Kayaking – Gowlland Harbour – 4 May 2017

This trip was previously scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd

Activity Kayaking
Destination Gowlland Harbour
Date 4 May 2017, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info 250-285-2393
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)
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
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.

Trip Report – Main Lake – 21 Sept 2016

Three kayaks toured Main Lake to appreciate the last day of official summer and it was a perfect day, with sunshine, warm but not hot, a light breeze and very clear water. Very peaceful and only a few other people there to enjoy it.  12.1 km; 4½ hours.


Kayak – Main Lake – 21 Sept 2016

Trip Report – Desolation Sound – 14-16 Sept 2016

Our paddling trip got off to a slightly rocky start with an overload on the 9:05 ferry to Cortes and a further delay on the next sailing. Eventually, however, we launched at Squirrel Cove about 1:30 and headed for the Curme Islands. We were a bit anxious about finding camping space as two commercial outfitters had trips in the same week and we knew that the Curmes are a popular destination. Fortunately, East Curme was ‘vacant’ and, with four tent pads and a comfortable kitchen area, was exactly right for our group. After supper and a dramatic moonrise, we headed for our tents and set out the next morning for Prideaux Haven. The weather was perfect, calm and sunny and we had a lovely paddle to Laura Cove where we stopped for lunch, and then explored Prideaux Haven and Melanie Cove, returning to camp about 3:30. We faced some patchy headwinds in the afternoon – very localized (apparently to wherever we were paddling). After a short tea and rest break, four of the group headed over to Tenedos Bay for a “tour de Tenedos”. The moon was even brighter on Thursday evening despite some light cloud cover.

We had hoped to stay out until Saturday, but the forecast promised rain and wind, so we packed up Friday morning for the return trip, arriving at Squirrel Cove about 15 minutes before the rain started in earnest. Fortunately, the ferry back was not crowded, and we easily caught the 1:50 to Quadra.

All in all, a short but very enjoyable trip. Over the two half days and one full day, we paddled 54.5 kilometres.


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Multi-day Kayaking – Desolation Sound – 14-16 Sept 2016

Kayaking – Main Lake – 21 Sept 2016

Activity Kayaking
Destination Main Lake
Date 21 Sept 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip.
Description Weather permitting, we will launch at the Mine Lake boat ramp and paddle over to Main Lake.  There are several options, depending on the group, which could include a short hike.
Meeting Place Boat launch, Mine Lake
Departure Time 10:00 (arrive early to prepare)
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring a lunch and snacks.  Have all necessary safety equipment.  We will do something else if the weather isn’t favourable.

Multi-day Kayaking – Desolation Sound – 14-17 Sept 2016

 This trip is full, but you can contact the Coordinator to be put on the wait list.

Activity Multi-day kayaking
Destination Desolation Sound
Date 14-17 Sept 2016, Wednesday-Saturday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell
Contact Info darcm@telus.net or 286-6075.  Please contact the coordinator not later than Sept 1.
Description A three-night paddling/camping trip, departing from Cortes Bay on Cortes Island to Curme Islands as base for day trips in Desolation Sound. Departing morning of Wednesday, September 14, returning afternoon of Saturday, September 17.
Meeting Place Ferry terminal at Heriot Bay
Departure Time Be at terminal in plenty of time for 9:05 a.m. ferry departure
Moderate to difficult. Participants must be able to paddle 15-20 kilometres per day with potential for wind and waves.  Must have all necessary safety equipment.
Costs Ferry fare, campsite fees, possible launching fee at Cortes Bay
Trip limits 6 people (maximum 4 tents)
Dogs? no
Notes: Please contact the trip coordinator no later than September 1, 2016 if you’re interested in this trip. Once we know who will be going, we’ll discuss details. Please note that all participants must have training in self-rescue and assisted rescue. If the forecast is for strong winds, we may substitute a 2 night outing to the Lakes, departing Wednesday, September 14, returning Friday, September 16.

Trip Report – Village Bay – 10 Aug 2016

On August 10, five club members and three guests paddled from the beach at Len Road to Village Bay, launching about 10 a.m. The original destination for the day’s trip was Granite Bay/Small Inlet, but a forecast of strong winds suggested we switch to a more protected area. Weather was mainly sunny, with a headwind on the way out, and a corresponding boost on the way back (and a bit of favourable current). We were inspected along the way by some mother seals with pups (as well as gulls, eagles, loons and mergansers). With a lunch break at Village Bay, the trip took 4½ hours with a distance paddled of 16.8 km.


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Kayak – Small Inlet – 10 Aug 2016

Trip Report – Paddle Training – 29 June 2016

On June 29, nine club members fell out of their kayaks – repeatedly. But with demonstrations and coaching by trainer Douglas Taylor, assisted by his wife, Penny, everyone got back in – repeatedly.

Organized through Coast Mountain Expeditions, the session provided an introduction to assisted kayak rescue and self-rescue for those without previous training, and a refresher and practice for more experienced paddlers. Participants took part in one of two 3-hour blocks, which included a review of kayak safety requirements, discussion of how to rig kayaks to facilitate rescue (e.g. good deck lines rigged loosely enough to grab easily), and a brief demonstration of bracing technique. Most time was spent, however, on the proper way to “wet exit” (after working up the nerve to voluntarily turn upside down….), and to safely and efficiently re-enter the boat either with the help of another kayaker, or with the use of a paddle and paddle float as an outrigger. Doug provided a handout on the steps in self- and assisted rescue which will soon be available in digital form for any club member who wishes one. Please contact Darcy at darcm@telus.net to request your copy.

The weather and water conditions at Mine Lake were perfect – warm air and water, sunny and a slight breeze – great for training, but probably not the most likely conditions for a real capsize. Doug emphasized the need to practice rescue techniques regularly so that the kayaker develops ‘muscle memory’ that will be there when needed for the real thing.

Participants agreed that annual training and practice are vital both for individual paddlers, and to build a cohort of club members with confidence in each other’s skills and knowledge.

Thanks to Lannie at Coast Mountain and trainers Doug and Penny for a very worthwhile day.

Darcy and Valerie

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Kayaking – Paddle Training – 29 June 2016