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



Dear <<First Name>>,

As we ease into fall and winter, we tend to have fewer SISKA paddles. Particularly during those months, we need contributions from members who have enjoyed a SISKA event or paddle. Please consider putting fingers to keyboard for a short (100-150 words) summary article; for more information, contact one of us. And if you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!

You can find SISKA on Facebook at this link. SISKA also has a Meetup site for "impromptu" and other paddles organized by club members. (To join this, you have to be a club member.) For more details, go to

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

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Upcoming Events

November 4, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

November 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 

November 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 

November 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 

November 23, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

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

December 2, 11:45 am - 3:30 pm,  

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

December 17, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

For more details, go to the SISKA website

SISKA's Christmas Party

Hopefully, you received the email about the club's Christmas party on December 2nd at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. At the time of writing, over 80 of the 100 available spots have been taken!

If you need to register, please check out the document at this link. (no need to log into Dropbox to view). If the ticket link does not work, then most likely all the spots have been taken. If you want to be on the wait list please contact Jane Jacek.
Paddle leader Gary tries to hide in the foliage!

October relaxed Paddle in Brentwood Bay

October 28 dawned clear and cool for our SISKA relaxed paddle from Brentwood Bay to MacKenzie Bight. We launched just after the ferry departed its slip for Mill Bay. John Wells and Debbie Chan led the group at a noodling pace, following the shoreline, taking in the fall colours, with the odd seal and great blue heron guiding the way. We took our lunch on a sun-warmed rocky prominence, with views of seals "frolicking" on the water below.
On our return leg the wind increased to about 1 knot, teasing the odd ripple from the water. The group arrived at the mouth of Todd Inlet well energized, so we took a side tour of the fall foliage in this protected waterway.  Kingfishers periodically scolded us as we passed through their territory. Near the old cement factory, a squadron of buffleheads buzzed us in their haste to return to their wintering grounds. Moving along, we came upon a very relaxed river otter - not at all alarmed by our large and colourful flotilla. One final stop at the little shoreline lighthouse and then home, with Debbie Leach as our sweep.  A perfect fall day enjoyed by 14 happy paddlers.

To see two dozen more shots from the paddle check out Debbie Chan's Album
The group enjoying fall foliage in Todd Inlet