Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Deep Cove, British Columbia

My job has me traveling to Vancouver from time to time, doing work with Vancouver Shipyard, aka Seaspan. Normally its a very busy time, and there is very little time for leisure, but this trip was a little different. Unbeknownst to me, August 3rd was a holiday in BC, so the shipyard was closed, leaving me and my coworker, Rob Cranford free for an entire day. My first thought was 'where is the closest place i can paddle?'

Turns out the answer was only a 15 min drive from our hotel in North Vancouver: Deep Cove in Indian Arm!

What a beauty Day! We rented two singles for the entire day for about $85 each was where we got the rentals. Nice location!

Given that it was a holiday, and the weather was amazing, there were watercrafts of all sorts out and about.

Kind of hard to see, but there are 2 or 3 seals in this picture

Can`t imagine how much this property is worth right now!
Rob did awesome for his first time on the water.

Some inventive solutions for getting to your floating dock. These were everywhere.
We paddled about 10km up Indian Arm where we stopped for lunch and turned around

All together we paddled about 20kms. Such a nice escape from the hectic pace that life has become. My knee held up well for 8 hrs of paddling, although at the end of the paddle i had to change positions of my leg a few times to give it a rest from being in the same position so long. 

And of course, no trip to BC would be complete without taking in a concert. I got up to see my fave band Current Swell play in Squamish at the music festival. As usual they were awesome!

Current Swell - if you`ve never heard them, please check them out!



Tony said...

Excellent Brian! Gotta make hay when the sun shines.

Tony :-)

Brian Newhook said...

Don't you ever! Saw your posts from the Bonavista Bay trip, looks like you guys had an awesome time.


Trevor Coates said...

Hi Brian, great to read about your kayak adventures. I notice that you have sea knifes and was wondering if you might be able to give me some insights on the pros and cons of this boat. I'm looking to pick one up and am kind of partial to getting one of these since it was Newfoundland made. Seems like yours is serving you well. Thanks Trevor

Brian Newhook said...

Hi Trevor. Thanks for the comment. We have had our boats for 10 yrs now and really enjoy them.

Pros: Fast, tracks very well, great price for fibreglass, large hatch openings make easy packing, excellent initial stability. Rugged, and durable. Easy to repair vs Plastic. Lots of storage space.

Cons: If getting into advance kayaking/surfing, there is not much rocker, so its not as maneuverable in rough water (reason why it is so fast and tracks so well, so its a trade off really). Large hatches with squarish corners are more prone to leak than round/oval hatches.

I would highly recommend Sea Knife to anyone looking for a great, stable touring kayak.