Yesterday it was our last day to paddle on our vacation in the Comox Valley and it was another perfect day of warm sun and very light NW winds. After a quick breakfast we took off down the old Island Highway to the Deep Bay boat launch for a trip over to Denman Island and then south to Chrome Island Lighthouse. The owner of the boat launch said we could use the gravel bar next to the ramp for free instead of paying to use the busy ramp which we really appreciated. So we loaded our yaks and gear onto the Swagman wheels and simply rolled them down to the put in location.
|Leaving the Deep Bay Marina heading north towards the spit on the right and the Beaufort Range on the left.|
Arriving at Denman Island, Chrome Island Lighthouse came into view as we explored the steep rocky shoreline.
|A couple of conglomerate boulder buried in the loose gravel. |
These were about 10 feet across and almost looked like a pile
of cement until a close up inspection of the composition.
One of the reasons for landing here was the huge boulder formations on the beach. Turns out that they weren't typical granite or sandstone in composition.
A very compacted mass of smaller boulders have all been bonded together in a cement like structure that have withstood the elements for thousands or millions of years.
Continuing on towards the Chrome Island Lighthouse, the contrasting white buildings with red roofs were typical of what you imagine that lighthouse facilities would look like. Except, up close their beauty is that much more stunning and obviously the keepers take pride in making sure their facility is well maintained.
We made our way into Lambert Channel and from here we could see the east side of Denman and the west side of Hornby Island. Here again even though the channel was fairly narrow there was no noticeable current during the ebb flow. I guess we tend to think about the narrow channels back home and how the current really is quite evident during the tide changes. Once day we will have to return to this magical place and explore more since we only scratched the surface of the water so to speak.
|Denman Island on the left and Hornby Island on the right.|
Remember when we started this paddle and we were able paddle across the gravel bar at the spit? Look at our track below and you will see how far out we had to paddle to get around the exposed bar on the way back.
A quick calculation of our paddles on this trip totalled 64.73 km and we had fun every meter along the way! Not bad for a couple of newbies huh???