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02-Aug: An outing at Mannion Bay

We explored Bowen Island’s best Tidal Flats

Along with the Bowen Nature Club we convened a Beach Explore outing on Sunday, August 2, from 10:00 am to noon. We poked around the extensive tidal flats of Mannion (Deep) Bay adjacent to the Lagoon Causeway and Sandy Beach (see the map below), during an extreme summer low tide: the very best time to observe life on these biologically rich sands and muds. These flats are home to oyster, clams, small fish and crabs, and have been a centre for human activity on the Island, including shellfish harvesting by Squamish Nation peoples, a brickworks (during early settlement), and a recreation hub for Union Steamship holiday crowds.