Learn to kayak safely and comfortably as you navigate the protected ocean waters surrounding Cortes Island. Glide gently on the surface of the sea, passing miles of pristine coastline, with seals, bald eagles and seabirds for company.
With kayaks and lunch loaded onboard the 43-foot Misty Isles schooner, voyage out from Hollyhock each morning to explore and paddle in the spectacular waters around Cortes Island and Desolation Sound. Along the way we may be able to set the sails or view wildlife which may include eagles, seals, and possibly humpback whales, porpoise or dolphins. Aboard the comfortable mothership, we cruise past mountains that seem to shoot up out of the sea and pass historic sites brought to life by Captain Mike’s vivid stories.
Upon arriving at our day’s destination, we launch the kayaks and paddle off for an exploration of picturesque channels or islands. Enjoy the deep quiet of nature and the peace of your own thoughts as you paddle these calm, protected waters. Hungry from adventuring, we return to Hollyhock in time for dinner and a hot tub.
No experience required, kayaks, paddles and life vests are supplied. Limit to 12 participants.
Michael Moore is a naturalist, a Coast Guard trained ship’s Navigation Officer, and a kayak instructor/guide with 25+ years experience around Cortes Island. Mike holds a Bachelor of Technology in Nautical Sciences from the Canadian Coast Guard officer training in Sydney, Nova Scotia. His work as a navigation officer aboard Coast Guard ships has taken him to all three Canadian coasts, the high arctic and the Panama Canal. From his childhood explorations of coastal tide pools to studying marine biology at the University of Victoria, to his navigation work from the high Arctic to Antarctica, Mike’s life has always revolved around the ocean. He is a naturalist at heart and one of the ways he works to protect to the ocean is to share his knowledge and love of marine life. With a great sense of humour, the gift of a storyteller, and a boatload of great stories, his enthusiasm is infectious.
TUITION: $625 CDN / 5 nights (meals & accommodation extra)