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Hi Everyone!

Here is an excellent article written by a friend of ours about our weekly ‘Monday Morning Yoga and Kayaking.  Check it out HERE.

Every Monday Morning during the Summer (June-September), 9am – Noon. Drop-in fee is $30, $15 if B.Y.O.Kayak

 

Gabriola Island: Accommodation and Travel

Accommodation and Travel to Gabriola Island

Silva Bay Inn – Oceanfront Inn overlooking beautiful Silva Bay. Kayak and boater friendly with full-service dock, grocery store, kayak tours and art galleries.
www.silvabayinn.ca (250) 247 – 9351

Pilot Bay Guest House (www.pilotbayguesthouse.com) A luxurious seaside bed & breakfast located in Pilot Bay at the North end of Gabriola. Lovely rooms, beachfront, and an amazing view of the sunshine coast and north shore mountains!

Sunset B&B ( www.sunsetbeachbb.ca Located at Berry Point, this custom built contemporary home, is pet friendly and in a great location for beach walks, and good sunsets.

Arbutus Ridge B&B (www.arbutusbluff.ca Located in the middle of the island, this B&B has an amazing view, outdoor hot tub, and quiet comfortable rooms

Paige’s Resort, Campground and Marina  (www.pagesresort.com Oceanfront Cabin rentals, campground and marina located in Silva Bay. 

Please check out a full listing of all the B&B’s on Gabriola (www.gabriolabb.com/Page%202.html)

Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce (www.gabriolaisland.org) You can find a list of other accommodations and booking info, as well as what to do on the island, and events listing.

Friends of Silva Bay (www.friendsofsilvabay.org) We are proud members of the ‘Friends of Silva Bay’, who’s vision is clear waters, healthy surrounding, and a vibrant marine community. Our mission is to cooperatively promote clean, healthy habitat and sustainable activities in and around Silva Bay.

Georgia Strait Alliance (www.georgiastrait.org) is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters and communities.

BC Ferries (www.bcferries.com) For info on Ferry schedules and prices

Tofino Air (www.tofinoair.ca) Regularly scheduled flights to Tofino, Sechelt, Gabriola Island, Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver as well as an expansive customized charter service.

Gulf Islands Seaplanes (www.gulfislandseaplanes.com) The new owner of the Tofino Air Seaplane route from Vancouver to Silva Bay on Gabriola Island. 

Silva Bay Resort and Marina (www.silvabay.com) offers a nice restraint, bar, liquor store, and a full service marina.

Gabriola Community Bus Service GERTIE (gabriolacommunitybus.com/) GERTIE bus service can bring you to Silva Bay for our Kayak Tours for $2.50. Check out the web site for route maps, and schedules. 

Friends and Kayaking Links

Kayaking Links:

WindPaddle Sails (www.windpaddle.com) We are Official Distributor for WindPaddle Sails. The WindPaddle is a self-launching, free-standing sail for kayaks, canoes, sit-on-tops, paddle boards, and other small watercraft. With the lowest center of gravity of any kayak/canoe sail available, the WindPaddle is the safest sail you can buy!

Wavelength Magazine (www.wavelenghtmagazine.com) A terrific B.C. based kayaking magazine with a lot of great articles, meal ideas, adventure stories, reviews, and more.

Coastal Waters Recreation (www.coastalwatersrec.com)  Coastal waters recreation provides quality recreational marine maps, for boaters and paddlers as well as some great information and tips, so that you may better enjoy the beauty of BC and Baja coastlines.

North Road Sports (www.northroadsports.com) Newly opened on Gabriola for all of your outfitting needs.

Our Friends:

Gabriola Cycle and Kayak (www.gck.ca) Gabriola Cycle and Kayak continue to offer a wide variety of cycling expeditions all over the world: Mexico, Spain, Alps, France, Hawaii, and Canada

Gabriola KayakingGreen Coast Kayaking (www.gckayaking.com) offers tours in the amazing Haida Gwaii / Queen Charlotte Islands. Considered to be among the world’s top paddling destinations, Gwaii Haanas is an irreplaceable and awe-inspiring oasis of raw wilderness situated at the southern tip of Haida Gwaii / Queen Charlotte Islands.

Gabriola Sea Kayaking (www.kayaktoursbc.com) Explore Vancouver Island’s rich marine environment, wildlife, rugged coastline, fjords and the white sandy beaches of: Kyuquot, Broken Group Islands, Broughton Archipelago, and Clayoquot Sound.

