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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Vernon BC

    Cool Kayaking 2 - B&B hopping & paddling Gulf Islands - BC

    Well, Just got back from 2.5 weeks b&b hopping throught the north gulf islands, bc with two spanking new Seaward Kayaks.

    1 day of rain in 18.... couldn't have been better, oh yeah first vacation no kids in 18 years...

    The trip
    Denman -> Hornby -> Quadra -> Comox -> Cortes -> Whistler -> back to work

    A few (dozen pics) Hope you enjoy

    First day out of the Diamond Mines - XC70 about to leave the Okanagan - My Boat

    Her Boat

    My Wife was taking to long, so here is a pic of my just rebuilt 83 Ritchey Everest with DeKerf paint job

    Looking back at major storm on the mainland

    6am waiting for first of 12 ferries in 18 days

    Weather looks better ahead

    Day -2 First Saltwater paddle, east side of denman Island

    Wet water exit and entry practice, bottom of my boat

    Day 2 - Looking south along Denman Island at dusk

    Day 3 - Chrome Island Lighthouse at South end of Denman

    Day 3 - Us visiting chrome island aka AlkaChaz (the keeper was chaz)

    Day 4 - Bald eagle on beach early morning

    Day 4 - XC70 in ferry line to Hornby

    Flora Islets off Heliwell Park Hornby

    Putting in at Little Tribune Bay Hornby

    Lunch on Flora Islet

    The Ultimate Mountain Unicycles

    Day 6 Ferry #6 - Last car on...

    Rebecca Spit - Quadra Island

    Heading out From Rebecca Spit

    Lots of Harbour seal on Breton Islands

    Looking north to Read Island

    Breton Islands - A nice place to have lunch

    Says it all - Quadra & ferry to cortes

    Day 8 Granite bay - Quadra Island N

    Granite Bay Chained Islands, A squatters float house that got destroyed in a storm 2 years ago

    Johnston Strait to the North

    What happens to a Husqy Chainsaw after 2 years in the salt water

    Looking back into granite bay

    Harbour seal pup staying warm on the rocks

    Smokeys bike shop---

    An old pump at the long abandoned Lucky Jim Mine Quadra Island

    Slip another XC70 Shot in there

    Read the sign, It was, we are, we went down the hill to surge narrows Quadra N...

    The one day of rain - Somebody didn't check the tide tables

    Day 12 or something - Ferry #9 - Last car again! How lucky can you get

    Arriving Cortes - Whaler Bay I think its called

    Fred Picards B&B in Gorge Harbour Cortes

    The view from freds

    My Buddy - Looking for mama

    Mansons Landing Cortes

    The dock at mansons looking into Strait of Georgia

    Cortes - Squirrel Cove looking into desolation sound

    Old Squatters cabin in the bush hehind the shore

    Lunch on an oyster beach Cortes looking south into desolation sound

    Day 16 Boo Hoo Day Last leaving cortes - 1 Ferry #10 2 more plus drive through whistler and lilloet back to the okanagan
    Last edited by hrd_rok; 08-30-2006 at 04:42 PM.
    03 XC, Nautic Blue, Graphite,
    88 Rusty 4Runner,
    72 MGB

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Bucks County, PA


    Great picts! Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing with those of us on the other side of the continent.
    '01 V70XC/Silver/Graphite Leather, Nokian WRs
    '09 XC70/Ice White/Sandstone Leather,VCOA

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Birmingham, AL, USA


    Fantastic trip! Great photos. Thanks for sharing with us.


    '06 XC70, Black/Graphite: Prem/Conv/Clim Packages, Bi-Xenon, Privat Sekt 18", 235/50 Goodrich G-Force, Hidden Hitch, Thule Evo
    '05 S60R , Black Sapphire metallic/Atacama: 6 speed manual, 20% vlt tint, 17" Pegs, iPod
    '03 BMW K1200GT, Metallic Silver-Green: Z-Technic exhaust & chip, 141+ bhp, bling, bling, bling--too much to list
    "Lose the pants!"

  4. #4
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    Art is offline Senior Member & Supporter
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Red Deer, AB., Canada


    Nice paddling pics hrd_rok!

    That navy Tyee matches well with your nautic blue XC.

    If you have a moment, be sure to check out this west coast based paddling site at the link below. There is a lot of info with respect to paddling locations and a great forum to boot.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Vernon BC


    its funny, some say i bought the boat to match the car, or...

    just like navy and the seawards colors just happened to match the volvo navy,

    but i have to say, the match looks good.

    and i have to admit, seeing some of the kayaking pics on this site cetainly helped in making the decision to take the plunge and buy the boats

    so thanks to coastal and art for the push

    I've actually started to look to find somewhere to move to in the quadra area

    cheers.. p. (h_r)
    03 XC, Nautic Blue, Graphite,
    88 Rusty 4Runner,
    72 MGB

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Maryland, USA


    WOW! Great pics! Beautiful Country! Beautiful XC and Kayaks too! Thanks for sharing. Some day I'll get a hobby.....
    Cheers, Gary

    2021 XC60 T5/ Osmium Gray (Her's)
    2017 XC60 T6/ Bright Silver (Mine)
    2015.5 XC70/Silver (Daughter's)
    2007 XC70/Rubyred (RIP)
    2003 XC70/Platinum Green (RIP)
    2001 V70/White (RIP)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Kelowna, BC


    Awesome pics hrd_rok. The Islands are so beautiful and peaceful - was just there doing some camping and kayaking with my daughter and we had a great time. Guess we were not on the same ferries, there is no way I would of missed a kayak loaded XC. Thanks for sharing.

    MY 06 XC70 black/tinted windows/graphite interior
    TREK 7500 Mountain bike!

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