Searching for trolls along Chapman Creek


Brookman Park, SecheltLast winter, heavy rainfalls overloaded Chapman Creek, causing it to spill over its banks in some sections and washing out part of the trail. That section of the trail has now been bypassed, with a new pathway and a serious set of well constructed stairs leading back down to follow the creek.  While I was curious to see what had been done, I was even more interested in planning an adventure for my grandchildren, looking for trolls, hiding in the forest.

IMG_2883If you’re coming from Sechelt, the trail is accessed just past the big sandy beach at Davis Bay, and just before the small bridge you’ll find the parking lot and a small playground.

IMG_2884You’re never too far from the creek and soon after I had started, the sounds of traffic were replaced by flowing water and the plaintiff call of a Swainsons Thrush hiding somewhere in the brush.

IMG_2882The trail is well maintained with this footbridge recently built over a perennial wet spot.chapman creek gnomes

I was on the look-out for trolls and was soon rewarded with this pair carved into the aged stump of an old growth cedar that had been logged decades ago.


…and then, just as quickly, another appeared right in front of me. These stately faces were carved several years ago by Terry Chapman, using a chainsaw. Terry started carving at a very young age, making boats and figures from bark found along the riverbanks of the Fraser River. He now lives in Ladysmith where he has his own gallery.


I had heard that there were several trolls along the trail, as many as seventeen. Some are quite obvious and others… well, they’re hiding so you keep your eyes open and sure enough I was rewarded with another pair further off the trail, and then two more. trolls


My time was running out and finally I had to turn back. I’d had a great walk through the woods, took a few pictures and had spotted a few trolls. All in all, not a bad outing. My count for the day – seven, but I’ll be heading back with my grandchildren to see if we can find a few more.

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