SISKA's  August 2017 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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August 2017 SISKA Newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>,

Thanks again to the members who contributed photos and short (100-150 words) summary articles; for more information, contact one of us. And if you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!

SISKA is on Facebook at this link. SISKA also has a Meetup site for impromptu and other paddles organized by club members but you have to be a club member to join this. For more details, go to

You can find archived newsletter articles in the SISKA newsletter archive page. These can be also be found via the members area of the website.

Michael Jackson (SISKA president) and Ben van Drimmelen (editor)

Table of Contents


Upcoming Events

August 05, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm  (RELAXED) 

August 11-13, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

August 26, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm  (RELAXED) 

September 02, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm  (RELAXED) 

September 09, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm  (ENERGIZER) 

September 15, 6:00 pm until September 17, 1:00 pm  (at Newcastle Island)

September 28, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm  (ENERGIZER) 

For more details, go to the SISKA website

What’s in a Name?

- Vic Turkington

Trial Island

Trial Island is that very scenic island just off McNeill Bay with its attractive lighthouse and red roofed buildings.

While a delightful local sight, dangerous currents swirl through Enterprise Channel (to 3 knots) on an ebb tide and especially around its southern shore (to 6 knots). Over the years, several ships have been wrecked with loss of many lives. Kayaking in the area requires extreme caution and knowledge of the currents. According to the BC Geographical Names Office, the name probably relates to the difficulty, or "trial" of rounding the island  and entering the Juan de Fuca Strait, under sail.

A lighthouse was installed in 1906 to improve navigation and later replaced by a concrete tower in 1970 (chart symbol Fl G). The old lens and lantern housing now sit in Bastion Square.

Trial Island was made an ecological reserve in 1990 and is home to seals, otters, birds and many endangered plant species - landing is restricted.
- Photo courtesy of Oak Bay Chronicle


- Debbie Leach


Lengths of webbing and pieces of old garden hose (plus a foursome) make long carries a breeze.