SKGABC News

  • January 7, 2017
    2017 Spring Exchange:
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  • July 6, 2016
    2016 Fall Exchange:
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  • June 2, 2016
    2016 Fall Exams:
    Level Two and Three Exams Dates Posted! More...

  • February 1, 2016
    2016 Spring Exams:
    Level Two and Three Exams Dates Posted! More...

  • January 7, 2016
    2016 Spring Exchange:
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  • August 14, 2015
    2015 Fall Exchange - Skookumchuck:
    September 24-26, 2015 - Current, skill sessions, socializing!
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  • March 3, 2015
    2015 Spring Exchange:
    April 17-19, 2015 - Sooke! Skill sessions, seminars, socializing!
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  • March 17, 2014
    2014 Spring Exchange:
    May 9-11, 2014 - Salt Spring Island. Skill sessions, seminars, socializing!
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  • March 17, 2014
    On-Going Training Policy Update:
    The SKGABC has evolved the On-Going Training policy to give options to more members! More...

  • Dec 22, 2013
    Northern Gateway Pipeline: SKGABC working to safeguard the BC coastline and sea kayaking industry.
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  • Oct 25, 2013
    2013 Annual General Meeting: Nov 9, 2013 - Nanaimo, BC.
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  • May 15, 2013
    Toquaht Bay Closure
    Alternative launch sites available at village of Macoah. More...

  • March 26, 2013
    Electronic Guide Logs
    Submit your logs using an easy electronic spreadsheet! More...

  • August, 2012
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  • June 1, 2012
    Tsunami Debris Reporting Environment Canada - Tsunami Debris Sighting and Reporting Information
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  • May 25, 2012
    Online Resource Sheets Printable equipment list, emergency contact list, earthquake and tsunami notification, operating standards summary and more!
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  • May 23, 2012
    Pacific Coast - Marine Weather Guide Environment Canada Marine Weather Guide for the BC Coast updated and online!
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  • February 14, 2012
    Updated - Water Classification Maps: Outlining water classfications within British Columbia
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  • February 14, 2012
    New Pro-Deal: Killarney Kayaks joins the SKGABC Pro-Deal Program! Deals for members from companies like: Aquabound, Brooks, Broform, Delta, Level Six, Nimbus, North Water, Ortlieb, and Seaward! Members Area

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Updated: July 19, 2015

Secret Beach Launch Site

The marina at Secret Beach Campground is open for launching kayak trips.

The campground has 67 campsites, a marina, and a kayak launch with overnight parking. All users are reminded to bring their own water. To access Secret Beach Campground, take the Toquaht Road turnoff from Highway 4 and drive 13km on gravel roads. Secret Beach is on the right side.

Fees:

  • $10 / day Parking Fee
  • $20 / kayak launch fee

Updated: May 15, 2013

Macoah Temporary Launch Site

Temporary kayak launching is available from the Village of Macoah.

Read the full announcement here: Temporary Kayak Launch Announcement

The Toquaht village of Macoah has allowed temporary kayak launching from the village. Please respect the local inhabitants, and follow signage to the temporary launch location.

A new campsite is actively being developed nearby, and will hopefully be available for use Mid-July.

Fees:

  • $10 / day Parking Fee
  • $20 / person launch fee

Updated: April 25, 2013

Announcement Coming Soon!

SKGABC conversations with the Toquaht Nation are indicating an announcement will soon be made! This will likely include an alternative kayak launch location in the close vacinity of Toquaht Bay!


Updated: April 3, 2013

Update from Community Meeting

While no definitive time-lines or alternative launch site locations were presented at the Community Meeting, it is clear the Toquaht First Nation, and Government Ministries are actively working towards a solution. Seven SKGABC members were present at the meeting, including guides, company owners, a Board member, and the Executive Director.

Information presented at the meeting:

  • Safe to continue harvesting food sources in other areas of Barclay Sound (shellfish, fish, crabs).
  • Alternative Access: alternative kayak launch site in nearby location could be open within 60 days.
  • Expect Toquaht Bay Campsite to be closed for between 6 months to 6 years.

    • Timeline is contingent on testing results (yet to be completed) and remediation work (plan to be developed after testing)

The SKGABC presented concerns on behalf of proffessional and recreational sea kayakers, including:

  • The signficant economic impact this closure is having on numerous guides and company owners
  • The loss of secondary economic benefits to Ucluelet, Tofino, and the Toquaht Nation
  • The need for an appropriate alternative launch site to be developed immediatly
  • Safety concerns of launching from Ucluelet due to exposure during foul weather

The SKGABC will continue to communicate with various ministries and the Toquaht Nation. We will be lobbying various government departments for a hasty solution to this issue.

Health Effects

The SKGABC has been in conversation with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to learn more about potential health concerns for kayakers who have used Toquaht Bay campsite and launch.

  • Nature of contamination would not generally be a concern for individuals having episodic exposure (like kayak guides launching once a week)

    • Short term effects after exposure would manifest similar to 'food poisoning' symptoms
  • The next phase of testing will look at possible long-term cumulative effects to user groups (kayakers included)

    • VIHA does not expect significant effects in the Kayaking user group


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