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Adventurer and Sea Kayaker, Craig Jones is planning to kayak most of the west coast of British Columbia during the Summer of 2018, roughly from mid May until the first week of August. Craig plans to depart from either the Sunshine Coast or perhaps Port Hardy and paddle all the way up the coast to Prince Rupert or perhaps slightly beyond. Safety is always first of course, but he’s looking to kayak… Read More

Today I participated in the group flotilla from Swy-a-lana Lagoon to Newcastle Island in Nanaimo as a part of the BC Marine Trails and the Salish Sea Marine Trail Grand Opening! #SSMTGO Prior to stepping foot on Newcastle Island, about 150 paddlers were provided a ceremonious prayer and song as a part of the welcoming by the Snuneymuxw First Nation. More traditional song, dance and dress was provided before opening remarks were made… Read More

Rugged Point Beautiful and wild. Mysterious and remote. Rugged Point is located on the west coast of northern Vancouver Island and near the southwest end of Kyuquot Channel. This place is incredible! In the Fall, 2016 edition of Wildcoast Magazine, editor and publisher John Kimantas ranked this as “the real best beach!” Above all the other contenders! John knows what he is talking about too. wildcoastmagazine.com On September 11th, 2014, a lone… Read More

This past weekend we were greeted by members of the Surfrider Foundation (Vancouver Island) at Rugged Point. After a long 21 km paddle from Fair Harbour we were invited to their camp for spaghetti and the warmth of a campfire. J.F., James, Lynn, “Chico” and the whole gang had been out at Rugged Point for several days cleaning up the beaches. I applaud their continued efforts and am grateful for their hospitality…. Read More

…the last time I entered the territory of the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’ / Che:k:tles7et’h’ First Nation in 2013, my kayak was swept away below the high tide line which left me stranded for 3 days on Spring Island. The land and sea is formidable, mysterious and absolute. My images created in the territory during this time lead to publications in BC Magazine and National Geographic Traveler U.K. You get what you give and you… Read More

A shout out to any friends that will be paddling our beautiful BC coastal waters, we need help: Trails Development Marine Trail Field Survey If you, your group or your paddling club is planning a trip in 2017  you might consider Marine Trail Field Surveys for the BC Marine Trails with our Marine Trail Field Survey form. Essentially, we are looking to survey sites in remote areas that have NOT been surveyed… Read More

GRAND OPENING: September 16th -17th, 2017 Be a part of the celebration:  https://www.bcmarinetrails.org/news/events-and-calendar/salish-sea-marine-trail-grand-opening-events

Side Bay is located on Northwest Vancouver Island, north of Brooks Peninsula and pretty much right beside Lawn Point Provincial Park. It is accessible via logging road from Port Alice, approximate driving time is 4.5 hours from the Comox Valley. It’s 3 hours of pavement and then 1.5 hours of logging road. There’s lots of signs on the logging road to point you in the right direction and it’s in really good… Read More

For those that are getting ready for paddling season on the west coast, I personally consider the BC Coast Explorer and Marine Trail Guide by my friend John Kimantas – Volumes 1 and 2 essential to your trip planning. You can buy both volumes here: wildcoastmagazine.com/…/bc-coast-explorer-guide-books    Of course it goes without saying that a British Columbia Marine Trail Network membership, bcmarinetrails.org is also a must.  

Overview Johnstone Strait is a 110 km channel along the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. Opposite the Vancouver Island coast, running north to south, are Hanson Island, West Cracroft Island, mainland British Columbia, Hardwick Island, West Thurlow Island and East Thurlow Island. At that point, the strait meets Discovery Passage which connects to The Salish Sea. The passage is between 2.5 km and 5 km wide. It is a major navigation channel on the… Read More