Jim’s Kayaking (www.jimskayaking.com) Kayak rentals and tours of Gabriola Island.

Columbia River Kayaking (www.columbiariverkayaking.com) Our good friends in Washington State offer amazing tours and lesions on the stunning Columbia River.

Certifications:

Sea Kayak Guide’s Alliance of BC (www.skgabc.com) The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC is a non-profit society which upholds high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC. Through ongoing professional development and certification, the Alliance strives to ensuresafe practices on an industry-wide basis.

British Canoe and Kayak Union (www.bcu.org.uk) The British Canoe Union (BCU) is the lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK.

 

WindPaddle – Kayak Sails

WindPaddle Kayak Sails

We are an Official Distributor for The WindPaddle, a self-launching, free-standing sail for kayaks, canoes, sit-on-tops, paddle boards, and other small watercraft.  With the lowest center of gravity of any kayak/canoe sail available, the WindPaddle is the safest sail you can buy!

Weighing only 13 ounces, the WindPaddle stows on deck in a small folded coil 1/8th its deployed size. The WindPaddle usually requires NO modifications to your boat. Instead, it clips quickly and easily to existing deck lines or hardware.  Combine this with the ability to be quickly launched and doused while out on the water, you have a safest, easiest-to-use sail available for small watercraft sailing!!

We carry a few demo WindPaddle Sails with our Baja kayak fleet. Come down and give one a try this winter! Contact us for more information or to order your kayak sail.

Choosing a Kayak – Part 1 – Plastic, Fiberglass, or Kevlar

One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is “I’m lookinChoosing a Kayakg to buy a kayak, but i don’t know which one should i get?” This is one of those questions that doesn’t always have a simple answer.

So, here are some tips to get you started, and to help narrow your search.

  • 1) Plastic, Fiberglass, and Kevlar 

  • 2) Decide what type of paddling you are most likely to do

  • 3) Price range and buying tips 

Part 1: Plastic, Fiberglass, or Kevlar:

This is one of the more simple decisions to make when looking at kayaks. Here is the general idea.

Plastic kayaks cost less, and are more durable. You can drop your plastic kayak off of the car roofrack or drag it up a rocky beach without too much concern.

The downside is that they don’t preform as well in the water. They seem to be slower, they don’t hold their momentum as well. And, in my mind, they don’t look as nice as a fiberglass boat.

Fiberglass kayaks cost more then the same design done in plastic. For a new Expedition kayak your looking at a difference of about $500 -1000.

The benefits are that fiberglass is lighter then plastic, so it’s easier if you are going to transport your kayak on your own. They preform much better in the water then a plastic boat will.

Another benefit is that you can always repair them. Once you learn how to work with fiberglass you can fix scratches and patch holes, where as once a plastic kayak gets a hole it’s more difficult to make a permanent repair.

The downsides are: They scratch and dent easier, and take more time and effort to maintain. If you actually manage make a dent or hole in it, it has to be patched, and nobody likes working w/ fiberglass.

Kevlar kayaks are very similar to the characteristics of a Fiberglass kayak, but weigh much less. They preform equally well, scratch just as easily, and look just as nice. They have the same downsides, in that they will scratch and need more TLC to keep them maintained.

The major benefit is that they are lighter. For an expedition kayak, a design will be 10-20 lbs. Lights then the fiberglass equivalent.

The major downside is that an expedition kayak will coast about $1000 more then the same design in Fiberglass. What it comes down to is when and how you will use your kayak.

For me, as I usually do long trips with lots of gear with large groups of friends, when you have 100 pounds of gear and another 160 pounds of me, what difference 10-20 pounds of kayak make. But the other side is that if you kayak on your own and have to load you kayak on and off of your car/truck every time, then the difference in weight might be well worth the extra cost.


The one other type of kayaks are Folding Kayaks. There are a few good, Canadian Made Folding Kayaks like: Feathercraft Folding Kayaks, or Track Kayaks. Folding kayaks are good if you have limited storage space, or like to travel to exotic places with you kayak. The downside is that if you use it regularly, it takes about 30 minutes to put it together and take it apart each time you use it.

The best advice I can give, is to get out on the water and try as many different types of kayak as you can before you buy.

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