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 paddling.com 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”

Nicomekl River: Phase II

Monday, August 3, 2020 This was my second adventure from the Surrey Blueways trio of waterways. The other two waterways are the Serpentine River and the Fraser River Challenge. Last week I solo paddled Phase I of the Nicomekl River from the Blueways Master Plan.  Today’s plan was to do Phase II of the river. The City of SurreyContinue reading “Nicomekl River: Phase II”

The Tail of Two Boards

Monday, August 3, 2020 While we were camping at Alice Lake at the end of June I was able to get out for several paddles. I grew up in Squamish so it is always nice getting to go back home. I remember Alice Lake having darker coloured water as a kid. And the childhood folkloreContinue reading “The Tail of Two Boards”

Nicomekl River: Phase I

Monday, July 27, 2020 This was my first adventure from the Surrey Blueways trio of waterways. The other two waterways are the Serpentine River and the Fraser River Challenge. The Blueways Master Plan states that “The Surrey Floating Nature Trail provides an interpretation-based and controlled paddling experience on the lower Nicomekl River, with enhancements to separate paddlers and other boatersContinue reading “Nicomekl River: Phase I”

Porteau Cove to Britannia Beach (well kind of…)

Monday, July 13, 2020 It was an early morning wake up to be on the water at a decent time. This way I would be back relatively early to have some family time. My plan was to get to Britannia Beach, but I was willing to settle for Furry Creek. There was more wind than I anticipatedContinue reading “Porteau Cove to Britannia Beach (well kind of…)”

Bowyer Island Circumnavigation

Saturday, July 4, 2020 I grew up in Squamish and have driven the Sea to Sky Highway innumerable times, so it is surprising to me that I have only recently started to pay attention to what lies within the Howe Sound. I am not sure exactly how I came up with the idea of paddlingContinue reading “Bowyer Island Circumnavigation”

Beaver Town: Epic Morning, Epic Evening

Saturday, June 13, 2020 I made it out for a morning paddling at Burnaby Lake today. I launched from Still Creek near the Clubhouse parking lot at the northeast side of the lake. I then paddled up Still Creek towards the lake and then came across the Cariboo Dam at the headwaters of the Brunette River. Foolishly, I was not aware of the dam. Fortunately, itContinue reading “Beaver Town: Epic Morning, Epic Evening”