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Canada Day Kayak & Hike to Anvil Island · Wednesday, July 1st

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Organized by: Isaac Borrego.

Start: Wednesday, Jul. 1st, 7:00 am
Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Jun. 29th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Zoom


Note that this trip is very tentative! Everything depends on weather, the experience level of participants, and covid-19 restrictions/status in BC and for the club. Consider this post as putting out a feeler for general interest in this kind of trip. 

I, a simple American, would like to give thanks to Canada for letting me crash here for a while. And so my idea is to kayak out to Anvil Island, scramble to its highest point, and plant a Canadian flag (temporarily) at the top. That's the kind of dumb thing we'd do in the States at least. The main point, however, will be to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Howe Sound. 

The Kayaking Part

From Porteau Cove Provincial Park it's about 5-6 km of paddling to get to the start of the trail on Anvil Island. This is on Howe Sound but is pretty open, so we may be exposed to wind and waves. Thus experience and proper safety gear is very important despite the relatively short distance. Please also note that this trip is BYOK, as in bring your own kayak or canoe. I'm sure there are rentals available in town but you need to have prior experience on the water to join on the trip. I would estimate about 2 hours each way of paddling depending on wind conditions and the speed of the group. 

The Hiking/Scrambling Part

From the spot where we'll park our boats, it's a very steep 760 meter elevation gain to the summit of Leading Peak. Think Grouse Grind kind of steep. The last pitch to the summit also includes some easy scrambling, sometimes with ropes for additional aid. The hike/scramble should take about 4 hours round trip, with plenty of time at the top to take in the views and get some patriotic pics if desired. Then we'll get back to the boats and head on back to the crazy world in which we now live. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


Posted: 2020-06-16 21:46:32
Last modified: 2020-06-29 11:07:49