I spent the last few days paddling and camping in “The Copeland Islands” with a couple friends, including former BC Marine Trails Communications Co-Chair, Kirsten Hathaway. This was my first time visiting this area. I’ve been meaning to so now for awhile. Also, joining us was Jeff Kolebaba, an individual new to Sea Kayaking. I was quite impressed with Lund, it’s a charming little place.
Parking is footsteps from the launch, only costs $6 to launch and $10 per day for parking. Lots of amenities are also within footsteps in case you need any last minute provisions. It’s all quite convenient.
Our first day of paddling consisted of working against 15-20kt winds and as a result it took us 2.5 hours to get to camp – on middle Copeland Island. We arrived, unscathed and were happy with how well Jeff did. The landing isn’t optimal at lower tides but we made out okay.
On day 2, we were battered by 35kt winds and just stayed at camp. It actually snowed overnight too but we woke to a beautiful sunny and calm morning on day 3. We explored the north Copeland Island campsite(s) which were beautiful. I plan to go back in mid April. We were all pretty excited by the sunny day and location and were in a celebratory mood. Kirsten came up with a great idea, as we were running a bit low on “refreshments.” So, we called around in Lund and had a person with a boat deliver us 24 cans of beer, some cider and even a pint of Vodka as both Jeff and I have Ukrainian lineage. So, for a mere $175 including delivery, we considered it a good deal.
Our paddle back to Lund on the 23rd was blissful and after getting all packed up, we even had time for some wonderful fish and chips at the Boardwalk Restaurant before departing to our respective ferries. You must go here: Dining in Lund, British Columbia (boardwalkrestaurantpowellriverlund.com)
I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking but I do want to give kudos to Jeff for dismantling and cleaning up a fire ring on middle Copeland Island. Fires are not permitted on these islands but yet some still defy the rules. Please everyone, be responsible. Find out more about the Copelands here: Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park – BC Parks
All loaded and packed up, the night before departing to Powell River / Lund – via Comox:
Launching from Lund:
Middle Copeland Island Campsite:
Jeff, cleaning up the fire ring:
Exploring North Copeland Islands Campsite:
Working the phones for “refreshments”:
The sun setting on our last night:
Back in Lund:
And lastly – a testament to Jeff:
I recently became acquainted with First nations Artist, John Benson. John is graciously commissioning two pieces for me, reflecting the Vancouver Island Mountain Lion. “The Cougar” is rarely depicted in First Nations art. I’m very excited. Contact me via email if you would like to get in touch with John.
Throughout 2021, BC Marine Trails will be hosting some very exciting Zoom presentations which will feature some of the biggest names in the local BC outdoor community. Proceeds from these events will be going to support their First Nations Engagement Program. Be sure to visit BC Marine Trails website – http://www.bcmarinetrails.org and follow along on social media to find out more.
Over the last little bit, as I’m sure we all have – I’ve done some reflecting too. At times, there’s uncertainty in daily life, let alone the World we live in. We all have an impact, no matter how slight. It’s important to remind ourselves of what we’ve done, what we have, the people we love and the things we want to do and to always remain steadfast, no matter what. A shout out to the following organizations that I have worked with over the years, continue to work with and my appreciation in being able to do so.
A big thank you to Steve Best and SKABC – Sea Kayak Association of BC for providing us with this update and for all the hard work done in Howe Sound.
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A special thanks to Nick Templeman and Yukon – #chiefwhalespotter from Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions for some incredible adventures out on the water in 2020.
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A big thanks to my friend Allan Edwin for this masterpiece – my very own Greenland Paddle! Thank you Allan and I am forever grateful for our continued friendship!
What an amazing past few days spent out at ORCA CAMP with Grey Wolf Expeditions – www.greywolfexpeditions.com
I can’t say enough about the experience and the hospitality bestowed to me by Jesse and Sandra, the owners.
Grey Wolf Expeditions offers world class experiences in Johnstone Strait. You’ll be treated to amazing food, luxurious backcountry accommodations and incredibly picturesque and tranquil surroundings.
Our group was able to see Humpback Whales, Pacific White Sided Dolphin, Porpoise, Seal Lions, Seals, Eagle and of course Orca! A pod swam right by our beach and they spy hopped and breached fully! Amazing!!
Grey wolf Expeditions is a locally owned Vancouver Island company, they make every effort to support other local businesses and they focus on low impact practices and environmental stewardship. I am proud to call Jesse and Sandra my friends and I look forward to many more adventures with them. #supportlocal
A hungry Steller Sea Lion made quick work of this Pink Salmon near Stuart island, BC.