Thank you Staff and Paddling Friends

 

At the end of a great season we must say goodbye to too many good friends.  At the end of August we bid Spencer good luck to his studies at Thompson Rivers University and by mid September Alex was flying home in order to begin a new adventure overseas!  We hope the winter passes quickly and you both will be back in Victoria soon!  

Brad put together a video that will keep summer adventure in our thoughts and to give Alex a proper send off.  We departed from Island View Beach on a windy but clear day and made good time across to Darcy Island where we spent the first night.  As we rounded the last bend of the channel between the privately owned Little Darcy and the provincial park on D’arcy, we found another kayaker having a snooze on the beach.  He was surprised to see Belle and Lucca pop out of our kayaks and up the beach to say Hi.

After a rest in the sun we had work to do to set up camp.  Brad and I discovered to our disappointment that our tent had a not 1 but 2 broken poles and could not be used despite attempts to repair them.  Since purchasing our Big Foot trailer neither of us had slept in a tent for 3 years and instead we slept under a tarp.  We had the dogs to keep us warm but Alex was alone in our cozy Tarn2 on her first night camping in a tent.  

Morning coffee was spent watching a pair of oyster catchers gathering breakfast.  We ourselves had an egg scramble and broke camp in record time to catch the flood tide to Rum Island.  It was sunny but cool and soon we were shedding our paddling jackets.  We stopped at Mandarte Island to watch the cormorants as we enjoyed and orange each, a great kayak snack.  If you drop it overboard it will still float!

We arrived at Rum Island by lunchtime and had the pick of the 4 raised tent pads, we had the small island to ourselves!  Following a picnic of chicken and mashed potato we explored our new island.  Unfortunately when we returned we met with a group of no less than a dozen kids from St Michaels University school.  They were everywhere!   We tried to make the most of our evening with a bottle of rum to honour the rum smugglers that the island was named for.  But their tents surrounded ours and we spent the night listening to their adolescent voices.

Our last day took us along Sidney Island and through Cordova Channel back to Island View Beach.   It was a calm and clear day and an enjoyable paddle but it seemed to take forever to make the beach as we all hungered for lunch and anticipated a shower!  We had a great time and we are already planning our next staff kayak overnight outing for the Spring.

Thank you to all our paddlers and staff who made 2014 a stellar year!

Katharine Palmer co owner

 

Goodbye Spencer

 

Spencer, or to those who have paddled with him,

Bear leaves us today to return to school in Kamloops.

Thanks Bear for 3 excellent seasons with us in Victoria!!  

We wish you the best in your new adventures and you will be missed.
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Victoria family spots rare Sea Otter near Cadboro Bay

There was a rare sighting of a sea otter in Telegraph Cove, Saanich today! He got up close with these kayakers:

Click on the image below to see the video on the CHEK News site

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They were hunted to near extinction in B.C. And are rarely seen on our waters, but sea otters are now beginning to re-appear. We have incredible video to show you of one little guy who is delighting onlookers with his playful appearance.

Sinking Baby Seal

Brad made the local news tonight with his seal pup video! Chek news calls it incredible footage of a sealing harbour seal.  Click the link to watch, great job Brad!

http://www.cheknews.ca/sinking-baby-seal/

 

Amazing video of a newborn seal pup sinking to the ocean floor was captured with an underwater camera by the owner of Kelp Reef Adventures on a recent kayak trip near Victoria.

Fisherman’s Wharf is the Place to Be

Fisherman’s Wharf is the place to be on a hot summer day in Victoria! We made the CTV news. Watch for Brad and Spencer who carry a kayak right through the shot!

Click on the image below to see the video on the CTV News site

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More YouTube Videos

Brad has been taking his underwater Go Pro camera with him on every tour. He has posted some excellent videos to You tube so please check them out by clicking HERE.

 

Summer Specials

We started our summer specials today.

The family tour is 1/2 price for children ages 7-12 everyday at 4pm and Ladies Night, 1/2 price for ladies every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.

Call to reserve your summer special tour today 250 386 7333.

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Hiring New Guides

We are gearing up for a busy season and hiring new guides. Lucas and Peter recently graduated from the West Coast Adventure College in Sooke join the team this year. And Spencer, or Bear to those who have paddled with him returns from Golden for his 3rd season with us!