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August Long Weekend Kayak Loop on the Sunshine Coast · Sat. Aug. 1st - Mon. Aug. 3rd

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Organized by: Alex Wharton.

Start: Saturday, Aug. 1st, 6:00 am
End: Monday, Aug. 3rd, 6:00 pm

Description:

Hi everyone,

I'd like to organise a three or four day kayaking trip on the Sunshine Coast. The plan is to start and end in Sechelt and loop through Georgia Strait, Agamemnon Channel and Sechelt Inlet. This is the THIRD time I've attemped to organise this trip. The first time I couldn't find enough people, and the second time I dislocated my shoulder just before the trip. Hopefully this time it'll happen!

If you sign up for this trip, you should be a reasonably experienced kayaker. You should also know how to self rescue or at least be willing to learn (a week or so before the trip we can practice in Burrard Inlet). Given that this is a reasonably ambitious trip, only people who are reasonably strong kayakers will be able to come.

A big obstacle is crossing Skookumchuck Narrows; it is only to safe to cross Skookumchuck Narrows at slack tide. We will aim to cross Skookumchuck Narrows around 2:05 pm on August 3. Here are the current tables to Sechelt Rapids (Skookumchuck Narrows): https://www.tides.gc.ca/eng/data/table/2020/curr_ref/4200.

Another potential obstacle is the wind conditions. Last year I organised a trip where we kayaked from Sechelt to Thormanby Island. For most of the trip the wind was really calm, but there were times where we could hardly move forward at all because of the wind! Unfortunately, wind conditions are hard to predict until closer to the trip, so at this point we'll just have to hope for the best!

It costs about $200 to rent a single kayak for three days, about $240 to rent a single kayak for four days, about $270 to rent a double kayak for three days and about $330 to rent a double kayak for four days from Halfmoon Sea Kayaks in Sechelt. But, Cam, the owner of Halfmoon Sea Kayaks, usually gives VOCers a 20% discount.

I would also be open to the possibility of making this a four day trip, but I am assuming that most people who might sign up would want to be finished by Monday.

The following is our trip itinerary:

Saturday, August 1 - kayak from Sechelt to somewhere around Beaver Island or Nelson Island (I don't know exactly where yet or where we will camp - but we'll figure something out) (approximately 30 km)

Sunday, August 2 - kayak through Agamemnon Channel past Captain Island and camp at Little Killam Bay (https://www.bcmarinetrails.org/bc-map?mapitem=7749) (approximately 25 km)

Monday, August 3 - kayak from Little Killam Bay to Sechelt (approximately 40 km) (given the relatively late slack current at Skookumchuck Narrows and the sunset time, it is possible that we will need to kayak in the dark for a while to make it all the way to Sechelt)

Here are our contingency plans in case we can't make it to one of our nightly campsites:

  • If within the first few minutes (or hour or two hours or so) of us beginning our paddle to Beaver Island it turns out that the water is too rough to make it all the way to Beaver Island by the evening, we will return to Sechelt and spend either two or three days kayaking in Sechelt Inlet and Salmon Inlet.
  • If we get a significant way to Beaver Island and realise that we are not going to make it to Beaver Island before dark, we will camp either on Thormanby Island or in Smugglers' Cove on Saturday night. Then, on Sunday we will kayak back to Sechelt. Then, if we feel like it, we will spend Monday kayaking around Sechelt Inlet.
  • If we start kayaking in Agamemnon Channel and Agamemnon Channel turns out to be too rough to kayak in, we will return to Irvine's Landing and arrange for a ride back to Sechelt
  • If we can't make it all to the way to Sechelt on Monday, we will camp in Sechelt Inlet on Monday night and complete our loop on Tuesday

As I said above, some of these distances are fairly ambitious for a three day trip. I would definitely be open to the possibility of making this a four day trip. Please email me if you would potentially be interested in making this into a four day trip instead of a three day trip!

Thanks for reading this, and please sign up if you're interested! I'm really hoping we can make this trip happen this time!

Posted: 2020-07-12 22:23:59
Last modified: 2020-07-12 22:42:48