coastal british columbia  

2015 winter - spring archive
day to day SUP photos mostly on Ladysmith Harbour/Oyster Bay  


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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015

a very reflective day out Burleith Arm and around the Woods Islands

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/17/2015
 

fin up on shallow water
fin up on shallow water
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/07/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/07/2015
 
Woods Islands
Woods Islands
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/07/2015

Left the beach, fin up. The tide was way out and the water shallow for a long ways out from the launch. Wandered out to the Dunsmuir Islands and back.

Lion's mane jellyfish off the Dunsmuir Islands
 
Lion's mane jellyfish off the Dunsmuir Islands
Lion's mane jellyfish off the Dunsmuir Islands
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/07/2015
 
Woods Islands
Woods Islands

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/07/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/07/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
heron
heron
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015

Sure felt like summer this morning. Wandered up the shoreline past the marina which was about as far as i planned to go. Such a nice morning I crossed over into Burleith Arm and out around the Woods Islands. Same story repeats itself again and again. Go out for an hour and stay for 2 or 3.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm
 
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm wet log sort

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/03/2015

paddled up to the head of the bay after dinner. I was thinking about how long it had been since I fell into the drink. Balance is off and you just correct automatically. No little rush of adrenaline... nothing. Shot some photos around the mill and the stream mouth and as I headed out I turned to shoot behind me and in an instant, I was wet and pushing off the bottom. My old Lawyer friend who has been gone for a few years now used to say "a guy should never ask himself how he's doing". I always took it to mean that it changes your focus, takes you out of the here and now and locks you into your head.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/03/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/03/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015

thought I'd go out as far as Transfer Beach but the day was awesome and the water glassy and I just kept going. Killer way to spend a morning.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 

heron
heron
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jun/01/2015
 
steel stake used on shellfish lease to hold down varmint nets could do some damage to your board/boat at low tides
steel stake used on shellfish lease to hold down varmint nets could do some damage to your board/boat at low tides

map of Ladysmith Harbour/Oyster Bay
map of Ladysmith Harbour/Oyster Bay

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 
Purple Martin nesting boxes
Purple Martin nesting boxes
Purple Martin nesting boxes
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015

Went up to the head of the bay and checked out the Purple Martins. They scattered as i approached the nesting boxes so i whistled my best [pretty lame] Purple Martin call and they all came back and totally ignored me. Got into some very shallow water on the dropping tide so I flipped the board over and poled out, skeg up.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/21/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015
 
Page Point
Page Point
Page Point
Purple Martin nesting boxes
Page Point
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015

headed out the bay past Page Point and out Burleith Arm on morning glass. Shot some Broad-leaved stonecrop in flower between the Woods Islands and a breeze came up and pushed me home. Great morning.

Page Point
 
Burleith Arm
 
Burleith Arm
 
Burleith Arm Log Sort
Burleith Arm Log Sort

Burleith Arm Log Sort
 
Burleith Arm Log Sort
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015
 
Geodetic Survey Marker @ 49th Parallel
Geodetic Survey Marker @ 49th Parallel
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/19/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015

Been having trouble getting out on the water. Rory's been busy with work and GF and I've had a few projects on the go around here. Paddled out onto the bay Friday evening. "The air sure don't smell like this sitting at my desk" I said to Rory who replied "I forgot how beautiful it is out here". Most of the paddle was in silence. Rory wandered over to the other side of the bay and I caught sight of something moving through the reflected glare of the setting sun. It was a first nations racing canoe. The paddler wore a Cowichan sweater and he must have been pouring sweat because he was just hauling it. Maybe 50 or 60 strokes a minute, out one side of the bay, across, and back up the far shore. I never saw him take a break, the guy was a machine. I was in awe.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 
Stz'uminus Paddler
Stz'uminus Paddler

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, May/08/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015

A really nice morning. We went out Burleith Arm past the wet log sort around the woods islands and stopped into the passage between them. Lots of seals and herons today and a small otter or a large mink scurrying into the rocks ahead of us. The day's trophy was an inflatable beach toy. Had to deflate it a bit to fit on the paddleboard

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
wet log sort on Burleith Arm
wet log sort on Burleith Arm
Woods Islands, Slag Point beyond
Woods Islands, Slag Point beyond

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 
heron
heron
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/22/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/21/2015

a seal dogged me for nearly a km today. Haven't had one come in so close since I used to prone paddle every day. They got so used to me back then that I'd squeak my finger against my longboard and they'd appear within a few minutes.


Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015

I waited today for a break in the weather. Went up to the head of the bay and back out as far as Page Point. Felt like going further and the water just got better and better, but i could see some weather coming out of the west over the mountains. Started to rain as I turned for home and with not far to go, a strong wind hit me in the face and whipped up the water. Sometimes I'm reminded of those perpetual swimming pool commercials on TV. You paddle like hell and the water sweeps past, but the shoreline view stays the same. Great workout.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/14/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015

Stiff breeze out of the SW today. I hugged the shoreline to keep out of it on my way out the bay. Thought i would get a push from the rollers on the way back up the bay but they were gone and the wind switched around and blew in my face. Good workout and a great paddle.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
rollers coming up the bay, west ripple cutting across
rollers coming up the bay, west ripple cutting across
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
southern tip of Woods island - Wet log sort beyond
southern tip of Woods island - Wet log sort beyond

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/11/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015
 
rotted off pier piling
rotted off pier piling

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015

Great to have enough daylight to get out on the water after dinner.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/08/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015

took an old family friend up to the Government wharf. She had a live aboard moored there in the 70's and was happy to check it out from the water. Her first time on a paddleboard and she loved it. A beautiful warm sunny glassy day on the water.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Apr/05/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015 - CoastalBC.com

Out to Slag Point, across to the Woods islands and back.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
looking up
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
looking down
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Broad-leaved stonecrop
 

Broad-leaved stonecrop
Broad-leaved stonecrop
Broad-leaved stonecrop
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
passage between the Woods Islands

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/28/2015
 
weird wave patterns
weird wave patterns

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015

Up to the head of the bay, and out to Page Point

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/23/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/21/2015

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/21/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/21/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015 - CoastalBC.com

A warm south wind blew up the bay and I headed straight into it. Kinda invigorating and I pushed my paddling. Shorter, faster strokes for a km or two at a time. Great workout left a little burn in some new places.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/18/2015
 
Varmint nets
Varmint nets
Varmint nets protect the shellfish leases from predation but they bunch up.
The metal stakes used to pin the nets down can put the bottom of your sup at risk in low water.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/13/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/13/2015

late afternoon run around the far Woods Island and back. About 7km

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/13/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/13/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015 - CoastalBC.com

what an awesome morning. Thought I'd go up to the head of the bay, but once i was on the water the day just seemed to drag me the other way. Went down the shore to Transfer Beach and curt across to the Dunsmuir Islands. Glassy calm most of the way out, and then the south wind came up and blew me home. Sunny and warm and I'm happy to be on the water.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 
Slag Point
Slag Point
Dunsmuir Islands
Dunsmuir Islands
Dunsmuir Islands
 

Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 

Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 

Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/08/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/06/2015
 
Canada Geese
 
Canada Geese
 
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/06/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/06/2015
quick turn around the bay before sunset.
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/06/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/06/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/06/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/06/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Mar/06/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015

Had the place to myself again.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Canadian Geese
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/27/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/28/2015

I looked out at perfect glass on a sunny morning and let chores distract me. By the time I got back to thinking about going out that cold north wind came up. Worked in the yard much of the day, pruning and screening compost. About 4:50 the bay was glassing up. About an hour till sunset but only half an hour till the sun was off the water. I was on the water within 10 minutes and had a great little paddle.

smoke on the water
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/28/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/28/2015
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/14/2015 - CoastalBC.com
Warm sunny day 10 or 11 degC. Rory and I head out in rashies, a quick dry layer and boots and were warm as toast. Went up the far shoreline inside of the docks and around the Woods Islands and back. Great day on the water. Freezing cold everywhere else in Canada.
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/14/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/14/2015
 
Page Point
 
Page Point
 

Page Point
Page Point
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/14/2015
 
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm
 

Burleith Arm
 
Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 

Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/14/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015 - CoastalBC.com
Got the place to myself again, and had to peel the wetsuit back again.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/13/2015
 
Bush Creek estuary
Bush Creek estuary

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/10/2015 - CoastalBC.com
nice day on the bay. Quiet, peaceful, calm, pretty. The 5/4 fullsuit is just too much. Peeled it back to the waist and was comfortable even when the sun wasn't hitting me.
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/10/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/10/2015
 
Page Point
Page Point
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/10/2015
 

Page Point
Page Point
Oystercatchers
 
Oystercatchers
Oystercatchers
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/10/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/08/2015

after days of pineapple express with it's constant strong south winds the water went flat. I got a few chores done and checked the water before I went out. Still glassy but one of the neighbours is backing up the road faster even than he drives out forward. He deaks around the corner and up the side street. Huh. Then a cop car shows up and heads to the waterfront. A siren precedes a fire truck, followed shortly buy an ambulance. I'm just pulling a sweater on to go down to the water and see what's up, and the Auxiliary CG zodiac comes into view.

