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
Selena Schmieger

2023 Gerald Island English Ivy Removal

We had another successful invasive species removal on Gerald Island last month. Volunteers came out between April 14-16 and combined forces to tackle English Ivy. This project has been one of our longest-running initiatives and we are seeing significant progress with lots of native vegetation returning. We couldn’t be more

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Coastal Journeys
Paul Grey

Team Forces of Nature: The Inside Passage May 2023

The Forces of Nature are an 8-man team of six veterans and two civilians on a challenge starting May 1st to paddle approximately 2000 kilometres from Anacortes, Washington to Skagway, Alaska. Their unsupported expedition has been in planning for four years, starting with a possible expedition in the Amazon in

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Norm Hann carrying SUP on beach with mountains in the background
Coastal Journeys
Paul Grey

Pro tips for SUP-Safety from Norm Hann

We recently met with SUP expeditions leader and instructor, Norm Hann, to talk about safety on the water and uncovered some common misconceptions about safety precautions when standup paddleboarding. Standup paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular watersport that offers a unique way to explore the beauty of the waterways. But

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Coastal Journeys
Jerry & Julee Kaye

Favourite Day-Paddle Memory

Chemainus to Galiano Island – Alone and Racing Against The Tide Over the years, I’ve enjoyed a lot of day paddles on Vancouver Island, but my favourite was an outing from Chemainus to Coon Bay on Galiano Island alone against the tide. It was my first paddle of the year.

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Coastal Journeys
Jerry & Julee Kaye

Sea Kayaking the Salish Sea Marine Trail

…from Nanaimo to Sidney Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.Matsuo Basho What gives value to travel is fear.Albert Camus Four of us in a pair of double kayaks are two hours into a very promising 100 kilometre paddle down the Salish Sea Marine Trail from

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Central Coast
Jerry & Julee Kaye

Kayaking Wisdom from the Wild

This article was originally published in 2018, and follows a portion of a route also taken by veteran paddlers Susan Marie Conrad, Jim Chester and Audrey Sutherland. Their wisdom, as well as Jerry and Julee’s, is written in entries in the logbook at “The Magical Cabin”. A third of the

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