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Paddling the Inside Passage: Q & A with Going Solo Adventures

Paddling the Inside Passage: Q & A with Going Solo Adventures

  Over the span of two months Kelly Durst and Paul Everitt paddled from Skagway, Alaska down into Sidney, British Columbia for one epic trip. Following the Inside Passage, these two adventurers were surrounded by the many wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Okay! Let’s talk trip Firstly, when did you start and how long did the trip take? A: Kelly and I started early May…
Kayaking Preparedness: Know Before you Go

Kayaking Preparedness: Know Before you Go

What you should know before you go Kayaking Ocean River encourages you to ‘Get out there’. To help you have an enjoyable and safe experience, consider the following tips before heading out on the water in your kayak. Learning the Right Skills It is important to have the skills to safely get out on the water in your kayak. Know what conditions you can paddle…
Kayak Lap Bag Essentials

Kayak Lap Bag Essentials

By: Rebecca Grim What is a kayak lap bag and why does every kayaker need one? A lap bag is a waterproof bag that contains all the essential items you may need during a day of ocean kayaking. The items may change slightly depending on the length of trip, climate, group size and location in which are paddling. The purpose of the lap bag is…
whitewater kayaking safety tips

whitewater kayaking safety tips

Russell Henry shares the story of a close call while whitewater kayaking and some safety tips for other paddlers Whitewater paddling can be an extremely dangerous sport, especially when seeking out rivers that have not been paddled before and take a lot of effort to get too. On Vancouver Island, these first descent rivers are much easier to visit due to the network of logging…
Planning a kayaking trip to Discovery Island

Planning a kayaking trip to Discovery Island

What to do when planning a Kayaking Trip to Discovery Island Paddling to Discovery Island is on the top of a lot of paddlers lists. It is a beautiful escape from the city that provides a wild and rugged west coast experience that can be explored in just a day. Before setting out on a trip to Discovery Island some planning is involved. If you…
Top Gift ideas for the Paddler

Top Gift ideas for the Paddler

Don’t know what to get the paddler on your list for Christmas? We can help with that. Whether you are looking to get that one perfect large ticket item or fill a stocking with goodies we have the low down on what the paddler in your life is dreaming about for Christmas. Hint: it’s not sugarplums. Big item list 1) A new paddle It’s always…
Kayaking Gear List

Kayaking Gear List

The Paddling Gear You Need to Have, the Paddling Gear You Should Have The following gear lists itemize the equipment you need to carry with you whenever you paddle and other items you should consider carrying depending on the route you have planned and the time you will be out.  For more detailed information on the basic gear you are required to carry see our…
Flares – Obsolete or Still a Good Idea?

Flares – Obsolete or Still a Good Idea?

Should You Carry Flares When Paddling? This question often comes up, do you need to carry flares with you, especially with many paddlers now carrying cell phones, VHF radios, PLB’s and satellite messengers? In fact, the Transport Canada Small Boating Regulations don’t require you to carry any kind of visual signaling device unless you are in a boat over 6m in length, (many double kayaks),…
The Uchuck – A Novel Way to Reach the Remote West Coast

The Uchuck – A Novel Way to Reach the Remote West Coast

One of my favourite Vancouver Island kayaking trips is from the tiny fishing village of Kyuquot, nestled in a protected harbour in Kyuquot Sound, down the coast to Friendly Cove (Yuquot) in Nootka Sound. What makes destinations like this so special is their remoteness and what makes this a truly unique and special trip is using the Uchuck III to access and depart the coast…
Do You Really Need a GPS?

Do You Really Need a GPS?

Do you really need to take a GPS on your paddling adventures? The simple answer is no, but there are some very compelling reasons why they can be a valuable asset. However, if you do decide to try one, don’t expect to be able to plug in your destination and happily follow the arrow and turn directions until you arrive. The small handheld units suitable…
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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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