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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…
SUP Adventures on the West Coast

SUP Adventures on the West Coast

Wesley takes on SUP adventures on the west coast of British Columbia! Moving back to the West Coast from the Rockies has presented a whole other world of exploration and adventure. From someone aspiring to be a heli-ski guide to someone aspiring to be a SUP expeditioner, guide and instructor. My, the tables have turned! Meeting Norm Hann Back in the fall of 2014 I…
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…
Paddling on Vancouver Island

Paddling on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island: A Paddling Paradise In the vast expanse of Canada sits a hidden gem: Vancouver Island. This island on the west coast of Canada has started to gain some serious interest in the tourism sphere for its natural beauty, rugged and mysterious coastline, historic cities and cultures, and abundant wildlife. People flock to this island from all over the world for the west coast…
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…
Pacific Marine Circle Route by Motorcycle

Pacific Marine Circle Route by Motorcycle

By Brian Henry Total distance 208km, plus more for exploring I love to explore as many things on the Island as I can. The Pacific Marine Circle Route includes so many opportunities to see the true Vancouver Island experience – completing the route on a motorcycle was a must. This quick trip was an exploratory mission to understand many of the things we can put…
A Paddle Trip to D’Arcy Island – Gulf Island National Park Reserve

A Paddle Trip to D’Arcy Island – Gulf Island National Park Reserve

A Kayaking Day Trip to D’Arcy Island What is commonly called D’Arcy Island is actually two islands lying about 3 1/2 nautical miles off the east coast of the Saanich Pennisula just north of Victoria. Big D’Arcy is the largest of the two at around 83 hectares and is now a part of the Gulf Island National Park Reserve containing 7 wilderness campsites with picnic…
A Saturna Island Kayaking Trip

A Saturna Island Kayaking Trip

If you’re looking for a great kayaking experience, the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) has a lot to offer whether you want to get out for a few hours or are planning an extended camping trip. Sheltered waters, spectacular scenery, a Mediterranean climate, lots of wildlife and easy access make it a prime choice. My brother,  who lives in Cincinnati, OH wanted to bring…
SUP in Victoria and surrounding areas

SUP in Victoria and surrounding areas

Get out on the water and SUP in Victoria and Vancouver Island at some of our favourite places to stand up and paddle There are numerous places to get out on the water around Vancouver Island and we could go on and on for days with ideas of where to get out there but we will try to limit it to three spots around Victoria.…
The Salish Sea Marine Trail needs the public’s help

The Salish Sea Marine Trail needs the public’s help

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) and BC Marine Trails Network Association have come up with the perfect recipe for connecting Vancouver Island and the rest of Canada by trail: the Salish Sea Maine Trail.   The Salish Sea Marine Trail will be a blueway – a saltwater route designed for paddlecraft and small beachable boats – that will connect The Great Trail (the new name for…
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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 ...