Not at all! We attract and welcome a wide range of people on our trips in Haida Gwaii, from first-time paddlers to seasoned kayakers. Our trips accommodate different levels of experience and ability and provide everyone with opportunities to expand their kayaking skills. Your guides are always eager to coach you along the way, and if you are concerned about keeping up with the group, there is always the option of starting off in a double kayak to help improve your technique and build your confidence.
We require that each paddler have good overall health, the ability to swim, an eagerness to camp (set that new tent up before your trip!), and a basic comfort level on the ocean. However, while good physical fitness and general health are always an asset for enjoying outdoor activities, attitude is often as important as muscle in a strong headwind!
We average 4 to 6 hours of paddling every day and typically move camp most days. Haida Gwaii weather and sea conditions will ultimately determine how far and which direction we will paddle each day.
Typically, we attract people who:
- Want to be involved in daily trip planning,
- Are interested in developing their paddling skills,
- Are travelling on a tighter budget,
- Are new to Haida Gwaii and want access to local knowledge and experience, and/or
- Enjoy meeting new people and sharing the kayaking experience with others.
Kayaking has great rewards to offer people of all ages, and we have enjoyed the company of a 10 year old boy as well as a woman who was 82 years young. While we welcome all ages, people on our trips are typically between 35 and 65 years old.
Every trip is different, but we usually have a nice mix of men and women, singles and couples.
Yes, yes, and yes! Please contact us to book a private group, to discuss best options for children and youth, or to plan a trip around a specific theme (e.g., a “bird and/or whale watching” trip, a circumnavigation around Khungit Island, a trip earlier or later in the season). Since we live here, we are very flexible with our time and are always eager to explore new ideas and horizons.
There are two main reasons why we are able to offer our trips at a lower cost than other companies. First, we have found it most economical when everybody participates in the purchase and preparation of meals, thereby reducing a lot of our overhead and time. Secondly, we live where we work, which reduces our travel expenses.
On our trips, each guest is responsible for bringing one meal. In the springtime, we circulate an online meal planning document with all the guests on your trip. Here, we assign each person a meal - "Dinner Night 2" or "Lunch Day 4" for example. Your job is to then think of a meal, write a short description for the group, and work out the logistics of it - this includes shopping, packing and cooking the meal when your turn comes. Our guests say that this is one of the best parts of our trips! And not to worry, we provide tips, tricks and recipes that work well when camping.
Take a few deep breaths and remember the following things:
- Anything and everything tastes good in the outdoors, so don’t worry about it!
- Your guides are always available to help out, to cut, stir and boil on demand, and to help make your cooking experience easy and fun.
- There is something about food that brings people together; we want to share in the making and eating of a meal. Consequently, you often just end up delegating tasks to the hordes of people who have turned up to help you cook your meal!
- Nothing fancy is required. Basic really is best!
- If you are having a hard time coming up with meal ideas, please don’t hesitate to send us an email!
We provide a list of the equipment we provide on our Equipment page.
Ask us when you get here! Even during the summer months, the weather here is constantly changing. Therefore, you can expect a wide range of conditions on your trip. This uncertainty is what makes paddling among these islands so exciting and unique. Regardless of the weather there is always opportunity to explore, learn and have fun.
Gratuities for your guides are purely optional. However, if you feel inclined to show your appreciation monetarily for a job well done, an average tip is 5%.