Wild Root Journeys

Guiding Kayak Journeys in British Columbia since 2016

Wild Root Journeys

Guiding Kayak Journeys in British Columbia since 2016

JOIN US FOR A KAYAK JOURNEY ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL BC COASTLINE

Please review our Covid-19 Policies and Precautions

DAY AND  MULTI-DAY GUIDED KAYAK JOURNEYS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND AND THE BC COAST.

 

We look forward to sharing space. Let’s paddle, feast, and take in all that nature offers.

Wild Root Journeys offers guides with experience and heart. Our goal is to open doors into nature for those seeking out adventure, time to recharge and growth.

We value the richness of traveling through our environment, self propelled. Here we are reminded, once again, to move with our environment. All of our guides are certified through the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC, with ongoing first aid and skills training.

We pride ourselves in running several LGBTQ2S specific trips with diverse guides.We are always happy to answer questions as they help you in your journey.

Return to Nature. Return to Self. Return to Community.

 

 

Wild Root Journeys offers guides with experience and heart. Our goal is to open doors into nature for those seeking out adventure, time to recharge and growth.

We value the richness of traveling through our environment, self propelled. Here we are reminded, once again, to move with our environment.

 

 

We pride ourselves in running several LGBTQ2S specific trips with diverse guides.We are always happy to answer questions as they help you in your journey.

Return to Nature. Return to Self. Return to Community.

 

CHOOSE YOUR KAYAK JOURNEY

Ask about our LGBTQ tours and our Family, and Private Bubble rates.

Kayak Guide wearing rubber boots in the shallow tides by her kayak

DAY JOURNEYS

Saltery Bay, Okeover and the Copeland Islands near Powell River and Lund on the Sunshine Coast BC.

Kayak Guide wearing rubber boots in the shallow tides by her kayak

MULTI-DAY JOURNEYS

3 Days Jervis Inlet, 4 Days Broken Group Islands, 6 Days Gods Pocket on the coast and Vancouver Island

Kayak Guide wearing rubber boots in the shallow tides by her kayak

CLINICS

Beginner and Intermediate Lessons geared to self-guiding and improving personal skills, and Outdoor Leadership Certificates.

Meet Silke Hockemeyer

Owner and SKGABC Level 3 Lead Guide

My greatest lessons have come from being immersed in nature and seeking out the symbolism that is all around us. When we are kayaking British Columbia, everything slows down, and if we allow for it, we can begin to find our pace amongst it. Here, we can begin to truly replenish ourselves.

 

Meet Silke Hockemeyer

Owner and SKGABC Level 3 Lead Guide

My greatest lessons have come from being immersed in nature and seeking out the symbolism that is all around us. When we are kayaking British Columbia, everything slows down, and if we allow for it, we can begin to find our pace amongst it. Here, we can begin to truly replenish ourselves.

Wild Root Blog

Tips and advice on safe travel while kayaking British Columbia

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]”....

TripAdvisor Raves

  • 981ulrikeh7/26/2020
    5 star rating

    I am hooked on experiencing the marine world in this way I have just returned from a 4 day trip into Desolation Sound with Wild Root Journeys and it was an amazing experience. A long time dream come true. I am not an experiences paddler, but Silke's clear instructions made me comfortable in the kayak and made me experience the strength in my body I wasn't sure I had. Great equipment is provided, from storage bags to tents to kayaks. Silke provided excellent guidance, fantastic food, humour, and lots of sanitation in the time of COVID. She is extremely respectful of the nature we were in, and shared her knowledge of the area geographically and culturally. Smart decision making on the spot to account for changes in the weather, the wind, the currents, she really made us feel at easy even when the waters became a bit rougher. We moved with purpose! Thank you Silke and Kaily for your company, your joy and your ability to embrace everybody with ease and comfort. I want to go out again with you to explore the outer coast!

  • moragd3747/10/2020
    5 star rating

    Cates Park Paddle to Jug Island Since my broken group island paddle with Wild root journeys I knew there wasnt any other way id want to spend my birthday! With full confidence that our guide Silke would practice all social distancing and sanitization practices I felt safe to invite my family. From the start to finish this journey was organized and informative. My siblings had all different levels of paddling experience and Silkes patience really shone bright that meant for a comfortable paddle and pace. Along the way we got to see plenty star fish, eagles and seals! When ready for our delicious lunch Silke found us a private beach to dock and enjoy the views away from crowds. To our delight on our paddle back Silke shared Indigenous history of where we were passing by. Overall this was a perfect day to connect with family and nature and will be cherished for many years to come!! Cant speak highly enough of Wild root journeys and the fantastic staycation celebration it turned out to be.

  • annmT1811YF7/04/2020
    5 star rating

    Awesome experience! I had an excellent time on my 6 hr kayak tour of Deep Cove. I highly recommend West Root Journeys!!!!

  • irenasE6796YE7/01/2020
    5 star rating

    Cliffs to Caves I had an amazing day kayaking with Silke. She is an experienced guide and shared her interesting knowledge about kayaking and the environment. You can see that she loves her job 🙂

  • 38grims6/26/2020
    5 star rating

    Vancouver kayaking Beautiful day out on the water with Silke - who is so sincere, thoughtful, and knowledgeable! Best kayaking instruction I've ever received. Comfortable and welcomed as part of the queer community. Thank you!

