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Canadian Sunshine Coast Paddle. Savary/Copeland Islands

Description: I would like to again visit the Sunshine Coast of Canada. This time we will bypass Half Moon Bay and drive another half day to Lund and will be launching at the Lund Marina in the morning on July 2nd. We can paddle the Copelands with a day or overnight trip to Savary Island.

I will be hosting a paddle planning session prior to the paddle to discuss options.

<strong style="font-size : 16px">Details:


July 1st - Leave Seattle in the afternoon and head up to Canada.We are planning on leaving on July 1st in the afternoon, take Wed-Fri off, drive up to Vancouver and catch a late ferry up to Langdale. Drive as far as we can and spend the night.

July 2nd - Drive the rest of the way and try for a morning launch out of Lund. If the winds are favorable take the 4-5 mile paddle over to Savary Island for the first night. Camp on the beach on the south side. Midweek so the beach should less populated.
Option 2 - Head up to the Copeland's and pick out a place to camp for a few nights.

July 3rd - Paddle out of the Copeland's/Paddle to the Copelands from Savary and pick a site.

July 4th - Paddle out of the Copeland's

July 5th - Paddle out of the Copeland's/Paddle down to Savary for the night. (not the best option it being Saturday night and the beach is probably pretty crowded with weekend campers)

July 6th - Paddle back to Lund and start the trip home.

Parking/Restroom Information:
Dave’s Custom Parking (24 hours notice)
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Ferry schedules/costs:
Expected rough costs – ferry $49.05 plus $30 reservation fees.


Camping Info:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/desolation/camping.html

Availability of drinking water - NONE, bring your own. (The paddle down to Lund is not so far that we could replenish water if we needed to.)
Camping conditions - On tent pads, pit toilet, picnic table & benches
Cost: $5 per person per night at the campsites. Pre-purchase permit available.
https://secure.camis.com/DiscoverCamping/Backcountry/DesolationSound?Map


Food Plan: Gluten Free on dinner (no beef)
Group Day 1 - Brian V, Larry - Gumbo, salad, bread
Group Day 2 - Holly, Sue, Cheryl - fajitas chicken/veggie,
Group Day 3 - Tod, Lara - Chicken Parmesan with both brown rice and egg noodle pasta and corn
Group Day 4 - Audra, T - Chicken curry

Breakfasts and Lunches are on your own. Appetizers & desert welcome

Gear List - Sharing to prevent unnecessary stuff.
Kitchen Stoves - 2 burner coleman - Larry, 2 coleman topper stoves- Lara
Coleman Canisters - Everyone bring one
Kitchen Cook gear - MRS set w/ kettle - Larry & Audra, One big pot - Larry
Kitchen Gear - knives, spoons, ect.... Larry & Brian V
Two camp grills, Holly & Sue (briquettes & AL foil)
Lantern - Coleman - Larry
Water filter - Brian V, Audra
Table tarp - Larry

Carpool: Contact and make plans with your rider so you make sure you are at the launch site in the morning to pack and launch.

Driver / Rider
Audra - Larry
Brian V - T (leaving Monday)
Cheryl - Holly, Sue (from Bellingham)
Todd - Lara


http://students.washington.edu/ukc/seakayaking/sea_rating.php
This will be a III rating with current, crossings, and wind and waves to paddle in.

Equipment Requirements: Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, headlamp, charts, navigation gear (compass/gps/??)vhf radio. All camping gear.

Chart:

Tides: tides

NOAA Wind Info: (3 days prior)

IMPORTANT - If you have not filled out your profile information in the Sea Kayak Meetup information please do so. Failure to have a completely filled out profile will cause you to be dropped from the paddle.

AND AS USUAL - All my paddles are one strike you're out... I will monitor the site up to 3 hours before we launch for cancellations. (for this paddle the cut off will be Wednesday before the paddle unless an emergency happens) But if we launch and I haven't heard from you that is a no show and you will no longer be welcome on my trips. Please don't sign up unless you really think you can attend. It isn't fair for the other paddlers. As usual, I will manage the trip numbers based on extra organizers and the paddle experience of the people who sign up. So jump on the waiting list because I frequently up the attendees. Thanks.

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  • Audra

    Awesome trip! Not to much paddling so I came home feeling really good. Thanks everyone for all the meals, laughs and good practice rescues!

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • Lara

    Great trip larry. It was nice to paddle work everyone again. .. and the best part, I lost 5lbs! BTW Holly, we did loose a hatch cover off Todd's boat.

    July 8, 2014

    • Audra

      Thats to bad and weird because you were teasing us we had lost ours during the trip.

      July 8, 2014

  • Holly

    Thank you, Larry, for organizing this nice, somewhat high maintenance trip!:)

    July 8, 2014

  • T.-

    Savary...Copelands... need I say more!?
    Thank you Larry for putting this together! It was a wonderful experience to paddle in warm waters close to home!!

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Cheryl C

    Thanks Larry for planning a great trip. Good to see everyone and share oysters on the beach ;-)

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Lara

    Todd and I are at earls cove, first in line for ferry.

