Salish Shorelines: A Saltwater Journey (September)
With Jonas Fineman and Jasmine Hillier
September 6 - 11, 2024
Join Cortes Island guides and mariners for a kayaking exploration of the Salish Sea surrounding the renowned Hollyhock Campus. Each day’s adventure offers a safe and comprehensive foray into the seascapes and histories of Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands.
Launching from various beaches around Cortes Island as well as from the 43 foot schooner Misty Isles, each day will involve fresh itineraries, with Hollyhock serving as our beautiful base camp. We will set out to explore the expansive and intricate coastlines of the Discovery Islands while learning about the geology, history, and ecological systems of the Northern Salish Sea. Expand your kayaking skill set as we learn basic kayak safety, strokes and maneuvering. On one of our evenings we will venture out for sunset on the water, followed by a bioluminescence paddle as dusk falls.
While traveling aboard Misty Isles, discussion topics will touch on themes of oceanography, marine ecosystems and coastal navigation. The warm, protected waters of the Northern Salish Sea will serve as an educational canvas for adventurers with a yearning for discovery and contemplation in one of the world’s most stunning coastal environments.
Don’t miss out on a unique and rare opportunity to explore the stand alone coastlines and waterways of western British Columbia. Guides, Captain and crew are all certified in Wilderness First Aid, and are Transport Canada and Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC accredited.
With only 10 spots available, this beginner-friendly program fills quickly. We are pleased to offer two programs this year in partnership with Cortes-Island based, family-run businesses; Cortes Kayaks and Misty Isles Adventures. If both programs are full, please join the waiting list to be contacted in case of availability.
Kayaks and most gear provided. Participants will receive a packing list 6 weeks before the program.
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A detailed schedule will be available at least 2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
Jonas Fineman brings over two decades of ocean experience to the decks of the schooner Misty Isles. From isolated surfing locales, to high seas fisheries and trans-ocean sail crossings, the nautical life and how it shapes human thought and existence has kept Jonas loyal to a life offshore. As a…
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Jasmine Hillier (she/her) has played on the ocean for much of her life. During her time away from the ocean, she discovered the practice of yoga and the profound physical, mental, and energetic transformations that come along with it. Learning to observe energetic subtleties through her yoga practice allowed her…
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