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Escape     into    the    wilds    of    nature,    and    paddle    the beautiful   waters   of   the   Sunshine   Coast   in   a   fun,   safe and     educational     environment.          No     experience     is necessary,   and   the   journey   is   guaranteed   to   be   FUN   for ALL AGES! Our   Fully   Guided      and      Self   -   Guided   Tours   offer   an escape   into   nature   to   become   one   with   the   ocean   and nature   that   surrounds   you.      Come   discover   the   beauty and   amazing   wilderness   varieties   present   in   the   Howe Sound.   From   sheltered   island   bays   against   a   backdrop of     towering     Coastal     Mountains     to     views     of     lush rainforests,   cascading   waterfalls   and   active   seal   haul- outs,    offers    the    ultimate    outdoor    adventure.        These tours   will   allow   you   to   discover   by   sea   kayak   some   of the   numerous   islands   and   waterways   present   in   Howe Sound   from   the   deck   of   your   kayak   and   spectacular views of Howe Sound are guaranteed. Launch   into   Howe   Sound   from   our   dock   in   Gibsons Landing    Harbour    to    experience    the    nearby    group    of Pasley   Islands,   Keats   Island,   Gambier   Island,   Bowen Island   or   Anvil   Island,      Observe   the   amazing   snow   - capped    mountains,    shorelines,    the    wildlife,    including seals,   eagles   and   the   occasional   orca   whale,   from   a unique and  intimate perspective – on the water.
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Keats Island - Plumpers Cove The   Trip   –   Approximately   2   -   4   Return   (depending   on   leisure time spent) Cost - Kayak Rental Launch from Gibsons Landing Harbour.  You can rent kayaks from Sunshine Kayaking and depart from their dock in Gibsons Landing Harbour.  There is also a launch site in Gibsons Harbour.  Follow the main street of Lower Gibsons around the waterfront, turn left at Headlands Road and follow it to a firm sand beach just beyond the marine and inside the breakwater, at the foot of Steep Bluff.  Drive your vehicle on the beach to unload your gear, but remember to park up the road.  This is one of the easiest launching sites on the Sunshine Coast, as it places you at water’s edge in all conditions.  Once   you   have   launched   from   Gibsons   Harbour,   a   number   of alternative     routes     to     Plumper     Cove     Provincial     Park     are available.      You   may   want   to   paddle   north   along   the   coast   to   see Gibsons   shoreline   and   its   environment   before   crossing   Shoal Channel   to   Keats   Island.      Or   you   can   head   directly   to   Plumper Cove   from   the   launch   site.      This   is   a   crossing   of   about   1.6   km over   open   water,   another   chance   to   savour   the   splendour   of   the coastal   mountains.         If   the   channel   is   windy,   you   may   prefer   to go   south   around   Steep   Bluff,   cross   the   narrow   channel   to   Keats Island and follow the shoreline to the park. When   you   arrive   into   Plumpers   Cove   you   will   slip   into   the   cove behind   the   Shelter   Islands   and   you   will   see   the   public   wharf   and the   park.      There   are   hiking   trails   that   follow   the   coast   and   wind through    the    forest,    where    you    can    see    many    bird    species.      Return to Gibsons Landing Harbour.
 
Keats Island Circumnavigation  The   Trip   –   Approximately   6   Hours                     4   Hours   Travel   –   2 Hours Exploring Cost – Kayak Rental      Launch     from     Gibsons     Harbour,     check     your     weather conditions.      To   circumnavigate   Keats   Island   it   is   about   13   km or   8   miles   in   safe   well   protected   waters   for   the   most   part.        West    winds    will    be    augmented    by    the    funnelling    and channelling   effect   through   the   gap   between   the   mainland   and Keats   Island.   Collingwood   Channel   at   the   east   end   of   Keats will be affected by the southeast winds and westerlies. Proceed   around   Steep   Bluff,   and   head   out   of   the   harbour   and toward   Home   Island   also   known   as   “Salmon   Rock”   at   the south    tip    of    Keats    Island.    Shoal    Channel    is    an    area    of increased   wave   action   due   to   the   funnelling   effect   and   the shallow   water.      When   you   reach   a   tiny   cove   behind   the   rocks off   the   southern   tip   of   Keats,   the   tumult   suddenly   subsides.     You   will   find   a   pocket   beach   which   gives   you   the   opportunity to    rest    or    go    ashore    and    explore    the    hiking    trails    on    the island.      