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Happy Birthday, Canada!! We were privileged to cross Canada last year on our SUP road trip. We miss the wide open roads, beautiful vistas, unparalleled paddling opportunities and meeting friendly fellow explorers. Never stop appreciating this magnificent country! ❤️🇨🇦❤️ #Canada #canadaday #roadtrip #trains #railroad @trainstationinn @visitnovascotia @tourism.canada
Excited to see the story and photos of our cross Canada SUP trip published by Canadian Press, both in print and online. Check out the link in our bio for the National Post's online version. We had a blast exploring the waterways of Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific and plenty in between. A huge thank you to everyone who helped and to those you guided us to their favourite local paddling spots. We weren't able to mention all of the highlights in the article but if you are interested check out our blog canadaonboard.ca for the full stories of our escapades 😀🚐 and great ideas for places to SUP including the people who can help you get there this summer. @canadaonboard @cdnpress @nationalpost @hamiltonspectator @supbearfoot @jodiboydrmt @queen_city_sup @pacificapaddle @cbwestsup @livelifeintents @neddies_harbour_inn @newfoundlandlabrador @tourismpei @tourismcb @nicolavalleypaddle @destinationnb @maferries @visitnovascotia @cascadiaboardco @bluwavesup @bluejellyfishsup @jkernaghan1
Anyone interested in visiting the Toronto Outdoor Adventure & Travel show this weekend can use promotion codes CANADA or PADDLING if you purchase tickets online and you will receive a $4.00 discount at check out! And we have a few free admission tickets available. We will give them to the first people to contact us until they run out :)) We will be at Booth 675 - come and say hi or check out the presentations we are doing Friday & Saturday about our crazy, fun cross Canada Stand Up Paddle road trip Canada Onboard: Coast to Coast 150. #OAS Toronto #adventure #travel #outdoors #paddle #roadtrip @theperiwinkledragonflycompany @canadaonboard
A perfect red chair roost overlooking Kidston Lighthouse in beautiful Bras D'Or Lake, a stones throw away from quaint but bustling Baddeck, NS. A welcome respite for travellers expanding their minds with the amazingly illuminating history found in the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Next stop Tatamagouche, NS. Read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip, celebrating Canada 150, on our blog: CanadaOnboard.ca 🇨🇦 @cbwestsup @bluejellyfishsup @visitnovascotia @nstourism @tourcanada @tourcapebreton @capebretontourism @parks.canada @parkscanadaredchair #sharethechair #baddeck #explore #explorecanada #explorecanada #explorens #capebreton #nova scotia #cabottrail #adventuresforthesoul #roadtrip #canada150 #parkscanada #alexandergrahambell #alexandergrahambellmuseum #museum #crosscanadapaddlingroadtrip
Although we love the paddling and scenery our adventure is about so much more. Savouring the cuisine of local eateries is high on our list of must do experiences. The Dancing Goat Cafe & Bakery, along the Cabot Trail in Margaree, NS is one of our favourites. It's delicious food, engaging locales and comfortable ambience proved the perfect spot for us to slow our pace and get some work done. Read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip celebrating Canada 150 on our blog: CanadaOnboard.ca
Jeremy Smith of @cbwestsup leads us swishing through the grasses with our gear. He knows all the secret, hidden launches along the Margaree River, raising the adventure factor of our afternoon paddle to a higher level. Check out our blog CanadaOnboard.ca to read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip celebrating Canada 150🇨🇦 @cbwestsup @bluejellyfishsup @visitnovascotia @nstourism @tourcanada @tourcanada @tourcapebreton @capebretontourism @visitcapebretonisland @capebretonpost #visitnovascotia #explore #explorecanada #explorens #novascotia #capebreton #cabottrail #margaree #margareeriver #adventuresforthesoul #roadtrip #canada #canada150 #crosscanadapaddlingroadtrip

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Running low on energy, even with the three-day break in the mountains, we could have used the wind at out backs as we descended from Alberta into British Columbia.

But Mother Nature was decidedly in our faces as Badass was buffeted by stiff winds on the ride into central B.C., where we chose to take the low road, meaning the old highway that wends its way through the Nicola Valley.

DSC_1370Cattle dot the landscape in the Nicola Valley, home to the historic Douglas Lake ranch. Pam Martin photo

It is cowboy country worthy of a western movie backdrop, dry rolling hills flecked with cattle that rose from linear lakes glistening in the sun and alive with the artwork the driving wind alternately drew and erased.

