Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Top 10 paddles of 2014 - #9

On the weekend of August 30 - September 1 Hazen and Dean led a club kayak camping trip to Gulch Pond in Placentia Bay.  It was three days of paddling that I'm collectively putting on my list at number 9.

We left under sunny skies from Garden Cove on Saturday and paddled down the Western Channel between the Burin Peninsula and Sound, Woody and Bar Haven Islands.  As the day progressed the wind picked up and it became a bit of work on the final run into Gulch Pond.

Here's a link to the original post

Supper consisted of a BBQ of salmon followed by some refreshments and a fire.  Evening shots here.

Sunday promised strong winds from a southerly direction and there was a bit of discussion as to paddle plans.  We decided to paddle south into the wind into Great Sandy Harbour.  We would work to get there but we expected some protection in the harbour and help from the wind returning to Gulch Pond.

Here and here are the original posts from that part of the trip.

Monday morning we broke camp to return to civilization.  It was calm and foggy.  Whereas the paddle down was in the more protected Western Channel, the return was a paddle around the islands.

Here and here are the original posts from the return.

It was my third kayak camp trip for the year.  I think any such trip belongs on  list of kayaking highlights for the year.


  1. I went back and had a look over your original posts.... it was a good trip. Perhaps we'll do Gulch Pond again next year...

  2. A return maybe as a stopover going further south?

    Tony :-)