ABOUT WILD ROOT JOURNEYS

Our roots keep us grounded; they keep us strong. From our roots, we grow.

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Mission

Bringing awe through adventure, we invite nature to teach us our most needed lessons.

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Ethics

We are ambassadors to the land we travel.

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Guidelines

Help us leave the space through which we travel as unaffected as possible.

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Respect

Always be respectful of one another and our surroundings.

We acknowledge that we live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Heiltsuk and the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples.

Wild Root Journeys was born from a love of nature’s intricacies and a joy of connecting people with their own environments. We are certified guides through the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC, with ongoing first aid and skills training to assure our clients experience a safe, responsible and smooth journey. Our guides and facilitators are attuned to the interconnection of the natural world and humanity. We are motivated to give back through volunteering, and we strive to purchase our equipment and food locally, sustainability and ethically. We are advocates of equality, and offer a safe space, which is inclusive for all who wish to join us on a kayak journey.

We invite you to join us on one of our trips. Come for the day and wet your feet; stay for a while and immerse yourself.

OUR MISSION

Bringing awe through adventure, we invite nature to teach us our most needed lessons.  Deeply rooted, sustainable values guide the expansion of our business. We embrace change and opportunity as it comes, and we strive to excel in the moments that arise.

OUR MISSION

Bringing awe through adventure, we invite nature to teach us our most needed lessons.  Deeply rooted, sustainable values guide the expansion of our business. We embrace change and opportunity as it comes, and we strive to excel in the moments that arise.

OUR GUIDES

Silke Hockemeyer

Silke Hockemeyer

Owner, SKGABC Level 3 Lead Guide

I feel incredibly fortunate to live in this coastal temperate rain forest, a land of natural abundance and beauty to which I have had a lifelong pull. It has been a natural transition for me to become an ambassador for, and a guide to the land that has taught me so much.

I have been a sea kayak guide for over ten years and an outdoor educator for five years. Many of my nights have been spent relaxing by a campfire with wonderful people, paying tribute to the weather gods, and wondering what the next day will have in store for us. I love what this coast has to offer, and I am so grateful to have had so many opportunities to share it with others.

My kayaking experiences have varied greatly. The moment that I fell in love with kayaking, was when I first felt the tremendous power of the rolling ocean. My kayak moved naturally through a series of swells, and I was overcome by feelings of both joy and humility. My professional kayaking experience has been in guiding groups on day trips and multi-day trips, ranging between 3 to 15 days. Areas I often return to are the Pacific Rim National Park, the Great Bear Rainforest and Central Coast, Haida Gwaii, the Sunshine Coast and the Broughton Archipelago.

As an outdoor educator I have found myself in the local mountains snowshoeing, in the trails hiking and dare I say it even inside classrooms. I have a strong pull in learning and sharing our local ecology, equally to understand the living world and how it is interconnected, and also for its many cultural uses.

Agnes Seaweed Wisden

Agnes Seaweed Wisden

SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide

Agnes’ origins begin in Alert Bay, BC, a place full of outdoor life and a home with strong ancestral roots in Kwakwaka’wakw culture. Her passion for the outdoors was innate, as she saw Orcas and Humpbacks as a child while playing in her front yard. Agnes was raised by both of her parents to have a spiritual connection to the world and a passion for exploration. After finishing her education, she tromped around mountains and jungles throughout the globe a few times. Agnes then returned to call Vancouver Island her home, knowing that there is no place on earth that offers so much diverse beauty.

When not exploring in the outdoors as a wild woman, Agnes can be found in Victoria, BC working in a studio on contemporary indigenous art. She is also currently developing a scholarship for the province with the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC. This scholarship will enable more First Nations People in the surrounding area to explore their traditional territory by becoming kayak guides. Her truly free time is spent meditating, doing yoga, jamming some tunes, or finding the best place to hang her hammock.

Agnes received her Assist Overnight Sea Kayak Guide designation in 2016.

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Maré Struve

Maré Struve

SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide, Level 2 Paddle Canada Kayak Instructor

Maré has a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management, a Certificate in Wilderness Leadership and is a self-professed “dabbler” in a variety of outdoor activities.

A Squamish local, Maré enjoys mountain biking, hiking, paddling, xc skiing and yoga. Apart from being an outdoor educator and guide, Maré also facilitates children’s recreational programs and is a youth mentor in her community. She has paddled around Vancouver Island’s Johnstone Straight, The Discovery Islands, Tofino, Ucluelet, and Nuchatlits.

She is a SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide and has obtained her Level 2 Paddle Canada Kayak Instructor Certificate.

OUR OUTDOOR GUIDELINES

OUR OUTDOOR

GUIDELINES

For Campfires

For Campfires

We build our fire below the high tide line, ensuring that our fire scar will be washed away by the ocean. We keep the fire to a manageable size and assure that it is burnt down by the time we retreat to our tents.

For Washrooms

For Washrooms

On occasion there will be outhouses available. The ocean, again, is a great natural aid here. We wash our scent away using the intertidal area; this allows the animals to roam freely without detecting an intrusion on their territory.  We will designate a private location at each stop, and as to leave no trace, we burn all toilet paper nightly in our campfire.

For Wildlife

For Wildlife

We never leave food unattended.  All things with odors (including toiletries) are locked up in kayak hatches, and we never keep food/scented items in our tents. If we do not attract the animals, they will stay wild. We never approach land or sea mammals, and we keep a respectable distance, both for our own safety and to ensure that we do not disturb them while they are foraging, passing through or resting.

For Fishing

For Fishing

On multi-day trips, there will likely be an opportunity to fish within the regulations put out by Canadian Fisheries. Please enquire with us, as a salt water permit will need to be purchased prior to the trip. 

OUR GUIDELINES FOR EACH OTHER

OUR GUIDELINES

FOR EACH OTHER

Please refrain from the visible use of technology when wifi or cell phone reception is available (except, of course, to take photos), as we value this rare opportunity to feel completely removed. If you are having a family or personal emergency, please inform the guide. Many areas through which we travel will not have reception. The guide will always carry a marine radio and an InReach sat phone and can relay messages when needed. These devices are for emergency purposes.

Please always be respectful of one another and our surroundings, and take measures to assure that your personal safety is not compromised, as outside assistance is not always easily accessible.  Make sure to have medical insurance and to have a copy of your coverage along for ease of transfer if anything should arise. All medical costs are incurred by the client.

Wild Root Journeys

Wild Root Journeys