|Activity||Kayak training session|
|Destination||Main Lake Provincial Park|
|Date||6 June 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Darcy Mitchell; Instructor Douglas Taylor|
|Contact & Registration Infofirstname.lastname@example.org
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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Four members enjoyed an unusually calm and peaceful paddle from Len Road Beach to Open Bay. We paddled past Seal Rock at the mouth of Hyacinthe Bay to check out the seal colony then stopped briefly at Big Beach in Open Bay, where we observed a few tents at the high tide line. Enjoying the foreshore and intertidal exposed by the very low tide, we explored the caves and outcroppings of Open Bay, the extreme infolding and convolutions of the unique geological formations of this area were clearly visible. We continued over to the Breton islets, lazily watched by the seal colony draped over the exposed rocks, and a few curious Bonaparte Gulls. We were pleased to see so many sea-stars back again, and carpets of sea urchins in the more active waters between the islets. After a short lunch stop on the south Breton, we paddled back to Len Beach across the glass-still ocean, concluding the calmest paddle I have ever enjoyed on Quadra.
Valerie van Veen, Trip Coordinator
Note: In the last photo, Len, our newest member, demonstrates the new membership requirement for carrying kayaks. Existing members are grand-fathered/mothered from this requirement. 😃 lol
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|Destination||Open Bay to Breton Island|
|Date||9 August 2017, Wednesday|
|Contact Infoemail@example.com, or 250 285 2329; must contact coordinator 24hrs before to confirm|
|Description||A casual half-day paddle to Open Bay and islets.|
|Meeting Place||Len Road launch|
|Departure Time||Arrive in time for 10:00 departure|
|Notes:||No lake or recreational kayaks. Kayaks must be ocean-worthy wilth all safety equipment. Bring snack, water, appropriate clothing for a half day paddle. Cancelled if winds greater than 20 knots.|
This trip has been cancelled.
|Destination||Nuchatlitz Provincial Park|
|Date||20-28 August 2017|
|Trip Coordinator||Kathryn Manry|
|Contact Info||2103 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the coordinator by July 1.|
|Description||We will take a water taxi in both directions between Zeballos and Nuchatlitz Prov Park. We will spend nine days paddling and camping as conditions permit. Likely destinations are Catala Island, islets in the provincial park, and Mary Basin|
||Expect some challenging conditions: fog and wind are likely|
|Costs||Transportation and one night in Zeballos|
|Trip limits||Participants on this trip need to have been on a previous multi-day kayak trip with the Outdoor Club. Good paddling skills and good equipment are essential. Space is limited by the water taxi and by accommodation in Zeballos.|
|Activity||Camping, hiking, kayaking|
|Date||7-9 August 2017, Monday to Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Cyndy Chidley|
|Contact Info||250-285-3575; Please make arrangements with the coordinator well in advance of the trip.|
Savary is a jewel of an island surrounded by white sand beaches. We will hike or kayak on Tuesday. Cyndy’s place is off grid with two outdoor composting toilets, a wood fired sauna, and indoor propane cooking facilities. There is a solar panel for lights and charging cell phones. Water is hand pumped. Remember that August is the busiest time of year and Monday is a holiday.
Getting there: Your own boat (kayak, motor or sailboat). There is no moorage on a dock; you can anchor. Other options are a water taxi from Campbell River, or a water taxi combined with truck taxi from Lund. These can be shared. There is also a 15 minute reasonably priced float plane ride on Coralair from Campbell River that will land you close to the cabin, weather permitting, if you reserve ahead.
|Meeting Place||Cyndy’s place, Savary Island|
|Departure Time||Arrive Savary on Monday, Aug 7 and depart on Wednesday, Aug 9 on you own schedule|
||Easy to Medium…Hiking or kayaking would take most of one day|
|Costs||Cost of transportation to Savary Island|
|Trip limits||10 people|
|Dogs?||Yes if hiking; No if kayaking. Dogs love Savary Island, but you must pack water for them.|
|Notes:||Please bring your own gear for camping, cooking and boating, as well as your own food. Kayaks are not available to rent on Savary, so you need to bring your own if you want to kayak. We ask that you take your garbage off the island when you leave with the exception of burnables and compost.|
This trip has been postponed
|Destination||Open Bay and Beyond|
|Date||28 June 2017, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Ann Sutton|
|Contact Infoemail@example.com or 2117; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip|
|Description||This trip will be dependent on weather. The plan is to paddle out around the Breton Islands, continue north to Village Bay, circumnavigate the island at Bold Point and head back south through Mould’s Bay. This is a trip for paddlers with some experience with wind and comfortable sitting in kayaks for a length of time.|
|Meeting Place||Open Bay; please park on the road|
|Departure Time||Arrive at 10:00 for a 10:30 departure|
|Notes:||Bring lunch and water. Bring all necessary gear to meet the Coast Guard requirements and to ensure safety. Don’t forget your spray skirt!|