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Jon Burak paddle back at sunset late fall sunny winter day climbing out at Anvil Island Howe Sound BC

Jon Burak sets out on the long paddle home to Porteau Cove on a calm February day—windless days like this are rare on Howe Sound, so you have to seize them, usually with a 5 a.m. departure. Once, on a trip to Anvil Island, we forgot to check the forecast before our return voyage. As we paddled home, we were blasted by wintry, gale-force winds and were blown nine miles south off-course, nearly taken out to sea. It was an epic evening, one we hope never to repeat!

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