WEA's Youth Hike Program is highlighted by a multiday hike through a coastal temperate rainforest on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Southwestern Vancouver Island, a mere hour west of Victoria, B.C. Hiking program participants will experience the magnificent Jaun De Fuca Trail (the southern extension of the West Coast Trail) and it’s many suspension bridges, West Coast beaches and numerous tidal pools teaming with West Coast marine life. With 2 different Vancouver Island wilderness hiking 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 rugged, wild, West Coast coastline!
|AGE||GENDER||PROGRAM LENGTH||TRIP LENGTH|
|Ages 9-11 & 12-14, 15-17||Mixed||5 or 8 days||4 or 5 days|
|PROGRAM||PRICE BEFORE APR 01, 2020||REGULAR PRICE|
|5 Day||$830 + GST||$1050 + GST|
|8 Day||$1230 + GST||$1500 + GST|
|5 DAY PROGRAM DATES||AGE||AVAILABILITY|
|July 7 - 11, 2020||9-11 & 12-14||Registration Closed|
|8 DAY PROGRAM DATES||AGE||AVAILABILITY|
|Aug 18 - 25, 2020||12-14 & 15-17||Registration Closed|
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|
Click here for a detailed packing list. Please contact us if you wish to borrow, rent or purchase equipment.
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 numerous 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!!
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail-Official BC Parks Website: Click Here
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:
Fill in your email and create a password
Input your information. This is a one time step, your info will be there for the rest of the summer!
Input your child (or children's information), select the program(s) you wish to register for.
**All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**
The Juan de Fuca Trail, rugged, untamed coastline
The rainforest, it never ends!
Chin Beach emergency shelter, an old squatters cabin
Amazing natural wonders
Low tide shows abundant marine life
Look at all those critters!
Unexpected cusine cooked in a natural setting
25 million year old fossilized shells!
Exploring the local highlights....
Getting lost in the landscape...
The root of the rain forest..
Sunset on the Juan de Fuca Trail