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INSTRUCTIONAL TOURS
& LESSONS

GULF ISLANDS

Join us in a world-renowned paddling destination – the Gulf Islands are a paddler’s mecca!

SALT SPRING ISLAND TOUR 2022

Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights • Skill Level: Intermediate

This tour is an excellent opportunity for those people who have some multi-day kayaking experience and are looking to refresh and refine their paddling and seamanship skills. Our approach is to provide high-quality informal skills development while also allowing you the downtime to really take-in all the beauty that these islands have to offer.

 
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WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO

The objective route will be to circumnavigate Salt Spring Island. The circumnavigation is approximately 75 km in total. Participants must be prepared to paddle on average 3-4 hours per day. Your Guide will determine the best route based on their assessment of the weather forecast and everyone’s experience level and goals. There are many amazing campsites along the shores of Salt Spring Island. Typically we will stay at each site for only one night - possible site options include: Wallace Isl. Marine Prov. Park, James Bay Campground, and Beaver Point Campground.

The sea kayaking skills that we focus on during this trip are dependent on the previous experience that participants possess while clarifying and delivering a program to help paddlers realize their aspirations.

TOUR ITINERARY

Expedition Plan:

This is an instructional multi-day expedition, participants can expect informal instruction, no certification will be provided on this trip.

 

Route and itinerary will be dependent on weather conditions as well as the individual and group goals. The objective plan is to circumnavigate Salt Spring Island over the 5-day trip which is approximately 75 km or 40 nautical miles. This means that paddlers must be prepared to paddle approximately 3-4 hours per day as well as take down and assemble camp each and every day. This trip is recommended for paddlers who have some experience with multi-day sea kayaking and who are looking to refresh and refine their paddling and seamanship skills while enjoying all of the beauty that Salt Spring Island has to offer.

WHERE WE'RE GOING

 

DE COURCY ISLAND TOUR 2022

Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights • Skill Level: Beginner

This tour is an excellent opportunity for those people who have some kayaking experience and want to gain exposure to expedition paddling while also allowing you the downtime to really take-in all the beauty that these islands have to offer.

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WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO

Your Guide will determine the best route based on their assessment of the weather forecast and everyone’s experience level and goals.  The following islands are likely to be visited on this trip: De Courcy Island, Ruxton Island, Valdes Island, and Reid Island.

The sea kayaking skills that we focus on during this trip are dependent on the previous experience that participants possess while clarifying and delivering a program to help paddlers realize their aspirations.

TOUR ITINERARY

Expedition Plan:

This is an instructional multi-day expedition, participants can expect informal instruction, no certification will be provided on this trip.

 

Route and itinerary will be dependent on weather conditions as well as the individual and group goals.

WHERE WE'RE GOING

YOUR GUIDES

This trip is led by experienced Guides

 

This gulf island trip will be facilitated by one or two of our local Vancouver Island-based Guides, depending on the number of registered participants. Our Guides are experienced leaders in the outdoor industry. Participants will be invited and encouraged to attend an online orientation call 30 days in advance of the trip departure date. This online meeting will be an opportunity for you to meet and greet your Guide(s) as well as fellow tour participants.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Boat control skills

  • Paddling Strokes

  • Self and Assisted Rescues

  • Expedition packing and planning

  • Various aspects of Seamanship. i.e weather, navigation, tides, chart reading, etc.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

We'll provide everything you need once the tour starts, until it ends. You may want to bring your favorite PFD or paddle, if you have one.

A comprehensive packing list will be shared upon trip registration.

  • An experienced sea kayak instructor

  • All group expedition equipment

  • Three meals a day including hot drinks and snacks

  • Hard-shell kayaks and performance sea kayaks for your use

  • Drybags for storing your personal items

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation to Nanaimo, BC

  • Gratuities