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My name is Sam North. I am an Australian paddler, and I am coming to Canada with my 20 yr old son, Ben. Ben has just left full-time army service and he wants to travel before going to university next year. I happen to have some long service leave, so he has agreed to travel with me before he gets too busy – and I get too old.
We will be travelling for 4 months, most of which will be me tagging along with Ben to fulfil his dream to ride some of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route – Canada to Colorado. In return, he has said he will come with me to fulfil one of my dreams and do a sea kayak trip in British Columbia.
We fly into Vancouver on Thursday 7th July and the rough plan is to begin our holiday with a week to two week paddle, starting either 11th or 18th July and we are putting a shout out to any SKABC members who might like to join us.
]I spoke to George Prevost last weekend and George recommended trips from both Telegraph Point (to Broughton Archipelago) and from Port Hardy (out to Islands). Both sounded fantastic. However, Ben and I are on a budget and getting to the north of Vancouver Island will not be possible if my homework is correct and there is no public transport past Campbell River.
At the moment, the easiest option for Ben and I is to catch the ferry from Vancouver and bus to Campbell River, then ferry to Quadra Island to hire boats and paddle out of there. However, we aren’t fixed on where we paddle – our restriction being our need to hire boats and get to the start point.
If you have time for an extended paddle (2 one-week trips OR 1 two-week paddle) in mid to late July with a couple of Australians, then reply to this post and we can arrange a Zoom meet to introduce ourselves and discuss options.
By way of background, I am 58 years old and have been paddling for 40 years – flat water, white water, and sea. Ben has youth on his side and I would consider him an intermediate paddler. I am aiming to do a trip graded 2C to low 3C (no surf landings).
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