Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,
Let's get together on Saturday, July 24th for a day trip paddle around Beaver and Elk Lakes. A lake (flat-water) paddle is a great opportunity to practice new skills or brush up on old ones. The total distance around the perimeter of both lakes is approximately 10 kilometres (5.3 nautical miles) which makes for about 2.5 hours of paddling time. If anyone wants to practice exit & reentry skills or rescue skills there'll be opportunity to do so back at Beaver Beach at the conclusion of the circle tour.
There's lots of shoreline to paddle, and some great photo opportunities. Resident bald eagles often perch in the trees or soar around the lake looking for a quick meal. Frogs and tadpoles can be found in among the lily-pads and the occasional trout has been known to be seen jumping.
Here's a CRD map of Beaver & Elk Lake Park >>clicky link<<. PLEASE meet on Beaver Beach at 9:45am to be on the water for 10:30am. There are washroom & change room facilities near the parking lot, which is in turn only a short distance to the beach. As a short distance paddle there won't be any rest / meal breaks, so bring a good supply of drinking water and a snack to eat along the way.
With a lake paddle there are no currents or tides to contend with, so the trip will proceed rain or shine. Only unfavourable winds (or an algae bloom or an outright park closure) would cause cancellation of the trip. This trip is open to solo kayakers and canoeists (tandem or solo).
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
Paddle Distance: 9.5 KM (5.3 NM)
Paddle Route: Circle route around Beaver / Elk Lakes.
Capacity: 12 Boats
Trip Leader: Craig Thomson
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 be on the water by 10:30am.
Please arrive at Beaver Beach, Beaver Lake Park by 9:45am.
Anticipate being back to the launch by 1:30pm
What to Bring
Safety Gear: Boats must carry the following safety equipment.
- PFD for each person (worn)
- bailing device e.g. pump or bailer
- throw rope
- painter on both ends (canoeists only)
- spare paddle (canoeists only)
- optional but recommended: paddle float ... especially if you want to practice self-entry skills after the circle tour (kayaks only)
Lunch: There is no lunch or rest stop planned.
What to Wear
This is a fresh water lake paddle in a fairly shallow lake. As a minimum you will need to wear synthetic clothing.
Lots of free parking at Beaver Beach in Beaver Lake Park. (See the map)
Club kayaks have been pre-reserved for this trip. You don't need to contact the booking volunteer at this time. Once confirmed on the trip you should contact Angie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your boat.
Canoes must be reserved directly with the VCKC canoe program director (email@example.com).
You are responsible for picking up, securing, transporting and returning club boats to/from the launch site. The trip leader will NOT be attending the clubhouse.
Phone & Text: 250.213.2507