Western Educational Adventures Inc.’s hike program is highlighted by a multiday hike through a coastal temperate rainforest on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on the spectacular western coast of Vancouver Island. The Juan de Fuca Trail is the southern extension of the famous West Coast Trail. Participants will experience traversing the trail’s many beaches, numerous tidal pools teaming with marine life and wilderness suspension bridges within, at times, remnant old growth West Coast rain forest. With 4 different programs offered, participants learn how to conduct a coastal hiking expedition, become a strong leader, work as a part of a team and much more! This is a once in a lifetime experience on a spectacular rugged and wild coastline!
|AGE||GENDER||Program Length||Trip Length|
|9-11 or 12-14||Mixed or Specific||5 or 8 days||4 or 5 days|
|Price before Mar 31, 2018||Regular Price|
|5 day $1100 + GST||$1300 tax Inc.|
|8 day $1800 + GST||$2100 tax Inc.|
|June 18-22, 2018||5 day||Ages 12-14 Mixed||Registration Closed|
|June 25-29, 2018||5 day||Ages 9-11 Boys||Registration Closed|
|July 2-9, 2018||8 day||Ages 12-14 Mixed||Registration Closed|
|July 30-Aug 6, 2018||8 day||Ages 9-11 Boys||Registration Closed|
Our coastal hiking expedition on the Juan de Fuca Trail is all about fun. The group hikes through a temperate west coast rainforest overlooking crashing waves and crossing numerable long secluded beaches and tidal pools teaming with marine life. It’s a very different, wild environment. The experience doesn’t stop there! Participants learn about nature, including the various forms of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna, and gain backcountry camping skills, leadership skills and more – skills they won't even know that they have mastered!!
Modern youth do not get very many opportunities to learn life skills such as how to lead others, manage conflict and think for themselves. Western Education Adventure’s hiking program focuses specifically on these skills.
During the hiking trip, participants are split into pairs. Daily, a pair is selected to be responsible for leading the entire group, acting as the hike leaders. 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!
Participants learn most of the skills required to run a successful backcountry hiking trip. Everything from making a meal plan to planning a route to cleaning up after it's all done. Participants come away from this experience with a serious backcountry skill set.
• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Panning • Navigation • Hiking • Tides and currents • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance
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!"
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."
If you want to sign up, the process is simple. Here’s what you do:
We will respond within 48 hours of receiving your registration and provide you with a detailed medical questionnaire and participant survey.
We will review the information and set up a time to meet on Skype.
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.
Upon completing the Skype meeting, we will send you a waiver, take payment, and provide you with a packing list (all electronically).
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**