Pender, Saturna, and Mayne Islands

Waldron, Washington

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This part of the southern Gulf Islands offers the most opportunities for small-channel paddling but with swift currents in some passages that are inappropriate for the inexperienced. There are many route variations, especially for those who carry kayaks aboard the BC ferry and can use different island stops to begin and end their paddling trip.

Pender, Saturna, and Mayne Islands Professional Review and Guide

"This part of the southern Gulf Islands offers the most opportunities for small-channel paddling but with swift currents in some passages that are inappropriate for the inexperienced. There are many route variations, especially for those who carry kayaks aboard the BC ferry and can use different island stops to begin and end their paddling trip."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Waldron
Distance: 6
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Part Day To Overnight.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: Canadian Hydrographic Service cruising atlas 3313 (charts in spiral-bound format) or 3442 (1:40,000) and 3477 (1:15,000); H&r Nautical Ventures Small-Craft Nautical maps: Sooke to Victoria and the Gulf Islands (strip charts mostly 1:40,000); Canadian Hydrographic Service current table (Volume 5) for Active Pass with corrections for Georgeson and Boat passages, current tables for Race Passage with corrections for Swanson Channel, or the Canadian Current Atlas.
Driving Directions: Directions to Pender, Saturna, and Mayne Islands

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May 2018