Western Educational Adventures Youth Canoe Trip
Western Educational Adventures

Summer Canoe Program

Canoe the Sayward Forest Canoe Circuit, one of Vancouver Islands best kept secrets! During this 11 day Vancouver Island Canoe 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 in a stunning forested mountain setting near Campbell River on central Vancouver Island.


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Canoe Vancouver Island’s Best Kept Secret!

Campbell River, BC

12-14 & 15-17 Mixed 11 days 6 days
$1750 + GST $2250 + GST
July 15 - 25, 2020 Registration Closed  


In a Rush or Have Questions Before You Register?

Call us now at 250-888-1622 and talk to a real person!! or, if you can't talk now, Email Us and we will get back to you within one business day.

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Drop-Off Location

While transportation is primarily offered from the Victoria area, if you live elswhere on the island or will be sending your child/youth via airplane or ferry, please Contact Us for options.

Reynolds Park (Saanich) 07:50 18:35 Lasalle St off of Reynolds Rd in Saanich
West Hills (Langford) 08:40 18:00 Public Lot next to Westhills Stadium on Langford Pkwy

What to bring

Click here for a detailed packing list. Please contact us if you wish to borrow, rent or purchase equipment.

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!

The Circuit

Sayward Forest Canoe Circuit-Official BC Forest & Rec Parks Website: Click Here

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


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

Step 1: Create an account on our registration software

Fill in your email and create a password

Step 2: Create your profile

Input your information. This is a one time step, your info will be there for the rest of the summer!

Step 3: Sign-Up for the program

Input your child (or children's information), select the program(s) you wish to register for.

Step 4: Submit your registration and payment

Step 5: Let your child (or children) have fun and learn!

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

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