Esquimalt Lagoon to Millstream Falls - March 1, 2015

A relaxed paddle was planned from Esquimalt Lagoon to Esquimalt Harbour/Millstream Falls. Fourteen SISKA paddlers launched from the Esquimalt Lagoon for a trip to Esquimalt harbour and Millstream Falls. It was a sunny day with a light wind on the first day of March. After a brief talk on the beach we headed northeast for the Millstream Falls.

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 Our paddle leader, Jennie Sutton, provided us with information about the history of various places along the paddle.

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Prior to heading up into Esquimalt Harbour, the paddle leader notified DND of our approach, and we made sure to keep out of the way of the sailing race underway.

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We stopped to look at some sea life under a dock on McCarthy Island, including Feather Duster worms.

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Then we headed under the bridge by the Six Mile Pub, and onto Millstream Falls.

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The paddle up shallow Millstream Creek was planned to coincide with high tide.  At the head of Millstream Creek was a scenic waterfall.

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On our way back down Millstream Creek, Jennie shared more about the history of the former mill in this area that gave Millstream its name.

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We paddled by View Royal and stopped to look at the old brick buildings at Cole Island, a former naval ammunition depot and now a national historic site, maintained by the Friends of Cole Island (who happened to stop by during our lunch at Portage Park).  

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A raft of otters was spotted resting on a dock.  There were also different waterbirds seen on the paddle, including Ruddy Turnstones.

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At our lunch stop in Thetis Cove at Portage Park, we learned more (from a View Royal Councillor who also happened to stop by) about the new trail being constructed to provide a link (for canoeists and kayakers) between Portage Inlet and Esquimalt Harbour, with the anticipated completion date by end of April/early May 2015.  Following lunch, we headed back to the launch site at Esquimalt Lagoon.  At a break near the Fisgard Lighthouse, the paddle leader provided a demonstration of an assisted rescue where the rescuee straddles the top of the rescuer's boat, creating additional stability.

 

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(Photos by Debbie Chan)