It   is   also   a   beautiful   place   to   watch   the   sunset.      This little   cove   is   dry   at   lowest   tides   but   offers   a   safe   harbour   when the water depths permits. Once    you    turn    northeast    along    the    southern    face    of    the island,   you   are   protected   from   the   winds   and   the   paddling   is easy   and   pleasant.      For   the   next   mile   or   so,   the   shoreline   is sparsely   settled   and   you   can   enjoy   a   taste   of   the   wilderness solitude.      There   are   a   couple   of   rocky   beaches   in   small   bays along   the   coast   where   you   can   get   out   of   your   kayak,   go   for   a hike or go swimming. This   is   a   nice   stretch   of   coast   to   drift   along   quietly,   observing the   life   of   the   water,   wood   and   shore.      You   will   see   loons, plenty   of   kingfishers   swooping   from   tree   to   tree,   eagles   and the always present gulls.  Toward   the   east   end   of   the   island   you   will   see   the   settlement of   Eastbourne.      You   can   park   your   kayak   at   the   small   beach beside    the    public    wharf,    and    go    for    a    walk    through    the community or go for a hike on the nearby hiking trails.  Continuing   to   paddle   around   the   island   you   will   go   around Cotton    Point    and    move    along    the    northern    shore,    facing Thornbrough   Channel.      There   are   no   beaches   for   the   next mile   or   so   and   the   rocky   shores   drop   straight   into   the   deep water,   while   the   trees   hang   over   your   head   from   time   to   time as you paddle along. Just   before   turning   south   into   Shoal   Channel,   you   will   see   a farm    where    the    pier    is    busy    with    children    in    the    summer months.   Around    the    corner    you    will    enter    Plumpers    Cove Provincial   Park   which   is   another   great   place   to   park   your kayak   to   stretch   your   legs,   have   a   picnic   or   explore   some   the many hiking trails on the island.  From   Plumpers   Cove,   you   can   paddle   directly   across   Shoal Channel    to    the    Gibsons    shoreline    enjoying    the    fabulous mountain   views   which   this   crossing   is   1.5   km.      Or   you   may want   to   continue   along   the   shoreline   of   Keats   Island   until   you reach the narrower crossing back into Gibsons Harbour.
 
Pasley Islands  Trip Time Approximately 2 - 4 Hours Cost – Kayak Rental Launch   from   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour.   Head   around   Steep Bluff   and   make   the   crossing   to   Home   Island   (also   known   as salmon   rock)   off   the   tip   of   Keats   Island.         Now   set   out   across Barfleur    Passage    which    lies    between    Keats    Island    and    the Pasley    Islands    and    paddle    towards    the    Pasley    Islands    just south of you. Head   for   Popham   Island,   the   most   westerly   of   the   group.      Seals are   frequently   seen   fishing   the   passage   between   Popham   and Little   Popham   or   lounging   on   the   rocky   shoals   at   the   western extremity   of   the   Island.      Remember   to   stay   away   al   least   100 meters   off   the   shore   to   protect   the   well-being   of   the   colony, especially   the   pups   in   spring.      Once   you   are   in   the   islands,   you are   protected   and   free   to   explore   the   shorelines.      The   Pasley group   of   8   islands   include   Pophame,   Little   Pophame,   Hermit   , Pasley, Woolcombe, Ragged, Mickey and New Island. The   Pasley   Islands   are   all   privately   owned,   so   please   show respect   for   the   residents.      They   have   designated   the   small   islet just   north   of   Hermit   Island   as   a   picnic   area   and   resting   spot   for visitors.      It   is   a   nice   little   area   with   beaches,   rocks   on   shore   and a   tiny   forest   of   arbutus   trees   covering   its   centre.     There   is   also   a wealth     of     bird     life     in     the     waters     around     the     islands     mergansers,   harlequin   ducks,   cormorants,   kingfishers   and   the flocks of tiny birds that frequent the brush on many shorelines. The   largest   island   is   called   Pasley   Island   and   lies   in   the   centre with   a   necklace   of   smaller   islands   surrounding   it.      The   shores are   all   rocky,   most   falling   into   deep   water   right   at   the   edge.     There   are   few   beaches   but   many   landing   opportunities   on   the low   rocks.      Spend   your   time   exploring   these   islands,   but   keep an   eye   on   the   weather   as   Barfleur   Passage   is   quite   exposed   to changing weather conditions.
