Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,
It's time to take a tour of downtown Victoria on Saturday April 10 2021. We'll launch at the VCKC clubhouse beach and paddle through the fabled Tillicum Narrows - current charts promise a light ebb current in the morning (pushing us through). Then, onwards to the shipyards. We'll exert maximum restraint to avoid a stopover at the Fol Epi bakery (or will we?). After an underside view of the new bridge we'll enter the Inner Harbour. We'll follow the paddlers route under the new Marina and check out West bay. If paddlers are feeling good, harbour traffic is light, and conditions are amenable, we may cross from Barens Isl to Shoal Point and loop ourselves back up to Laurel Point and cross back to Songhees Point. Lunch spot scheduled for a beach in the the West Bay area.
Registration Note: All registrants will be first put on a waitlist and then notified when they are added to the trip. Click on "Join Waitlist" to register
An objective of the trip is demonstrating how to paddle safely in the Inner Harbour, following the Port of Victoria traffic rules.
Paddlers will need to be comfortable paddling under the Tillicum Bridge with a current of up to 1.5 knots. We will be going out on the ebb and in with the flood, so we will be paddling "downstream" both ways.
This trip is open to solo kayakers and canoeists. Canoe partners need to be members living in the same household
The launch at VCKC has toilets but our planned lunch stop does not. There is a public washroom en-route at Fisherman's Wharf that could be used, but it requires a dock landing.
Paddle Distance: approx 11.4 km (6.2nm )
Paddle Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35526456
Capacity: 10 people
Trip Leader: Rich Weir
Skill Level and Experience: Relaxed
Participants will have certification (or equiv skills) of:
Paddle Canada Kayak Basic
RCABC Canoe Lakewater 1
If you are unsure about the suitability of your skills, equipment or clothing, please contact a trip leader for advice prior to the paddle date.
The Plan (please read carefully):
Our aim is to have everyone on the water by 10:00 am
Please arrive at the VCKC clubhouse by 9:15 am.
We anticipate being back to the launch by 2:00pm
What to Bring
Safety Gear: Boats must carry the following safety equipment.
- PDF for each person (worn)
- bailing device e.g. pump or bailer
- throw rope
- painter on both ends (canoeists only)
- spare paddle (canoeists only)
Lunch: We'll be stopping for lunch at a beach near West Bay. There are no toilet facilities
What to Wear
This is a nearshore ocean paddle. As a minimum you will need to wear synthetic based clothing such as polypropylene, nylon, or wool.
Lucky members will find parking in the lot beside VCKC, but it's often busy so be prepared to park along Gorge road (sometimes quite a ways down the road)
Participants are asked to bring a face mask and hand sanitizer in case either is required. We will maintain recommended Covid distances at all times during the event
In order to be eligible to participate you will have attended an orientation session on the Covid protocols and signed a waiver.
If you need to borrow a club boat
send an email request to:
Phone: 250 361 7496