|Destination||Cortes day paddles|
|Date||Saturday-Sunday, 20-21 July 2013|
|Trip Coordinator||Debbie Quigg and Margot Wood|
|Contact Info||285-2393. Please contact the trip coordinators well in advance of the trip.|
|Description||We haven’t done these trips, but come to Cortes and explore with us. There are a number of options: 1) come Saturday on the 9:05 ferry, paddle with us, and return to Quadra on the 5:50 ferry, or 2) come Friday anytime or Saturday on the 9:05 and camp on Cortes, paddling together on Saturday and Sunday.The Saturday paddle is expected to be from near the ferry dock at Whaletown south to Shark Spit on Marina Island or to Coulter and Carrington Bays, conditions permitting. For Sunday, we could choose a paddle in Squirrel Cove, or from Manson’s Landing, or from Cortes Bay out and around Twin Islands, depending on conditions.|
|Meeting Place||Cortes ferry terminal, 20 July|
|Costs||The cost of the ferry. If you stay over Saturday night, there is the cost of camping or other accommodation. We think we can launch the kayaks for free, but there might be a charge at Squirrel Cove or elsewhere.|
|Notes:||This is the weekend of the Cortes Music Festival, so definitely plan ahead if you want to stay over Saturday night. The Music Festival takes place right next to the Gorge Harbour Marina. If you want to party all Saturday night, Gorge will be the place to camp. If you prefer it quiet, Smelt Bay Provincial Park or Squirrel Cove will suit you better.Arrangements have not been made for the group, since we have no information about how many are interested. Camping at Gorge Harbour includes access to their pool and other facilities. Reservations can be made for Gorge Harbour by calling 935-6433. Tents are $25/day.
Reservations for Smelt Bay are made on-line through Discover Camping. They allow up to three tents and four adults per site. The cost of a site is $16/day plus a $6 reservation fee.
Tenting at Squirrel Cove is $15/tent. Phone 935-6327.