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I will start with a bit of a preemptive spiel. Normally I am very excited to share the specific locations that I paddle to, visit and explore in hopes that others can do the same or may be inspired to do so. I will neglect to do so this time. To some, it may be obvious as to where I was and it may not be difficult for others to ascertain, I’m… Read More

It’s one thing to recognize and accept our own problems. It’s another thing altogether to address them head on, instead of just trying to run away from them, as many of us tend to do. Even more profound is after all of that, being able to share with others all of the learning and growth that’s experienced by being brave. My friend and adventurer Susan Conrad demonstrates her own sense of fortitude… Read More

Do you paddle on the west coast of British Columbia? Chances are you’ve visited a BC Marine Trails campsite or you may already be familiar with the work that the BC Marine Trails is doing? We have various opportunities within our organization for those passionate about paddling and who want to help us build the World’s largest marine trail network. It’s these volunteer efforts that help keep our trails and campsites open…. Read More

Each year as a part of my annual calendar distribution, I solicit donations on behalf of a conservation based – non profit organization. This year I have partnered with Surfrider Vancouver Island. They do amazing work and I’m happy to be a part of their efforts. Find out more about what they do here: vancouverisland.surfrider.org

Attention all British Columbia residents or paddling enthusiasts that might be nearby. We need your help and support! Do you love to paddle? Love to camp? Love the West coast? Looking to help? Join us December 2nd in Nanaimo for the BC Marine Trails Annual General Meeting (AGM) and be a part of helping to build the World’s largest marine trail. Register here: bcmarinetrails.org/…r/bcmtna-meetings/agm  

I found this graph and diagram entertaining. It’s definitely a reflection of my own kayaking experience and sense of risk management.

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

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