So somebody was out drinking in their canoe and flipped it. Spent 1/2 an hour in the water clinging to it. The neighbour was driving to another neighbours trying to find a motor boat. I waited for the fuss to subside and as I put my sup in the water, the ACG came back in and got me to take the life jackets and a paddle to shore for them. One of them held up a half dozen empties and wondered if they'd like them back? I guess if they wanted them, they'd be down collecting them instead of warming up in the ambulance.


Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Feb/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Feb/01/2015
 
looking NW between the Woods Islands, Burleith Arm on the right
looking NW between the Woods Islands, Burleith Arm on the right
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Feb/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Feb/01/2015 - CoastalBC.com
headed across to Page Point. Out in the middle of the bay I could see a strange shape. Pulled my glasses on and there was a paddleboarder. An infrequent sight around here. She had a small child onboard and they waved as I turned away into Burleith Arm. There I ran into the husband w/second child. Two paddleboarders in the space of 5 minutes, practically a traffic jam around here.

Overcast and a little breeze here and there but a real nice paddle and running into the new neighbours out on their SUPs reminded me of surfing in the 70s and 80s BC [before crowd] when it was kinda nice to see somebody else out.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Feb/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Feb/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Feb/01/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Feb/01/2015
 

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Rory took his windsurfer out
Rory
SUP on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/25/2015
 
Rory took his windsurfer out
 
Woods Islands
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/25/2015 - CoastalBC.com
Rory took his windsurfer out. There wasn't really enough wind but he was itching to get out on it. Maybe 15km an hr but dropping fast. He crossed the bay 4 or 5 times and turned downwind and home. I turned upwind, out the bay to the Dunsmuir Islands and back. I was nearly home when I passed some woman and her dog. The pooch let out for the shoreline, got belly deep and trotted along beside me like we were old friends, just as happy as a clam. Not a bark, not a sound except the owner pleading with him to come back.

Woods Islands
Woods Islands
Woods Islands
 
Woods Islands
 
SUP on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/25/2015
 

Dunsmuir Islands
Dunsmuir Islands
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 
Dunsmuir Islands
 

Woods Islands
Woods Islands
SUP on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/25/2015
 
SUP on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/25/2015
 
SUP on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/25/2015
 

SUP on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/25/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015 - CoastalBC.com
a calm, still evening slipping into darkness

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Purple Martin nesting boxes
Purple Martin nesting boxes

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/20/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
the day was glassy and sunny and the tides were good all day. Never seemed to get out. Got lots done but the sun was off the water and I was just about to hit the shower and i looked out the window. The water was perfect and a little colour was creeping into the few clouds in the sky. It was already after 4pm and about 40 minutes to sunset but Rory was game and we were gone. As I launched I say the head of the bay had low fog laying on the water. It just looked so cool, it's the only way i wanted to go. I paddled a short way out and started shooting photos of the head of the bay, and mount Benson, beyond. There were a couple of big eagles on the rocks at the Bush Creek estuary. One flew off with a carcass when we were way off. The other stayed put and cleaned up the kill. I shot a few photos, thanked him for his patience, and paddled off. My paddling's really getting strong these days. Technique's better all the time. Stopped by on the way home in the growing dark to check out what the eagle was munching. I think maybe it's seagull season for eagles.

the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 

the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 

the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/19/2015
 
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 
the last minute eagle and the last rights gull
 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/16/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/16/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/16/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/16/2015
they don't set themselves
Rory had the day, the sun was shining and the water was flat. We headed out the bay past the marinas and docks. Immediately ran into a guy setting up his sailboat [6.9m International Star http://www.starclass.org/ ] It looks like a nice fast sailboat but I'd match my paddleboard against his sailboat any day as long as it was a glassy calm day like today. You know a guy really likes sailing when goes out on a day like today. We continued down the shoreline to Slag point and cut across the channel to Woods Island. Warm sunny day and 5/4 wetsuits. We were dripping sweat for the whole paddle. Took 100 photos before I realized the iso was set to 1600 and everything was washed out and overexposed. Set the camera up a little better just as we ran into the Star tacking his way out of the bay. Rory has got sailboats on the brain and got an invite to crew on the star. I told the guy "I can't hardly get Rory to paddle up to the head of the bay. No sailboats up there to look at." "Makes perfect sense to me" he said as he sailed off. He was moving along pretty good on just a whisper of a breeze, but i still could have beat him in a race today.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/16/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/16/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/16/2015
 

a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/14/2015
a break in the fog
after days of impenetrable fog we got a break today. Just before lunch I hit the water, past the oyster catchers in the Bush Creek estuary, up to the head of the bay, through the purple martin nesting boxes and back out to the entrance of Burleith Arm. Mostly just staying in the sunshine and enjoying the day. A breeze came up and blew me home. By the time I got out of my wetsuit and dressed, the cloud had rolled down off the Woodley Range and the bay was again, totally socked in.

