15% off Day Journeys until July 10!!

Hey ya’ll, I’m wanting to day trip with you! Until July 10th get 15% off with 2-5 people in your party. Join in on a day out in the North Shore or Stanley Park area. I’ll bring the kayak and gear, and share instructions and knowledge of our beautiful coastline. Bring your family or friends and find the joy of being in nature and on the water.
Let’s get outside and lap it up. Bring your sunscreen… Next week looks hot!

Pass on the news, share some words of your past experiences and come back for more. PROMO CODE: GETOUT15

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Covid-19 Policies and Precautions for Wild Root Journeys

Safe Travel Welcome

We are reopening in a limited capacity and with strict safety protocols in place. Thank you for your support, patience, and flexibility as we adapt to an ever-evolving situation.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Municipal and Provincial developments and are excited to learn (in regards to non-essential services), the British Columbia government has said that “any business or service that has not been ordered to close and is also not identified on the essential service list may stay open if they can adapt their services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the [Public Health Officer]”.

As we prepare to reopen our doors, the health of our staff, guests, and community remains a top priority. We’re taking steps to minimize transmission risks associated with COVID-19 by activating our multi-phase recovery plan. We will be reopening in a way that adheres to the government recommendations and WorkSafe BC protocols. We want to ensure that your Wild Root Journeys experience is a safe and memorable one!

Know Before You Go

Check the Local COVID-19 Updates

The Districts of Ucluelet, Tofino and Port Hardy are working hard to keep the communities updated as the COVID-19 situation develops. We are watching closely and adhering to Municipal and Provincial recommendations to ensure the health and safety of our staff, guests and community.

Current information and FAQs can be found on the District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet and the District of Port Hardy Website.

We Ask that you Self-Assess Prior to Travelling

We’re counting on you to protect the vulnerable in the community and to ensure we’re not putting added pressures on our limited local health care staff and resources.

  • Do any members of your party have the following symptoms of COVID-19: Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, diminished taste or smell, runny nose, fatigue or malaise, sore throat, muscle or body aches?
  • Has any member of your party had contact with a confirmed or possible case of COVID-19 in the past 21 days?
  • Has anyone in your party travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days or had contact with anyone that has just returned to Canada from abroad?

YES? You may be required to self-isolate.
If you responded YES to any of the points above, we kindly ask you call us to change your reservation to a later date until you can respond NO to these questions. There is no charge for changing your reservation.

NO? Please proceed with caution.
For those of you who answered NO to the above questions and feel safe to move forward with booking, we ask that you review our new safety measures to keep the risk of COVID-19 transmission low.

New Safety Measures

  • Six feet distance is maintained from each other or those not in your “bubble” whenever possible.
  • Increased hygiene; Cleaning common areas and surfaces with a bleach water solution.
  • We ask that every guest brings a mask.
  • Masks are to be worn during initial kayaking packing, assisted launching and landing and transport of kayaks.
  • Kayaks and gear will be assigned to each guest, with minimal switching, and will be washed in between tours, allowed to dry in the sun or kept from others for a 3-day period between uses. A bleach water solution will also be available to wipe down handles and the seat area that may be touched by others in transport.
  • Guest will be required to bring their own water bottles.
  • At the start of the tourguests will be given:
    • A tent, sleeping mat, paddle jacket, dry bag set, camp chair, kayak and gear.
    • Their own utensils, bowl, plate and mug for the tour which will be stored in their kayaks.
    • A drink set including tea, hot chocolate, lemonade.
    • A snack pack at the start of the trip.
    • A toilet kit including: Ziplock bags, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, brown bags to put toilet paper in that can be thrown into a fire and a lighter.
  • Guests will be asked to bring their own sleeping bags or they can rent one for the tour at 15$. The rental includes a liner. Both will be laundered between uses.
  • All meals will be prepared by the guide. Guide must wear a mask anytime they are packing food into or out of the kayaks, preparing and sanitizing food or cookware. Meals will be served onto guests plate, no buffet style meals will be served.

