Coastal Cafe: Most Recent Articles

Grab a coffee, relax and read an article about past trips and experiences on the BC Coast. Share your story and photos, email to articles@bcmarinetrails.org.
Coastal Journeys
Denis Dywer

Why I Paddle Solo

I am often asked why I prefer going on long sea kayaking trips by myself. Concerns are usually stated in terms such as; “Aren’t you scared to be alone, what if you get hurt, or what if you get lost?” Wildlife Some people reference the dangers from bears or other

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Coastal Journeys
Susan Conrad

Beguiled by the Wild’s Delicious Solitude

Susan Conrad answers the question: why solo? I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself… ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden Since Inside was released in mid-May, I’ve given 38 slideshow presentations throughout the country. My book tour has taken me up and down

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Coastal Journeys
Denis Dywer

Brown Bear Encounter on Price Island

It was one of those frightening life changing moments that are set apart from all others and become seared deeply into ones memory. I had been paddling for 38 days since leaving Bellingham, WA and it would be another 10 days before I reached Prince Rupert, BC. It would still

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News & Press
Paul Grey

10 lessons paddling to Alaska

Susan Conrad shares her recipe of thoughts gained through a solo 66 day, 1,148 mile trip. Believe that you can do anything you set your mind to. Your passion should be your path and your path should be your passion. ~Rosita Arvigo I love Cinco de Mayo. Not because it’s

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News & Press
Paul Grey

North Brooks gets a sprucing up

Last year’s cleanup removed 3.77 tonnes from the Restless Bight area at the south entrance to Kyuquot Sound. This year continued south from that same area, focusing on Side Bay, Heater Point and Crabapple Islets — all popular kayaking areas in the remote Brooks Peninsula region of north Vancouver Island.

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Broken Group - Deer Group
Martin Ryer

The Broken Group Islands and a broken float plan

As I become more and more experienced with sea kayaking I find the more and more I deviate from the routing as outlined in my float plan. To quote Robert Burns, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” This was the case recently during my week paddling

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