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Gambier Island  Gambier    Island    is    host    to    many    beaches,    kayak    launching areas   and   great   for   swimming   and   kayaking,   excellent   hiking trails    through    the    forest    where    you    will    see    many    types    of different   wildlife,   camping   and   hiking.      There   are   five   major campsites   on   the   perimeter   of   Gambier   Island   –   West   Bay, Halkett   Bay,   Brigade   bay,   Douglas   Bay   and   Ekins   Point.   There is   also   camping   at   Gambier   Lake   which   is   a   3   -hour   hike   from Douglas Bay. Grace Island & West Bay  -  trip time  4 – 5 hours return    Cost: Kayak Rental Launch   from   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour.      Follow   the   Gibsons shoreline    until    you    are    past    the    Langdale    ferry    terminal.      Exercise    appropriate    caution    to    avoid    the    ferries    and    other commercial   traffic.      Once   clear   of   this   traffic,   cross   the   Channel toward   Grace   Island,   just   off   the   southern   tip   of   Gambier   Island.     Slip   behind   the   island   around   the   point   into   West   Bay.      Paddling down   the   shoreline   of   the   bay,   you   will   pass   towering   rock   cliffs and   occasional   beaches.      Vistas   worthy   of   picture   postcards   are a   treat   for   the   eye   as   the   snow-capped   mountains   rise   out   of the water on every side.  Going   ashore   you   will   find   two   public   wharfs,   Gambier   Harbour and   West   Bay,   each   giving   you   access   to   the   settled   areas   of the   island. At   the   very   end   of   West   Bay   is   the   mouth   of   a   creek, where   you   can   hear   the   water   tumbling   down   the   mountainside in   the   winter   rainy   season.      You   can   go   hiking   through   the woods    which    are    all    hung    with    mosses.    This    is    a    possible campsite   if   you   are   planning   to   stay   overnight.   Mosses   and lichen   are   a   beautiful   feature   of   this   shoreline.      They   grow   in great   profusion   on   the   rocky   cliffs,   constantly   moistened   by   the water   that   seeps   down   the   steep   slopes.      Along   with   ferns,   the moss    and    lichen    form    a    study    in    green    textures    clinging precariously    on    narrow    ledges    of    rock.        Return    to    Gibsons Landing Harbour Thornbrough Bay & New Brighton  -  trip time  4 – 6 hours return Cost: Kayak Rental Launch   from   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour.      Follow   the   Gibsons shoreline    until    you    are    past    the    ferry    terminal.        Exercise appropriate   caution   to   avoid   the   ferries   and   other   commercial traffic.      Once   clear   of   this   traffic,   cross   Thornbrough   Channel toward   Thornbrough   Bay   on   Gambier   Island.   After   crossing   the Channel,   choose   the   westerly   shoreline   so   that   you   can   enjoy   a beautiful   coastline   of   rocks   and   trees.      You   will   see   summer cottages   and   permanent   dwellings   along   the   whole   coast   of Gambier, with long stretches of land between. Thornbrough    Bay    on    the    west    shore    is    home    to    the    tiny settlement   of   New   Brighton.      You   can   go   ashore   on   the   public wharf   and   walk   a   short   way   up   the   hill   to   a   charming   little general   store   and   restaurant.   A   great   stop   for   lunch   and   to   see the local arts and crafts. From   New   Brighton   you   can   hike   to   the   interior   of   the   island   or to   Gambier   Harbour   Pier. There   is   a   lovely   lake   up   the   mountain which   is   a   favourite   hiking   destination.      Check   out   the   maps   and get    more    information    at    the    local    general    store.    Return    to Gibsons Landing Harbour. Hackett Bay Provincial Park – trip time 8 – 9 hours return    Cost:  Kayak Rental Launch   from   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour.      Paddle   across   Shoal Channel    and    around    the    North    Side    of    Keats    Island.        The towering   peaks   of   the   coastal   mountains   open   out   before   you   in a   magnificent   vista.      Hugging   the   coast   of   Keats   allows   you   to enjoy the varios kinds of starfish that cling to the rocky shores. Collingwood   Channel   is   a   favourite   spot   for   viewing   wildlife   of all   kinds   due   to   the   brisk   tidal   flows.   Watch   for   many   different species   of   birds,   lots   of   seals   and   the   occasional   whale.      From Cotton   Point   on   the   eastern   tip   of   Keats   Island,   head   across   to Hutt   Island   where   you   can   slip   into   the   lee   of   the   island   for   a rest   before   venturing   across   Collingwood   Channel   to   Gambier.     The   shortest   crossing   to   the   island   starts   here,   but   head   for   a point   east   of   Hope   Point,   on   the   southeast   end   of   Gambier,   to stay in the lee of Bowen Island.  Hackett   Bay    is   than   a   short   paddle   down   the   coastline.     This   Provincial   Marine   Park   has   excellent   campsites.      From here   you   can   explore   the   eastern   face   of   Gambier   Island   and enjoy    its    wonderful    seascapes..            Tucked    away    inside    a government   wharf   lies   at   the   end   of   the   bay   where   a   thick   fringe of    hemlock    and    second-growth    fir    shield    the    shoreline    from view.   If   you   walk   into   the   shade   of   the   trees,   you'll   discover   a series    of    clearings    linked    by    old    logging    trails    that    have assumed   the   character   of   sedate   laneways.   You   could   camp here   where   there   are   several   formal   sites   or   on   a   small   island just   offshore   in   the   bay. The   island   boasts   a   small   beach,   above which   stands   a   clearing   large   enough   for   one   tent.         You   can hike   the   old   logging   road   that   terminates   beside   the   campsites at   Halkett   Bay   west   to   Camp   Fircom,   a   half-hour   walk.   At   first the    road    leads    through    the    forest,    but    it    descends    to    the shoreline   as   it   nears   the   camp,   with   a   pleasing   view   south   of Hood    Point    on    Bowen    Island.        