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For those new to our coast or new to paddling, it is important to remember that summer adventures on the water require advance planning. This is more true this year than ever. Along with the usual considerations of tide, current, and weather, there are an ongoing mix of COVID-related restrictions and re-openings of communities, parks, and launch sites. If your intended paddling area requires a ferry crossing, be sure to get your reservations lined up — or consider walking your kayaking aboard.
I very much recommend trips around the Sea-to-Sky Marine Trail sites in Howe Sound for this reason. There are no reservations required, no major logistics, just checking for tide and weather. Consider an overnight or weekend trip to Bowen Island, Keats Island, or Gambier Island from West Vancouver. You can walk-on to the Langdale ferry and visit Bain Creek on the west side of Howe Sound. You can visit the sites in central Howe Sound from Porteau Cove, or launch from Squamish to visit Tantalus Landing.
If you have questions about potential trips, please post them here. One of the primary reasons for having a paddling club is to help get more people enjoying the water safely.
For those of you wanting to go further afield, I live on Quadra Island and can help you with ideas and information on trips in my area.
Cheers and safe paddling!
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