Kayaking – Village Bay Lake & Main Lake Park – 23 July 2018

Activity Kayaking
Destination Village Bay, Mine & Main Lakes
Date 23 July 2018, Monday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 2029 or leshand@gicable.com
Description This will be an easy and protected paddle.The object will be to circumnavigate Village Bay Lake and explore the shoreline. We will go through the creek and have lunch at the sandy beach at Main Lake. 3-4 hours approx.
Meeting Place Village Bay Lake boat ramp
Departure Time meet at 9:30, launch at 10 A.M.
Difficulty easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Paddlers must have all equipment as outlined in Paddling Guidelines and please sign up at least one day before the trip.

 

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Trip Report – Bretons and Village Bay – 9 July 2018

Seven hardy souls braved calm waters, no wind, no rain, light cloud cover, and mild temperatures to venture out to the Bretons and beyond. From the Len Road put-in, we were on the water by 10:17 am, launching taking a little longer than usual thanks to the very low tide. A gentle paddle out to the Bretons gave us a chance to admire the pillow lava in Hyacinthe Bay, and the exposed inter-tidal in Hyacinthe and the Bretons. A few curious seals eyed us from quite close up, they are now obviously much more used to kayakers than when I first paddled in the Breton islets. We saw a few gulls and one small flock of ducks (Goldeneyes ?). The absence of Oystercatchers and other birds usually seen there was possibly due to the large contingent of kayakers from one of the local outfitters who had landed on one of the islets in the very low tide and were busy exploring. We proceeded to Moulds Bay for a brief rest stop, the cabin there seems deserted once again. Passing “Clay’s Cabin” and the oyster lease, we were able to squeak through Shellaligan in the now rising tide. At the oyster lease, heavy rope netting still covers the bagged oysters on the beach, seemingly untouched since my last foray there a few years ago. We also noted the abandoned vessel beached in Shellaligan, no sign of any squatters there this year, nor on Shellaligan Beach. As time, not destination, was the determinant for this paddle, we opted for the first beach on the south side of Village Bay, that is also accessible from the trail, just before it turns inland, as our endpoint, rather than press on to the north beach at Village Bay. After a brief lunch break, we paddled directly back to Hyacinthe Bay, against a light wind, and were rewarded with a high tide landing. 14.5 km; 5 hours.

Valerie

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Kayaking – Breton Islands & Village Bay – 9 July 2018

Kayaking – Granite/Kanish Bays – 1 August 2018

Activity Paddling with possible small hike
Destination Kanish Bay (launch from Granite Bay)
Date 1 August 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell
Contact Info mitchelldarcy51@gmail.com
Description Depending on weather (wind) conditions, paddle to Chained Islets, or to Small Inlet with option to hike across to Waiatt Bay.
Meeting Place Boat launch, Granite Bay
Departure Time Assemble at 9:30 for 10 a.m. departure. Expected time of return is 4:00 p.m.
Difficulty
easy to moderate; depending on wind conditions
Costs $ 5.00 launch fee at Granite Bay
Trip limits eight
Dogs? no
Notes: All participants must review and conform to QIOC paddling guidelines. Only ‘sea kayaks’ with skirts for this trip, as weather can change quickly with the potential for strong northwesterly winds. If you have not paddled with the coordinator previously, please contact her no later than July 27. All participants must contact the coordinator by email (preferably) or by phone to 778 716 6124 to confirm participation no later than July 29. The trip will be cancelled if forecast winds are higher than 15 knots, or steady rain is expected. Participants will be informed by 7 p.m. on July 31 if the trip will be cancelled.

Kayaking – Bretons and Village Bay – 9 July 2018

Activity Kayaking
Destination Bretons and Village Bay: time, not distance will determine destination
Date 9 July 2018, Monday
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen
Contact Info vvv@qisland.ca; 250 285 2329
Description We will paddle from Len Road Beach northwards towards the Bretons and Village Bay . Trip will be about 4-5 hours including a lunch break. Bring lunch, snacks, and water.
Meeting Place Len Road Beach
Departure Time Meet at launch site at 9:30 am; on water by 10 am
Difficulty
Moderate: trip will be cancelled if steady rain and/or winds over 18 knots (approx). Paddlers should be prepared for some wind and possible rain.
Costs None
Trip limits Seven paddlers plus coordinator
Dogs? no
Notes: Paddlers must have all gear and equipment as outlined in the Paddling Guidelines on the QIOC website. Paddlers who are not Club members AND/OR who have not paddled with this coordinator before MUST talk to the coordinator no later than 24 hours before launch (ie by 10 am Sunday morning) in order to be signed-up. All other paddlers must email or phone coordinator no later than 7 pm Sunday night to sign-up. ONLY paddlers who are signed-up will be allowed to join this trip.

