Western Educational Adventures

11 Day Canoe Trip

Canoe the Sayward Forest Canoe Circuit, one of Vancouver Islands best kept secrets! During this 11 day program participants learn everything there is to know about a canoe trip including how to work as part of a team, become a strong leader, and much more! This is a once in a lifetime experience in a pristine, warm, freshwater environment.

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Canoe Vancouver Island’s Best Kept Secret!

Campbell River, BC

AGE GENDER Program Length Trip Length
12-14 Mixed 11 days 6 days
Price before Mar 31, 2018 Regular Price
$2550 + GST $2850 + GST
July 14 - 24, 2018 Registration Closed  

The Experience

Above all, our canoe program is more fun than you can imagine! Every lake on the 11 lake circuit is unique. The backcountry campsites have giant cedar plank pick nick tables, there are numerous small, shallow rivers to paddle down, beaver dams to scramble over, and all within the forest with endless mountain views in the distance. Participants learn about nature, camping skills, leadership and more. The best part - they don’t even realize it!

Leadership and Personal Growth

Modern youth do not get very many opportunities to learn life skills including how to lead others, manage conflict and think for themselves. Western Education Adventure’s canoe program focuses specifically on these skills.

During the canoe trip, participants are split into pairs. Each day one pair is selected to be responsible for leading the entire group. In the evening, the pair debriefs their experience, talking about what they learned and how it can be applied in the future. In short, participants learn what it means to be an adult!

Outdoor Skills

Participants learn most of the skills required to run a successful backcountry canoe trip. Everything from making a meal plan to planning a route to cleaning up after it's all done. All of our participants come away from this experience with a serious canoeing and backcountry camping skill set.

Some of the skills you will learn

• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Panning • Navigation • Canoeing and Portaging • Canoe and Water Safety • Canoe Rescues • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance

Safety and Food


Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

"Landon took our family on a sea kayak paddle starting out of Victoria. This was our first time sea kayaking but we felt confident in Landon keeping our trip safe and enjoyable. In little time we were safely paddling and navigating the water. It was a great day!"

-Alex Damjanovic

Food and Food Allergies

We believe that a good experience starts with good nutrition. Proper diet and eating habits are lacking in today’s society - a result of readily available fast foods, processed foods and a lack of nutritional education. We strive to provide quality, simple, wholesome meals with limited processed ingredients – in addition to the occasional smores and limited other tasty treats. This is part of why we include our participants in all meal planning, purchasing and cooking.

We are also very experienced in dealing with dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Great care is taken to avoid serious participant food allergens whenever possible. Where this is not possible, we take great care to avoid cross contamination of ingredients.

"Landon guided an overnight trip for our family on the Juan de Fuca trail. Healthy eating is important to us. Landon helped our kids build an outdoor oven and they were soon baking an amazing dinner. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that you can look after yourself in the outdoors."

-Carole Damnjanovic

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    The Sayward Forest Canoe Circuit

    ...hidden away
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    Mohun Island

    ...Your private island campsite
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    Mohun Island

    ...Say goodbye!
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    Brewster Point tent pad

    ...a room with a view
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    Brewster Point Campsite

    ...that's right, there is white sand
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    Brewster Point Kitchen

    ...the world's largest pick nick table
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    Strathcona Park in the distance

    ...a small peak in the distance
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    Heading Home

    ...it's all over but the cryin'


If you want to sign up, the process is simple. Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Download, complete, save and email the registration form to: info@westernadventures.ca

We will respond within 48 hours of receiving your registration and provide you with a detailed medical questionnaire and participant survey.

Step 2: Complete the participant survey online. Complete, save and email thee medical questionnaire to: info@westernadventures.ca

We will review the information and set up a time to meet on Skype.

Step 3: Skype Meeting

This meeting is for our staff, the participant(s) and parent(s) to ask any questions and ensure everyone is ready for the experience. We will also discuss how the participant will be transported to our program.

Step 4: Payment, waiver and final information

Upon completing the Skype meeting, we will send you a waiver, take payment, and provide you with a packing list (all electronically).

Step 5: Pick-up and Drop-off locations.

We will provide you with exact pick-up and drop off locations/times based on all the groups transportation arrangements.

**All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**