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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2008, 1:51 pm 

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Location: Surrey, BC
In the couple years I've spent paddling the BC coast, I've found these websites and resources to be the best available and the ones that I use over and over again. I hope others may find them to be as useful as I have.

Of course the single most valuable online asset for trip planning that I've found is Google Earth --- but of course you guys already know about that I'm sure -- if not, here's the link for browser access to the satellite data which is best if you have an old or slow computer not capable of running the Google Earth application:

If you have a late model, fast computer then download and install the application instead because there are features like the distance-measuring tool that are unavaible if you only use browser access to the data:

Here are the rest of my most-useful links for paddling the BC Coast --- enjoy.

---Synoptic weather map for BC coast:

---BC weather: ... html?id=BC

---Rainfall forecast animation to 180 hours from present time: ... pac_precip

---Realtime ocean buoys:

---Tides: ... h&region=1

---Current atlas:

http://public.geoportal-geoportail.gc.c ... index.html


---BC ocean canoe trips (Monster's site):

---BC kayak trips:

---My BC Kayak trips:

---Biggest BC paddling forum:

---BC realtime river levels:

---Surf condition animation for Pacific Northwest (swell plus chop) out to 180 hours. Note the Queen Charlotte Islands block much wave energy --- the east side of the Charlottes is downright tame compared to the west. Also notice how the wave energy easily curls around the top of Van Isle --- Cape Caution on the mainland takes as much of a pounding as Cape Scott --- it's the most exposed stretch of the entire mainland coast from Vancouver to Prince Rupert. Sailors are leery of it, many regarding it as a no-go zone. This animation is excellent for warning of heavy surf conditions which, even if the wind is still, can make landings on exposed beaches challenging to impossible: ... pacnw_wave

---Weather and conditions for surfers:

---Pictures of almost the whole coast:

---Pics and trip reports from the coast (by a powerboater, but good):

---BC Canoe and kayak sailing organization:

---Coast Guard (Pacific Region):


---NOAA online chart viewer: ... rTable.htm

---NSA site for downloading Sailing Directions: ... etail_view

---Coastal kayak maps: ... Itemid,31/

--Good BC kayak guidebook:

--Marine band frequencies and channels:

--BC Boater's Net (HAM radio net for boasters):

---A good personal webpage with a zillion kayaking links:

---Canadian Government Topo map website:

aka Cyberhun, callsign VA7FAB

Mariners must navigate these waters the same way a mouse negotiates a kitchen patrolled by cats: by darting furtively from one hiding place to the next.
"The Golden Spruce", John Vaillant

Last edited by Tom H on May 5th, 2008, 4:42 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2008, 3:18 pm 

Joined: January 22nd, 2005, 12:16 pm
Posts: 4044
Location: Toronto
Hi Tom:
Many thanks for posting that impressive amount of information!
I'll copy it to the BC Resources sticky, maybe Sunday evening.

I should state our policy at this site:
If CCR can't supply itself the information that paddlers need, CCR will do its best to tell them where they can find it.

Thanks also to the others who have contributed to building the BC Resources.

Allan Jacobs, CCR Routes Coordinator


A literal mind is a little mind. If it's not worth doing to excess, it's not worth doing at all. Good enough isn't.  None are so blind as those who choose not to see. (AJ)

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PostPosted: May 4th, 2008, 5:40 am 
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Maybe add BC Ferries to the list?

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