 

Trip Report – Shark Spit – 25-28 June 2018

Day 1: Caught the 9:05 am ferry to Cortes Island. Launched from Whaletown Bay and kayaked over to Shark Spit. It was low tide on arrival and a bit of a haul with our camping and kayaking equipment. We had big tidal ranges during this trip. Set up camp and left for a kayak trip around Marina Island. A number of old growth trees on the shoreline, this island was logged about 20 years ago. Discovered an interesting house on the west side of Marina, it was balancing on the edge of a sand cliff. It took us 3 hours to paddle around. (approx 14 km.)  All enjoyed dinner and decided on an early retirement.

Day 2: Breakfast and set-off kayaking, hugging the shoreline, destination Manson’s Lagoon. Stopped to look at the petroglyphs on the entrance to Gorge Harbour. Paddled onto Manson’s Lagoon, arriving at low tide which gave us an interesting shell-filled lagoon. It was hot and we ate lunch under the trees. Walked through the avenue of arbutus trees and celebrated their beauty. Walked along the beach to the wonderful newly carved totem pole with bench. Off again hugging the shoreline, stopping to explore a pioneer’s hut with huge oyster beds just below the hut. The wind got up giving us a bit of a challenge. Stopped off at Gilean Douglas’s house at Channel Rock, to have a quick look. (approx 10 km)  After dinner, walked along the inside shoreline discovering wolf tracks. Dinner and welcomed the arrival of two more members on a windy evening.

Day 3: Breakfast and ready for another paddle. A bit windy at the start of this day. A member was leaving and we all paddled to Whaletown Bay, assisting with unpacking and putting the kayak on vehicle. Four of us then paddled through Plunger Passage, into the beautiful scenery of Sutil Channel and found a landing spot to eat lunch. Paddled onto Carrington Bay which is one of our favourite places. Explored the bay and lagoon. Back into our kayaks and paddled through Coulter Bay. A good workout for us and stopped at Sea Vista for a break before heading onto the spit. We made it. ( 26.6 km; 7½ hours) Ate delicious clams at night.

Day 4: Breakfast, packed up our tents, everything into our kayaks and began paddling. The two latecomers paddled around Marina and two paddlers went to Whaletown Bay to catch the ferry for Quadra and home.  Thank goodness we did not experience heavy rain on this trip, the weather was kind to us and the scenery magnificent. Shark Spit is such a beautiful camping area and a joy to be there.

Margot

Thanks to Norris and Vic for the photos

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Multi-day kayaking – Shark Spit – 25-28 June 2018

Trip Report – Hyacinthe Bay & Point – 20 June 2018

Eight of us kayaked from Len Road across Hyacinthe Bay in the morning  (1 km; ¼ hour).  It was a very short paddle to Maple Bay where we explored a property that is proposed to become a wilderness conservation area.  From there we hiked up to a viewpoint with views over Hyacinthe Bay and Rebecca Spit.  It was steep and rugged in places, a path following cairns.  We returned to the Bay for lunch (hike – 4.4 km; 2½ hours), then kayaked on to Lady Ann Bay.   One interesting feature of Hyacinthe Point is the exposed pillow lava which flowed out under water causing the “pillow” formations. Three kayaks returned from this point and five continued on for an extended paddle since the weather was hot and calm.

On our paddle there were herring jumping out of the water near us, which attracted an eagle to swoop in to catch them a couple of times.  He put on a very nice show quite close to us.  We continued around Heriot Island in shallow water and returned to the vehicles. (kayak – 6.0 km; 1½ hours)

Many thanks to the two owners who invited us to visit their properties.

Norris

Photos by Norris and Les

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Kayaking/Hiking – Hyacinthe Bay & Point – 20 June 2018

Trip Report – Kayak training – 6 June 2018

Thanks to trainers Doug Taylor, Monica Russell and Penny Taylor, seven club members learned and revisited kayak rescue and paddling skills in the club’s annual rescue workshop. In a separate afternoon session, five members and guests were introduced to the use of the Greenland paddle. The day was cool, partly sunny and rather windy, but still the best day of a wet blustery week.

Doug and his fellow trainers have adopted a ‘backwards’ approach to teaching assisted rescue. Rather than starting with the dreaded “dump yourself upside down” (otherwise known as a wet exit), this step is taught last, after participants have practiced emptying a swamped boat and re-entering with the help of a fellow paddler. Participants unanimously preferred keeping wet heads and water up the nose until the end of the session.

In the afternoon, club members learned about the history and construction of the Greenland paddle and practiced various strokes in a short tour of the lake. Paddling technique is quite different from that of the Euro paddle, and is considered very efficient for long trips, especially in windy conditions. The shorter and lower stokes place less stress on the shoulders. For the older paddler, this is a real advantage.

Once again organized through Coast Mountain Expeditions, the two workshops were both well received and very useful. Several participants mentioned that they would like to see self-rescue included in future workshops, which will likely require some advance information about proper deck rigging.

Darcy

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Kayaking Training – Main Lake Provincial Park – 6 June 2018