Trip Report – Desolation Sound – May 15-19, 2015

Check out the trip report for Desolation Sound kayak group written by Joan Boxall on her blog:


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FYI: ‘Round Bowen Challenge June 27

Annual local event for kayakers, paddleboarders, individual and team ... New this year is the Half Island Challenge. Info here:

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June 2 Club Meeting

Paddling the Horton River in the Arctic:

The canoeists are Ted and Freda Mellenthin who live in Mission, BC. They are internationally known for all of the northern and arctic rivers they've paddled and they recently published a book. In 2007 Ted and Freda plus two other women paddled the Horton River from its source to its mouth. Then continued along Franklin Bay in the Beaufort Sea to Parry Peninsula, crossing the peninsula by going upstream on a creek and portaging over the mountains to the east side into Darnley Bay. From there they paddled to the community of Paulatuk and flew out on a scheduled flight. Ted and Freda join us to share their journey. It took them 26 days to paddle 728 kilometres.

Doors open at 7pm, meeting at 7:30. Public welcome.

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Big Brothers /Sisters Kayak Event – Saturday 30 May, 2015

boysThis has become an annual event and is very much appreciated by the big and little brothers and sisters who participate. The event is popular with both boys and girls, and both organisations have more applications than we can manage. For logistical and safety reasons we run this event for one day only, and the boys and girls paddle doubles, partnered by their big brother or sister.

Volunteers are needed for this worthy day. Give a little of your time to give the kids a fun day on the water. Your duty will be to simply accompany the kids, one volunteer per double for a 2 hr paddle on Indian Arm. Your reward will be the obvious enjoyment of all who participate.

We will run 3 shifts, starting at 9.00, 12.00 and 2.00, with 4 volunteers per shift, so let me know which shift/s you would like. Volunteers and kids will be fed Pizza and fruit on return from their paddle.

Contact Maureen for more details

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MEC Paddlefest

MEC is sponsoring Paddlefest again this year. It will be on July 4th at the Jericho Sailing Centre. SKABC would like to have a presence at Paddlefest by way of a club booth. We are looking for volunteers to host the booth and provide information about the club as requested. The shifts will be 830-10, 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-530. The first shift will set up and the last shift taking down the display. It's great day to be in the sun and meet other paddlers and would be paddlers. If you can volunteer please contact Barry at Thanks

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Trip Report – Bowen Bay on Bowen Island – Sunday, April 19, 2015

Our group of seven traveled in 4 vehicles from Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove, Bowen Island on the 9:00 am ferry sailing and then drove over to Bowen Bay on the west shore of the island. The day was sunny and the marine forecast was for 10 to 15 knot northerly outflow winds in the morning switching to southerly inflow winds of the same velocity for the afternoon.

Perhaps because this was the first trip of the year for most of the group we were a little late in getting ready to leave the beach. At 10: 30 we left the beach and headed toward the east point of Worlcombe Island heading into what was already a 10 knot westerly. Nancy had trouble keeping on course because a balky rudder on her kayak but with Earl’s help arrived safely at the rendezvous in the lee of Worlcombe Island. The wind had increased to an estimated 15 knots by this time. Nancy, Ashley and I stayed on the lee side of Worlcombe and reunited at the west point with Gaila, Charity, Heather and Earl who paddled the bumpy outside shore. We headed towards the southern tip of Pasley Island instead of crossing the mile to Popham Island in the rather hectic seas that would have been on our beam. The south point of Pasley was quite bumpy with the wind waves surging over the rocks off the point and we managed some minor surfing as we paddled along the shoreline before crossing over to the north end of Hermit Island. The paddling was easier in the lee of Hermit before landed for a warm sunny lunch break out of the wind on the beach at “Little Hermit”. Earl and Heather helped Nancy fix the rudder problem before we left the beach.

After leaving our lunch stop we paddled north past New Islet and around Ragged Island in a helpful following wind and sea and enjoying the views of the mountains surrounding Howe Sound and the sight of the resplendent white and shining mass of Mount Garibaldi in the far distance. As we set course across Collingwood Channel for Bowen Bay the wind dropped to an almost imperceptible breeze allowing a relaxed and pleasant paddle on the home stretch.