Let’s Ensure our island communities stay a Safe Place to Visit by Following the Rules

  • Maintain physical distancing measures (6ft or 2m apart) at all times while on property, on the beaches, or in public spaces. Give ample room to others utilizing the multi-use path (MUP), on sidewalks, or in waiting lines.
  • Wash your hands regularly and be mindful of surfaces you are touching.
  • Cards/tap is the preferred method of payment by most businesses.
  • Let us know immediately if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms – if you are in distress, call 811 for medical support.

Thank you for helping to maintain a #flatcurvecoast!

Guiding Ethos of Wild Root Journeys

My guiding ethos has been in evolution, but at its core I am a guide who serves. So, what is it that I am guiding, who do I serve? From the outside the answer may be obvious, I am a kayaking guide, a guide who facilitates the experience of being in raw nature. This is perhaps the most visible and superficial title. It’s all much deeper to me.

This is a role of offering. Ego is not useful here, humility is, compassion is, deep presence and honoring is. Witnessing and perhaps reflecting is a more accurate description of how I approach my guiding style and what it means for me to be a guide. I am facilitating a space to allow for self-exposure, reflection, growth, questioning and challenge for those who seek it.

My ethos is that a great guide is one that is so subtle and behind the scene that transformation in clients whether in the form of building skill, connecting, or dropping into presence is truly made from self, and it all seems effortless what unfolds. These moments of transformation in those who travel along is what fills my soul in my work.

I offer a minor role in this evolution and I honour and acknowledge this. Nature plays a large role, as do, most importantly the participants who join these trips and through their willingness to push themselves, to stand in awe, those who shed and who share undoubtedly grow, heal, exhale and/or transform.
We all seek growth, but sometimes it’s hard to know how and where to challenge ourselves, how and where to take this on. I promise you that the uncertainty of nature, the shifting movement in it, will made you look, will make you seek out answers. I treasure that I have the very humbling role to hold space, to let you drop in, to allow this to happen for yourself.

Wild Root Love

“Good leaders are those who people love and admire;
Poor leaders are those who people fear and despise;
Great leaders are those who people say – we did it ourselves”
Lao-Tzu

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Natures Reminders and her Intuitive Messages

The West Coast has been checking up on me this week. I was told by a beautiful local soul that wolves in the treeline are doing just this… And there they were. A pack of 5 wolves in the treeline.

It was made even more apparent to me by the only Harbor Porpoises we saw who surfaced just next to me as I was telling the story of the exact moment that I fell in love with sea kayaking, while being in the exact spot off Vargas Island (Tofino) where it all happened 15 years ago. Porpoises to me are a creature of play and joy and so the serendipity of this moment ran through my whole being.

This coast is home. Here I feel rich. These are the moments that really count. I feel blessed yet again.

Let us bring ourselves to the places where moments like this may happen. Take note of your environment and what is calling you. Know that you are seen. Know that you are as important, as beautiful, and as intentional as the sunsets, the trees, the flood and ebb of the ocean. Somehow we are all here together.

Let us learn from the skies to be open.

Let us feel from the water to be fluid.

Let us ground with the rock that is weathered, and still.

Let us breath in the air that cycles through our entire being and is then released back to all our collective space.

Let our connections of this shared space give us unconditional love in knowing we are here together.

Let us be in awe, in gratitude of the simple, the intricate, the mind-blowing beauty of our natural world.

News 1130 Interviews Wild Root Journeys: Queers in Nature.

News 1130 interviewed Wild Root Journeys for an article titled “Pride outside: the hard won space that queer people occupy in nature”. Here is the article and a few more of my thoughts about why we offer queer specific trips.

Acceptance and belonging transcends race, gender and sexual orientation. We all want to feel safe, and beyond that, we want to feel that we can be ourselves without judgement, and feel embraced for being ourselves.

I started running queer trips with my company in the Broken Group Islands last year to promote a safe place for those folks wanting to get out into nature for this reason. I have found that bringing groups together with one extra commonality helps people to drop their guard early and to feel acceptance in being a part of a community. I think that there is great power in this.

Minority groups experience harassment and non-acceptance at a greater level and could therefore be hesitant to go deeper into nature as it may be a bit more of an unknown. I know that as a solo-woman hiking, I have felt unease when I hear another group approaching a campsite. This unease is a natural response based off of real experiences. What are your thoughts on the topic?

 

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