Letters: Back country amenities courtesy of private sources

Free canoe and cabin on lake put in by private individuals

In their Dec 26, 2012 letter about their hike to Peden Lake, Ana Simeon and Tom Martin “couldn’t resist a paddle in the free canoe,” were “impressed” by the cabin, and comment “Obviously, people who visit there appreciate and respect the natural beauty and wilderness character of this very special area.” They somehow attribute the whole thing to CRD Parks.

With respect, I would like to point out that the trail, the canoe, and the cabin were provided by private individuals  getting to Peden Lake  “aboard a noisy, motorized machine” referred to in a disapproving tone in the letter, and not by hikers or CRD Parks. “Illegal” ATV riders are also the only users keeping what remains of the extensive logging trail system open. CRD Parks contribution is a gate, and a backhoe to remove the old log bridges and cut trenches across the trails.

As for hiking into the back country with a baby, that’s simply irresponsible, if not criminal.

Terrance Martin

Sooke