Arriving back on what was now quite a well populated beach we packed up and headed for the pub noting in passing the long line up for the 4 pm ferry. After refreshments in the very busy pub we headed for the line up fully expecting that we would not make the 5 pm sailing but much to our surprise we had a clear run down to the dock and managed to get the last spaces on what was fortuitously a delayed sailing: a perfect ending to an enjoyable day of paddling on a warm sunny day. All the participants in the companionable and pleasant group were positive about the trip. This is a good and deservedly popular destination beginner or ‘first of the season’ trip for mid April and beside the wonderful views has the added attraction of plentiful sightings of migrating sea birds, seals and sometimes, as on this occasion, sea lions. I hope to be available to lead this trip foe SKABC IN 2016.

Participants were: Charity Reddington, Nancy Flexman, Gaila Eddie,, Ashley McDonald, Heather Kirk, Earl Elliott and myself. Three people cancelled out just prior to the trip. Tony Clayton, Trip Leader

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New SKABC Short Notice Paddle Forum

We have a new online Forum to help you connect with other SKABC members to plan paddling trips. This is going be a great way to plan impromptu trips and get on the water with other SKABC members. You can find the Forum on the SKABC website in Hot Links and under the Trips menu. (You must be logged in to the website to have access to the Forum.)

How it works:
If you want to plan a trip, go to the Forum page and create a new Topic. In the Topic Title area, include your destination and the date. Next, click in the text area below the title and add more information. Include contact information in your posting or just ask anyone interested to reply to the posting. (Only current club members can see the forum, read topics and reply.)  When you're done click Submit.

Anyone that has Subscribed to the Forum will receive an email with the contents of your Forum posting.
If you are Subscribed to the Forum and receive an email about someone’s trip – do not reply to the email. Instead, go to the Forum page and post your reply there. If you want to receive copies of all comments posted to a particular Forum topic, click on “subscribe” when viewing the topic.

How to Subscribe to the Forum:
Go to “Edit My Profile” (top right corner when you are logged in to the website). Scroll way down to the bottom and click on the box for “Call Out Notice”. (Some of you may already be Subscribed – just make sure there is a check mark in the box.) When you are Subscribed to the Forum, you will receive an email whenever a new Topic is posted, but you won’t get any emails for replies to a Topic unless you post a reply or subscribe to that particular topic. This helps manage the volume of emails.

Take a few minutes to read the instructions at the top and bottom of the Forum page. Note that all activities arranged through the Forum are unofficial paddles neither organized nor led by SKABC, and are not covered by club insurance. Participants are responsible for their own safety at all times.

The Forum will be moderated by the Trips Committee and inappropriate posts may be edited or removed at the Trips Committee’s discretion. If you have any questions about the Forum, please email

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Annual Spring Fling May 2

Paddle and Dinner Saturday May 2nd
Members and non-members welcome. Basic paddling skills required for the paddle.

Launch at … Deep cove in Panorama park.

  • 3 paddle destinations to choose from. Advanced, intermediate
    and beginner.
  • boat rental available at Deep Cove Kayak Rental.

Meet at 9am and launch by 10 am. Details about the launch and what to bring are below. Contact with questions and to register for paddle by April 29th.

Dinner… Hosted by SKABC at the home of Mike and Kim Mattinson
2724 Violet st North Vancouver, starts at 4 pm.
Bring…your mess kit and byob.
Contact to rsvp for the dinner.


Non-member guests are welcome and will be expected to sign a liability waiver.

We have 3 separate paddle destinations:

1) for most of us doing our first paddle of the year-Twin Islands Marine Park
2) Thwaytes Landing--there will be a headwind coming back
3) Silver Falls--for the super keener stronger paddlers

There will be designated volunteer paddle leaders to keep small groups safe and organized.

Safety gear--eg-wet and dry suits and effective spray skirts a must.

Bring a picnic lunch.

Launch Location: Panorama Park-Deep Cove. Warning--since there are many morning hikers parking is at a premium and car-pooling is encouraged. Some paddlers will like to launch at Strathcona Park--please let me know if you are doing so and please meet us at Deep Cove.

Launch time: 10 AM at the latest--If you are not ready to go by 10, you will be left behind. If you require a kayak rental, these are available next door at Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak (SKABC members receive a 10% discount). Please reserve ahead, pick up your boat and equipment and paddle over to Panorama Park to meet the rest of the group.

Please RSVP and address questions to Karin at by April 29th indicating which paddle you would like to join--1, 2 or 3 AND if you will be renting a kayak at DCCK.

Please let Karin know if you can be small group leader.

