West Coast Kayaking Skills and Paddling Adventure

About the Experience

Here you find this wild and lush chain of over 100 small islands and islets in Barkley Sound, with hidden coves and isolated bays to explore, with stone fish traps and other artifacts of aboriginal habitation to uncover. Whales, seals, sea lions, and porpoises play here, too. Which only adds to the magic of sandy beach campsites beneath the stars and towering red cedar and sitka spruce.

Wild Women Expeditions has teamed up with Adventuress Sea Kayaking on Vancouver Island to offer you a five day paddling adventure including two days of comprehensive sea kayaking and camp craft instruction in a magical paradise for kayakers: the Broken Group Islands. This trip is suitable for beginner kayakers as well as more experienced paddlers who would like to hone their skills.

Paddling in this area is an incredible experience and includes a bit of everything: open coast, protected passages, warm lagoons, and narrow channels all teeming with inter-tidal organisms and marine wildlife. Dip your paddle into the vibrant Pacific, and lose track of time with your fellow Wild Women.

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West Coast Kayaking Skills and Paddling Adventure

About the Experience

Here you find this wild and lush chain of over 100 small islands and islets in Barkley Sound, with hidden coves and isolated bays to explore, with stone fish traps and other artifacts of aboriginal habitation to uncover. Whales, seals, sea lions, and porpoises play here, too. Which only adds to the magic of sandy beach campsites beneath the stars and towering red cedar and sitka spruce.

Wild Women Expeditions has teamed up with Adventuress Sea Kayaking on Vancouver Island to offer you a five day paddling adventure including two days of comprehensive sea kayaking and camp craft instruction in a magical paradise for kayakers: the Broken Group Islands. This trip is suitable for beginner kayakers as well as more experienced paddlers who would like to hone their skills.

Paddling in this area is an incredible experience and includes a bit of everything: open coast, protected passages, warm lagoons, and narrow channels all teeming with inter-tidal organisms and marine wildlife. Dip your paddle into the vibrant Pacific, and lose track of time with your fellow Wild Women.

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DAY ONE TO TWO: FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS

It is recommended you arrive in the Port Alberni area on Vancouver Island the night before the trip begins. You will meet your group early morning at the Port Alberni Information Centre where you will follow your guide in a convoy down to the launch area in your personal vehicle.

The focus of the first two days is on preparing you for the multi-day kayaking trip into one of the most spectacular paddling destinations in Canada, the Broken Group Islands (BGI) in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. You will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to come out on the high seas with other like-minded women and Journey into the Wild.

For the first two days you will be immersed in paddling skills and safety combined with camp craft.  You will learn:

Kayaking Skills – a solid foundation of paddle strokes, launching techniques, wet exits and rescues. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded your Paddle Canada certification.

Seawomanship Skills – to help you navigate on the ocean in safety, you will learn chart reading, tides and currents calculations, weather reports, and compass work. You can take your new found knowledge on the sea and chart out your 3 day adventure.

Camp Craft – part of the fun of a multi-day kayaking adventure is setting up camp. You will learn what clothes and gear to bring, how to pack your dry bags and kayak, how to set-up a campsite with tents, tarps, and kitchen and build a fire. Around the campfire, discussions include wilderness ethics and environmental awareness, camp etiquette, food preparation and storage, etc.  You will be a savvy and knowledgeable camper in no time!

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DAY THREE TO FIVE: NAVIGATING AND PADDLING

You are now ready to paddle into the Broken Group Islands, a spectacular destination of countless islands and islets. Home to the Huu-ay-aht and Tseshaht First Nations for thousands of years, you travel back in time as you paddle their ancient water routes. Lush vegetation abounds due to the abundant rainfall and mild temperatures. Majestic old growth forests of Sitka spruce and western red cedar grow to towering heights. Snow-capped mountain vistas, white-shelled beaches, and soaring bald eagles welcome you.

You will deepen your skills as you put them into practice and learn to navigate on the water with a chart.  As a group, you will pick the camping spot and then the day’s paddling route using tidal information, wind considerations, contingency spots, and distance and timing.

At the campsite, you will practice building a fire, putting up a tarp, tying knots, listening to and understanding marine radio reports as well as a myriad of other information!

Each day is an adventure, from paddling in between numerous islands and islets, to standing next to massive old growth cedars and firs (and hugging them sometimes). From listening spellbound to stories about First Nations of long ago in this their ancestral home, sitting mesmerized around a campfire sharing heartfelt conversation to camping under sacred cedars. All of this is waiting for you…

On Day 5 you will break camp and head back to the landing where your vehicles are parked and say fond farewells.

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