Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Parking Overnight at Island View!

Good news for kayakers launching at Island View Beach!

This photo of Island View Beach is from the CRD Parks website at the link above.
It's now possible to buy an overnight parking pass from Central Saanich municipal hall for $10. This parking option will be convenient for kayakers planning to camp on nearby islands in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, such as Isle de Lis Marine Park, Portland Island, and D'Arcy Island where the ruins of the old leper colony can still be seen in photos that Bernie took when he camped there. Check out the Times-Colonist newspaper's article on this overnight parking news!

Getting a parking pass is also a good idea for kayakers who intend to do only a long day's trip but are prepared in case they might have to stay out overnight. And, of course, many park rangers recommend that people leaving their vehicles at a trailhead or boat launch should also leave a note on the dashboard explaining their planned route and estimated time of return.

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