Our group of eight kayakers left the Union Bay boat launch shortly after 10:00. The morning was a bit dark, but mild and gentle. We paddled out and across Baynes Sound to Denman Island and the Longbeak Point sand spit. We arrived at a particularly low tide (0.4 m) on the day of a new moon, so that the sand spit connected Denman with Sandy Island. In fact the White Spit continued all the way to the Comox Bar entrance, about 2.5 NM. This gave us an excellent opportunity to observe the intertidal life: moon snails, clams, barnacles, sand dollars, and sand anemone, as well as admire the variety of shells. On the other hand, it wasn’t a good day to paddle around the islands and islets. Oddly, a large search and rescue helicopter landed on the Island without any apparent emergency, as we paddled by Sandy Island.
We continued on to a shell beach and stopped for lunch. Les spoiled us again, this time with garden fresh berries and whipped cream for dessert. A few in the group explored a bit more or practiced kayak self-rescues before we headed back under a clearing sky. On the way, we stopped for a walk around the lovely beach at Sandy Island Marine Park and then paddled back to the boat launch with a slight breeze at our back. Although the tidal range was 4.5 m that day, the current during both crossings was minimal. (13.9 km; 3½ hours)
Thanks to Norris and Marie for the photos
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