Temps  6 hores 21 minuts

Coordenades 2912

Data de pujada 9 / de febrer / 2015

Data de realització de febrer 2015

21 m
-8 m
19,65 mn

Vista 1264 vegades, descarregada 1 vegades

a prop de Deep Cove, British Columbia (Canada)

A quick jaunt by kayak up and down Indian Arm from Deep Cove in North Vancouver.

February is a quiet time on this otherwise busy summer inlet with lots of both pleasure and working motor traffic. Due to the steep cliffs on both sides of this fjord-like stretch of water, wakes bounce off the sides and the chop can be quite challenging. On this day, I saw perhaps a dozen fishing boats and other pleasure craft, and really only had a steady north wind and outgoing tide with which to contend.

I launched at Deep Cover Canoe and Kayak, and since it was high tide at the start, I actually put in from the long stone stairs that lead down to the beach. It is just over 17 kilometres to the Wigwam Inn at the north end of the Arm, and I took a slightly longer route back to make it just over 36 kilometres, or 19 1/2 nautical miles, round trip.

I kept a steady 6 kph (3.3 knots) on the way up into the wind and against the tide. I kept to the west shore to attenuate the north or north-north-west wind, and returned on the eastern shore with a steady breeze helping a bit, but also bringing up lots of chop. On the return, even fighting the rollers and sometimes breaking whitecaps, I made between 7.5 and 8 kph (4.3 knots) most of the time.

The waterfalls were especially active on this warm (12 deg C) and rainy day during an otherwise soaking wet and snowless winter.
From here on, Deep Cove is out of sight and the arm narrows slightly. Across the way are two power stations where generators were or are generating power from Buntzen Lake above.
There are always lots for sale, but houses abound. Solitude you will not find here, except in the dead of winter.
On the way up, I went left of the island, past a camp site and stream here.
From a Distance just after the turn after Croker Island. Now the turnaround point in near.
It's private, but I mooched a tiny corner just to get out of the boat and stretch and eat. There is also a landable beach and dock on the other side of the arm at Granite Falls. That would have been a better and more hospitable choice. Now don't get me wrong, the yachters were all cordial, inquisitive, and inviting, but the dock surface is 2 1/2 feet above the water, making exiting the kayak very hard, and there was no easy way to go pee.
I've never seen the flow higher or the water cascading over to the right.
They don't build them like they used to!
An easy paddle from Deep Cove, this small island group is rocky but has reasonably good landing spots at most tides. There is a waterfall just to the north east of it.
A busy place in summer, but quiet now.

1 comentari

  • Foto de Chatterbox

    Chatterbox 09/02/2015

    I cannot get my photos to upload. Wikiloc crashes every time. I may try to post them manually, but there was not that much out there, except for Great Falls which was falling in ways it normally doesn't. Probably double the normal flow.

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