Four of us set off on an almost perfect paddling day from the Rebecca Spit boat launch. While this is a very easy launch, regardless of tides, it does have its challenges regarding motor boat use, which was constant, and negotiating the ferry crossing both ways. However, we were off to an early start, on the water by 9:40. In calm seas and no wind, we enjoyed a leisurely paddle to the Breton Islets, taking the opportunity to survey intertidal damage from the recent heat dome event. Dead mussels were all too apparent, and the tide level did not allow for easy observations of the presence or absence of sea stars or other intertidal life. The usual oystercatchers were nowhere to be seen. The resident seal colony seemed content, and it was nice to see that they no longer flee their perches in panic as kayaks approach.
We continued on to Moulds Bay, enjoying a short break on the beach. The old oyster lease seems to have been relinquished and the Clay Cabin has been restored. The rising tide allowed us to scoot through the Shellaligan passage, then past the Shellaligan rocks and on to Village Bay where we stopped for lunch. Content with our paddle so far, we opted to return via the same route to the Spit.
On the way, we stopped to admire the amazing geological formations at the south end of Valdes Beach which include a lava tunnel. This unique feature alone is well worth the paddle to this area.
We waited briefly for the ferry to pass in front of us, returning to Rebecca Spit by 3 pm. 18.0 km; 5¾ hours.
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