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
Robert Zacharias

Swartz Bay to Mayne Island

Paddle and Ferry Trip On a sunny August morning my wife Lisa and I, along with six of our paddling friends, departed Swartz Bay for a 13 nautical mile paddle to our destination of Village Bay on Mayne Island. Before the fun could start, a bit of work was required!

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Discoveries & Mid Coast
Allan Edwin

Numas Islands, Crossing the Strait

For most paddlers, any mention of the Broughtons refers to the southeastern region of this area, accessed from Telegraph Cove. Less well known are the reaches in the north and west. That is mainly because of what it takes to get there. Paddlers ready for the 9 NM (3 hr) direct

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Central Coast
Susan Conrad

Joie de vivre

Inside Passage Wilderness is a ferocious intoxication which sweeps over your senses with rinsing vitality, leaving you stripped to the vivid, your senses rubbed until they shine.~Jay Griffiths When my mind cycles back to my Inside Passage journey, it cinematically rewinds through the hundreds of images stored deep in its

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Coastal Journeys
Fred Pishalski

Kayaking God’s Pocket

The park, located on the East side of Goletas Channel, comprises of a group of small islands at the entrance to Queen Charlotte Strait, including Hurst, Bell, Boyle and Crane Islands, and numerous other smaller islets.  The name God’s Pocket comes from not only the outstanding beauty of the area

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News & Press
Fred Pishalski

Galiano Island’s Dionisio Provincial Park

A Gulf Islands Marine Trails Series Article…A number of years ago we put in at Elliots Beach just outside Ladysmith and headed over to Galiano Island. At the north end of the island is Dionisio Provincial Park. To get to the Sandstone landing site you need to paddle thru Porlier

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News & Press
Elizabeth Purdon

D’Arcy Island in December

As I drink my morning coffee, I can look out our kitchen window to see the Salish Sea and D’Arcy Island in the distance.  There were four of us at home under COVID-19 restrictions with no socializing at Christmas; we were going a little stir crazy.  It was not hard

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