Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,
Come join us for a morning exploration of the coastline between Fleming Beach and the Fisgard Lighthouse. We'll be launching at Fleming Beach in Esquimalt. En route to the lighthouse we'll follow the shoreline. There are many fun rocks for "noodling" and challenging yourself. We'll stop for a short rest break at a beach near the lighthouse. We are allowed to use the beach at the lighthouse, but you'll need a Parks Canada pass to visit the lighthouse. After the break, our return paddle to will take us to the Brothers Islands then back to Fleming Beach. Please see the paddle route below. Note that this trip will not have a lunch break.
If forecast winds are in excess of 7 knots this trip will be moved to an alternative "Plan B" trip at the same time and date.
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. It may take a few days for the trip leader to respond.
This trip is open to solo kayakers and tandem canoeists.
The launch at Fleming Beach and the rest stop at the Fisgard Lighthouse have toilets. Note: Officially, you need a Parks Canada pass to use the lighthouse toilets.
Paddle Distance: approx 8.2km (4.4nm )
Paddle Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37338894
Capacity: 15 boats
Trip Leader: Mike Teachman
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 Fleming Beach by 9:15 am.
We anticipate being back to the launch by 1:00pm
What to Bring
Safety Gear: Boats must carry the following safety equipment.
If anyone is licensed for marine VHF radio and has a radio, please bring it along
- PFD 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 will not be making a lunch stop on this trip
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.
Fleming Beach parking lot. Drop your boats off near the ramp and move them to one side then park your car in the public parking area. We must do our very best to keep the boat launch area clear for vehicles with trailers.
All club kayaks and canoes have been reserved for this trip. You don't need to contact the booking volunteers at this time.
About borrowing boats: You are responsible for picking up, securing, transporting and returning the boat to/from Fleming Bay. The club kayaks and canoes are heavy, typically around 60lbs. It's best if those borrowing boats meetup at the clubhouse to help each other load and unload boats onto cars. The trip leader will share contact information with everyone who is borrowing a club boat. If someone can tow a trailer, the club has a trailer that can be borrowed.
Both paddlers in a tandem canoe need to register for the trip