Trip Report: Deep Cove: March 27, 2022

What started out as a bleak, grey cool day threatening rain ended up as a nice day with sunshine!  Never trust the weatherman here on the west coast.

Our launch was at a new location that we were not familiar with so it turns out that both Mike and Kym turned up early to check it out.  4612 Strathcona Road is in a small bay just south of the typical launch (Deep Cove).  There was street parking with no time restraint for about 4 cars and about 4 spots for short term 3 hour parking.

It is about 70 ft to the beach where there is enough room for a few boats to launch at the time.  This launch does not accommodate motorized boats being backed in with cars.  It is perfect for canoes and kayaks.  There are no facilities.

Our members today were led by Mike and Serrat with new member Kym paddling with Steve and we joined up on the water with Don.

The water was calm and clear throughout the trip.  It was quiet with very few paddlers and surprisingly very few motor boats too.  I have tried to draw out a map of our trip with an outbound line in black and the return in blue.  (see map)

We launched at 10 am and met up with Don on the west side of Indian arm near Quarry Rock. We paddled across to Jug Island and stopped for a quick pit stop.  We continued across to the east side and then paddled up to Twin Islands where we stopped for a short lunch break.  (see photo)

Wildlife was a bit scarce this trip: seagulls, a few cormorants, possibly one seal (no not the black buoy, I didn’t count that).

We returned around 2 pm.  It was a great, easy paddle of about 4 hour duration.  For me, my first trip of the season and first with Beaver Canoe Club it was a fun day meeting new people and getting out.                     – Kym W


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