SISKA's June 2021 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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June 2021 SISKA Newsletter


Dear Tony,

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!

Alan Campbell (SISKA president) and Tony Playfair (editor)
Siska now has it's own Youtube Channel HERE

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:

Table of Contents


Upcoming SISKA Events

Thursday, June 03rd, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Moses Point to Deep Cove Paddle
Saturday, June 05th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Amherst to Rum Island Paddle
Thursday, June 17th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Telegraph Cove to Gordon Head Tour Paddle
Saturday, June 26th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Oak Bay Marina to Shoreline Exploration Paddle
Sunday, June 27th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Amherst to Shoreline Exploration Paddle
Thursday, July 01st, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Moses Point to Deep Cove Paddle
Saturday, July 17th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Telegraph Cove to Cormorant Point Paddle
Sunday, July 18th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Whiffin Spit to Cabin Point [FULL] Paddle
Saturday, July 24th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Mackenzie Bight Paddle
For more details, go to the SISKA website

Community Events of Interest

These events are not formally supported by SISKA, but considered to be of interest to a significant number of our members.

Any member may request an event to be included in this section by sending a note to

Looking for a paddling/camping trip this summer?

by Debbie Leach

Our new partners offer kayak trips with discounts for SISKA Members.

Check them out HERE

More Detail HERE

SISKA Local Shoreline Cleanups - June 8-10

by BJ Porter


We have created three opportunities for SISKA members to participate in shoreline cleanups:

SISKA ONE at Albert Head Lagoon on Tuesday June 8th;

SISKA TWO at Fort Rodd Hill on Wednesday June 9th (World Oceans Day); and

SISKA THREE at Finnerty Park (Arbutus Cove) on Thursday June 10th.

All cleanups start (i.e. launch) at 10 a.m. with a scheduled (but very flexible) duration of 3 hours.

Litter will be removed from the shoreline and an (optional) tally kept of the trash found and/or collected. A tally helps track the major and minor sources of litter in our community.
I will take care of administering permissions etc. until June 5th but will be out of town on the dates in question, so if you are willing to take on a very informal leadership role on the day please let me know at
Follow the link(s) below to register and let me know you’re coming for one or more of the cleanups.

Together we’ll protect wildlife and ourselves from the impacts of shoreline litter. 

SISKA ONE - Tues, June 8 - launch from Esquimalt Lagoon South (washrooms end) @ 10 am to Albert Head Lagoon

SISKA TWO - Wed, June 9 - launch from Esquimalt Lagoon North (bridge end) @ 10 am to Fort Rodd Hill

SISKA THREE - Thursday, June 10 - launch from Gyro Park/Cadboro Bay @ 10 am to Arbutus Cove

BJ Porter,

SISKA Director at Large

Invitation to SKABC's June 7th meeting

by Debbie Leach

Hello SISKA people, I hope this finds you all doing well.

I thought I’d reach out with an invitation to our June meeting. We have two presentations, one from John Kimantis on the need for site assessors for BCMT. They’ve identified over a hundred potential sites they’re wanting to add to the map, but first they need some eyes on the ground to report back on site quality/conditions. Something that you or your members may be interested in helping out with during summer paddles.

And our feature guest is Norm Hann who will share the story of his trip on the Salish Sea Marine Trail last year. Norm’s an engaging presenter and we hope to bring more attention and interest to the SSMT that stretches through the Gulf Islands from Victoria to Nanaimo to Vancouver.

Our meetings are open to all, so feel free to share with your members.