Return    to    Gibsons    Landing Harbour. Woolridge Island - Ekins Point    - trip time 4 – 6 hours depart Port Mellon return    Cost:  Kayak Rental Launch   from   Port   Mellon   via   Dunham   Road   to   the   water’s   edge and    launch    your    kayak.        From    this    vantage    point    you    are looking   directly   across   Thornbrough   Channel   toward   Gambier Island,   with   Woolridge   Island   directly   in   front   and   snuggled   up against   Gambier   Island.      Thornbrough   Channel   is   a   protected waterway   and   usually   calm.      Paddle   toward   the   western   tip   of Woolridge   Island.      The   coastal   mountains   are   spectacular   from the middle of the Channel.  Rocky   beaches   greet   you   all   along   the   island   shore   until   you round   the   point   to   enter   Latona   Passage   between   Woolridge and   Gambier   Islands.      Through   the   still   of   the   waters   you   will see   Herons   galore   on   the   log   booms,   Kingfishers   swooping between   the   shores   and   trees   and   seals   keeping   a   close   on what we are doing. There   is   a   small   beach   near   the   southeast   tip   of   Woolridge Island   where   you   stop,   relax   and   have   lunch.      Continue   the   trip by   paddling   northeast   along   the   eastern   arm   of   Thornbrough Channel   toward   Ekins   Point.      As   you   move   along   the   Gambier Coast,   the   cliffs   collapse   and   you   can   launch   on   friendlier   rocks.     At   Ekins   Point   you   will   have   spectacular   views   and   there   is   a camping   site   available.      On   the   return   trip   to   Port   Mellon,   paddle straight   southwest,   leaving   Woolridge   Island   to   the   left,   and then   another   3.2   km   to   your   launching   site.      Return   to   Port Mellon.  Douglas Bay & Brigade Bay   - trip time can be from Gibsons Landing Harbour or Port Mellon departure Launch   from   Gibsons   Harbour   or   from   Port   Mellon   to   Douglas Bay    and    Brigade    Bay.    From    Port    Mellon    paddle    toward Woolridge   Island,   and   continue   to   the   east   side   of   Gambier Island   opposite   Anvil   Island.      This   side   of   Gambier   Island   is spectacular,   with   rock   cliffs   soaring   out   of   the   sea   against   a backdrop   of   towering   coastal   mountains.      This   area   is   unhibited except   for   the   abundance   of   seabirds   and   seals   that   fish   the channels   in   numbers.   Camp   on   the   shorelines   of   Ekins   Point, Douglas   Bay   or   Brigade   Bay   under   a   canopy   of   gigantic   maple trees and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the outdoors.  You   can   visit   the   waterfall   in   Douglas   Bay   or   do   some   hiking.      If weather   permits,   enjoy   a   trip   to   Christie   Islet   and   Pam   Rock.     This   tiny   islet   and   sprinking   of   bare   rocks,   poking   out   of   the water   just   south   of   Anvil   Island,   is   home   to   one   of   our   largest seal    colonies.        They    are    also    the    breeding    grounds    for Glaucous-winged    Gulls    and    cormorants,    Harlequin    Ducks, Hooded   Mergansers,   Bonaparte’s   Gulls   and   many   others   can be   seen   in   their   seasons. The   Double-crested   Cormorants   have been   building   their   nests   if   twigs   on   these   rocks   for   many   years and   now   they   are   2-4   foot   high   structures   perched   on   the   rocky ledges. A very unique sight to see.
 
Gambier Island Circumnavigation Trip Time - As Long As You Want. To   circumnavigate   Gambier   Island,   you   can   paddle   in   either direction   depending   on   the   conditions   at   the   start   of   the   trip.     From   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour   around   Gambier   Island   and back   to   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour   it   is   approximately   41.5   km (26   mi).      Expect   to   paddle   about   5   km/h   (3mph)   if   you   are moving   at   a   relaxed   pace   and   stopping   to   enjoy   the   sights.     Paddling   time   will   also   depend   on   the   direction   of   the   tide and   wind.         There   are   five   major   campsites   on   the   perimeter of   Gambier   Island   –   West   Bay,   Halkett   Bay,   Brigade   Bay, Douglas   Bay   and   Ekins   Point,   so   take   your   time   and   enjoy the scenery. An itinerary would be as follows or visa versa: Depart   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour   –   Grace   Island   &   West   Bay –   Halkett   Bay,   Brigade   Bay   –   Douglas   Bay   –   Ekins   Point   - Woolridge    Island    –    Thornbrough    Bay    -    New    Brighton    Gibsons Landing Harbour
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Escape     into    the    wilds    of    nature,    and    paddle    the beautiful   waters   of   the   Sunshine   Coast   in   a   fun,   safe and     educational     environment.          No     experience     is necessary,   and   the   journey   is   guaranteed   to   be   FUN   for ALL AGES! Our   Fully   Guided      and      Self   -   Guided   Tours   offer   an escape   into   nature   to   become   one   with   the   ocean   and nature   that   surrounds   you.      Come   discover   the   beauty and   amazing   wilderness   varieties   present   in   the   Howe Sound.   From   sheltered   island   bays   against   a   backdrop of     towering     Coastal     Mountains     to     views     of     lush rainforests,   cascading   waterfalls   and   active   seal   haul- outs,    offers    the    ultimate    outdoor    adventure.        These tours   will   allow   you   to   discover   by   sea   kayak   some   of the   numerous   islands   and   waterways   present   in   Howe Sound   from   the   deck   of   your   kayak   and   spectacular views of Howe Sound are guaranteed. Launch   into   Howe   Sound   from   our   dock   in   Gibsons Landing    Harbour    to    experience    the    nearby    group    of Pasley   Islands,   Keats   Island,   Gambier   Island,   Bowen Island   or   Anvil   Island,      Observe   the   amazing   snow   - capped    mountains,    shorelines,    the    wildlife,    including seals,   eagles   and   the   occasional   orca   whale,   from   a unique and  intimate perspective – on the water.
