Paddling at ease: A participant in Saturday’s Discovery Passage Passage takes a casual approach to the start of the annual event that sees hundreds of canoes

Seventh annual Discovery Passage Passage

This was the most challenging weather encountered in the past seven years

The start of  this year’s Discovery Passage Passage included paddlers from Surrey, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Parksville and Courtenay as well as Campbell River.

This was the most challenging weather encountered in the past seven years. A few paddlers got a  little wet during the crossing but canoeing and kayaking are water sports so its expected. It was reassuring to know that the  Power Squadron’s Safety crew and Coast Guard are there when needed. One of the important elements of this event is to learn first hand the power of the elements in our local environment and to appreciate the impact it had on the lives of First Nation peoples and settlers alike. This event recreates basic elements of our history yet less than five per cent of local residents have ever made this crossing by paddling or rowing.

Plan to paddle the passage next August.