The "Paddle for the Inlet", hosted by Pacifica Paddle Sports and the Saanich Inlet Network on Saturday, was an overwhelming success.
With a threat of rain, wind, and only a weeks notice, nearly 100 paddlers rallied in support of an LNG-free Saanich Inlet.
The flotilla included kayaks, canoes and three 11 person Coast Salish race canoes (two from the Geronimo Canoe Club and the Silver Bullet) and a couple large traditional travel canoes.
Paddlers left from both sides of the Inlet and met at Senanus Island before heading across to Bamberton.
It was surreal paddling alongside each other, neighbours and new friends, under cloud and a gentle, persistent rain.
The water was welcoming, even in the rain it was smooth as glass. On the trip home, the paddlers were faced with a stiff wind, and we were reminded of the rough waters ahead.
Thank you to everyone who made the
"Paddle for the Inlet" very special!
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