This blog covers travel suggestions and ideas by Keith and Heather Nicol. Most of our travels deal with outdoor activities like hiking,sea kayaking, cross country skiing, alpine skiing and other activities. We also enjoy traditional music and cultures. We have written over 800 articles in various magazines and newspapers. We are frequent contributors to Ski Trax and Saltscapes Magazines. Keith Nicol has also written 2 books and has a popular you tube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/k2nicol
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Sea kayaking with the sea lions at Fanny Bay, B.C.
by Keith and Heather Nicol
Heather checking out the sea lions
14 was another sunny day with light winds and so we decided to head to Fanny
Bay where we had heard there were sea lions just offshore and a place to launch
sea kayaks next to the wharf. Fanny Bay is 20 kilometers south of Courtenay,
B.C. along the old island highway. We had not visited Fanny Bay before but it
didn’t take us long to hear the sea lions which had hauled out on a raft just
in front of the wharf. The GPS coordinates for where we parked are: 10 U
0367671 E and 5485591 N. We launched our sea kayaks just before high tide which
meant we had just a short carry to the water and we initially paddled out to
the sea lions. We didn’t get too close since these are big animals with a large
mouth and after getting some photos we headed for the headland to the south.
The weather was perfect for paddling despite the cool 5 C temperatures. The
flat calm conditions made paddling easy and we explored the shoreline for 45
minutes before heading back to check out the sea lions again. This is a great
place to paddle if you want to photograph the sea lions and the other bird life
in the area.
The sea lions enjoying the sun
Fanny Bay is great spot for sea birds and sea lions