Campbell River Paddlers Club

Resources for trip planning - Tides, Currents and Weather

For your own safety and that of others paddling with you trip planning includes a good understanding of what to expect while on the water.   These are some of the factors that can impact your planning

  • Tides
  • Currents
  • Weather
  • Navigational - in planning a trip you will want to identify possible landing sites, hazards, etc.

    Fortunately there are sources of infomation that can help with your planing.

    Note: Since nature, especially the weather, can be unpredictable, knowing what to expect will prepare you not only for what is possible, but will inform you in case you find actual conditions are different than expected.  This will allow you to make adjustments.  Which can include, if warranted, canceling the trip.


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Official Tide and Current Tables and Navigation Charts

The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) is part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  It is responsible for publishing the offical nautical charts and publications for Canada. You may purchase these through dealers.  Many local sports fishing, marine and kayak stores carry them.    Find a CHS dealer.

  • A paper guide with tide and currents tables for our most local waters:

    2018 Canadian Tide and Current Tables, Volume 6 Discovery Passage and West Coast of Vancouver Island
    • Published annually
    • Contains the official annual predictions (subject to some error).
    • Times are not adjusted for daylight savinges time.
    • The guide can be purchased for less than $10
  • Online tide and current tables:

    (Note: The printed guide contains secondary tide  ports and current stations that the online tables lack)
  • CHS Nautical Charts
    • Paper and digital charts are available through CHS dealers.
    • 1/40000 scale is probably the most useful

Weather and other resources