Congratulations Silver Paddle Award Winners!

The Silver Paddle Award Winners for 2017:

- Roy Smyth
- Inge Zegel
- Bruce Pickwell
- Randy Chatterjee

Their awards were presented at the AGM as recognition and a huge thank you for their volunteer efforts over the years!

History of The Silver Paddle and Orca Awards:

The Silver Paddle Award is given by the club executive to express gratitude for a member's valuable contributions to SKABC.

Past Silver Paddle Awards:

2015 Silver Paddle Recipients: Mick Allen, Shirley Brunke, Simone Avram

2014 Silver Paddle Recipients: Karin Hartner, Nick Heath, Rob Leeson

2013 Silver Paddle Recipients: Richard Jensen and Susan Jensen

2009 Silver Paddle Recipients: Bob Maher and Maureen Benzon

2008 Silver Paddle Recipients: Gayla Shulhan, George Prevost, Kallie Cunningham and Peter Kearney.

The Orca Award is a way of saying thank-you to many of the people who have made significant contributions not only to SKABC but to the sea kayaking community as a whole, SKABC instituted an annual award. Nominations for this award are sought from all club members between January and March of the year. The award may be presented at our April club meeting. The challenge is choosing one person from a large group of people who have made a difference.

2007 Orca Award: Cindy Dopson

2006 Orca Award: Tony Clayton

2005 Orca Award: Rick Davies

2004 Orca Award: Ray Pilman

2003 Orca Award: Harald Riffel

A huge thank you to these recipients. We hope to continue the tradition of presenting Orca and Silver Paddle Awards in the future.


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MEC Club Night Nov 16

SKABC has been invited to a 10% off club night, 7-9pm Nov 16th, at the Broadway store. We need to inform them of numbers attending so please contact if you plan to attend.

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Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Oct. 21, 2017

Please join us for an evening of food and fun, hosted by SKABC, to honour this year's dedicated volunteers as well as potential future volunteers.

The club provides a full course dinner featuring wild sockeye salmon at this annual gathering.

Logged in members can find details and info on how to RSVP here: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2017

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Progress on campsites in Howe Sound 

SKABC’s first year of official stewardship of the Howe Sound Marine Trails campsites reached a major milestone this past month when the last of the bear-proof boxes was installed. There is now safe storage for food at all of the sites.

Nick Heath led this effort of many months to source the boxes, repaint them (dark green), develop a reasonably fool-proof locking system, provide inserts and stickers on box use and LNT, and then both deliver and then affix these boxes to the ground such that no one, including even a bear, could easily move or damage them. He had help in all of this from a dozen SKABC volunteers. Funding was through BC Marine Trails from the Trans Canada Trails Foundation.

So now Howe Sound is safe for the bears, so let’s all go out an enjoy these sites. During the delivery and installation, Nick met several campers throughly enjoying a new free wilderness camping opportunity close to Vancouver.

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Water use and shore access: let your voice be heard

City of Vancouver survey

Let the City of Vancouver have your views about (sea) water use and shore access, to influence planning decisions for future facilities etc. It would not be right if only the highly organized and the competitive groups had the ear of the Parks Board.


Metro Vancouver Regional District survey

In addition, Metro Vancouver Regional district are seeking feedback (very brief) on a park plan for Widgeon Marsh, adjacent to Pitt River. This area has already seen several club trips and is an important for all local paddlers. What would you like to see there...a launch facility to avoid the crowds at Grant Narrows... a quiet, non-rowdy overnight site...just left completely natural...

Description: Widgeon Marsh

Survey: Planning survey

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