We had to brace strategically as we’d sweep around a corner and get caught up in gale-force blasts that put us in mind of Alberta’s blizzard. At least it wasn’t frigid.

We were greeted by Pam’s friend, Dorothy Jordan of Nicola Valley Paddle Company, and graciously welcomed at the home she shares with Blaine Malberg in the hills above Nicola Lake.

DSC_1505Dorothy Jordan and Blaine Malberg were gracious hosts in the Nicola Valley. Pam Martin photo

Our notions of a downwinder under wicked conditions on Nicola Lake soon evaporated as we sized up the risk. Maybe the next day would be calmer.

In the meantime, there was a restorative meal in the dining room of the 110-year-old Quilchena Hotel & Resort, which specializes naturally enough in the local beef. Beforehand, Blaine pointed out bullet holes in the saloon bar which spoke to exuberant cowboys of yesteryear.

The beef dinners, steak and prime rib with heavy sides of potato and vegetables, were excellent, setting us up for a good night’s sleep and a morning paddle before the rush to make the ferry to the finish line, Vancouver Island.

The wind was still daunting, so Dorothy and Blaine guided us to the pristine, startling blue of Kentucky Lake in Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park.

DSC_1466Kentucky Lake features blue-green water produced by a sandy bottom and the degree of sun beaming on it. Pam Martin photo

As we made our way there, the western theme continued on backroads as we steered around cows from the 130-year-old Douglas Lake Cattle Company, which boasts about 7,000 cows and 450 bulls producing close to 7,000 calves annually.

The massive ranch was founded when the Guichon brothers from the Savoie region of France joined the Cariboo gold rush, came up far short of the riches they dreamed of there, and took the steadier employment of ranching. The youngest brother, Joseph, built  the Quilchena Hotel.

38eadfd3-3405-4300-878b-b56db912a022.jpegBadass gets a rest on a hill overlooking Nicola Lake. It would be bittersweet returning the  stalwart van to the Wicked Campers depot in Vancouver. Pam Martin photo

Kentucky Lake put us in mind of Moraine Lake in the Rockies, a lovely blue-green that rippled under still-brisk winds. It was a tricky paddle, leaning into the gusts and rocking back when they subsided. Coming ashore was a blast, propelled by the stiff wind and paddling frantically back-to-front to avoid sheering off a fin.

IMG_0002Pam rejoices in the stunning setting of Kentucky Lake. Dorothy Jordan photo

We vowed to return to check out Dorothy’s GiddySUP adventure, which couples a morning paddle with afternoon horseback riding over the region’s rolling hills, also showcasing the region. And we plan to bring easterners with us through John’s company, Fit for Anything Adventures.

Racing to a tight timeline, we dressed into street clothes, said our adieus and headed Badass to Tsawwassen ferry terminal for the final stretch to the island and a last paddle, No. 17 and the 19th body of water.

That was in familiar waters, Canoe Cove near Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, where Pam works with Pacifica Paddle Sports through her company, Blue Jellyfish SUP Adventures.

DSC_1545John checks out Canoe Cove on the final paddle of the Canada 150 cross-country SUP celebration. Pam Martin photo

Canoe Cove is a convenience launching point to explore the Salish Sea and Gulf Island Marine Trails, (BC Marine Trails), water ways which thread through the Gulf islands and along the Vancouver Island’s east coast.

Blue Jellyfish and Pacifica Paddle also operate out of Brentwood Bay, where Pam runs SUP classes as well as ocean education programs and Pacifica offers SUP, canoe and kayak rentals and paddle programs for all levels.

DSC_6964John and Pam cross Brentwood Bay in silky-smooth conditions. Pam provides SUP lessons on the bay and Pacifica Paddle has a wide range of rentals and programming available for paddlers. Pacifica Paddle photo

John’s Fit For Anything Adventures will be teaming up with Blue Jellyfish and Pacifica to get small groups out on the water in both locations next spring as part of package tours showcasing Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Watch for a post on the latter coming up soon.

Our last relaxed paddle on Canoe Cove was a chance to reflect on all the water which had passed under our durable Cascadia inflatables from our put-in at Norris Point in Newfoundland. And it was a moment to reflect on the water still to be explored in this big, big land.

C4009E56-6073-4997-AEEE-2AD0921C9CADPam gazes out from atop Lone Tree Hill near Victoria. So much more country to explore. John Kernaghan photo

Feature photo: Pam and John celebrate the last stage of their Canada 150 celebration on the ferry from the mainland to Vancouver Island. Canada Onboard photo

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