OUR WILD ROOT JOURNEYS

 All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J. R. R. Tolkien

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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 unaffected as possible.

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Respect

Always be respectful of one another and our surroundings.

DAY JOURNEYS


Location:      
Downtown Vancouver
Duration:       3 hours
Times:          
9am, 1pm, 5pm
Dates:          
To Be Determined

Adult $95| Student | $85 | Child $65

A novel vantage point to take in the life of the city! Starting at Vanier Park, this tour offers views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Third Beach and Stanley Park. In these areas, removed from the busyness of it all, we commonly encounter Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, and Harbour Seals. Whales visit the area periodically, including Greys, Humpbacks and Orcas. Stretch your legs at Stanley Park, voted one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world. A brief walk allows us to see old growth Cedar Trees before making our way back to our kayaks.

Suitable for all experience levels.
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.

 

 

 

 

 


Location:        North Vancouver
Duration:        4 hours
Time:             
9am
Dates:            June weekends
.                     
 July 1- Sept 23

Adult $110 | Student $100

A refreshing day out that brings you away from it all. Paddle past granite cliff faces and sea caves that stretch between Whytecliff Park and Lighthouse Park. Located at the entrance of Howe Sound, this area is seeing a return of Orca Whales and a rise in other marine mammals. As this tour has some open water.

Best suited for those with some prior experience.
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.

 

 


Location:       
North Delta
Duration:    
    4 hours
Time:             
9am
Dates:            
June weekends
.                     
July 1- Sept 23

Adult $105 | Student $95 | Child $65

This trip is teeming with life. A major hub for migratory and native bird species, we will paddle through the largest estuary along the Pacific Coast of North America. Birds found feeding in this rich environment include Sandhill Cranes, Wood Ducks, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Lesser Yellowlegs, Red-Winged Blackbirds and so many more. What’s more, the Fraser River also has the largest annual salmon run along the Pacific Coast of North America! This trip allows us to either travel alongside the marsh, or to island hop, depending on which way the winds and waters are travelling. This is a pleasant outing to ease yourself into kayaking, to see an array of native and migratory birds, and to experience the pulse of the river.

Suitable for all experience
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.

 

 


Location:       
North Delta
Duration:      
6 hours
Time:             
9am Sundays
Dates:           
July 1,8,15,22,29,
                    Aug 5,12

Adult $135 | Student $125 | Child $95

Make it a Sunday stroll! Extend the Delta Marshlands trip with a leg stretch in Ladner Village. We will paddle to Ladner and have an hour to amble through the Ladner Village Market before heading back to our kayaks. We allow 5 hours for the roundtrip paddle, as this assures us that Ladner is an achievable destination with varying winds and tides.

Suitable for all experience levels.
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location:        Porteau Cove
Duration:        6 hours
Time:              
9am
Dates:            
June 16, July 25, Aug 22

Adult $165 | Student $145
Lunch Included

This trip is designed for those who are looking for a full day’s paddle.  If the weather is right, we will have the opportunity to circumnavigate Anvil Island. Howe Sound is known as the start of the sea to sky corridor. Carved out by glaciers and formed through mountain building and volcanoes, Howe Sound has remarkable views of nature’s full strength. A gourmet lunch including seasonal and local ingredients with either a hot or cold drink will be provided.

Best suited for those with prior experience.
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.

 

 

 


Location:       
North Vancouver
Duration:       
6 hours
Time:               
10am
Dates:             June weekends
                      July 1- Sept 23


Adult $155 | Student $140 | Child $115

Lunch included

Paddling this beautiful fjord is a natural gem for anyone wanting to get into nature without having to travel far. Glaciers carved this fjord, leaving behind the steep coastal mountains that tower over us today. This trip starts at Cates Park in North Vancouver, and heads to Belcarra Park and Jug Island just across from the community of Deep Cove. Kayak legend and author George Dyson, who helped to inspire recreational sea kayaking, made his home along this very stretch of the Indian Arm in the 1970s. The tree fort that Dyson called home can still be seen from the water today. A gourmet lunch including seasonal and local ingredients with either a hot or cold drink will be provided.  The meeting point is a 30 min drive from downtown or a 45 min bus ride.

Suitable for all experience levels.
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.


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3 hours followed by a social

Paddlers and breweries unite! Once a month, we offer a social at a local brewery after our paddle. We frequent Four Winds Brewery in Delta, Deep Cove Brewery in North Vancouver, Howe Sound Brewery in Squamish, and many more. The trip and brewery will vary each month. Keep an eye out for the next Paddle to Flight trip on our Facebook site.

