Members of We Wai Kai Nation’s Cape Mudge Band on Quadra Island welcomed paddlers who crossed the strait from Campbell River in 2018.This year’s event to take place Aug. 24. File photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

Annual paddling event an opportunity to meet neighbours, says founder

Discovery Passage Passage takes place this weekend between Campbell River and Cape Mudge

Paddlers will be heading out on a historical route this weekend during the 13th annual Discovery Passage Passage.

The event, which welcomes non-motorized water vessels, will see participants travel across the Discovery Passage from the Campbell River to Cape Mudge on Aug. 24.

It’s a body of water that was well-travelled by small boats in the pre-ferry days.

Geoff Goodship, event founder, said the people who lived in Campbell River would often row over to Quathiaski Cove to visit the post office, load up on groceries and, depending on the day, grab a beer, before heading back home.

“It’s part of a history of this town,” he said. “It’s not new. People did it long before there was a city called Campbell River. It was a matter of necessity.”

RELATED: VIDEO: Voyage across Discovery Passage brings together Campbell River, Cape Mudge

The first time the event happened, participants followed the same route, travelling from Campbell River to Quathiaski Cove. But shortly after, the We Wai Kai First Nation invited them to end their paddle at Cape Mudge instead.

“The invitation was warm,” said Goodship. “We’ve been going to the village every year since then.”

Goodship said the annual paddle is an opportunity to greet neighbours.

“We go to meet our neighbours. The people that live there are our neighbours. Every day they look out the window, they see us,” he said. “So once a year we get in small boats and we paddle over to see them.”

It’s not generally recommended to attemp the journey across Discovery Passage in a human-powered craft. The water is cold and Goodship said it’s “an awesome tide.”

But travelling in numbers with other non-motorized boats and with the accompaniment of safety boats, the risk becomes more bearable, he said.

RELATED: Discovery Passage Passage makes 11th annual trip to Cape Mudge

About 10 years ago, a piece of yellow spruce was shared each year between the We Wai Kai First Nation and the visiting paddlers. It was shaped into a paddle and carved, and now it is being painted. A new scene is added each year.

In 2018, the paddle was given to the We Wai Kai First Nation, and this year, should be making a return trip to Campbell River.

“It’s not a big showy affair with heavy speeches and that kind of thing,” said Goodship. “It’s more neighbours saying hello to each other.”

For more information and to register for the paddle, visit incampbellriver.net.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Person-powered watercraft of all sizes made the trip from Campbell River to Quadra Island in 2017. File photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Just Posted

Good Food Boxes are packed in Gold River to go out to people of that community. Greenways is working on expanding the program to other communities including Campbell River. Photo supplied by Greenways Land Trust
Good Food Box program coming to Campbell River

Greenways’ program will provide food delivery to six communities in Strathcona area

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: Vancouver Island in a January spike while B.C. cases decrease

Island’s top doc Dr. Stanwick breaks down the Island’s rising numbers

Eden Robinson will be ‘on hand’ for a special online screening of Monkey Beach, based on her 2000 novel, presented by the Museum at Campbell River through the Tidemark Theatre Feb. 4. Photo by Bluetree Photography
Museum at Campbell River to screen Monkey Beach and Q&A with Eden Robinson

Last year’s Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence’s work has skyrocketed to justifiable fame in the past year

Tahsis mayor Martin Davis stands with an old-growth tree in McKelvie Creek Valley. The village of Tahsis signed a Letter of Understanding with forestry company Western Forest Products to establish McKelvie watershed as a protected area. Photo courtesy, TJ Watt.
Landmark deal expected to protect Tahsis watershed from logging

Tahsis and WFP agree on letter of understanding to preserve McKelvie Creek Valley within TFL 19

Sawyer, a northern saw-whet owl that became synonymous with Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, passed away peacefully over the weekend. Sawyer would make numerous public appearances with MARS staff in and around the Comox Valley and Campbell River. Photo supplied.
Popular MARS ambassador owl dies

Submitted MARS Wildlife Rescue has lost one of its mightiest ambassadors. Tiny… Continue reading

(Twitter/Ateachersaurus)
The Pachena Bay shoreline in 2013. (Twitter/Ateachersaurus)
This week in history: 9.0 magnitude quake struck under what is now called Vancouver Island

According to First Nations elders, the 9.0-magnitude quake in 1700 CE kick-started a tsunami

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)
Complicated, dangerous rescue saves man in avalanche near Cypress Mountain

North Shore SAR team braves considerable conditions to reach injured snowboarder

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
UPDATE: No sign of small plane that went down in waters south of Vancouver Island

Searchers out on both sides of border between Victoria and Port Angeles

A tip from the public helped Victoria police located and arrest wanted men Jonathon Muzychka and Dean Reber. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Tips lead police to arrest convicted killer, robber near downtown Victoria

Two men were at large after failing to return to community facility

The Pacific Rim Whale Festival is breaching for a COVID-safe return in March. (Poster photo by Owen Crosby)
Pacific Rim Whale Festival aims for virtual return in March

Educational celebration scheduled to arrive in Tofino-Ucluelet on March 15.

In this undated image made from a video taken by the Duke of Sussex and posted on @SaveChildrenUK by the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, shows the Duchess of Sussex reading the book “Duck! Rabbit!” to their son Archie who celebrates his first birthday on Wednesday May 6, 2020. The Canadian Paediatric Society is reminding families that the process of raising a reader starts from birth. (Duke of Sussex/@SaveChildrenUK)
Canadian Paediatric Society says raising a reader starts from birth

CPS says literacy is one of the strongest predictors of lifelong health outcomes

Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough responds to a question during a news conference Thursday August 20, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Easing rules for parental benefits created inequities among parents, documents say

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office says the government will make any necessary changes

People walk along a pedestrianized zone of Sainte-Catherine street in Montreal, Monday, May 18, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Newly released statistics point to a major drop in police-recorded crime during the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Crime down in first 8 months of pandemic, but mental health calls rise: StatCan

The agency says violent crimes such as assault dropped significantly

Most Read