    July 2, 2014

  • Larry M

    Hi there, Audra, Holly, Cheryl, and Larry and I are waiting at Earls Cove for the 5:35 pm ferry. So we won't get into Lund until round 7:15. We probably will find a place to spend the night in Lund and launch in the morning

    July 1, 2014

    • Lara

      Thanks for update. We will be staying at creekside campground in Sechelt tonight and will roll into Lund on 8 50 am ferry.

      July 1, 2014

    • Audra

      Lara the ferry is an 8:20 am. Plan accordingly. It is a 90 minute drive from langsdale to earls cove.

      July 1, 2014

  • Larry M

    I will try to call Brian on the vhf tonight when we get to Lund. Lara, we will wait and launch with you.

    July 1, 2014

    • Lara

      Sounds like a good plan

      July 1, 2014

  • Brian V

    T. and I are currently enjoying breakfast at Nancys. We will park at Daves and head out to Copelands today. I will have the vhf on channel 68 at 9am on wed morning. We will probably paddle back to lund and meet everyone at the launch site that morning. We didn't make it to Lund last night so I have no info on campsites around here. Safe travels!

    July 1, 2014

    • Brian V

      P.S. Holly/Audra - Nancys has gluten free food.

      July 1, 2014

    • Lara

      Brian, I think most of the group is arriving at Lund by 6 and plans to head straight or to Savary tonight

      July 1, 2014

  • Brian V

    If you are planning to go thru downtown vancouver please plan for mucho traffic delays. They were setting events for tomorrows holiday.

    June 30, 2014

  • Larry M

    Sue has canceled. please plan accordingly.

    June 30, 2014

  • Phyllis

    You guys are hilarious!! I'm going to dub this meetup the "Komedy of Kayakers". Have a great time. Wish I could come just to add my food preferences and aversions to the lot. LOL. :-))

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Holly

    I know some of u might think this is crazy...Mercury is retrograde people, which leads to communication issues! LOL!! let's blame the stars.:)

    June 30, 2014

  • Lara

    Larry I am trying to get a campsite near Sechelt for Tuesday night. Let me know if you want me to reserve two.

    June 30, 2014

    • Holly

      We stayed at a decent, very affordable campground last yr, just outside Sechelt. had the place to ourselves. highly recommend, Brian might still have the info, if he's still in the country...

      June 30, 2014

  • Brian V

    My plan is to leave tomorrow around noon. T and I will make our way up to Egmont to look at the Skookumchuck rapids tomorrow night and spend the night near Egmont. Tuesday morning, we will make our way to Lund and then check out campsites for Tuesday night. We will then either send an email if we can find a internet cafe, or leave a note at the Marina bulletin board (if there is one). Barring those two things, lets plan on meeting at the marina at 8PM for Cheryl et. al. Larry, when are you leaving, who is riding with you, when do you plan to get to Lund, and when do we plan to launch on Wednesday?

    June 29, 2014

    • Lara

      I will not be leaving until late Tuesday. I hope to make the 7.55pm ferry and get to gibsons by 9, but will not be able to catch the last Powell river ferry. If I make the one at 8.20 am on Wednesday, that puts me in Lund around 10am.

      June 30, 2014

    • Larry M

      We may launch an early group to get a campsite and leave someone to get you. I will update later

      June 30, 2014

  • Larry M

    I am out of the job for Tuesday and will be leaving Tuesday morning as soon as I can get that darn Audra to return my call........

    June 30, 2014

  • Seattle Mtn G.

    Okay, I'm going to chime in... The reason I didn't say anything about not liking spicy food is that it's my own thing and it shouldn't effect the group. My feeling is that if I don't like or can't eat something on the menu then I will figure my own way around it or make something else. One of the joys of being the cook is that you can express yourself and make want you want. These trips are now larger and there are just too many food aversions, allergies and so on. Perhaps we should go back to taking care of our own meals? As my Mom used to say, if you've got a problem with a meal then make your own. It's really just that simple :-)

    1 · June 30, 2014

    • Larry M

      Thanks for your comments Sue, But this is not just about you. Other folks made comments about the menus. If we decide to do shared menus there is no reason we can't meet others needs. We are talking about 4 meals and i think it should be doable. That is why we had a meeting and posted the meals. The sort of non communication that went on about this is the real problem. If you don't want to be involved in group meals the time to bring it up is when you sign up for the meetup. Then the group can make the decision to do singular meals together. Not later on when it becomes a problem and I think this was. This is the first time in 2 years meals have been a problem and it isn't because of planning but communication. I will make sure it doesn't happen again on my paddle trips.

      June 30, 2014

  • Larry M

    Ok, that's more like it. Your leader is pleased....I will be going down to Captains Nautical tomorrow to pick up a chart of the area. Brian, i don't kow what your plans are for Monday-Tuesday - send me a note... I'm on the gluten free bread, Phyllis let me try some today and I really liked it so I now promise not to gag.... :)

    June 29, 2014

  • Audra

    Curry will be a sweet coconut curry sauce should not be spicy for all yiu wimps lol ;) drama ! We can't please everyone. If you need special meals or extra snacks to tide you over until dinner is ready. You know yourself best and take care of your needs as you are called to.