 

 

As we expand our company please look forward to year-round hiking and snowshoeing journeys. Please inquire if this may be of interest to you.

 

 

 

What You Will Need To Bring On A Day Journey

Clothing should include:

  • Shoes that can get wet and most importantly have grip. They need to have ankle support. I recommend runners, water shoes, Keen or Croc sandals. Closed toed shoes help against stubbing toes on rocks.
  • Shorts or pants that dry quickly when wet.
  • 2-3 shirts so you can adjust your layers depending on the weather.
  • A wool hat for cold days.
  • Gloves for those who easily get cold fingers.

No cotton/jeans. They become heavy and cold when wet. Synthetics are a better option such as fleece or polyester. These will warm with your body if wet.

Other items include:

  • A hat or sunglasses for sun protection
  • 1 litre of water
  • Personal medications
  • Waterproof camera if possible, otherwise we have drybags which will keep the camera dry during

What Will Be Included On A Day Journey

Included in Price:

  • Your guide and trip
  • All kayaking and safety gear including: kayak, paddle, spare paddle, pump, sponge, tow line, spray skirt
  • Lifejacket
  • Paddling jacket
  • Two dry bags for your personal belongings
  • Lunch if listed in the tour description
  • A snack

Please ask about any extra rentals if needed

 

MUTLI-DAY JOURNEYS

 

2018 SEASON

Location:        Port Alberni
Duration:        4 or 6 Days
Dates:            July 15-18, July 20-23,
July 29-Aug 1, Aug 17-20

$1260 for 4 days | $1670 for 6 days

The Broken Group lies in the Pacific Rim National Park off the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is made up of a rich tapestry of small isles, sand and shell beaches, lush temperate rainforest and thriving intertidal life. The trip begins in Port Alberni where we board the classic Lady Rose ferry. We cruise up the inlet taking in the scenery for a short while before we arrive at Equis beach. From there, we paddle across a short channel into the Broken Group. With a rich cultural and ecological history, there is always something to look out for or ponder on our paddle. A fairly sheltered group of islands, this multi day trip is a great one for all experiences to join.

Suitable for all experience levels.
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.

 

2018 SEASON

Location:      Sunshine Coast
Duration:   
   3 Days
Dates:         
Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9

$780 for 3 days 

A short ferry ride from Vancouver will bring you to the beautiful and quaint Sunshine Coast. The trip starts and ends in Earls Cove an hours drive from the ferry. Feel the mist of Harmony Falls, a 1400 ft. waterfall, as we paddle past in awe. This is a favorite amongst photographers. A tranquil area, the trip offers the calmest and most protected waters of our multi day trips.

Suitable for all experience levels.
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.

 

 

Location:         Central Coast
Duration:          8 Days
Dates:              Trip Available in 2019

$1960

This trip leaves from Port Hardy on the north end of Vancouver Island. The ferry brings us to Bella Bella where we will start and later end the trip. The Great Bear Rainforest is known for its size, from the trees that stand like mammoths, to the fjords and inlets carved deep into mountains sides. We paddle away from the town of Bella Bella and over the next 8 days, besides perhaps a lighthouse we will not encounter another homestead. An incredible feeling to fully submerse yourself into an environment. The possibility to see some of the Norths most iconic species include the Spirit Bear, wolves, orcas, sea otters and puffins.

Prior multi day kayaking experience needed.
Highlighted in orange, is the possible paddling range.

 

 


As we expand our company please look forward to year-round hiking and snowshoeing journeys. Please inquire if this may be of interest to you.

 

What You Will Need To Bring On A Multi-Day Journey

Clothing should include:

  • 1 pair of shoes that can get wet and most importantly have grip. They need to have ankle support. I recommend runners, water shoes, Keen or Croc sandals. Closed toed shoes help against stubbing toes on rocks.
  • A pair of rubber boots are optional. Perks include your feet staying dry entering and exiting the kayaks. Downside they can flood if a wave fills them. They can also be bulky to wear in a kayak or to store.
  • 1 pair of shoes for land, after kayaking.
  • 2-4 warm socks
  • 2 shorts
  • 1-2 pants
  • Underwear
  • 1 thermal underwear – like the underlays you might wear skiing.
  • 3-4 shirts, short and long
  • 1-2 sweaters, at least one very warm sweater recommended
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Gloves if you easily get cold fingers
  • 2 wool hats
  • Sun hat

No cotton/jeans. They become heavy and cold when wet. Synthetics are a better option such as fleece or polyester. These will warm with your body if wet.

