SISKA's  January 2018 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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January 2018 SISKA Newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy 2018, all! This issue marks the start of our third year with the SISKA newsletter. Do let us know what you think and if there is anything you think we should be adding or subtracting from it. It seems as if over 100 members open the newsletter each month and a good number find useful links to click!

Both Ben and Mike are expecting to be away for much of 2018 on various trips, so we are looking for someone to assist with or take a primary role as the club newsletter editor. The newsletter is produced using the popular MailChimp system which is pretty easy to use and maintain. Please email the newlsetter team if you are interested/willing.

Thanks to those members who contributed photos and materials. After enjoying a SISKA event or paddle, please consider sending a short (100-150 words) summary article; for more information, contact one of us. If you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!

Michael Jackson (SISKA president) and Ben van Drimmelen (editor)
PS: You can find SISKA on Facebook at this link.

PPS: SISKA has a Meetup site for "impromptu" and other paddles organized by club members. For more details, go to To join this, you have to be a club member.

PPPS: You can find the SISKA newsletter archive here:

2018 membership

This is just a reminder that 2018 is upon us, so it is time to renew your membership. Thanks to everyone who has already renewed! The link to the renewal page is at:

Table of Contents


Upcoming SISKA Events

January 10, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm,  clinic

January 11, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

January 13, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

January 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

January 24, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  (with Gear Swap)

January 27, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

February 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

February 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

February 11, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

February 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

February 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

February 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

February 25, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

For more details, go to the SISKA website

Community Events of Interest

If you are aware of an event  that should be included in the next Newsletter, please email Alan Campbell at

January 6, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm,  

January 18, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm,  

February 8, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm,  

More details available at the SISKA website

What’s in a Name?

- Vic Turkington


Haro Strait is well known to SISKA paddlers as we paddle to Chatham, Discovery, Sidney, James, Coal, Knapp, Pym, Piers, Moresby, Portland, D'Arcy and Rum Islands.

Haro Strait extends roughly from the south end of Discovery Island to the north end of the Saanich Peninsula, where it joins Boundary Pass.  The much listened-to "Haro Strait Marine Weather" forecast from Environment Canada describes conditions at Kelp Reefs buoy, just southweast of D'Arcy Island, near the major shipping channel. (The mid channel forecast is often worse than inshore conditions).
The Spanish naval officer Manual Quimper was the first European to see our waters and named the strait in 1790 after his first mate "Gonzales Lopez de Haro".  Hence, we have Gonzales Bay\Point\Hill, Lopez Island in the San Juans and Haro Strait all named after him.

A dispute broke out between the British and the US in 1859 over whether the  international boundary between Canada and the US should lie to the east (Rosario Strait) or west (Haro Strait) side of the San Juan islands. This led to an armed standoff: the so-called Pig War - triggered by the shooting of a pig!. However, no additional shots were fired. The dispute was eventually resolved by an arbitrator (Kaiser Wilhelm 1) in favour of the US, so the international border was established along Haro Strait. (Too bad, as San Juan Island might have been Canadian!)
Haro Strait (and Kaiser Wilhelm's boundary)

Camping in the Broken Group

Just so everyone knows, backcountry permits and reservations are needed for the Broken Group; go to  Anyone camping in the Broken Group Islands must have a backcountry camping permit. Backcountry camping permits are $9.80 per person per night from May through September. These permits are only available through the Parks Canada Reservation System; no spaces will be available for stand-by (first come, first serve).

To reserve, call 1-877-RESERVE or visit Reservations become available on January 8, 2018 at 8 a.m. PST. Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard or American Express.

Reservations for the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve open January 3, and those for Pacific Rim NPR open January 8.

Tips from the trips

- Debbie Leach


Stringing a line through the “cargo net” loops in the top of your tent makes for a handy airing/drying line.