Spend 9 days kayaking through the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound, one of Coastal BC’s most dynamic natural areas! Participants learn basic and intermediate kayaking skills, kayak safety and rescue skills, how to conduct a sea kayaking expedition, become a strong leader, work as a part of a team and much more! This is a once in a lifetime experience in Coastal BC’s warmest ocean water.
|AGE||GENDER||PROGRAM LENGTH||TRIP LENGTH|
|12-14 & 15-17||Mixed||14 days||9 days|
|PRICE BEFORE APR 01, 2020||REGULAR PRICE|
|$2800 + GST||$3300 + GST|
|August 18 - 31, 2020||Registraion 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.
There aren’t many experiences that are more fun and exciting than sea kayaking through small channels, tidal rapids and warm water, while getting the chance to see giant trees, prolific marine life, marine mammals including seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises and innumerable species of birds. The Desolation Sound / Discovery Islands area between Vancouver Island and the B. C. mainland is world renowened for its exceptional scenery and spectacular kayaking. Participants may even get the chance to paddle through tidal rapids and swim in 25 degree C ocean water! The experience doesn’t stop there. Participants learn about nature, sea kayaking (including safety skills), camping, leadership and more - and they don’t even know it!
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 kayak program focuses specifically on these skills.
During the kayak 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!
Aside from learning all about the natural world that surrounds them, inclucing about the sea life, whales, dolphins, seals and birds, participants will acquire most of the skills required to run a successful kayaking trip. Everything from making a meal plan to planning a route, to cleaning up after it's all done. Participants will come away from their kayaking experience with a serious kayaking and camping skill set.
• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Panning • Navigation • Sea Kayak Paddling and Maneuvering • Sea Kayaking Safety • Kayak Rescues • Tides and Currents • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance • Backcountry Safety
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**
Desolation Sound Kayak Expedition, it rocks!
Discovering islands in...The Discovery Islands!
Trying to take a gander in my kayak...
Rescue Training: Oh no, someone fell out of their kayak!
Right side up? Rolling back upright...
Stunning Westcoast topography!!
A room with a view!
Close Encounters....of the big mammal kind!
Taking the route less travelled
Ocean waters as smooth as glass
A new experience around every corner
The end of the day in the ocean mist