Energizer Paddle - Amherst to Rum Island Paddle


A SISKA Energizer paddle from Amherst to Rum Island Enjoy paddling among the islands almost to the USA!

Skill Level:
This paddle is rated as an Energizer Paddle because of its distance and open water crossings and possible current. To understand this designation better, please read SISKA's Paddle Guidelines
Paddlers taking part in this paddle are required to have PC Level 1 or equivalent experience. For information about PC Levels click here.
The total distance of this paddle is estimated to be approximately 10.50nm.

Saturday, August 06th, 2022. Meet at the launchsite by 09:30am to be on the water by 10:00am

We will launch at Amherst. Need directions to the launchsite? Click here.

This paddle will be led by Alan Campbell For more information about this paddle email Alan Campbell

Our leader will introduce the Plan and make sure everyone is comfortable with the requirements and any concerns that you may have. Please stay off the water until we are all ready. The leader may choose to enlist helpers and establish communications protocol. If you have VHF radio please bring it with you.
Plan A:
There is a light flood current throughout our paddling day, and the tide level is fine for launching and landings.
Our route on the way out describes a big NE/E/SE arc. We'll cross from Amherst Beach to the Little Group, paddle through the Dock Islands, stay north of Forrest Island, pass between Sheep and Domville Islands, then make for the channel between Comet and Gooch Islands and along Gooch to the landing beach at Rum Island for our lunch break.
Later renamed Isle de L'Is (Island of Lilies), rum-runners used this isolated island during prohibition to smuggle liquor into the USA which is only about a mile away across Haro Strait. A beautiful camping spot now and part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, we'll stretch our legs with a short hike to the south side where the tent platforms are located.
After lunch, we'll continue clockwise around Rum I, paddle W along the Gooch I shore, cross to the S end of Forrest I and then set a course for Amherst Beach once again.
We will generally be paddling across the current streams, so this is a great trip to practice ferry-gliding and ranging (lining up foreground and background marks to ensure the current takes us where we want to go). With so many islands and channels the current's strength and direction often change along the way, so this paddle can be both a challenge and a workout, but is always a great experience!
Plan B:
If the wind strength/direction are too unfavourable we may not venture out as far as Rum Island, but rather stay among the islands closer to North Saanich.

To view a plot for this paddle click here

To sign up for this paddle please email Alan Campbell
The maximum number of paddlers for this paddle has been set to 17. There is room for 1 paddler(s).

Always dress for the possibility of immersion and please bring a drybag containing a spare change of clothes.
Please bring a lunch / snacks and sufficient beverage to keep you hydrated, as well as a themos of something warm.
All participants are expected to have read, and to comply with SISKA's Policies and Procedures
All paddlers must have submitted proof of vaccination in order to take part in this paddle.