Half the land is in the rarest Coastal Douglas-fir zone, the rarest ecological zone in the province; the other half is in the dry maritime Coastal Western Hemlock ecosystem. The reserve is mostly forested with meadow areas, a 4-acre lake, streams and many small wetlands. At least 6 Species at Risk have been found on the property.
Public Trails: Dogs are permitted as long as they are on a leash. Unfortunately, loose dogs disturb ground-nesting birds and other critters who consider this their home.
Hunting: Deer hunting is allowed in AINR for Salt Spring Rod and Gun Club members only. Hunters must register with the Club. To see which days are booked for hunting, click here to view the postings on the Rod and Gun Club website.
Acquisition: April 2011. This reserve was a partial donation by the estate and family of Alvin Indridson. It was purchased with major financial assistance from the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Shaw Communications and other organizations and by donations from many private individuals.
History: The property was logged in the 1980’s. It was purchased in 1988 by Alvin Indridson, a businessman who lived most of his life in the Vancouver area. He upgraded the culverts on the road, but otherwise left the land to return to its natural state. He always wanted to see the land become parkland and after his death in 2009 his family began the process to make this happen.
Trail map note: the roadside trail signs are set back about 20m from the road. The first trailhead is on the right side of Musgrave Rd. about 50-75m past the junction of Musgrave Rd. and Mt Tuam Rd. (Mt Tuam Road is not marked, however).