Signs like this are distributed on beaches to remind seekers of sensitive vegetation and fauna. — Photo courtesy of the Tidal Treasures Facebook page

Tidal Treasures down to three beaches in Parksville

Glass floats no longer being placed at Columbia Beach

Less than a week into the second season of Tidal Treasures, Columbia Beach has been dropped from the beach list.

Tidal Treasures posted on Facebook Nov. 4, saying it was “with great disappointment that we have to stop using Columbia Beach.”

RELATED: Tidal Treasures drop Nov. 1 in Parksville Qualicum Beach

The post goes on to say that the Tidal Treasures organizers worked really hard to bring back this beach, which was dropped partway through last season’s promotion due to public complaints.

“Although some of us on the committee didn’t want the hassle, we decided to give it a try, in hopes that our seekers would follow the rules and the residents would trust us.”

Wendy Sears, who does social media and communications for Tidal Treasures, said a resident in Columbia Beach saw a person digging with a shovel at the beach.

As a reminder, Sears said, Float Fairies aren’t hiding the glass floats but rather are placing them in easy-to-find locations that do not require digging.

Earlier this year, Columbia Beach was dropped toward the end of the first season of Tidal Treasures after a number of seekers weren’t respecting the environment while hunting for glass floats over the Easter long weekend.

RELATED: People ‘disregard rules’ after searching for Tidal Treasures in Parkvsille Qualicum Beach

Sears said the group is now focusing its efforts on beaches with better access, such as parking. But Sears did add that people searching for Tidal Treasures at Resort Row need to respect the guest-only parking at the resorts. She said people would need to park at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and hike.

The remaining beaches are Parksville Community Park, Rathtrevor park and Resort Row. Float Fairies will continue to place glass floats at those beaches until the end of April, 2018.

Sears said unfortunately the beaches in the area aren’t all suitable for placing glass floats.

“We still need beaches that (have) some shoreline. We don’t go to Qualicum because when the tide is high up there, it smashes right up against the walls,” Sears said.

Sears said it is just the beginning of the Tidal Treasures season and people are still getting “into the groove” while hunting. She said some of the seekers are diligent and will let committee members know if fellow seekers have been disregarding the rules.

For now, Sears said, continuously posting the rules on the group’s Facebook page seems to be helping.

For more information on Tidal Treasures, or to find maps of the locations, visit www.tidaltreasures.org. Tidal Treasures also has a GoFundMe account set up to help fund the seasonal initiative. The link to the GoFundMe can be found on the website.

Just Posted

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

Rainbow crosswalk in Qualicum Beach covered in mysterious black substance

‘It was disappointing to see this act of disrespect take place inside our community’

Oceanside RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Nanoose Bay’s Northwest Bay Road again open to the public

Single-lane alternating traffic expected to stretch into September

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

$5-million lotto ticket sold in Nanaimo

Someone matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s 6/49 draw

B.C. man tells judge he attempted suicide a month before daughters’ murders

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Province funds new shuttle buses for 13 B.C. senior centres

Activity, socializing helps maintain health, Adrian Dix says

BREAKING: Province approves Surrey police force

Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth green-lights city’s municipal police force

Thermal imaging cameras eye Salish Sea in hopes of better detecting whales

Cameras installed at BC Ferries’ terminal on Galiano Island, and off southern Gulf Islands

Most Read