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Paddle to/from & Camping on D'arcy Island

At this point, I am planning to paddle over to D'arcy Island this Thursday (July 4), leaving the beach at Island View Park at 3:30 pm. We will cook supper that evening and breakfast the next day, camping on the east side of D'arcy Island for the night. We will return via a possible circumnavigation of Sidney Island and be back to Island View Beach in the late-afternoon on Friday, July 5, 2013.

Sea kayakers should be at least intermediate level and comfortable in moderate waves (1m+), swells, and wind (15-20 knots) as well as current.

The east side of Discovery Island has 10 designated campsites and 2 pit toilets, but no running water. Each paddler should be self-contained (i.e., his/her own cooking gear; water; strong/wind-resistant and waterproof tent; sleeping pad; food, incl. high energy snack food; and complete safety gear).

Safety gear would include at least: drysuit or wetsuit, incl. extra pile clothing, hat, goggles, gloves; a thermos of hot soup (to be put on the boat deck to-from Oak Bay); pump; paddle float; extra paddle; throw bag; strong sprayskirt; + an intermediate or higher paddling ability, incl. self-rescue skills. It is important to understand that each participant is responsible for his/her own decisions and safety at all points in time on this trip. There is no "leadership" as such for this activity. We are a group of peers.

To record our fun, bring a waterproof digicam or videocam (if you have one).

As well, bring a good book!

Camping fee is $10 per night per camper. Please bring the fee with you.
As well, please bring your cooking and drinking water.

Best regards, Brad

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  • Rene B.

    Brad: I got busy, so am late with this comment, but at last camping trip to Darcy we met 12 people, locals plus 7 from Seattle, all having the same problem with Darcy: no parking anywhere, and all with the same problem with CRD: no cooperation at all. I will be willing to work with you or anyone who is interested in pursuing this. Any luck with Sidney officials?

    July 7, 2013

  • Brad

    A belated thanks for this info., Rene.
    I'll be stopping in at the Sidney Town Office to talk with the SAO or Mayor today about the restrictive parking for kayakers in Sidney as well.

    July 4, 2013

  • Rene B.

    There are 7 spots on Darcy, one pit toilet, and overnight parking is not allowed at Island View Beach. And fee is 4.90$ per person per night.

    July 1, 2013

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