Imagine deep, narrow fiords and inlets like Norway or New Zealand with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains to the east. Across the sparking blue water of the Strait of Georgia are the mountains of Vancouver Island. The setting couldn’t be more stunning! To top it all off it’s not far from home, it’s sunny and the water is warm! Why is it called the Sunshine Coast? The sun shines almost every day because it’s in the rain shadow of Vancouver Island. The weather is often perfect…70-75 degrees with little or no wind (except for Sechelt Inlet where it’s always windy in the afternoon).
The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia is a 40 minute ferry ride out of Horseshoe Bay north of Vancouver. Kayakers enjoy beautiful, clear saltwater filled with marine life. Porpoises, seals and bald eagles are frequent paddling companions. Besides excellent paddling, a hike to see the legendary Skookumchuk Narrows at the top of Sechelt Inlet is a popular activity. The full tidal exchange passes through these narrows, creating a tidal rapid can run at 10-14 knots with up to 16 foot over falls. Huge whirlpools appear out of nowhere then disappear. Both kayakers and surf boarders ride the standing wave. It is a sight to see!
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British Columbia's Sunshine Coast lies on the west coast of the continent, in the rain shadow of Vancouver Island’s mountains and north of the the Georgia Strait. Blessed with warm water, (usually) abundant sunshine and beautiful scenery, the area is a paddlers joy. Islands and inlets beckon. Seals, geese, eagles and sometimes porpoises can be seen.
Paddling Trip Considerations: Participation in the Sunshine Coast event is limited to OOPS members. Violations of this policy has caused friction in the past. Official OOPS trips follow all guidelines in OOPS activity policy. We strongly recommend organizers of unofficial trips adhere to the requirements as well. Please read the OOPS Activity Policy.
Where: Our base camp is Sechelt, about 350 miles from Portland. There is one ferry and Canadian Customs, so allow extra time.
Camping and Social Considerations: You must sign up a minimum of 3 weeks before the event. You must prepay for your campsite if staying at Bayside Campground. Prepay with Dede Moore, contact information below. OOPS has reserved all the non-hookup sites at Bay-side Campground. Hookups are available there. Additional camping is at Porpoise Bay provincial park. The Sechelt area has hotels and B&Bs.
Meals: The Saturday night potluck takes place at the Bayside Campground. All participants, wherever they stay, are welcome. Dishes should be made to feed about 6 people, not the whole hungry 30 or so. There may also be a Sunday night celebration dinner.