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Inside This issue’s cover

by Jaime Sharp Jaime Sharp captured this self-portrait with a timed picture off the bow of his kayak at Skookumchuck Narrows, one of British Columbia’s premiere whitewater kayaking destinations thanks to a current that can top 16 knots (30 km/h). Another of his photos is featured with the Greenland paddle article ‘Different strokes’ on page 42 of this issue. Jaime was part of the Norway expedition featured in Lyn Hancock’s article on the Lofoten Islands in the Summer 2012 issue of Coast&Kayak Magazine. He is a travel guide and has paddled extensively around the world including Panama, Belize, New Zealand, Fiji, Croatia, and worked in the Canada’s Arctic as a dogsled guide and wolf naturalist. He is a New Zealander now based out of British Columbia.

Chasing a Princess


There is no better inspiration for a trip than to be told it can’t be done. Coast&Kayak editor John Kimantas returns to Princess Louisa Inlet a second time to experience by paddle the location that has captivated cruisers for decades. It’s not a major kayaking destination, though. Should it be? Read and decide.

Island affairs, then and now


In decades past Lyn Hancock had the rare experience to cuddle and cavort with cougars on the shores of D’Arcy Island, her private retreat near Victoria, BC. Fifty years later she kayaked there to retrace her footsteps to one of the coast’s most fascinating islands – where cougars were family and lepers were outcasts.

Rec boat wars


Chances are most kayakers won’t rate a kayak under 16 feet as a contender for title of ‘best.’ And yet these smaller recreation boats compose the majority of the market for kayak sales. That means a wide range of choices, with more than ever for 2013. We look at what’s new in this roundup of the rec boat category. First Word�����������������������������������������������������������������������4 News����������������������������������������������������������������������������������6 Wildlife�������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22 Destinations: Desolation Sound/Discovery Islands���������13 South Gulf Islands�������������������������������������������������21

Barkley Sound�������������������������������������������������������� 25 Haida Gwaii�������������������������������������������������������������� 26 North Gulf Islands������������������������������������������������ 30 Nootka Sound/Kyuquot Sound�������������������31 Various destinations�����������������������������������������������18 Instruction��������������������������������������������������������������������41 WINTER 2012



Winter 2012 Coast&Kayak Magazine  

Explore Princess Louisa Inlet, frolic with cougars on D'Arcy Island, paddle the coast of Gwaii Haanas and try Greenland paddles in this issu...