 
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Keats Island - Plumpers Cove The   Trip   –   Approximately   2   -   4   Return   (depending   on   leisure time spent) Cost - Kayak Rental Launch from Gibsons Landing Harbour.  You can rent kayaks from Sunshine Kayaking and depart from their dock in Gibsons Landing Harbour.  There is also a launch site in Gibsons Harbour.  Follow the main street of Lower Gibsons around the waterfront, turn left at Headlands Road and follow it to a firm sand beach just beyond the marine and inside the breakwater, at the foot of Steep Bluff.  Drive your vehicle on the beach to unload your gear, but remember to park up the road.  This is one of the easiest launching sites on the Sunshine Coast, as it places you at water’s edge in all conditions.  Once   you   have   launched   from   Gibsons   Harbour,   a   number   of alternative     routes     to     Plumper     Cove     Provincial     Park     are available.      You   may   want   to   paddle   north   along   the   coast   to   see Gibsons   shoreline   and   its   environment   before   crossing   Shoal Channel   to   Keats   Island.      Or   you   can   head   directly   to   Plumper Cove   from   the   launch   site.      This   is   a   crossing   of   about   1.6   km over   open   water,   another   chance   to   savour   the   splendour   of   the coastal   mountains.         If   the   channel   is   windy,   you   may   prefer   to go   south   around   Steep   Bluff,   cross   the   narrow   channel   to   Keats Island and follow the shoreline to the park. When   you   arrive   into   Plumpers   Cove   you   will   slip   into   the   cove behind   the   Shelter   Islands   and   you   will   see   the   public   wharf   and the   park.      There   are   hiking   trails   that   follow   the   coast   and   wind through    the    forest,    where    you    can    see    many    bird    species.      Return to Gibsons Landing Harbour.
Keats Island Circumnavigation  The Trip   Approximately   6   Hours                     4   Hours Travel   –   2   Hours Exploring Cost – Kayak Rental    Launch   from   Gibsons   Harbour,   check   your   weather   conditions.     To   circumnavigate   Keats   Island   it   is   about   13   km   or   8   miles   in safe   well   protected   waters   for   the   most   part.         West   winds   will be   augmented   by   the   funnelling   and   channelling   effect   through the   gap   between   the   mainland   and   Keats   Island.   Collingwood Channel    at    the    east    end    of    Keats    will    be    affected    by    the southeast winds and westerlies. Proceed   around   Steep   Bluff,   and   head   out   of   the   harbour   and toward   Home   Island   also   known   as   “Salmon   Rock”   at   the   south tip   of   Keats   Island.   Shoal   Channel   is   an   area   of   increased   wave action   due   to   the   funnelling   effect   and   the   shallow   water.      When you   reach   a   tiny   cove   behind   the   rocks   off   the   southern   tip   of Keats,   the   tumult   suddenly   subsides.      You   will   find   a   pocket beach   which   gives   you   the   opportunity   to   rest   or   go   ashore   and explore   the   hiking   trails   on   the   island.      It   is   also   a   beautiful place   to   watch   the   sunset.      This   little   cove   is   dry   at   lowest   tides but offers a safe harbour when the water depths permits. Once   you   turn   northeast   along   the   southern   face   of   the   island, you   are   protected   from   the   winds   and   the   paddling   is   easy   and pleasant.      For   the   next   mile   or   so,   the   shoreline   is   sparsely settled   and   you   can   enjoy   a   taste   of   the   wilderness   solitude.     There   are   a   couple   of   rocky   beaches   in   small   bays   along   the coast   where   you   can   get   out   of   your   kayak,   go   for   a   hike   or   go swimming. This   is   a   nice   stretch   of   coast   to   drift   along   quietly,   observing the   life   of   the   water,   wood   and   shore.     You   will   see   loons,   plenty of    kingfishers    swooping    from    tree    to    tree,    eagles    and    the always present gulls.  Toward   the   east   end   of   the   island   you   will   see   the   settlement   of Eastbourne.       You    can    park    your    kayak    at    the    small    beach beside    the    public    wharf,    and    go    for    a    walk    through    the community or go for a hike on the nearby hiking trails.  Continuing    to    paddle    around    the    island    you    will    go    around Cotton    Point    and    move    along    the    northern    shore,    facing Thornbrough   Channel.      There   are   no   beaches   for   the   next   mile or   so   and   the   rocky   shores   drop   straight   into   the   deep   water, while   the   trees   hang   over   your   head   from   time   to   time   as   you paddle along. Just   before   turning   south   into   Shoal   Channel,   you   will   see   a farm    where    the    pier    is    busy    with    children    in    the    summer months.    Around    the    corner    you    will    enter    Plumpers    Cove Provincial   Park   which   is   another   great   place   to   park   your   kayak to   stretch   your   legs,   have   a   picnic   or   explore   some   the   many hiking trails on the island.  From   Plumpers   Cove,   you   can   paddle   directly   across   Shoal Channel    to    the    Gibsons    shoreline    enjoying    the    fabulous mountain   views   which   this   crossing   is   1.5   km.      Or   you   may want   to   continue   along   the   shoreline   of   Keats   Island   until   you reach the narrower crossing back into Gibsons Harbour.
