Sept. 2 Meeting: Guest Speaker James Manke

Our September meeting features James Manke, showing his adrenaline raising film on the very first full decent down the Grand Canyon with a fully loaded sea kayak and Greenland paddle unsupported.

James is an International Greenland Kayak Instructor from Victoria, who travels around the globe teaching Greenland and traditional kayak related skills. He teaches rolling, surfing and rough water clinics along with a wide range of skills building clinics. While he is in Vancouver to speak to us he will also be running clinics during the day which you can email him directly about:

While in Greenland last month James won gold in the Greenland kayak rolling competition, and silver in 5 other disciplines including racing, harpoon throwing & team rolling.

Honestly when you see the film, you are going to feel as if you are paddling full tilt through some very scary water in the Grand Canyon. It’s like being on a roller coaster ride! Grand Canyon Quick Clip

The September 2 meeting is at the Vancouver Museum / Planetarium and starts at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7pm — Looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures.

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Gambier Island logging meetings

Hi everyone,

The popular kayak landing at Douglas Bay, on the South East side of Gambier Island in the Howe Sound is in jeopardy as the Ministry of Forests is aggressively trying to turn this into a log dump. The Ministry also wants to award two logging licenses encompassing a large area of the island popular with hikers and all visitors to the island.

I have been asked by Perry Sanche, a key advocate against this proposal, to encourage anyone with an interest to please come and join them at these important meetings (details below) with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO). Perry is supported by several groups including the Gambier Island Conservancy, The Islands Trust and the Sea to Sky School.
Hope you can make it.

Thank you,
Linda Rushlow
Marine Trails, Parks and Conservation

Meeting information from the Gambier Island Conservancy

Public Information Meeting
Date: 6:30 Thursday evening, July 24th
St. Francis-in-the-Wood Church, 4773 South Piccadilly Road, West Van
(This is near Caulfield Cove and Lighthouse Park.)

Public Drop-In
Date: Friday, July 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: Sewell’s Marina Boardroom
6409 Bay Street
Horseshoe Bay, BC

Some of the most wild, close to Vancouver hiking is on Gambier Island in Howe Sound. The northeast quadrant of the island is pretty much untouched Crown land that thousands of outdoor campers and hundreds of hikers explore each year.
The Ministry of Forests is bound and determined to turn this land into two big woodlots. This means that part of each piece will get logged each year, for many years to come. Very little revenue will come back to the province and significant old-growth forest will be taken, not to come back within many, many lifetimes, if ever!

More information at gambierc . ca
Check our Twitter feed at @GambierConserv
Thanks so much for supporting wilderness on Gambier Island, the Wild Heart of Howe Sound.
Gambier Island Conservancy

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Watch for trash collection bags on the beach this season

A letter was sent to SKABC asking for our help collecting trash from beaches in remote areas — it is below. Here’s a link to their website:

Help Living Oceans Clear the Coast
At Living Oceans we’re doing our best to reduce and recover marine debris. Nobody likes to see our pristine wilderness cluttered with plastic. Did you know that much of this debris is not just an eyesore, but also a real threat to the many species of wildlife that live near the coast?

Lost or abandoned fishing nets entangle whales, dolphins and sea otters and can slowly kill them, by suffocation or starvation. Plastic debris washing up on the shore breaks down into small particles that are eaten and enter the food web. It’s highly toxic–plastic picks up many of the pollutants in sea water–so it can cause long-term, genetic damage.

You can help us solve this problem!

First, please make sure that the equipment you use when paddling and camping is secured against sudden wind or waves. Don’t leave trash behind: plastic never biodegrades and in most small communities on the coast, recycling is very expensive. Far better to take it home to your own recycling centre.

Next, help us clean up! You may have already come across our collector bags, left on remote beaches to encourage you to collect marine debris while beachcombing. We organize boats, helicopters and trucks to remove the collector bags at the end of the season.

And of course, we would appreciate your financial support, too. Removal of this debris is a costly affair, especially in more remote areas… (editor’s note: Please visit their website to donate to their campaign.)

Living Oceans is a non-profit organization incorporated under the B.C. Society Act, with its head office in Sointula on Malcolm Island, B.C. Our coastal community roots keep us mindful that we all depend on healthy oceans and we have been a leader in the effort to protect Canada’s oceans since we were formed in 1998. With your support, we can Clear the Coast!

With thanks from the Clear the Coast Campaign team,

Will Soltau

Carmen Pendleton

Living Oceans Society

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Relaunch of Mt. Fairweather Baidarka at Belcarra

A few of us joined the Belcarra South Preservation Society and George Dyson to relaunch the Mt. Fairweather on June 8.

George and a team carried the abandoned baidarka out of the forest and out for a paddle. Photos are below. It is out for display between the cabins at Belcarra.  Here is a PDF with a bit of the history: George Dyson’s Story

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Club Members enjoy a very successful Spring Fling

The first group of paddlers prepares to launch.
Photo Credit: Alex Lussow.

Our annual season kick-off paddling event was Saturday May 3. Paddlers picked one of 3 destinations, joined their pods and paddled out from Panarama Park in Deep Cove, for a nice paddle and lunch in Indian Arm.

