. A whopping $2400 was made that will go towards the purchase and maintenance of a bus that will provide affordable transport to the threatened Walbran Valley.

Thanks to Poets Janet Rogers and Ash, Burlesque performer Ginger Nuts and  Mussell and the Flex for their wonderful music that had the dance floor packed until closing time.

Also a big thank you to all the volunteers who cooked and cleaned and helped make this event so successful.

And finally special thanks and kudos to Jon Cash of Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew for being the Chef and putting together such a gourmet dinner.

Stay tuned for upcoming events in the Walbran Valley and news on the 486 Walbran Express, downtown Victoria to the Heart of the Walbran.

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.