    June 29, 2014

  • Brian V

    All, since the original meal plan called for gumbo and another cajun dish... jambalaya... and gumbo is kind of a pain in the arse to make, I tried to think of another non-gluten, non-spicy, non-cow dish to make, not realizing there were also aversions to pork and cabbage. My bad, so I will fix it. I will either bring jambalaya or gumbo - probably jambalaya since it is much easier. It is a spicy dish, but I will tone it down for Sue and bring some cayenne pepper for those that like it more spicy. It will have either andouille sausage (pork based) or a chicken sausage. It will be gluten free as well. That should satisfy all the food restrictions. Apologies for adding to the confusion. No need to bring anything extra.

    June 29, 2014

  • Larry M

    Ok, on the meal planning.. Sue should have commented earlier when she saw the meals.. But she doesn't di well with spicy foods so if we could change the curry to something less spicy that would be good. Also, I am less than pleased with the change to cooked cabbage that was not on the original menu. Can we make some changes. If we can do gluten free we can accommodate others food preferences also. By the way, fajitas is a meal Holly and Sue are planning, make sure there us a non berf option because I think Lara is non beef. Let's try to get thus crap together... You leader is getting pissed...

    June 29, 2014

    • Holly

      our fajitas will be chicken, no beef. both gluten-ful and gluten free tortillas and cheese on the side for those who want them.

      1 · June 29, 2014

    • Lara

      Great. I'm also good with just vegetables if you want to do beef. I really don't need protein in all meals

      June 29, 2014

  • Brian V

    Instead of gumbo, we will have an Asian soup with pork, mushroom and napa cabbage. Larry please remember to bring gluten free bread (and salad).

    June 28, 2014

    • Holly

      Yummy!

      June 29, 2014

    • Larry M

      I really don't like cooked cabbage so I will bring something for myself that night. Will still bring bread and salad.

      1 · June 29, 2014

  • Cheryl C

    I just called BC ferries about the prepaid Experience card, definitely the way to pay for the ferries. You just request it at the ticket booth at Horseshoe Bay. Sue, Holly, and I will save $35.00 with that prepaid card.

    June 29, 2014

  • Cheryl C

    With the risk of being a pain in the a**, I need to be on the mainland Friday night to head back early on Saturday. I'm not sure how far a paddle it is from where we will be, so I'm not sure if I want to paddle back by myself. Anyone else want to maybe paddle back to the mainland with me on that night?

    June 29, 2014

  • Holly

    Is there any plan for Brian n T to try to save campsites for Tuesday arrivals? And let us know which campground? Thx

    June 29, 2014

  • Cheryl C

    Here is the time as I calculate it from my house. July 1 is Canada Day, let's hope the Border is not too long. My house to Horseshoe Bay: 96 minutes + border wait
    Horseshoe Bay Ferry: 50 minutes
    Langdale (W side of Ferry)
    to Earls Cove: 90 minutes
    Earls Cove Ferry: 45 minutes
    Saltery Bay (W side of Ferry)
    to Lund: 45 minutes

    That equals about 6 hours, but of course does not include time waiting for missed ferries. Seems reasonable to try and catch the 5:35PM ferry at Earls Cove, meaning catching the 12:00 PM at Horseshoe Bay and leaving my house at 9:30AM allowing for a 1/2 hour border wait. This would get us at Lund at about 8:00 PM. Total ferry Cost with car,
    driver and 2 passengers: $191.20

    June 28, 2014

    • Holly

      Add an extra 15 mins to stop n buy some Canadian cider!:) oh and change currency.

      June 28, 2014

    • Holly

      Ferries might be off schedule/running late too. 9:30 departure sounds good.

      June 28, 2014

  • Seattle Mtn G.

    I've started a Dropbox folder with all of the schedules and fares for the ferries. If you have Dropbox and want to check it out: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8msec4jge4egkl3/AADO0ITSjaTzXI8dxBmeputLa

    June 27, 2014

  • Seattle Mtn G.

    Everyone should look into purchasing the BC Ferries Experience Card. It will save $11.75 (car) & $3.35 (per person) for the 1st ferry and will save $11.50 (car) & $3.30 (per person) for the 2nd ferry.

    : http://www.bcferries.com/experience_and_coast_card/what_it_is/

    June 27, 2014

  • Holly

    I found 1 campground in Lund, www.sunlund.ca if anyone gets an early start on Tues and makes it all the way up there, (I'd like to, we estimate 10+ hrs travel time from Seattle). Sunlund is mostly an RV park, but they have a few tent sites, $32./nt for up to 5 people, $2./person for additional people. Late check in, (6-9 pm), $5./site. Reservations recommended.

    June 23, 2014

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