Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July 17th - Oak Bay (#36)

I set out this morning to paddle with the "Wednesday group" for a while. I took the surf ski as i wanted some speed and only paddled with the group until Oak Bay. It was good to meet up with several paddling friends and the coditions were superb for paddling. Light rain and calm!
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8 km, YTD 262 km

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 16 - Discovery Island (#35)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Great conditions with a bit of an ebb running to start, and turning to flood by the time we were heading back.Good to get out for a longer paddle, though I am a tad tired after!
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15 km, YTD 256 km

Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 4-11 - BC Central Coast (#s 31-34)

I was able to get out in the kayaks four times during this Maple Leaf Adventures trip from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy in some wonderful spots.
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#31 - Captain Cove - Pitt Island

On the first night of our trip some of us hopped out in the kayaks and paddled around the cove. We were treated to two views of black bears and nice scenery
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2 km

#32 - Anger Inlet - Anger Island

We went out for a late morning paddle around low tide and saw lots of neat intertidal life. The islands to the north are all trigonometrically named! Sin, Cosine and Tangent islands!
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2 km

#33 - McMicking Inlet, Campania Island

We went for a morning paddle in one of my favourite areas on the central coast. Beautiful scenery, white sand beaches and more great intertidal life. We saw a good number of ochre stars!
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2 km

#34 Staples Cut, Walker Group

On our last full day of the trip we managed to circumnavigate a small island in the Walker group. Due to a lowish tide, we had to portage around a bit of the island!
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3 km, YTD 241 km

June 27, Heater Harbour, Kunghit Island (#30)

I went for an afternoon paddle around the estuaries of Heater Harbour. Beautiful area with a nice clam garden in one of the estuaries.
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 4 km, YTD 232 km

Monday, June 17, 2019

June 15 - Fairy Lake - #29

I went for an afternoon paddle around Fairy Lake in my inflatable kayak to take a break from cottage maintenance! It was a bit of a blustery afternoon, but not too bad inland on the lake. I took some time to check out the Fairy Lake "bonsai" tree that has been growing on a log there for years.I had some nice views of belted kingfishers and red-winged blackbirds.
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3 km, YTD 228 km

Sunday, June 09, 2019

June 9th - Cadboro Bay (#28)

I ran day two of a Paddle Canada level 1 course today and we did a nice paddle around Cadboro Bay developing and practicing skills. We stopped for lunch at Cattle Point where a woman was feeding the gulls!
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7 km, YTD 225 km

June 8 - Caddy Bay (#27)

I taught the first day of a Paddle Canada level 1 class for four participants in Cady Bay. The class went well and there was enough wind to make it interesting.
The GPS battery died part way through so the total distance is an estimate!
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4 km (est) YTD218 km

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

May 20-25 - Haid Gwaii (#s 22-26)

I managed to get out for 5 short paddles while leading two trips aboard maple Leaf adventures' Cascadia. The Aquaglide Chelan inflatable doubles worked remarkably well! They are maneuverable yet track reasonably well and are very stable.
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May 20th De La Beche Inlet (#22)

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May 21 - Bowles Point (#23)

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May 23 Kagan Bay (#24)

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May 25th Thurston Harbour (#25)

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May 27 Murchison Island (#26)

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14km, YTD 214 km

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May 14th - Flower Island (#21)

I went for a quick afternoon paddle on the surf ski. Nice conditions! Next paddle should be in Haida Gwaii!
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4 km, YTD 200 km

Sunday, May 12, 2019

May 9-12 - Gulf Islands (#s 17-20)

Sarah and I led a group of 7 grade 9 students on a 3 night, four day, camping trip in the gulf islands. We camped on Portland Island, Rum Island and D'Arcy Island, and landed on Moresby and Sidney Islands as well. We had spectacular conditions until the last morning when it was a bit windy and wavy... no capsizes!
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40 km, YTD 196 km

May 8th - Cadboro Bay (#16)

Sarah and I led a practice day for the group of grade 9s we were taking on a 3 night, four day, camping tip in the Gulf Islands. We practiced strokes, paddling and wet exits!
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3 km, YTD 156 km

Sunday, May 05, 2019

May 5th - Cadboro Bay (#15)

I went for an afternoon paddle around the bay via the yacht club, Jemmy Jones, Cadboro Point, Flower Island and back into the Bay. The weather was gorgeous and I could see all the way down to Mt. Rainer. I ran into a SISKA group taking a class with Jennie and Elizabeth. Not too many birds around... a few pigeon guillemots, a couple of rhinoceros auklets, some Canada geese and a couple of black oystercatchers.
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8 km, YTD 153 km

Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22nd - Discovery Island (#14)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle. It started out a bit windy but it calmed down as we paddled and the rain started. There was a strong ebb running throughout our paddle. I forgot to tun on the GPS until I was 2/3rds of the way around the paddle! A few bald eagles, rhinoceros auklets, marbled murrelets, harlequin ducks and black oystercatchers were seen.
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16 km, YTD 145 km

Monday, April 15, 2019

April 14th - Cadboro Bay (#13

Dan and I went for a morning paddle. It was quite windy, and I did not have a lot of "steam" since I was still recovering from a cold, so we just did a "tour de Cadboro" paddle. Good to get out all the same!
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8 km, YTD 129 km

Monday, April 01, 2019

April 1st - cadboro Bay (#12)

I went for a quick afternoon paddle on the surfski - conditions were sunny with a decent breeze. Still not clear enough to see Mt. Rainier!
It was nice to see some long-tailed duck.
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7 km, YTD 121 km