oyster catchers
 
oyster catchers
 
oyster catchers
oyster catchers
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 

a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
purple martin boxes
purple martin nesting boxes
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 

a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 

a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
entrance to Burleith Arm
entrance to Burleith Arm
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 
a break in the fog - Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Jan/14/2015
 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Ladysmith Harbour, Jan/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Ladysmith Harbour, Jan/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Ladysmith Harbour, Jan/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Ladysmith Harbour, Jan/13/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015 - CoastalBC.com
It was a dark, damp day but the fog had finally lifted, Took me a bit to pick a direction. It was brighter to the south so I headed out through the harbour. Very little traffic. A couple of dozer boats shuttled logs across to the mills and a tug dropped a tow in the wet sort and scooted back around Woods Islands and back to the mill. I followed the shoreline out around Slag Point [made from coal slag fill] and ended up at Holland Creek. Less than 2 meters of tide left the approach too shallow to paddle right up to and into the tunnel so I beached the board and walked in. The tunnel was built by the railroad in 1908 from Koksilah Quarry sandstone. It's not wide enough to turn a 12'6" board in, but you can get in on a high tide.

I headed across to the Woods Islands and cut between them. Great sandstone formations and a shallow bottom in this passage. 10km paddle, took 183 photos, home in two hours. Out the office window, it's sunny, and glassy, and I'm on it as soon as i post this.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Ladysmith Harbour, Jan/13/2015
 
Transfer Beach
Transfer Beach
Holland Creek estuary, Dynamite Pier beyond
Holland Creek estuary, Dynamite Pier beyond -
Holland Creek estuary
 

Holland Creek estuary
 
Holland Creek estuary
 
Holland Creek estuary
 
tug just dropped a tow in the wet sort behind Woods Islands
tug just dropped a tow in the wet sort behind Woods Islands

Woods Islands
Woods Islands
Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 
Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 
Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 

Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 
Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 
Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 
Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 

Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 
Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 
Woods Islands, Ladysmith BC, Jan/13/2015
 
Ladysmith Marina
 

Saltair Sawmill
Saltair Sawmill
Ladysmith Marina
Ladysmith Marina
Ladysmith Marina
 
the way home
the way home

fog around the bay
fog around the bay
remnants of an old wharf from this island to the point beyond
remnants of an old wharf from this island to the point beyond
rotted off pier pilings
rotted off pier pilings
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/08/2015 - CoastalBC.com
About mid day the fog started burning off, the sun broke through and the chop dropped, and I was out the door. The tide was about 2.5m and it's a good water depth to hit the head of the bay. Much of the upper bay is 1.5' to 2.5' and it's kinda cool cruising across crystal clear winter water with the bottom that close. From the little island to the point NW of it there appears to have been a wharf or walkway with rows of rotted off pier pilings every 8 or 10 feet. Came back down the far side of the bay and into Burleith Arm. Battery on the camera died as the fog started closing in again and I headed home. Had the place to myself for two and a half hours, mostly in the sunshine on a foggy day. It was great.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/08/2015
 
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/08/2015
 
Page Point
Page Point

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/08/2015
 
entrance to Burleith Arm
entrance to Burleith Arm
fog bank behing the Dunsmuir Islands
fog bank behing the Dunsmuir Islands

Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Ladysmith Harbour, Jan/01/2015
 
polar bear swim at Transfer Beach
polar bear swim at Transfer Beach
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015 - CoastalBC.com

the morning was overcast and breezy with a light chop blowing out the bay. As we got ready to head out to the polar bear swim at Transfer Beach the wind dropped and we paddled through the harbour on glass and light ripple. By the time we got to Transfer, the sun was breaking through but the swim had been cancelled. The ACG said the town had not received water quality tests back in time and so they pulled the plug. A handful of diehards took the plunge. Thirty seconds later it was all over and we headed across the harbour and up Burleith Arm where 8 or 10 seals joined us. They're coming in closer and closer as they get used to us. The smallest of them stayed with us the longest. They used to all hang behind but more and more they come along side and sometimes get up ahead of us. Another really nice, leisurely, two and a half hour paddle today.

Woods Islands
Woods Islands
Burleith Arm
Burleith Arm
Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 

head in the clouds
head in the clouds
Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 

Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 

Paddleboarding on Burleith Arm, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Oyster Bay
Oyster Bay
Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 

Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 
Paddleboarding on Oyster Bay, Ladysmith BC, Jan/01/2015
 

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