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Mount Cain Ski Hill

Mount Cain Ski Hill

By James Rogers All you need to know about skiing on Mount Cain on Vancouver Island, including that it is best kept a secret. First off don’t tell anyone that I wrote this. Mount Cain in the north of Vancouver Island might be considered a local’s secret and many are happy to keep it that way. If you don’t believe me check out the bumper…
Gear Review: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit

Gear Review: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit

Gear Review by Russell Henry: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit, in blue. I have been wearing the Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit this fall/winter. I am currently working on a project where I am searching out new and unpaddled rivers on the north end of Vancouver Island which means I am not only paddling, but also bushwhacking and sometimes living in my drysuit in the rain. I’ve…
Greenland vs Euro blade paddling

Greenland vs Euro blade paddling

By: Lee Richardson What is the difference between Greenland and Euro blade paddling There are many forms of kayaking and within these different subcategories lives two separate styles recognized easily by the paddle used. There are Euro blade and Greenland paddle styles, and if you have not encountered both in some way yet then this will be super interesting for you. There is always the…
Top 5 Christmas Gifts for the Paddler

Top 5 Christmas Gifts for the Paddler

By: Stephanie Brown Last minute AWESOME Christmas gifts for the adventurous paddler on your list If you know someone who hikes, paddles, mountain bikes, rock climbs, or even just majestically prances down forest trails, here are some awesome Christmas Gift ideas for you. This may be last minute but it will feel like you put a ton of thought in 1.WindPaddle Sails This is perfect…
How Made Kayaks was Made

How Made Kayaks was Made

An interview with Ron Crown, the creator of Made Kayaks We love working in the outdoor adventure market. We love inspiring others to get out there and getting out there ourselves. We are grateful to those inventive minds that create the gear that helps us do our jobs and get out there ourselves. One of these inventive minds is Ron Crown, the creator of Made…
Adventure Vehicles: life on the road

Adventure Vehicles: life on the road

By Russell Henry Home is where the adventures are. Adventure Vehicles: homes on wheels Living in British Columbia almost everyone has a backyard bike trail, local climbing crag, or after work class 3 river run. It’s when we start to look beyond our local areas that we discover so much more of the wild world of adventure. We make longer and longer drives for weekend…
Top 10 stocking stuffers for the weekend warrior

Top 10 stocking stuffers for the weekend warrior

Here are our top 10 stocking stuffer recommendations for the weekend warrior on your list. We all want to experience the joy of getting a gift no one was expecting on Christmas. What is even better than that is when the person getting the gift could truly use it. Then you are the hero who is great at surprises AND knowing your friends/family well. So…
Gear for Winter Kayaking

Gear for Winter Kayaking

By Lee Richardson  What gear do you need to wear when kayaking in cold water or the winter? Winter kayaking means a change in the gear we need to bring with us. There are 3 main pieces of gear that you may want to consider having if you don’t already: something to cover your hands something to cover your head something to give protection from…
Tiny Houses for Big Adventures

Tiny Houses for Big Adventures

Tiny House Living is perfect for the Adventurer Tiny House living seems to be all the rage these days. Trendy small homes on wheels and micro cabins in the woods are making their way onto covers of magazines and are plastered all over social media. Why is small living becoming so popular? For me the answer is simple: Freedom to adventure and time to create…
How to Care for Blundstones

How to Care for Blundstones

By Pam Mann Check out our selection of Blundstones How to properly care for Blundstone boots Blundstone boots, whether they are smooth leather or nubuck(suede), are very easy to care for.  With a little TLC they will last for many adventures! Smooth leather care The majority of Blundstone boots are made from a Greasy Kip Leather. This leather is treated at the factory to be…
Planning a Multi-day Sea Kayaking Trip

Planning a Multi-day Sea Kayaking Trip

How to plan a Multi-day Overnight Sea Kayaking Trip   So you have decided you want to go on a multi-day kayaking trip! Now where to start? Planning a kayaking trip for several days can be daunting and can feel overwhelming. However, preparing for a trip can create excitement and anticipation for your upcoming adventure. It is often half the fun of getting away. It…
Top 5 Fall Paddling Spots near Victoria

Top 5 Fall Paddling Spots near Victoria

Our Top 5 best places to see fall foliage from the water this Autumn in Victoria, BC We have a short Autumn season here on the west coast of Canada. A lot of rain leads to a quick fall and long drawn out ‘winter’ of bare branches and very little snow. So when the leaves begin to change you have to take full advantage of…
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Paddling Magazine Article – Kayaking in Victoria BC

 

We get a lovely mention in a great article by Virginia Marshall on Paddling Magazine’s site here.

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