Reflecting on Turning the Tide 2015


Thank you for your participation in Turning the Tide 2015: The Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea!

What an amazing experience building our on-the-water community, united with shore communities on Salt Spring, Mayne, Pender and other islands for a shared love of the Salish Sea and a shared commitment to protect it!

We hope you can join next year’s paddle and we welcome your suggestions and help as we move forward with planning in the months ahead.

Right now, we are asking participants to share your photos and videos from Turning the Tide 2015, to help us compile an audiovisual archive and “Highlights” album for sharing on the website, social media and public presentations.

Please send photos or videos by email attachment to If possible, it would be great if you can take a short video of yourself answering the question “What does Turning the Tide mean to me?” and upload it as well.

Thanks very much and keep in touch. Solidarity for the Salish Sea!


MEDIA RELEASE: Peoples’ paddle aims to Turn the Tide on tankers, tarsands and pipelines


SALISH SEA — The second annual Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea will push off from the Dolphin Dock in North Saanich, BC on Friday morning at 8:00 am, mobilizing an on-the-water community to celebrate the Salish Sea and demonstrate the unwavering commitment of participants to protect the coast from the threat of tarsands, tankers and pipelines.

The people-powered flotilla, which is spearheaded by the Turning the Tide committee in concert with a number of organizations, with embark on a five-day paddle through the Southern Gulf Islands with overnight stops and community celebrations at Salt Spring, Mayne Island and Pender Island.

“One year after the first Peoples’ Paddle, our coast still faces multiple threats from tarsands, tankers, pipelines and a federal government keen to sell our natural wealth to the highest bidder,” says Turning the Tide organizer Sasha Kvakic. “As long as these threats continue, we will keep building our movement and demonstrating our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to protect it.”

“Turning the Tide represents a 180 degree turn away from the fossil fuel economy and towards a restorative future. We want a sustainable future for coastal communities. Join us as we unite our islands in solidarity.”

The Turning the Tide paddle has reached capacity with 100 registered participants, from open-water swimmers, to sailors, to self-propelled paddlers travelling by canoe, kayak and rowboat. The participants range from toddlers to senior citizens and include residents from across British Columbia and elected officials from Port Hardy at the top of Vancouver Island to municipalities including Central Saanich and the City of Victoria.

“Turning the Tide builds community among people who are passionate about protecting the fragile and irreplaceable ecosystem of the Salish Sea,” says Emily Rogers, a member of the Turning the Tide organizer committee. “It is simultaneously a celebration of the ecology that we rely upon and a peaceful protest of industrial development that threatens it. We encourage everyone to join with us and turn the tide.”

The Turning the Tide paddle embarks from Dolphin Dock, adjacent to the BC Ferries Swartz Bay ferry terminal off Dolphin Road and Barnacle Road, on Friday July 24th at 8:00 am.

Community gatherings are taking place on Friday, July 24th at Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, Saturday July 25th at Miners Bay Park, Mayne Island, and Sunday July 26th and Monday July 27th at Port Browning, Pender Island. The paddle returns to Vancouver Island on Tuesday July 28th. Visit to learn more and get involved.


For further information, contact:

Sasha Kvakic, Turning the Tide, 250-818-5565
Emily Rogers, Turning the Tide, 250-514-6211


Community Celebrations in the Southern Gulf Islands

We are excited to announce the line-up of Community Celebrations happening throughout the Southern Gulf Islands in conjunction with the Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea!

The flotilla provides a powerful opportunity for islanders from throughout the Salish Sea to join together to demonstrate our love for the coast and commitment to transition to a post-carbon future!

All welcome!


Join us for the Community Celebration on Salt Spring Island this Friday July 24 at 5:00 pm at Ruckle Provincial Park as we demonstrate our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to turn the tide toward a post-carbon future! All welcome!



Join us for the Community Celebration on Mayne Island this Saturday July 25 at Miners Bay Park as we demonstrate our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to turn the tide toward a post-carbon future! All welcome!



Join us for the Community Celebration on Pender Island this Sunday July 26th and Monday July 27th at Port Browning as we demonstrate our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to turn the tide toward a post-carbon future! All welcome!


Turning the Tide Film Screening and 2015 Kickoff

Video created by Jennifer Bagelman, David Monk, Celina O’Connor, and Sarah Wiebe. 2014.

Sunday November 23, 6:30PM
Lacey Lou Tapas Lounge
1320 Broad Street, Victoria

Mark down Sunday Nov. 23 in your calendar to come out for the screening of a short film about Turning the Tide 2014: The Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea — and help kickoff organizing for the 2015 paddle!

The event is a fundraiser in partnership with Sierra Club and Raven Trust as part of the fundraising campaign for First Nations legal funds to fight the Northern Gateway pipeline.

We hope you can make it on Nov. 23. If you are interested in helping to organize film screenings in the Gulf Islands or the 2015 paddle, let us know! If you can’t make it, but would like to donate, you can do so here: pull-togetherdonate, or join our fundraising team by signing up for fundraising here and joining the Turning the Tide Team. Lets take care of our coast!

Join & share the event on Facebook


Turning the Tide 2014!


What an amazing experience on Turning the Tide 2014! A big thank you to all the organizers, paddlers, swimmers, sailors, campers and day-trippers, and a huge thanks to our generous hosts on Pender and Salt Spring islands, particularly Ron and Lou Henshaw, Misty MacDuffee and friends on Pender Island and Sandra Leckie, Phil Vernon and friends on Salt Spring Island! We look forward to local events this year and another major multi-day trip in 2015.

PLEASE send all photos and video from this year’s paddle and community gatherings to! We are compiling the material for archival purposes and for sharing on social media, and the highlights will be incorporated by our filmmakers into short clips as well as the longer documentary. Stay tuned for the launch in Victoria and on the islands! Also, note that large audiovisual files can be uploaded to Dropbox or YouSendIt with the link sent to the email address above.


View Turning the Tide 2014 Photo Album here

CFAX 1070 interview: Turning the Tide for the Salish Sea

Listen to Turning the Tide volunteers Heidi and Sasha discuss the Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea on CFAX 1070 Radio! All Aboard for a fun, powerful mass paddle to celebrate and protect our marine ecosystem from the threat posed by tankers, tarsands and pipelines.

We look forward to seeing the paddlers on the water and all interested members of the public at the Community Gatherings on Pender on Saturday July 26 and Salt Spring on Sunday July 27!