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Follow up on Towing Safety Presentation

Here's a video on the Contact Tow -- another option that wasn't covered in the April meeting. (Thanks Bob S and Joan M ! ):

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Pool session recap and video

On March 20th, eight participants and four instructors met on a Friday night at Lord Byng pool in Kitsilano to practice skills. We practiced very first time wet exits, assisted rescues, bow rescues and rolling. Although we had only one hour, and the hour went very fast, all agreed it was well worthwhile. Check out the fun at

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MEC Club Night

SKABC has received its annual invitation to participate in a special clubs event on April 21 from 7-9 pm. This is held at the West Broadway location.

Everything in the store will be 10% off including boats and bikes. Discounted and online items are not included. You are able to put items on hold for 48 hours before the event.
As the store will be closed during the event, we have to provide numbers of participants for staffing purposes so you are asked to RSVP if you intend to shop.

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Turning the Tide Paddle 2015 July 24th to 28th

The Turning the tide group is inviting SKABC members to participate in their 2015 paddle in the gulf islands.

Turning the tide
As long as the Salish Sea faces threats from industrial development, we will paddle, sail, swim and peacefully protest. Join us July 24th to the 28th for another voyage linking our islands in solidarity to protect the Salish Sea.
Register at

This is a sharing of information about an event that members may be interested.
Members should be aware they are participating as member of the public.

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FYI: Forest Practices Board Survey

From Outdoor Recreation Council of BC,

The Forest Practices Board is seeking your feedback to improve their work as
the public watchdog for forest and range practices in BC. Given ORCs mandate
and shared interest in this regard, we have agreed to circulate a link to
their online survey.

As SKABC is a member organization of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC,
I would like to pass this message on to our membership.  Participation is
voluntary but I encourage you to share your views via the link below.

The survey is being conducted by a third party and the results shared on a
collective basis only.  No email addresses or any responder information will
be collected, you will simply be directed to a web page.  The survey should
take about 10 minutes.

Linda Rushlow
Outdoor Recreation Council

"Promoting access to and responsible use of BC's public lands and waters for
public outdoor recreation"

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Bowron Lakes Kayaking Video (YouTube)

Thanks Mike Mattinson for this producing this inspirational video:

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New Cold Water Immersion Resource

Thank you club Safety Officer Bob Salo for the talk on Cold Water Immersion at the January club meeting. Here is some take home information: Cold Water Immersion Information for Paddlers

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SKABC Newsletter

Posted Quarterly - February to April, 2015 Edition -

President's Message:

Dear Members of SKABC! Greetings on behalf of the club and your executive. We have a wonderful, dedicated group of volunteers helping your club put on great activities, trips and training events this year! Read on to find out some of the events we are organizing for you. Please support these initiatives and if you have any suggestions let your executive know. Looking forward to a terrific year of paddling and meeting you.
Sincerely,  Roxanne Rousseau, President SKABC

Upcoming Meetings:

March 3, 2015 – Spirit of the Coast:

Chris Cooper:  Travelling our beautiful BC coast by Great Canoe is known as the grandfathers' journey by coastal First Nations peoples. International paddler Chris Cooper has made this journey many times. In this presentation, Chris shows images of the coastal beauty and brings his expertise on First Nations communities from Fort Langley to Alaska, highlighting some of the great historical journeys with First Nations peoples in Great Canoes. This includes Vision Quest 1997/98, Tribal Journeys 1999 to 2014, and others over the past 40 years of traveling by kayak and canoe.
Chris’s experiences reach far and wide traveling by paddle from Washington State to Alaska, kayaking Canada’s High Arctic, the British Isles from the Isles of Scilly to Shetland and many other unique areas around the world.
Chris has been featured in many magazines including Canadian Geographic, BC Business, Explore Magazine, Adventurous Magazine, ZDF German Television, the BBC and STV, CBC and Global television. Including several film documentaries produced over the past 20 years.
Alice Purdey:  Member of SKABC for four years. Alice has paddled many places on the coast, including personal and club kayak trips and in great canoes with Chris Cooper and his wife Barbara. One journey took place from Prince Rupert to Bella Bella in 2012 and another was on the first leg of a journey from Kwantlen (Fort Langley) to Prince Rupert last summer. Alice's presentation this evening touches on many aspects of life on the coast in a brief attempt to depict all that contributes to the Spirit of the Coast - its vibrancy and variety, its changes and threats.

