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 information 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.

Current CHS Nautical Charts

Annual Canadian Tide and Current Tables are available in both printed and online formats.  Please note:

  • The information available on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada web site may vary slightly from the information in the official documents published annually by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and entitled Canadian Tide and Current Tables. In case of disparity, the information contained in the official publications from CHS.
  • Times listed in both the online and printed formats are not adjusted for daylight savings time.
    • 2020 Canadian Tide and Current Tables, Volume 6 Discovery Passage and West Coast of Vancouver Island
      • Includes waters local to Campbell River.
      • Available for purchase for less than $10 from CHS dealers
        or download the (large) PDF file:

2020 Canadian Tide and Current Tables, Volume 6 Discovery Passage and West Coast of Vancouver Island

Weather and other resources