After the paddle, our fearless members Mike & Kim Mattison hosted the social at their home.  A series of tarps kept all participants dry while they enjoyed a hot and cold buffet in the backyard.

Zeballos Expeditions  water taxi

Zeballos Expeditions Water Taxi

As promised we had a special door prize for this event. Zeballos Expeditions generously donated dinner for two at the Blue Heron Zaballos (Value $60.) & Transportation one way for 6 people and kayaks from Zaballos to Rosa Isalnd in Nuchatlitz Park (Value $400.)  The lucky winner of the draw was Shirley Brunke.

Thank you to the many people who made our Spring Fling so successful.

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May 6 Meeting – Gear Swap and Rescues with Maureen Benzon

Bring your gently used kayaking gear to our May club meeting for a Maureen BenzonGear Swap and Sale.

We will be having SKABC’s own Maureen Benzon speak on taking Rescues from a passive environment (where we practice) to a dynamic environment (where we might need it). More details on the May meeting are here.

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Nominate an Endangered River

Hello to everyone,

Please find the below forwarded email from the Outdoor Research Council of BC where we state that we are in the preparation of the 2014 Endangered Rivers List. Individual nominations as well as group nominations of ORC’s membership organizations will be reviewed.

I invite participation as well as collaboration on making one or several nominations to this project.

I for one consider the Coquitlam River hugely compromised and I feel the recreation level has been overlooked and considered minimal. It seems like with the onslaught of building up the mountain as quickly as possible overrode the actual impact and future impact of this watershed on many levels.

Please take time to consider a familiar river or a river of interest that has provoked your interest in the way it is being used for development or other use or future plans for its use.

Nominate individually or send your river of interest and other information to me and I will submit ‘a river’ of concern on behalf of the Sea Kayaking Association of British Columbia.

Thanks for your time,…
Linda Rushow
SKABC Conservation Officer

From: Outdoor Recreation Council of BC []
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 11:22 AM


The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORC) will publish its 2014 Endangered Rivers List in April. Rivers included in the List will be those on which public recreation is considered by ORC’s Endangered Rivers Committee to be the most endangered or threatened. The Committee will review nominations from members of ORC’s member organizations and other individuals active in outdoor recreation. Persons or organizations making a nominations are requested to provide as much of the information listed below as possible. Public recreation which might be threatened or endangered might include fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching, hiking or just walking by the river.

To make a nomination please go to:

Or go to the home page of the Outdoor Recreation Council website at and follow the links

In 2013 the Peace River was nominated by more than 200 individuals and organizations as a result of which it headed the 2013 list by a wide margin and the environmental assessment process for the proposed Site C dam on the Peace is now under way. In 2014 we are looking for nominations for threatened rivers other than the Peace, such as the Similkameen (high dam proposal south of Princeton) and the Fraser (toxic waste plant near Chilliwack). There will undoubtedly be others! And the more nominations the better so we can develop a comprehensive and informative list.

Please distribute this request for nominations to members of your organizations and to as many other members of the recreating public as possible.

Thank you for participating in this important annual survey

Jeremy McCall

Jeremy McCall
Executive Director
Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia
47 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V5Y 1P1

“Promoting access to and responsible use of BC’s public lands and waters for public outdoor recreation”

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Course Schedule for 2014

Here is the club training schedule so far:
Downloadable PDF: SKABC 2014 Course Schedule

Registration for courses will staggered throughout the Spring. Please log in for registration details.

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April 1 Kayak Destination Fair

Thank you for making the Fair a huge success!

Paddling Destinations

were explored

Valuable Prizes were won!

Plan your next paddling adventure. Talk to Members about the Destination, and Collect kayak trip planning information, Review Kayak Launches, Routes and charts, Park and Camping information, Water Taxi Services and Kayaker Friendly Accommodations.

Win Valuable Prizes including:

Our Kayak Destinations are:

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  • Broken Group
  • Broughton Archipelago
  • Desolation Sound
  • God’s Pocket
  • Gulf Islands
  • Hakai/Bella Bella
  • Howe Sound
  • Nootka
  • Nuchatlitz Provincial Park
  • Port Hardy – Cape Scott – Coal Harbour (Quatsino Sound), Fair Harbour (Kyuqot Sound)
  • Quadra
  • San Juan Islands
  • South Brooks
  • Sunshine Coast – Sechelt Inlet/Hotham Sound
  • BC Marine Trails

Member only access to: Kayak Destination Info Sheets

Also at the event: Members Paddling Slide Show on the Big Screen
Contact Joan for information and any questions you may have: or call 778-558-5885
Doors Open to Members and Visitors at 7:20pm

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Spring Fling Paddle and Social May 3

The annual SKABC SPRING FLING is May 3, 2014. We’ll meet up at Deep Cove where kayak rentals are available, and paddle to Thwaites Landing for lunch. Social following in North Vancouver. Current members will find RSVP and launch details here.

Fabulous Door Prizes

For members we have a draw.  Zeballos Expeditions has donated a free dinner for two (value $60) at the Blue Heron, as well as a water taxi from Zeballos to Rosa Island in Nuchatlitz  for 6 people & kayaks (pre-booking necessary to assure availability) (value $400).

To be eligible for the draw members must RSVP 48 hours in advance of the event.

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