Sea Kayak Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds

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Rocky Mountain Books Ltd, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 190 pages
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For the experienced and novice alike, this comprehensive guide leads paddlers through some of the best kayaking waters on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Twenty trips are outlined, covering prime paddling destinations within Barkley and Clayoquot sounds, including the Deer Group, the Broken Group Islands, and Vargas, Flores and Meares islands. Each trip is headed with important information on tides, currents, safety considerations and launching. Included in each route description is practical information on the different land jurisdictions, campsites, suitable landings and paddling conditions.

Sidebars embellish the history of shipwrecks, examine the Nuu-chah-nulth people and introduce interesting characters like Salal Joe and Fred Tibbs. Others detail some of the natural history of the west coast with topics ranging from grey whales to barnacles. This edition also provides well-researched information on the parks in the area, including Pacific Rim National Park and several parks within the BC Parks system.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
Introduction
7
Trip Difficulty Rating Planning Considerations 10
10
Marine Weather Sea Conditions 16
16
Safety Considerations
22
Land Jurisdictions Camping Paddling Etiquette 28 31
28
Barkley Sound
38
Deer Group Islands trips
39
Batley Wouwer Howell Cree and Dicebox
86
Gilbert Austin and Effingham
92
Cooper and Camblain
96
Clayoquot Sound
98
Meares Island trips 15 Big Tree Trail
105
Lemmens Inlet Adventure Cove
108
Circumnavigation
113
Vargas Island trips
120

Diana
44
Edward King and Folger
48
Sandford and Fleming Islands and the Chain Group
51
West Shore of Tzartus and East Shore of Fleming
55
Broken Group Islands trips
58
Stopper Hand and Brabant
60
Dodd Willis and Turtle
64
Tiny Group Jaques and Jarvis
67
Gibraltar Reeks Nettle and Prideau
70
Gibraltar Dempster and Wiebe
73
Turret Trickett and Lovett
77
Clarke and Benson
81
Tofino to Ahous Bay via East Shore of Vargas
123
Ahous Bay to Blunden Island
134
Ahous Bay to Tofino via South Shore of Vargas
137
Flores Island trips
145
Maurus and Millar Channels to Shark Creek
146
Sulphur Passage Megin River and North Shelter Inlet
154
North and Northeast Shore and Hot Springs Cove
161
North and East Shore to Gibson Marine Park
167
West and South Shore to Cow Bay and Gibson Marine Park
172
Contacts Bibliography Gear Checklist Index 181 182 184
181
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About the author (2005)

Victoria's Mary Ann Snowden was born on the West Coast in 1953 and returned to it in 1984 as a kayaking instructor and guide with Ocean River Sports. Her "Island Paddling" outlined 37 paddling trips around the Gulf Islands and Barkley Sound. It was republished in an updated version as"Sea Kayak: The Gulf Island". She also wrote "Sea Kayak Barkley & Clayoquot Sounds".Mary Ann Snowden spent every available recreational hour on the water in the early '90s, and to this day continues to explore the waters surrounding the Gulf Islands. She has established a credible reputation within the paddling community and her first book Island Paddling has sold over 10,000 copies in the last 10 years.

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