 
 
Pasley Islands  Trip Time Approximately 2 - 4 Hours Cost – Kayak Rental Launch       from       Gibsons       Landing Harbour.   Head   around   Steep   Bluff   and make    the    crossing    to    Home    Island (also   known   as   salmon   rock)   off   the   tip of   Keats   Island.         Now   set   out   across Barfleur   Passage   which   lies   between Keats    Island    and    the    Pasley    Islands and   paddle   towards   the   Pasley   Islands just south of you. Head   for   Popham   Island,   the   most   westerly   of   the   group.      Seals are   frequently   seen   fishing   the   passage   between   Popham   and Little   Popham   or   lounging   on   the   rocky   shoals   at   the   western extremity   of   the   Island.      Remember   to   stay   away   al   least   100 meters   off   the   shore   to   protect   the   well-being   of   the   colony, especially   the   pups   in   spring.      Once   you   are   in   the   islands,   you are   protected   and   free   to   explore   the   shorelines.      The   Pasley group   of   8   islands   include   Pophame,   Little   Pophame,   Hermit   , Pasley, Woolcombe, Ragged, Mickey and New Island. The   Pasley   Islands   are   all   privately   owned,   so   please   show respect   for   the   residents.      They   have   designated   the   small   islet just   north   of   Hermit   Island   as   a   picnic   area   and   resting   spot   for visitors.      It   is   a   nice   little   area   with   beaches,   rocks   on   shore   and a   tiny   forest   of   arbutus   trees   covering   its   centre.     There   is   also   a wealth     of     bird     life     in     the     waters     around     the     islands     mergansers,   harlequin   ducks,   cormorants,   kingfishers   and   the flocks of tiny birds that frequent the brush on many shorelines. The   largest   island   is   called   Pasley   Island   and   lies   in   the   centre with   a   necklace   of   smaller   islands   surrounding   it.      The   shores are   all   rocky,   most   falling   into   deep   water   right   at   the   edge.     There   are   few   beaches   but   many   landing   opportunities   on   the low   rocks.      Spend   your   time   exploring   these   islands,   but   keep an   eye   on   the   weather   as   Barfleur   Passage   is   quite   exposed   to changing weather conditions.
 
Bowen Island  Trip Time Approximately 5 - 7 Hours  Cost – Kayak Rental Launch       from       Gibsons       Landing Harbour.        Head    around    Steep    Bluff and   make   the   crossing   to   Home   Island (also   known   as   salmon   rock)   off   the   tip of Keats Island. Now   set   out   across   Barfleur   Passage, to     the     eastern     end     of     Worlcombe Island,   than   paddle   toward   Bowen   Island,   heading   for   the   light on   Cape   Roger   Curtis.      As   you   draw   near,   you   see   a   small beach   almost   hidden   by   large   rocks,   with   a   steep   wooded   cliff behind.       To    the    right    is    a    lovely,    flat,    grassy    area    ideal    for camping.      The   rocks   in   front   shield   the   small   landing   area   even on windy days. The    little    beach    is    ideal    for    swimming    and    launching    but    is almost   completely   covered   at   high   tide,   so   don’t   leave   your   gear here   –   as   you   will   never   see   it   again.      The   hills   behind   are crisscrossed   with   old   logging   trails,   used   by   many   hikers   and bikers.      Visit   Bowen   Bay   and   Tunstall   Bay.         You   now   have   a base    to    discover    the    outer    coast    of    Bowen    Island    before returning to Gibsons Harbour.
