Gabriola Island

Gabriola Island near Nanaimo, BC


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
37 kms
21hours
moderate
Sea Kayaking
Summer
Nanaimo, BC
User alexk
NTS Map: 092G04

Paddling in the northern Gulf Islands is a great way to spend a long weekend, and is easily accessible from Vancouver. There are a number of Marine Parks to camp in, and generally sheltered waters make it a relatively easy trip.

Take the ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo for direct access, or to Victoria if you'd like a nice drive up island. From Nanaimo, take the Gabriola ferry (about a 5 minute drive south of the large ferry terminal) which runs about every 45 minutes.
There are several options for launching, including False Narrows, Degnen Bay or Silva Bay. Paid camping is available in Pirate's Cove Marine Park, on the south end of De Courcy Island, Blackberry Point, on the west side of Valdes Island, and at the lovely Dionisio Point, on the north end of Galiano Island.

Hazards: Currents run extremely fast through both Gabriola Passage and Porlier Pass - up to 9 knots! creating whirlpools, standing waves, rip curls etc. Make sure you know how to use the current tables, and time your trip through these areas at slack.

Other areas of fast current include False Narrows and Dodd Narrows, on either side of Mudge Island.
Watch out for boat traffic in all areas, but especially in the passages. Most of the Gulf Islands are inhabited, so make sure you're not camping in someone's front yard!



Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By ActivPassPosted By: ActivPass  - Thu Sep 15 22:09:25 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Fantastic paddle for those looking for a scenic and mellow weekend kayak. Once you sneak through Porlier (the pass between Valdes and Galiano), Dionisio Point offers fantastic views of the Lower Mainland city lights at night, and Mt. Baker all day. Plenty of interesting shoreline to explore along the east side of Galiano, as well. Downside Must tightly schedule your paddle to Dionisio around current-swap at Porlier Pass, unless you enjoy paddling with 5-10 knot currents. Comment Completed journey as part of school field-trip in 2003.
By patrick mPosted By: patrick m  - Tue Jul 08 20:19:00 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Pirates cove makes for a nice day paddle. Very scenic paddling....we launched from the Kayakers B&B at False narrrows looking toward Mudge Island. Downside The currents do run fast, so keep you eyes open and watch for the litle motor boaters that zip by you.
By patrick mPosted By: patrick m  - Tue Jul 08 20:16:31 UTC 2003 Not Rated


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