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Sea Kayak - God's Pocket Marine Park

Week long trip paddling and camping in God's Pocket Marine Park (B.C.) and surrounding area.

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  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 90.0 nm

We will travel up to northern Vancouver Island on Saturday, July 25th.  Launch will be at Port Hardy (two launch options, to be decided later).  We will return to Port Hardy the afternoon of Saturday August 1st, and head home.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Wind: up to 15 knot.
  • Waves: wind waves up to 2-3 feet, swell up to 4 feet.
  • Route: To be determined by weather and sea conditions.
  • Distance:  approximately 90nm over 6.5 days of paddling
  • Pace: slow to moderate.  At times we may be in current up to 5 knots.
  • Chart: Canadian Hydrographic charts 3549, 3597, 3575.  BC Coastal Recreation Kayaking and Small Boat Atlas, volume 2, John Kimantas.

We'll paddle from Port Hardy to God's pocket.  We will be paddling in open coastal conditions.  Currents between the islands can be fast.  We may limit our camping to 3-4 locations, and take day paddles around the islands, possibly into the Walker and Deserters Island Groups.  Exact daily itinerary will be decided by the group dependent on interests, weather, and seas.


God's Pocket Marine Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials Plus;

  1. Expedition sea kayak with Floatation in both ends
  2. Properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Properly fitting Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
  9. Dry suit
  10. Helmet
  11. Spare paddle
  12. Minimalist camping equipment (some sites may be tiny)
  13. vhf Radio
  14. signaling (flare) kit
  15. Boat repair kit
  16. Bear vault
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