 
Gambier Island  Gambier    Island    is    host    to    many    beaches,    kayak    launching areas   and   great   for   swimming   and   kayaking,   excellent   hiking trails    through    the    forest    where    you    will    see    many    types    of different   wildlife,   camping   and   hiking.      There   are   five   major campsites   on   the   perimeter   of   Gambier   Island   –   West   Bay, Halkett   Bay,   Brigade   bay,   Douglas   Bay   and   Ekins   Point.   There is   also   camping   at   Gambier   Lake   which   is   a   3   -hour   hike   from Douglas Bay. Grace Island & West Bay  -  trip time  4 – 5 hours return    Cost: Kayak Rental Launch   from   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour.      Follow   the   Gibsons shoreline   until   you   are   past   the   Langdale   ferry terminal.      Exercise   appropriate   caution   to   avoid the   ferries   and   other   commercial   traffic.      Once clear   of   this   traffic,   cross   the   Channel   toward Grace    Island,    just    off    the    southern    tip    of Gambier   Island.      Slip   behind   the   island   around the   point   into   West   Bay.      Paddling   down   the shoreline    of    the    bay,    you    will    pass    towering rock    cliffs    and    occasional    beaches.        Vistas worthy   of   picture   postcards   are   a   treat   for   the   eye   as   the   snow- capped mountains rise out of the water on every side.  Going   ashore   you   will   find   two   public   wharfs,   Gambier   Harbour and   West   Bay,   each   giving   you   access   to   the   settled   areas   of the   island. At   the   very   end   of   West   Bay   is   the   mouth   of   a   creek, where   you   can   hear   the   water   tumbling   down   the   mountainside in   the   winter   rainy   season.      You   can   go   hiking   through   the woods    which    are    all    hung    with    mosses.    This    is    a    possible campsite   if   you   are   planning   to   stay   overnight.   Mosses   and lichen   are   a   beautiful   feature   of   this   shoreline.      They   grow   in great   profusion   on   the   rocky   cliffs,   constantly   moistened   by   the water   that   seeps   down   the   steep   slopes.      Along   with   ferns,   the moss    and    lichen    form    a    study    in    green    textures    clinging precariously    on    narrow    ledges    of    rock.        Return    to    Gibsons Landing Harbour Thornbrough Bay & New Brighton  -  trip time  4 – 6 hours return Cost: Kayak Rental Launch   from   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour.      Follow   the   Gibsons shoreline   until   you   are   past   the   ferry   terminal.     Exercise   appropriate   caution   to   avoid   the   ferries and   other   commercial   traffic.      Once   clear   of   this traffic,     cross     Thornbrough     Channel     toward Thornbrough    Bay    on    Gambier    Island.    After crossing    the    Channel,    choose    the    westerly shoreline    so    that    you    can    enjoy    a    beautiful coastline    of    rocks    and    trees.        You    will    see summer    cottages    and    permanent    dwellings along   the   whole   coast   of   Gambier,   with   long stretches of land between. Thornbrough    Bay    on    the    west    shore    is    home    to    the    tiny settlement   of   New   Brighton.      You   can   go   ashore   on   the   public wharf   and   walk   a   short   way   up   the   hill   to   a   charming   little general   store   and   restaurant.   A   great   stop   for   lunch   and   to   see the local arts and crafts. From   New   Brighton   you   can   hike   to   the   interior   of   the   island   or to   Gambier   Harbour   Pier. There   is   a   lovely   lake   up   the   mountain which   is   a   favourite   hiking   destination.      Check   out   the   maps   and get    more    information    at    the    local    general    store.    Return    to Gibsons Landing Harbour. Hackett Bay Provincial Park – trip time 8 – 9 hours return    Cost:  Kayak Rental Launch     from     Gibsons     Landing     Harbour.       Paddle    across    Shoal    Channel    and    around the   North   Side   of   Keats   Island.      The   towering peaks    of    the    coastal    mountains    open    out before   you   in   a   magnificent   vista.      Hugging the   coast   of   Keats   allows   you   to   enjoy   the varios   kinds   of   starfish   that   cling   to   the   rocky shores. Collingwood   Channel   is   a   favourite   spot   for   viewing   wildlife   of all   kinds   due   to   the   brisk   tidal   flows.   Watch   for   many   different species   of   birds,   lots   of   seals   and   the   occasional   whale.      From Cotton   Point   on   the   eastern   tip   of   Keats   Island,   head   across   to Hutt   Island   where   you   can   slip   into   the   lee   of   the   island   for   a rest   before   venturing   across   Collingwood   Channel   to   Gambier.     The   shortest   crossing   to   the   island   starts   here,   but   head   for   a point   east   of   Hope   Point,   on   the   southeast   end   of   Gambier,   to stay in the lee of Bowen Island.  Hackett   Bay    is   than   a   short   paddle   down the   coastline.      This   Provincial   Marine   Park has   excellent   campsites.      From   here   you   can explore   the   eastern   face   of   Gambier   Island and   enjoy   its   wonderful   seascapes..         Tucked away   inside   a   government   wharf   lies   at   the end   of   the   bay   where   a   thick   fringe   of   hemlock   and   second- growth   fir   shield   the   shoreline   from   view.   