White Rock Crabbing Paddle – photos

It was a fun and successful day for the group who came to White Rock on June 12 to learn how to catch crab from their kayaks!

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Trailers for Saturday’s Film Night

For Saturday's event at 7:30 pm, SKABC members will be celebrating BC Trails Day with great films, good company and PRIZES thanks to the Outdoor Recreation Council! The films are:

Vitamin Sea:

Cal Major, whose journey the film covers, describes it as follows:

Vitamin Sea follows my 2 month journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats, the length of mainland UK, by Stand Up Paddleboard. The film focusses on the positive solutions to plastic pollution, including the importance of community and connection to nature. The film also delves into the importance of time in nature for our mental health, and follows a journey full of raw emotion, as changeable as the surface of the ocean.

Expect an epic adventure (but without the messy bits cut out), to see the UK coastline in all her stunning, dramatic glory, and to question your own connection to the ocean and how that is driving you.



Family Routes:

Leanne Robinson and Dwayne Wohlgemuth embarked on a summer-long canoe trip across the Northwest Territories with their two sons: four-year-old Emile, and one-year-old Aleksi. Together they face the challenges of living off the land and criticism back home.


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June guest speaker links — FYI

Many thanks to guest speakers Norm Hann and John Kimantas who spoke at our virtual club meeting on June 7.

John gave information on BC Marine Trails' Site Assessment Program.

Norm's excellent film Howe Sound can be found here: https://normhann.com/2019/10/howe-sound-short-film/

Here's a link to the VSSL “vessel” first-aid kit Norm showed: https://vsslgear.ca/products/vssl-first-aid

Subscribe to Norm’s newsletter on his website and he’ll send you his Nifty Nine must-pack items for mult-day paddling trips.

Norm also spoke of weather forecasts from Environment Canada. He also uses the hourly reports* from the Pam Rocks weather station.

*Our director Nick Heath explains "These are not forecasts but are real time reports, updated hourly. On the day one is paddling, they can be useful to tell you what is happening a few miles away, which can be quite different from at one's start point and these are also good if one is heading in that direction. They can also give you a pattern to check if today's weather is more or less similar to yesterday's and if the wind shifted yesterday from outflow to inflow at 11 am then it probably will be similar today etc - but they are not hourly forecasts. The data are available for 24 hrs then are archived for ever, but can still be easily retrieved, as for all other BC coast weather stations (when they are working properly)".

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Celebrate BC Trails Day and World Oceans Day

BC Trails Day on June 5th - film night coming up

The first ever BC Trails Day was on Saturday June 5th.   SKABC supports this initiative by the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC to recognize the importance of our trails (land and water!). This has been especially true during the pandemic! 

Information https://www.orcbc.ca/bctrailsday/

Events List https://www.orcbc.ca/events/category/bc-trails-day/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/orcbc.ca

A themed film night is being organized for SKABC members. Stay tuned for details.

World Ocean's Day on June 8th - submit your photos

June 8th marks the beginning of World Ocean's Week which is a worldwide event of the United Nations to celebrate and conserve the world's oceans. This coincides with 'The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup' https://shorelinecleanup.ca/, an event that members can participate in by joining existing cleanups or making your own. Some communities are not encouraging group cleanups this year due to COVID so please use the appropriate precautions.  The BC Marine Trails group is encouraging all clubs to be a part of World Oceans Week and to send your photos to WOW@bcmarinetrails.org.  Please be sure to note that you are from SKABC!

UN  https://www.un.org/en/observances/oceans-day


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Paddling Film Festival — online — watch now

Update June 2021: Films are still available for viewing!

If you’re dreaming of exciting adventures on the water when Covid restrictions loosen up, you could kickstart your dreams by watching paddling films from the World Tour Paddling Film Festival streamed directly to your computer or mobile device.

There are three approximately two-hour long programs, each of which costs $15 US dollars to stream. If you use the following link to access the films, a portion of the proceeds will go to support SKABC (your local sea kayaking club) and you will get a code that you can use to receive a 10% discount:


Trailers of the films are available for free viewing at: https://paddlingfilmfestival.com/blogs/2021-films

Happy viewing and thanks for your support!

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