YOUR SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.
Safety must be observed when on the water under all condtions. If a canoe capsizes, there are specific safety procedures that must be followed. Each canoe type has specific safety information to help keep your crew safe. All crew members should go through the Safety Checklist (below) before going out. Please read safety policies specific to the canoe you paddle.
For the Gibsons area it is important to take into account both Georgia Strait and Howe Sound forcasts. Halibut Bank also provides wave height and current sea temperature. Weather reports are also available for the Porpoise Bay area.
Know where you are going, how long the trip will take, the weather prediction and any potential hazards, such as exposed rocks in low tide. Check out a nautical map to plan your trip, consider how the tides will produce currents around the islands and locate shoals along the way (especially important at low tide).
Water temperatures can be anywhere between 6°C (55°F) and 24°C (75°F), with average temperatures in the 15-18°C (60-65°F) range. In Gibsons November through April surface water temperature is below 10°C.