Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 10 paddles of 2016 - #5

I checked ship's log for last winter.  We paddled mostly in St. Philips throughout the winter but one winter paddle that stood out was one we did in Cape Broyle on March 13th.  My list would not be complete with at least one winter paddle and so this memorable one is my number 5.

We arrived at our usual put-in and found it frozen so we moved around to the south side where we managed to get the kayaks on the water.  We got on the water alright but there was plenty of ice to navigate through.

Icicles hung from the rocks and a light snow was falling some of which ...

... stuck to the rocks.

We got through the tunnel catching the high tide.

There are lots of great features in Cape Broyle.  The usual first stop is by Horsechops Falls but we couldn't get near them on the day as the fresh water floating on the briny was frozen solid.  We did manage here where we grabbed a refreshing shower beside a massive wall of ice.

Entering Lance Cove with its sweeping beach where we usually stop for lunch but we ...

... pressed on to Church Cove where we had lunch instead on the snow covered beach.  There were a few seals in the cove that bobbed up and down checking us out.

A day in Cape Broyle is not complete without a visit in Cathedral Cave and ...

... as we were this far we figured we may as well see what the open ocean was beyond the entrance to Cape Broyle harbour.

Its easy to look out at the world in winter and hunker down in the warm but a winter paddle has its appeal.  All it takes is to go for it.  It was a cold, snowy day but so worth the drive.

More pix on the original blog posts with more detail of course.  Part 1 here and Part 2 here.


  1. Nice choice Tony... I knew this one would make it to the top 10 somewhere... it ranked pretty high for me! :)

  2. For sure Cathy, I think I'll remember this one as the "Snow White" paddle ;;)