SISKA's  September 2017 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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September 2017 SISKA Newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>,

Thanks again to the members who contributed photos and materials. We were faced with a shortage of articles about SISKA events or paddles for this issue, so please consider submitting a short (100-150 words) summary article; for more information, contact one of us. And if you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!

You can find SISKA on Facebook at this link. SISKA also has a Meetup site for "impromptu" and other paddles organized by club members. (To join this, you have to be a club member.) For more details, go to

Michael Jackson (SISKA president) and Ben van Drimmelen (editor)

Table of Contents


Upcoming Events

September 02, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

September 09, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

September 09, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,   (ENERGIZER)

September 15, 6:00 pm until September 17, 1:00 pm  (at Newcastle Island) See details below.

September 24, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm  (ENERGIZER) 

September 27, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Monthly Meeting, "Shipwrecks Along the BC & Arctic Coast” by Gwil Roberts

October 08, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

October 21, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

For more details, go to the SISKA website

Upcoming courses and Pool sessions

Our on-water courses and clinics coordinator, Michael Egilson, has managed to get some pool practice time for us again this fall. The dates we have booked are October 15th, November 19th and December 17th. October 15th will likely feature a rescues clinic.

We had plans to offer a Paddle Canada Level 1 course in late September, but the plans have fallen through. If you would like to take a Paddle Canada course through SISKA, please contact Michael Egilson.

Michael has also obtained the Crystal Pool's drop in dates. You have to contact them directly to book time on these dates: Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4 or Mar 4.

What’s in a Name?

- Vic Turkington


As you might guess, Telegraph Cove, just north of Cadboro Bay, was so named when the first telegraph cable was brought to Victoria from San Juan Island in 1866. The Cove was originally called Telegraph Bay and the road that leads to it is still named "Telegraph Bay Road". A dynamite factory was built in Telegraph Cove in the early 1880's but was later moved to James Island.  

Telegraph Cove provides a popular and easily accessible pebble beach for launching kayak trips north to Cormorant Point and south to Ten Mile Point and Chatham Island. 

Maynard (Smuggler's) Cove is a popular launch site for Chatham Island via Cadboro Point in the 10 Mile Point area

Photo - Engel & Völkers, Victoria

Ten Mile Point is actually a residential district but the rocky shoreline promontory (the most easterly point of Vancouver Island) provides us with an interesting paddling area full of sea life. It is also a good starting point to cross Baynes Channel en route to Chatham and Discovery Islans.  It was so named due to it's location 10 nautical miles from CFB Esquimalt Harbour. The rocky promontory houses a white navigation buoy with a green top and a quick flashing green light (chart symbol QG). The islets are designated a marine ecological reserve.A nearby cove, off McAnally Avenue, is named  "Smuggler's Cove" due to its use during the prohibition years as a boat launching and landing beach for rum-runners travelling back and forth to the US.

Strong  currents can swirl around Ten Mile Point, especially at mid tides, providing death-defying challenges for the most adventurous of paddlers.


- Debbie Leach


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