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


Dear <<First Name>>,

Thanks again to the members who contributed photos and materials. After enjoying a SISKA event or paddle, please consider putting fingers to keyboards and cobbling together 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)

Table of Contents


Upcoming Events

October 08, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

October 15, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, 

October 21, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

October 25,
 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Monthly Meeting, "Alaska Revisited” by Alan Campbell, Dave Maxwell and Rob Zacharias. 

November 04, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER) 

November 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 

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

SAVE THE DATE!! Annual SISKA Christmas Luncheon

Saturday, December 2 at RVYC. Notices will start arriving in your inbox soon. Maximum number will be 100 again so, when the payment announcement does arrive (likely early November), please do not delay in registering.

For more details, go to the SISKA website

Tips for Trips

- Debbie Leach


As well as fetching water, a folding pail of cold water is great for cooling beverages.

What’s in a Name?

- Vic Turkington

The Ghosts of D'Arcy Island


A frequent destination for SISKA paddlers, D'Arcy Island and Little D'Arcy lie just south of Sidney Island and about 3 nm east of Island View Beach. The west shore houses a navigation beacon with a red flashing light (chart symbol Fl R).

The island was named after Sub-Lt D'Arcy (1831-84), an officer aboard the HMS Herald. D'Arcy was subsequently promoted to captain in 1869. D'Arcy Island became part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in 2003; the adjacent Little D'Arcy Island is privately owned.

The island's proximity to the US border was exploited by American bootlegger Roy Olmstead, who smuggled Canadian liquor, mostly whisky, to Washington State during the prohibition era. He brought liquor from Victoria to D'Arcy Island, transferred it to smaller boats to evade the Coast Guard and transported it to the U.S. 
D'Arcy island was used as a leper colony from 1891-1924. Forty nine Chinese lepers were quarantined and left with minimal resources. Existence was severe on this remote island and the colony was eventually abandoned and transferred to Bentinck Island in 1924. Thirteen lepers are buried on D'Arcy Island and the ruins of some buildings can still be seen. Today, the island makes an attractive kayak and camping destination with seven campsites, picnic tables, good landing beaches and the quiet reflective aura of a former leper colony. 

This island is well worth a visit - but beware: those wretched sad ghosts of D’Arcy Island are watching and listening … and perhaps waiting...!