April 7, 2015 – Members Sharing Their Trip Experiences:

Anyone interested in doing a small and simple presentation of a favorite trip please contact Please let us know if there are any specific places you'd like to learn about.

May 5, 2015 - Paddling the Horton River in the Arctic:

The canoeists are Ted and Freda Mellenthin who live in Mission, BC. They are internationally known for all of the northern and arctic rivers they've paddled and they recently published a book. In 2007 Ted and Freda plus two other women paddled the Horton River from its source to its mouth. Then continued along Franklin Bay in the Beaufort Sea to Parry Peninsula, crossing the peninsula by going upstream on a creek and portaging over the mountains to the east side into Darnley Bay. From there they paddled to the community of Paulatuk and flew out on a scheduled flight. Ted and Freda join us to share their journey. It took them 26 days to paddle 728 kilometres.

June 2, 2015 - Raincoast Conservation Foundation:

A non-profit organization consisting of a diverse group of scientists, conservationists and volunteers dedicated to advancing science and protecting the wilderness landscape and inhabitants of the BC coastline. See Conservation Activities section in newsletter below.

In addition to our guests, Bob Salo, SKABC Safety Officer will present on a variety of safety topics.  Submitted by: Karin Hartner

Upcoming Events:

Bocce - Back by Popular Demand...Come on Out and Have Fun!

Bocce PicWhat:   A type of bowling descended from ancient games played in the Roman Empire and developed into its current form in Italy.

When:   Thursday February 12, 2015 at 7 - 9 pm.
Where:  Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Cost: $12 cash. ($10 to play and $2 toward cost of the instructor)
Facilities: Bar service - cash only
Note: Please wear flat shoes suitable for a hard sand court. An instructor, Carlo. will be on hand. The court has been reserved for 20 participants.
RSVP: to Alice Purdey at

Sound of Freedom—in North Van!

Wed. February 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Centennial Theatre...CSF-Web1b

Join master digital storytellers Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck of Clayoquot Action for a lively, informative and inspiring evening. A multimedia journey from the visually stunning landscape, wildlife and culture of Clayoquot Sound—Vancouver Island’s last great rainforest, to an eyewitness report of the Mount Polley mine disaster, and onward to the Burnaby Mountain frontlines.

Much of Clayoquot Sound remains wild because of committed activism—yet 2 new fish farms are proposed for these pristine waterways, and the company responsible for the Mount Polley mine disaster plans to open two mines. A pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat was approved last year, and a second, to Burnaby Mountain, is being fast-tracked. Clayoquot Sound is at risk like never before!
Evening includes Tamo Campos from Beyond Boarding and the film Colours of Edziza.
Purchase tickets at  Further information at Submitted by Shirley Brunke and written by Dan Lewis

Mark your Calendars!  Reel Paddling Film Festival!

SKABC is pleased to host the....

2015-rpff-web-banner-706x269Reel Paddling Film Festival....Friday March 27, 2015.....7:00 pm to 9:45 pm.....Langara College in A130 Theatre (100 West 49th Avenue Vanc)

$15.00 admission for an exciting variety of new releases of short paddling films, selected for your excitement and interest! Ocean paddling...White water...Travel sagas...Environmental issues...Paddling Humour...and more! Prizes too!

Net proceeds to BC Marine Trails Network Association.  Please attend and spread the word!  A small team of SKABC volunteers will be recruited to run the show, sell tickets, cajole retailers etc. Contact Nick Heath to help  Reel Paddling Film Festival information at

Conservation Activities:

Raincoast Conservation Foundation – June 3rd, 2015 Club Meeting:

I am pleased to announce that Ross Dixon from Raincoast Conservation Foundation will attend our June 3rd, 2015 meeting to present the film ‘Directly Affected’ and to speak on the ‘drift card campaign’. Informative and of interest for those planning trips in the coastal seas this year.
Raincoast is a group of scientists and conservationists inspired by our work to protect the land waters and wildlife of coastal BC. As part of our oil-free coast campaign we launched a drift card ocean currents study in 2013 to help understand the potential reach of an oil spill.
We have now dropped over 1000 small drift cards (4” x 6” pieces of bright yellow plywood, each with a unique serial number) at locations of higher risk of incident along the Kinder Morgan oil tanker route that runs from Burrard Inlet, through the Gulf and San Juan Islands and out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Just like a message in a bottle, the drift cards carry a simple message: this could be oil. When the drift cards are found and reported to us (on this site), their recovery locations will help us to map the paths oil spills might take, and how far the oil could travel. So far hundreds of cards have been recovered see:

Individual Memberships Available:

The BC Marine Network Trails Association (BCMNTA) is now accepting individual memberships. This is a great way to further support them and get some perks as well.

