|Activity||Kayaking and hiking|
|Destination||Hyacinthe Bay and Point|
|Date||20 June 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Norris Weimer|
|Contact Infoemail@example.com or 3710|
|Description||We will have a short paddle in the Heriot Bay-Hyacinthe Bay area and then visit the proposed ecological reserve on Hyacinthe Point. We may hike into the Crown Land adjoining the proposed ecological reserve.|
|Meeting Place||Len Road|
|Departure Time||Arrive at 9:30 to be on the water at 10:00|
|Notes:||All kayak outings are dependent on weather. Bring your kayak with appropriate flotation, paddle and recommended spray skirt, plus required safety equipment: life jacket, heaving line, bailer or pump, and whistle. Bring hiking shoes to change into on land as well as lunch and water.|
A light wind started the day, however it soon diminished. Fifteen kayakers met at Gowlland Harbour Resort, we were all on the water before 10:30 a.m. Kayaked southeast, around the point of Stag Island. All the islands were painted in yellows, reds, blues & splashes of white flowers, extremely beautiful. We stopped at Vigilant Island, aka Tree Island and explored the area. The flowers were amazing, we even found chocolate lilies growing, also discovered a mass of large bones, probably a sea lion. To stand on this island and look at the flowers with the backdrop of snow covered mountains, unbelievable. We live here! Kayaked around the shore of the island viewing sea urchins, starfish, displaying a mass of colour in the ocean. The seals watched us and probably celebrated when we left. We then kayaked over to May Island, the tide was low and found adequate spaces for all to land. Enjoyed our lunches and chatter. Off again to view the ship wreck and kayaked over to the shore of Quadra. Traveling down the shoreline was such a treat, cascades of water, wildflowers in an abundance. The tugboats were still working, taking out log booms. Arriving back at Gowlland Harbour Resort, we were filled with memories of a pretty perfect day.
Thank you to all kayakers for your help, the sharing of stories, delicious cookies, laughter and to be together. And thanks to Gowlland Harbour Resort for giving us permission to launch from their private property. Wishing you all beautiful memories of this day.
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This trip has been changed to a day-trip on Wednesday.
|Destination||Main Lake Provincial Park|
|Date||30 May 2018, Wednesday
|Trip Coordinator||Les Hand|
|Contact Info||2029 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Description||The destination will be determined by the group when we depart the boat ramp.
|Meeting Place||Boat launch, Mine Lake|
||Probably easy, unless it’s windy|
|Notes:||Participants need to have all required safety equipment.
|Destination||Cortes Island, Shark Spit|
|Date||25-28 June 2018: three nights, four days, Monday to Thursday|
|Trip Coordinator||Margot Wood|
|Contact Info||250-285-2393. Please contact the coordinator by June 1st.|
|Description||We will take the first ferry to Cortes, this can be a very busy ferry, please arrive at 8 am. We will launch kayaks in Whaletown Bay and paddle to Shark Spit, to set-up camp. This is such a beautiful camping area in the woods with many lovely sites. Weather conditions will determine our kayaking routes. Choices would be: Carrington Bay returning with a paddle in Coulter Bay; kayak around Marina at low tide, just gorgeous; Manson’s Landing, Smelt Bay and around Sutil Point. Dare we ‘do’ Gorge Harbour, all exciting. I am sure we will hear the wolves at Shark Spit either morning/evening and may even see them……lets hope.
Paddlers will bring their own breakfast, lunch, water and camping equipment. . Margot will put together ‘dinner teams’. Do not forget treats.
|Meeting Place||Cortes ferry line-up (8:00 am)|
|Departure Time||9:05 am ferry|
||Moderate to difficult|
|Trip limits||Eight kayakers. Let’s try to car-pool.|
|Notes:||Must have kayak rescue skills, sea kayak and all kayak safety equipment.
The paddle could be moderate or difficult depending on the weather conditions and the wind can soon pick-up, we must be prepared for this happening. The beauty is astounding and hopefully we will see lots of wildlife.
|Date||2 May 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Margot Wood|
|Description||We will meet, help each other to launch from Gowlland Harbour Resort.
We will kayak the islands to see the beautiful wild flowers. Kayak to May Island for our lunch. Visiting the islands in Gowlland Harbour. Returning to the launch area at approximately 2 p.m.
|Meeting Place||Gowlland Harbour Resort boat launch, 823 Gowlland Harbour Rd.|
|Departure Time||10:30 (unload and prepare at 10:00)|
|Notes:||This trip is dependent on weather. Bring your ocean kayak, paddle plus safety equipment. Bring your own lunch and water. I will meet you at the launch site at 10:00. We help each other with kayak launch.
Gowlland Harbour Resort has kindly granted us permission to use their boat launch for this trip. This is not a public access.
|Activity||Kayak training session|
|Destination||Main Lake Provincial Park|
|Date||6 June 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Darcy Mitchell; Instructor Douglas Taylor|
|Contact & Registration Infoemail@example.com
Please contact Darcy no later than May 15 to receive a registration form for one or both sessions. Payment in full must accompany registration; registration deadline is May 25. Payment is non-refundable, unless you are able to find someone to take your place by the registration deadline.
|Description||1) Three hour training/refresher on assisted kayak rescue and self-rescue. The session will begin with a review of basic safety and paddling skills.
2) Introduction to the Greenland Paddle (3 hours). Ever wondered about paddling with “a stick”? Paddles will be provided by the instructor for an introduction to paddling technique and when/where the Greenland paddle is most useful. Tip – the G.P. is reputed to be kind to aging shoulders….
|Meeting Place||Boat launch at Mine Lake|
|Departure Time||Meet at the boat launch by 8:30 to be ready to start at 9:00 for the morning session.
The afternoon session starts at 12:30 p.m.
|Costs||$60+GST=$63 per person for one session or $105+GST=$110.25 for both sessions|
|Trip limits||8 people per session|
|Notes:||All participants must provide their own kayaks and all safety equipment, including PFD, paddle float, pump, sponge, whistle. Wet suits are strongly advised (if you need a wetsuit, the trainer or other club members may have spares to loan – mention to Darcy when you register). Bring warm drinks and warm clothing as we can get pretty chilled.|
After weeks of dry weather, August 30 started out in a shower of rain, delaying, but not cancelling, the planned kayak outing to the Chained Islets in Kanish Bay. Four club members launched at the Granite Bay ramp and made our way along the south coast of the Bay to the Islets. After a short break for a snack, we ambled back, meeting rain about half an hour before returning to Granite Bay. The main benefit of the weather was the calm to light breezes from the southeast, rather than the heavy north westerlies that often blow into the Bay. 9.9 km; 3¼ without the shore break.
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