Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vargas Island - Tofino

Landing on Vargas Island in low tide - requires a long walk from kayaks

Vargas Island beach

Lunch on Vargas Island

Meare's Island from Vargas Island beach

Candice(TSK guide) with starfish briefly moved from attached bottom.

Low tide along Templar Channel

Snail egg encasing

Exposed shoreline with low tide

Resting on kelp bed off Wickaninnish Island

Tofino Sea Kayaking was a great choice to kayak in the Clayoqout Sound region. A local kayaking guide was important to assist in dealing with currents, tides, vegetation, wildlife and important safety/cultural considerations. Clayoquot Sound is home to three First Nations. The local native population is concentrated in the village of Opitsat on Meares Island. There is also first nations land on Vargas Island. When you read the navigational chart 3673 a section of the east side of the beach is identified as IR so kayakers need to be aware of this when landing and avoid unless previously negotiated. Clayoquot Sound was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve which serves to confirm significance of the ecosystem.

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