If   you   walk   into   the shade   of   the   trees,   you'll   discover   a   series   of   clearings   linked   by old   logging   trails   that   have   assumed   the   character   of   sedate laneways.   You   could   camp   here   where   there   are   several   formal sites   or   on   a   small   island   just   offshore   in   the   bay.   The   island boasts   a   small   beach,   above   which   stands   a   clearing   large enough   for   one   tent.         You   can   hike   the   old   logging   road   that terminates   beside   the   campsites   at   Halkett   Bay   west   to   Camp Fircom,   a   half-hour   walk.   At   first   the   road   leads   through   the forest,   but   it   descends   to   the   shoreline   as   it   nears   the   camp, with   a   pleasing   view   south   of   Hood   Point   on   Bowen   Island.     Return to Gibsons Landing Harbour. Woolridge Island - Ekins Point    - trip time 4 – 6 hours depart Port Mellon return    Cost:  Kayak Rental Launch   from   Port   Mellon   via   Dunham   Road to   the   water’s   edge   and   launch   your   kayak.     From    this    vantage    point    you    are    looking directly      across      Thornbrough      Channel toward     Gambier     Island,     with     Woolridge Island    directly    in    front    and    snuggled    up against     Gambier     Island.          Thornbrough Channel   is   a   protected   waterway   and   usually   calm.      Paddle toward    the    western    tip    of    Woolridge    Island.        The    coastal mountains are spectacular from the middle of the Channel.  Rocky   beaches   greet   you   all   along   the   island   shore   until   you round   the   point   to   enter   Latona   Passage   between   Woolridge and   Gambier   Islands.      Through   the   still   of   the   waters   you   will see   Herons   galore   on   the   log   booms,   Kingfishers   swooping between   the   shores   and   trees   and   seals   keeping   a   close   on what we are doing. There   is   a   small   beach   near   the   southeast   tip   of   Woolridge Island   where   you   stop,   relax   and   have   lunch.      Continue   the   trip by   paddling   northeast   along   the   eastern   arm   of   Thornbrough Channel   toward   Ekins   Point.      As   you   move   along   the   Gambier Coast,   the   cliffs   collapse   and   you   can   launch   on   friendlier   rocks.     At   Ekins   Point   you   will   have   spectacular   views   and   there   is   a camping   site   available.      On   the   return   trip   to   Port   Mellon,   paddle straight   southwest,   leaving   Woolridge   Island   to   the   left,   and then   another   3.2   km   to   your   launching   site.      Return   to   Port Mellon.  Douglas Bay & Brigade Bay   - trip time can be from Gibsons Landing Harbour or Port Mellon departure Launch   from   Gibsons   Harbour   or   from   Port   Mellon   to   Douglas Bay    and    Brigade    Bay.    From    Port Mellon     paddle     toward     Woolridge Island,   and   continue   to   the   east   side of    Gambier    Island    opposite    Anvil Island.      This   side   of   Gambier   Island is   spectacular,   with   rock   cliffs   soaring out   of   the   sea   against   a   backdrop   of towering    coastal    mountains.        This area    is    unhibited    except    for    the abundance    of    seabirds    and    seals    that    fish    the    channels    in numbers.   Camp   on   the   shorelines   of   Ekins   Point,   Douglas   Bay or   Brigade   Bay   under   a   canopy   of   gigantic   maple   trees   and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the outdoors.  You   can   visit   the   waterfall   in   Douglas   Bay   or   do   some   hiking.      If weather   permits,   enjoy   a   trip   to   Christie   Islet   and   Pam   Rock.     This   tiny   islet   and   sprinking   of   bare   rocks,   poking   out   of   the water   just   south   of   Anvil   Island,   is   home   to   one   of   our   largest seal    colonies.        They    are    also    the    breeding    grounds    for Glaucous-winged    Gulls    and    cormorants,    Harlequin    Ducks, Hooded   Mergansers,   Bonaparte’s   Gulls   and   many   others   can be   seen   in   their   seasons. The   Double-crested   Cormorants   have been   building   their   nests   if   twigs   on   these   rocks   for   many   years and   now   they   are   2-4   foot   high   structures   perched   on   the   rocky ledges. A very unique sight to see.
 
Gambier Island Circumnavigation Trip Time - As Long As You Want. To   circumnavigate   Gambier   Island,   you   can   paddle   in   either direction   depending   on   the   conditions   at   the   start   of   the   trip.     From   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour   around   Gambier   Island   and back   to   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour   it   is   approximately   41.5   km (26   mi).      Expect   to   paddle   about   5   km/h   (3mph)   if   you   are moving   at   a   relaxed   pace   and   stopping   to   enjoy   the   sights.     Paddling   time   will   also   depend   on   the   direction   of   the   tide and   wind.         There   are   five   major   campsites   on   the   perimeter of   Gambier   Island   –   West   Bay,   Halkett   Bay,   Brigade   Bay, Douglas   Bay   and   Ekins   Point,   so   take   your   time   and   enjoy the scenery. An itinerary would be as follows or visa versa: Depart   Gibsons   Landing   Harbour   –   Grace   Island   &   West   Bay –   Halkett   Bay,   Brigade   Bay   –   Douglas   Bay   –   Ekins   Point   - Woolridge    Island    –    Thornbrough    Bay    -    New    Brighton    Gibsons Landing Harbour
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