Expedition: Rum Runner
Dates: July 27th -30th | Ages 12+
Historic expedition through the Rum Islets exploring some of the jewels of the Gulf Islands by kayak.
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This expedition is a spectacular paddle through islands that many paddlers do not experience and includes a bit of a historical journey through the Gulf Islands’ past. Our first lunch spot, Russell Island, was settled back in the late 1870’s by Hawaiians (or Kanaka as they are known in their own language). Back in the 1700’s, Kanaka peoples became involved in British Columbia’s maritime sea trade. Many lived among and married First Nations peoples and eventually settled in the Gulf Islands. Russell Island, in 1997, was sold to the Pacific Marine Heritage Legacy and subsequently became part of the Gulf Islands Natural Reserve. There are several present day Salt Springers who either grew up on Russell Island or are of Kanaka heritage.
The evening is spent at Princess Margaret Marine Park on Portland Island, one of the jewels of the Gulf Islands. The island was presented to Princess Margaret in 1958 to commemorate her visit to BC and later, in 1967, returned by the princess to the province for preservation as a marine park. It is now part of the spectacular Gulf Islands National Park Reserve comprising over 15 larger islands and many smaller islets and reefs.
The next day we load the kayaks and head to Isle-de-Lis, commonly known as Rum Island due to its use as a liquor cache during prohibition. Rum Island is connected to privately owned Gooch Island by a gravel beach to create an isthmus and is an ideal location to put our kayaks ashore. These islands border Haro strait where we can catch glimpses of larger marine mammals as they feed in the abundant waters.
The last night we camp either at a new site, east side of Princess Margaret Island or on Sidney Island, depending on weather and winds. The scenery on this entire trip is truly amazing including the majestic snow capped peaks of Mt. Baker and the Coastal Range.