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.
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
This full day, women only, workshop includes two lessons and lunch, and all equipment is provided. Lessons available in kayak, surfski and stand up paddleboard and from beginner to expert.
When: Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Deep Cove
Cost: $125.00 -- 10% off for SKABC members!
Go to Women On Water Workshop for full details and registration information.
Every couple of years our club hosts a booth at the MEC Paddlefest at Jericho Beach. This year it is on Saturday, June 17.
We need a team of volunteers to help make this happen! Paddlefest attracts lots of spectators and participants each year. There are boats for demo, paddling clinics, and information on everything related to water sports. It is a great opportunity to connect with potential new club members. This year we have been asked again to give a short kayak packing course that has been very popular in the past. And we'll get to do it twice!
If you've helped with Paddlefest in the past, your expertise will be welcome. If it's your first time -- please join in! We need a few smiling faces to commit for an hour or so while still being able to participate in demos, clinics, the "Paddleswap", and other festivities. Contact Randy by email at President2@skabc.org to let him know when you can help.
Thanks John Burgham for these photos of the Ladner Marsh paddle.