The early morning is one of my most favourite times of the day. Whenever I can, I’ll head down to our waterside deck with a cup of coffee and yesterday’s newspaper to sit and enjoy the peaceful morning water. More often than not I’ll be entertained with a parade of all sorts of interesting boats. Here’s a few recent pictures.
The inside waters of Sechelt Inlet have been discovered by a wide range of paddling enthusiasts, gliding over the water in boats of all different sizes.
The Dolphin Spirit is a First Nations war canoe, and she’s been a regular visitor during the past few months. Her crew was training for Pulling Together, held this year along the open waters of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Pulling Together was the brainchild of Ed Hill, a local retired RCMP Staff Sargeant. The annual journeys bring together crews of law enforcement officers and aboriginal youth and elders, who paddle or pull together, down or along the traditional waterways of the province, visiting many of the First Nation communities along the way. Ed Hill knew the benefit of police officers working with the First Nation community and this was the start of an annual tradition that’s still going strong.
We also have a very active dragonboating club on the Inlet, who freqently bring their large boats out our way. The Sunshine Dragon Boat Club, formed in 2004, has a membership of approximately 125 members, and includes a large contingent of breast cancer surviving paddlers. They offer several programs and practice times weekly and keep their two international standard dragon boats very busy. This weekend they held their annual MacKenzie Cup Regatta.
In addition to the dragonboats, we also see several of the smaller outriggers practicing their paddling and technical manouevres. Coracle Cove is located at Four Mile Point on Sechelt Inlet, and makes for a good paddling workout for these 4 and 6 person crews. Each year the Howe Sound Outrigger Race attracts a large contingent of local and international entrants.
And finally, we enjoy seeing the colourful kayakers, sometimes just a lone boat glidiing over the calm early morning waters and occasionally a flotilla, heading up the inlet to one of the many mairine parks. Sechelt Inlet is a narrow stretch of protected water and is ideal for both novice and seasoned kayakers.
This picture was taken last year during the Paddlers’ Challenge Series, a summer event, organized by Halfmoon Sea Kayaks. Each week they organize a kayaking challenge on a different part of the Sunshine Coast. This particular event dubbed, the “poker paddle” was lots of fun, as the paddlers completed a circle route around Sechelt Inlet, stopping in at various check points to collect playing cards to see who could make up the best hand. In this picture they were checking in at the Coracle Cove dock where our guests were handing out the cards.
Now, I think you have to agree, there aren’t too many places where you can see all of this activity, up close, as these pictures will attest… and that’s why we love living on Sechlet Inlet.
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