Other Items Include:

  • Sun glasses
  • Glasses and Contacts. Consider a back up if one becomes lost or breaks.
  • Toiletries – biodegradable soaps please.
  • Baby wipes and a few band aids
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Headlamp
  • Personal medications. Bring extra doses medication if is critical to you. Separate and duplicate, storing one set with a partner or guide. A trip can be cut short if there is not enough medication to keep a client safe.
  • Water bottle. It nice to have a clip attached.
  • Book. Keep in waterproof/sealable bag
  • Spirits. Alcohol may be consumed after the days kayaking only.
  • Camera. Small waterproof cameras are great. If you have a larger SL camera a pelican case is a great way to keep it protected. Alternatively, a camera can be wrapped in a sweater and kept in a dry bag for protection.
  • Extra batteries
  • Ziplock bags
  • Sleeping bag and/or mat if you prefer your own over ours.

Leave your watches and phones behind

 

What Will Be Included On A Multi Day Journey

Included in Price:

  • Your guide and trip
  • All kayaking gear and safety equipment including: kayak, paddle, spare paddle, pump, sponge, tow line, spray skirt
  • Lifejacket
  • Paddling jacket
  • Three dry bags for your personal belongings
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Camp Chair
  • All kitchen and fire gear
  • All meals and snacks

Please ask about any extra rentals if needed.

 

LESSONS

 

Location:         North Vancouver
Duration:     
    3 hours
Dates:            
May 19, 26, Jun 2, 9,
                        Sept 4, 11, 18

Adult $105 | Student $ 95 | Child $65

This 3-hour beginner kayak lesson gives you an overview of basic knowledge and practical skills for sea kayaking. This includes:

  • Becoming familiar with the essential equipment required for kayaking
  • Practicing how to enter and exit the kayaks from the shoreline.
  • Practicing basic paddle strokes including forward, backward and sweep strokes.
  • Learning the single recovery and assisted recovery either on land or in the water. (No pressure to get wet)
  • Information on tides and currents, weather and safety management.
  • An overview of kayak etiquette and possible situations that may arise during a kayaking trip.
  • The differences between various kayak equipment.

 

 

Location:      North Vancouver
Duration:     
6 hours
Dates:         
May 20, 27, Jun 3, 10,
Sept 5, 12, 19

Adult $165 | Student $150

This 6-hour intermediate lesson is best advised for already experienced paddlers who wish to gain knowledge in becoming a more independent paddler. This includes:

  • A quick review of the beginner lesson. Rescues if needed.
  • How to read a chart and how to compare a chart to the terrain.
  • Basics of how to use a compass and how to use it with a chart.
  • How to interpret marine weather forecasts and local weather observations.
  • Discussion on managing group dynamics.
  • How to make a route plan and how it is used.
  • Which emergency contact information to bring.
  • What safety equipment to bring; how and when to use your safety equipment.

Scenarios can include:  navigation, channel crossings, determining places to land/camp, working with tides and currents and rescues. Please share any areas of interest you are interested in learning.

 

 

FAMILY JOURNEYS


We offer a customizable Family Adventure of a lifetime. Please feel free to contact us reagrding your family needs and desires.

Suitable for all experience levels.
 

CUSTOM JOURNEYS


We offer a unique approach to customized day journeys. Please feel free to contact us with your Custom Single Day Journey ideas.

Suitable for all experience levels.
 


We can gear your adventure to custom locations, plans and ideas of what you are looking to experience. Please contact us with regards your MultiDay Adventure ideas.

Suitable for all experience levels.
 

INNER JOURNEYS


Joint venture with
Megan Jespersen Counselling & Consulting

We offer various day and multi-day trips with specific therapeutic and skill focuses. This is a special venture that has a large place in our core, at Wild Root Journeys. We facilitate nature retreats for individuals and groups who seek to connect more deeply with themselves and healing through nature.  The outdoors has a way of exponentially aiding us. Remove yourself from technology and the day to day expectations; stare at the stars, feel the oceans swell and be open to the undeniable wisdom of Mother Nature’s wild roots. We will offer self care and empowerment courses, all-women trips, LGBTQ trips, primitive skills, leadership training and more. Please inquire about your interest or ideas.

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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.

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