Congratulations Nick Heath:

On behalf of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC, I am pleased to advise that Nick Heath was selected as one of five persons from the provincial membership to represent the public outdoor recreation sector on the new Provincial Trails Advisory Body (PTAB). Nick was nominated by both the BCMTNA and SKABC. Congratulations Nick!
Submitted by: Linda Rushlow

Howe Sound’s Sea to Sky Marine Trail 2015:

As many of you know from reading on our web site, Recreation Sites and Trails BC (MFLNRO), Trans Canada Trail and BCMTNA have been working together on a Marine Trail for Howe Sound. A total of 7 new sites will be officially given Provincial Recreation Site status.

Planning has begun for official opening ceremony (or ceremonies), likely on or before 11/12 July 2015, to be held in Squamish and / or other communities around Howe Sound.

All paddlers will be invited. We expect a strong turnout!Mick Allen and Nick Heath Howe Sounds sea to sky marine trail 2015 pic 1have recently been visiting these sites. Each has its challenges. Several of them have awkward, rocky landings. They need some brushing and some need properly constructed trails from the beach to the upland to minimise future erosion and provide safe footing. Only one site currently has any form of toilet and that one is well below Michelin Guide standards. (Photo of Latona Passage nook ( McEnery Cove)

There will be only essentiaHowe Sounds sea to sky marine trail 2015 pic 2l site work done before the official opening date i.e. removal of hazard trees, possibly some minor boulder moving and some signage, so much work will remain - some will be done by applying for and hopefully receiving grants and then hiring contractors. Doubtless, there will be also a need for much work to be done by volunteers. SKABC members will likely be asked to help out here, so sharpen your pruning shears and pull out those gardening gloves!  (Photo of Bain Creek Central)
Submitted by: Nick Heath


Membership renewal time is here again.  Please renew by 31 March 2015.
The Club Executive have approved some changes recommended to them by our web gurus, Susan and Roy, and myself. These changes are based on our experience over the past few years working with our WordPress software package.

The main changes are:
• our membership year will be the calendar year (January 1 to December 31), not April 1 to March 31;
• you may renew your membership at any time in the year;
• new members joining on 1 October or later receive membership for the rest of the current year and all of the following year;
• there is no longer a ‘grace’ period for renewal , so if you don’t renew you will only be able to access public content on the website;
• there is no longer a discounted fee for memberships taken out 1 October or later;
• you are given the opportunity to update your profile each time you renew;
• each member must provide a full mailing address on the profile form;
• each member may list an emergency contact name and number on the profile form, and    we recommend you do so;

Some things stay the same:
• family members may join or renew for a flat $10 fee (but the process changes slightly – e.g. no coupon codes any longer);
• each member must electronically sign the waiver each year;
• each member is expected to have unique email address;
• preferred payment method is credit card via PayPal or a PayPal account;

These changes will automate some annual processes and reduce the workload on volunteers by eliminating most of the re-configuration work needed at the start of each membership year and at the 1 October rate change time. The new process removes several ambiguities and the need for manual intervention. Registration for some courses will no longer be affected by the need for members to renew or take out memberships.
We hope you like the changes!

Please renew by March 31, 2015 for the upcoming paddling season!
With many thanks to Roy Smyth who has patiently guided us and soldiered through this!
Submitted by: Nick Heath (SKABC Membership)

Training Courses:

Tentative Training Schedule

Check out the schedule and plan your training for this next season.  Course registration will open to current members a month or two before the course date.  Submitted by: Graham Lorimer

Trip and Photo Submissions:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA"Effing Arch" - Stranded kayaker Tracey Dennis at Effingham Island, Broken Group, Sept 2014

Submitted by Helen Roberts

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Congratulations Silver Paddle Award Winners!

