SISKA's  September 2019 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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September 2019 SISKA



Dear <<First Name>>,

Thanks to those members who contributed photos and materials. After enjoying a SISKA event or paddle, please consider sending a short (100-150 words) summary article; for more information, contact one of us. If you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!

Alan Campbell (SISKA president) and Tony Playfair (editor)
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Zebellos/Nuchatlitz Trip Spaces Available, Act Today!

Two spaces are available for the cabin based Nuchatlitz kayak trip September 4,5 and 6. This is with a group of mostly SISKA paddlers, staying at Flynn’s Cove, a small wilderness resort on Nootka Island. One would need to travel to Zeballos on September 3 and travel to the resort by either paddling or water taxi. Day trips from the resort will be organized. As this is last minute, the cost is reduced to $100 per person for the three nights. For further information, contact Elizabeth at

September Meeting Agenda

by Fred Pishalski
Pre-Meeting - Share Your Paddling Adventure
If you went on a paddle trip this summer and would like to share your story with club members, this is your opportunity to do so. Our Sept 25th meeting will start early at 6:00pm so that folks can share a bit of their adventure with others. As we have done previously, we will set up tables that you can use, around the meeting room and you are invited to bring charts, photos, laptops or other things to help illustrate your trip. The door to the meeting room will be open for paddlers wishing to share at 5:30pm so that you can set up. The rest of the club members are invited to join us starting at 6:00pm. Thanks to everyone assisting with this.

Main Meeting
We've invited Transport Canada’'s Victoria Harbour Master, Mariah McCooey, to make a brief presentation about Harbour safety, as well as answer any questions you may have about Harbour safety and operations. Mariah was born and raised in Victoria and has been the Harbour Master for four years, and she was previously a navigation officer in the Canadian Coast Guard. She has a Master’s in Maritime Management and an undergrad degree in Nautical Science, and graduated from the Coast Guard’s Officer Training Program in Nova Scotia in 2011. Please come and join us for our first meeting of the fall SISKA session.

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 30th - Sept 1, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Classic Boat Festival - MMBC
Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
Sunday, September 15th, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM - Spirit Bay to Cabin Point Paddle
Monday, September 16th, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Ocean Myths and Realities: From Folklore to Facts - UVic
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM - Live-Streamed Beach Field Trip - UVic
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Ship2Shore - Live Connection to Ocean Networks Canada Expedition - UVic
Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM - Telegraph Cove to Margaret Bay Paddle
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 - 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - 10,000 km Pelagic Trip - VNHS
Monday, September 30th, 2019 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Whales in our Waters - VNHS
Saturday, October 05th, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Mackenzie Bight Paddle
Tuesday, October 08th, 2019 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Early Naturalists - VNHS
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM - Amherst to Tsehum Harbour Paddle
Sunday, October 20th, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM - Island View Beach to D'Arcy Island Paddle
Monday, October 28th, 2019 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Deep-Sea Discoveries - VNHS
For more details, go to the SISKA website

Community Events of Interest

See above list

If you are aware of an event  that should be included in the next Newsletter, please email Alan Campbell at

What’s in a Name?

by Vic Turkington

Moses Point was named after Daniel Moses (1832-1910); born in Wales. He moved to California in 1855. An adventurer, Daniel and his brother walked to Idaho and back in search of gold. He later settled in Victoria and became an early farmer in North Saanich. His farm apparently included this point and much of Deep Cove. Much of his land was later sold to the BC Electric Railway Co., however, Moses Point still retains his name.

Moses Point lies at the end of Moses Point Road in North Saanich. A 100 meter trail and some steps lead to a rocky shell and gravel beach at lower tides. (Launching is difficult when the tide exceeds 10 feet.)

(ref. tidal port: Fulford Hbr., sec. port: Patricia Bay or - launch sites).

Kayakers usually use wheels to access the launch beach.

The beach faces north and overlooks the green top navigation marker on top of Wain Rock (FlG).

Kayakers can cross Satellite Channel (1nm) to reach SaltSpring Island; veering right towards Isabella Island (ecological reserve) en route to Russell Island or alternatively, paddle left to Musgrave Landing and Sansum Narrows.

Moses Point therefore provides us with a useful launch site at the north west end of the Saanich Peninsula.

Tips from the trips