First Real Downwinder

Saturday, November 14, 2020 Back on July 13, 2020, I attempted to SUP from Porteau Cove north towards Britannia Beach. I had done, what I thought was at the time, a fair amount of planning and research but my eagerness was no substitute for my lack of experience (and knowledge). Fortunately, the consequence of myContinue reading “First Real Downwinder”

The Fraser River Challenge

Saturday, October 17, 2020 This was my third adventure from the Surrey Blueways trio of waterways (see paddle plan here). The other two waterways are the Nicomekl River and the Serpentine River. The Blueways Master Plan states that “The Fraser River Challenge provides a route for experienced paddlers from Surrey Bend to Brownsville Bar, as a part of a regional blueway paddling systemContinue reading “The Fraser River Challenge”

Squamish to Britannia Beach

Saturday, October 3, 2020 This paddle has been on my radar for a while and with the winter approaching, I was starting to think that it might be a paddle for 2021. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and Mike was keen to paddle the fall waters of the Howe Sound! The full disclosure is that some ofContinue reading “Squamish to Britannia Beach”

Serpentine River Circuit?!?!

Sunday, September 13, 2020 This was my second adventure from the Surrey Blueways trio of waterways. The other two waterways that I have paddled are the Nicomekl River and The Fraser River Challenge. The Blueways Master Plan states that “The Serpentine Paddling Circuit provides a loop circuit for novice and exercise-oriented paddlers in the central Serpentine Valley”. I tried to find moreContinue reading “Serpentine River Circuit?!?!”

Ballenas Island(s)

Monday, August 17, 2020 The map above is a strange situation in Google Maps where the satellite view of Ballenas Islands shows empty space. So it looks like I went out and circled nothing. Yet in Google Maps map view the Ballenas Islands are depicted. My paddle to the Ballenas Islands was a sequel to my explorations (Denman Island Crossing, Winchelsea Islands?) of places to paddleContinue reading “Ballenas Island(s)”

Winchelsea Islands or Were They?

Saturday, August 15, 2020 While away in Parksville (we were staying near Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park) I used the app to search for local launch sites for different areas to explore. The launch site near Brickyard Community Park looked promising with a few islands nearby off of the shoreline. As I did more research I found out that these were the WinchelseaContinue reading “Winchelsea Islands or Were They?”

Correctly Mistaken Island

Friday, August 14, 2020 We are staying in Parksville near Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. If you have not been to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park before I would definitely recommend that you go. Funnily enough, the first time that I came here was as a youth when I joined my best friend’s family on their summer vacation. However, I neverContinue reading “Correctly Mistaken Island”

Denman Island Crossing: Baynes Sound

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 I knew that I was not going to make it to Denman Island or Hornby Island leaving from our place near Qualicum Beach from my previous (albeit not serious) attempt. So after scouting out nearby launch sites from I decided to cross to Denman Island from Deep Bay, which was approximately a 15-minute drive up the island. I decidedContinue reading “Denman Island Crossing: Baynes Sound”

How Far Can You Go?

Sunday, August 9, 2020 We were slated to be in Parksville in May for a family getaway. It is a trip that we have made the past few years in the spring and we were looking forward to it this year too. Until a little thing called coronavirus sparked a global pandemic and changed our plans amongstContinue reading “How Far Can You Go?”

Lord Stanley and the Case of the Coastguard

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 While driving through Stanley Park I had the idea that it would be great to paddle through this area. I decided paddling around Brockton Point was a paddle list item. As Wednesday approached I had a slow day at the office so I decided to play hooky and take the morning off. The sun wasContinue reading “Lord Stanley and the Case of the Coastguard”