Monday, 25 May 2015

Sea kayaking in the Rebecca Spit - Breton Islands area of Quadra Island

 by Keith and Heather Nicol
On Sunday, May 24 we headed to Quadra Island to check out the Rebecca Spit area for sea kayaking. We were joined by 4 others including Doug Taylor and Christine Gornall who had been here many times in the past.  In fact, Christine used to guide sea kayaking in this area so we were in good hands. We caught the 9:20 am ferry from Campbell River and launched around 10:45 am from the boat launch on Rebecca Spit. We even saw some dolphins on the short ferry ride which we took to be a good omen. The boat launch is easy to find and we then crossed over and paddled past Heriot Island and into Hyacinth Bay. We paddled in and around some small islands which made for very scenic kayaking. From there we headed to Open Bay and had lunch at the bottom of Open Bay on a broad sand beach. Our route to this point was around 9 km according to Doug’s GPS.
Playing follow the leader through the islands
    Then we looped around the Breton Islands which made for more picturesque paddling and we stopped for a short break to stretch on one island before we crossed back to Rebecca Spit. The winds all day had been light and the forecast had called for light NW winds.  But now the winds were out of the south east and there were some small white caps forming. After a 15 minute stretch we decided that the winds were not getting stronger so launched off the cobbly beach and headed for Rebecca Spit. We were off the water by 4:30 and had paddled a total of around 19 km according to the GPS. We were very impressed with the Rebecca Spit-Breton Island area and can certainly see why this area is a “must paddle” area for people visiting this area. We were impressed  by the scenery and will definitely be back to sea kayak in this area again. (Paddlers note-Be aware that the ferry to Cortes Island crosses here and depending on your proximity to it it can send out a large wake).
Starting off in flat calm conditions

Lunch was on a broad sandy beach in Open Cove

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