The Silver Paddle Award Winners for 2014:

Karin Hartner
Nick Heath
Rob Leeson

Their awards were presented at the October 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:

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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Executive Meeting Minutes Sept 2014

SKABC Executive Sept 17 - FINAL

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Executive Meeting Minutes August 2014

SKABC EXEC minutes 20 Aug 2014 FINAL

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September E-newsletter

Short Notice Callout Trips:

Two trips are posted for this weekend: Fraser River and Indian Arm. See details here

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner


  • 1326 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver
  • 6:00 - 9:00 PM (After the 3:00 Instructor's meeting)

Happily we have Peter Kearney working his BBQ magic with some salmon. The club provides the food, you provide the drink (BYOB), we all celebrate our dynamic kayak club.

RSVP: Shirley Brunke:

PS: If you haven't volunteered for the club so far this year, here is your chance. Shirley is looking for volunteers to help with this event.

Tuesday October 7 Club Monthly Meeting: Demystifying the Weather with Meaghan Hennessy

The Marine Forecast is an essential tool for staying safe while sea kayaking on the west coast, yet this tool is often under used as it can be confusing and daunting for unpracticed listeners. Meaghan will attempt to demystify the forecast by helping you to:

  • understand the language being used
  • become familiar with the locations referred to
  • recognize the separate parts of the forecast
  • learn how to record the information effectively

With some hands on practice at the end of the evening, the goal is to have participants heading home feeling less intimidated by the forecast and excited to start using it on their next paddling adventure. Please bring your VHF radios along if you have one, and print out the following .pdf file for reference during the chat:

Meaghan is a local Vancouver sea kayaking instructor, and a member of the Sea Kayak Instruction and Leadership Systems (SKILS) team. Meaghan is also a weather geek who often paddles off course while watching the skies.

Door Prize provided by Coast & Kayak Magazine.

Annual General Meeting: Tuesday November 4 at 7pm:

The AGM will take place in November at our monthly meeting (Vancouver Museum/Planetarium at 1100 Chestnut St.)  A nominating committee is working on putting together a slate of candidates for the club executive. This is your chance to join in! All club members are invited to talk with Karin Hartner about open positions and where help is needed. Karin's

Suggestions Invited for Meetings and Business Partnerships:

Programs invites you to email or phone me with suggestions for speakers

Also, I am working on a list of businesses that give discounts to members and in return we promote them on our website, I welcome suggestions from the membership for this. Contact Joan Mercier:


Trip reports for the season are being posted at -- log in to view member writeups and photos. Thanks to all who are writing reports and helping out with this!

From further afield, Trips Officer Bruce Pickwell sends along this photo: "From a day trip Saturday on "La Dordogne" river near Sarlat France. Lots of castles along the high bluffs. ‎Many battles fought here during the 100 years war."


SKABC and the new Marine Trail in Howe Sound

As representatives to the BC Marine Trails initiative, interested SKABC members are continuing to survey information, land, and sea to retain and establish accesses, day use sites and campsites in and around the whole of Howe Sound as well as all coastlines of BC. Within the last few years,  the well- funded and widely supported  Canada Trails became  interested in establishing a marine trail from Squamish to Horseshoe Bay to divert around  a more difficult land route between these two nodes.  As this enterprise was an obvious direct parallel to the BC Marine Trails purpose, we were enthusiastic to support and ride on the coat-tails of whatever could be achieved in the relatively short time frame that was proposed.GambierE-Ramillies-land

To this end, several years ago SKABC marine trail reps Nick Heath and Mick Allen took  project manager Gordon McKeever on a motorboat tour to show locations that we had both been identified  and visited around the inner portion of Howe Sound. From this and subsequent work by ourselves (initial work and interaction), Canada Trails reps, and Recreation Sites and Trails BC,  a new Canada Trails ‘Sea To Sky’ marine trail is imminent. The new sites proposed will also be BC Marine Trail sites.  Moreover, this marine trail will also be  a small part of a larger complete Howe Sound Marine Trail which of course is a small part of the massive BC Marine Trails initiative - that the SKABC has been  enthusiastically supporting and its members  engaged in for years.

As a back ground to this, (you probably all have felt this as well to some degree while out there) but it is just so much fun and adventure poring over maps, google earth, trip reports, guide books and then on the water searching to try to find partially suitable, suitable, spectacular or even marginal locations. . . . and this was especially so in Howe Sound where one would think that because of development and proximity to the lower mainland that ‘new’ locations would be highly unlikely to be found let alone be quickly established as marine trail Recreation Sites (by RSTBC)!


Click this map for a larger view. Finally, here are more details about the proposal:  The Sea to Sky Trail (PDF). Thank you Mick Allen for this writeup!

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