  • lorirro6/25/2020
    5 star rating

    The best dose of self care! This is how I wish all guided trips were!! Silke is simply wonderful! Our day out was the perfect experience for the times. Such a beautiful reminder about the necessity of simple time spent in nature. It was soul nourishing and I'm glad we all booked ourselves some self care during this time. Silke is kind, funny, in flow and a pleasure to be around. Totally trust her and her knowledge out on the water, and appreciate her easy flow. She kept the group light and the smiles coming. Thank you so much!!

  • 151siobhand6/15/2020
    5 star rating

    Kayaking must Silke made my group and I feel very welcomed. She was very patient with teaching kayaking techniques and lessons. Delicious lunch provided, beautiful day trip on the water with the views and different animals we saw! Highly recommended

  • liamloxton6/13/2020
    5 star rating

    Relaxing and Breathtaking Indian Arm is gorgeous and full of little surprises. You can do a lot in one day and I highly recommend this tour if you're looking to experience some of the best Vancouver has to offer.

  • TahlerLovell9/29/2019
    5 star rating

    Amazing! Booked an 8 person 3 hour Deep Cove Trip for my birthday! All beginners. Had an absolutely amazing time. Our guides were ready to go when we got there, so friendly and relaxed and made us feel so at ease and safe. We headed straight out after a quick but thorough safety talk. They got us all situated and comfortable in our kayaks. Really took great care of us. We stopped at a little beach for a snack and they brought me A BIRTHDAY SURPRISE. CAKE! from a little bakery near her home. Completely went above and beyond my expectations. Silke shared some really cool information about the land we were near. Truly felt like we were travelling with friends not guides. They were very patient while we all got our groove in the water. I will ALWAYS choose Wild Root Journeys for any future kayaking endeavors. Truly wonderful people.

  • Jocelyn M9/28/2019
    5 star rating

    Deep Cove day journey We booked Wild Roots for the Deep Cove day journey for my girlfriends bachlorette party. It was an amazing day! We saw tons of wildlife, and spent six hours Kayaking around gorgeous Deep Cove. We stopped for a provided lunch and all dietary restrictions were 100% accomodated. Lunch was healthy and we ate it picnic style on a beautiful island. Silke our guide was so knowledgable about the area, wildlife, and on Kayaking generally. We had some beginners and everyone felt safe, taken care of, and had a great time. We also had one pregnant participant and she was put in the Princess seat in a two person Kayak with our guide so that she could rest when needed and just enjoy the view. She loved it! Absolutely spectacular day. Cannot say enough good things about Wild Roots. Completely tailored our journey to what we were looking for. Amazing day, amazing guide, and it really was a journey worth taking! I would do it again in a heartbeat! And absolutely recommend it as a bachlorette event. Thank you Wild Roots!

  • Elise L9/27/2019
    5 star rating

    Awesome trip to God's Pocket! I absolutely enjoyed my trip in God’s Pocket. Silke and Elizabeth were amazing and totally in sync with each other; a total and complementary team effort! We were blessed with delicious meals, great equipment (kayaks and kayaking gear, tents, even stuff bags!), fascinating facts and comprehensive knowledge about the natural and indigenous world we were immersed in, and an all-round awesome feeling of being in this incredible part of the country. I have already recommended Wild Root Journeys to others and would not hesitate to join Silke and her team on another adventure …. soon I hope!

  • jodis6109/23/2019
    5 star rating

    Amazing Bowen Island Adventure Silke took our group of six out on a new route off of Bowen Island. She has amazing gear, patience, & expertise that made the afternoon really fun for all. The weather did not completely cooperate (it rained for much of the time) but Silke’s manner made it a great time. I highly recommend a trip with her. This was the second one for me and my teenage son..... hopefully there will be more.

  • 474bill9/08/2019
    5 star rating

    Fantastic day out! My Girlfriend and I went on the Deep Cove day out to celebrate her birthday and it was absolutely brilliant. Silke is a fantastic and knowledgeable guide who made it a very memorable day.

  • Cdnsolotraveller8/16/2019
    5 star rating

    Wonderful trip to the Broken Islands, BC I just came back from a trip to the broken Islands with Wild Root and can't recommend this company enough. Silke is a great guide, very knowledgeable and well-informed about the history of the area, how to minimize the environmental impact of our presence and how to travel in a respectful way on land that belongs to the Nuu-chah-nulth 1st Nations. She really added an educational element to our trip. Plus the area is gorgeous, and the experience of being in deep nature and on the water (and in the water. It's warm enough to swim) - truly profound. Plus 3 healthy and delicious meals a day + snacks. We were spoiled!

  • joanne l8/09/2019
    5 star rating

    4 day Broken Islands kayaking trip My husband and two teenage daughters had a wonderful and memorable kayaking trip with Silke. She got us motivated to paddle each day, showing us the nooks and crannies of nature in this very special place. I was grateful for her expertise and care. She pushed us to challenge ourselves physically, gave us a way to understand our surroundings, was able to very quickly note each of our strengths and cooked us delicious, healthy meals and snacks! What more can I say? At the end of our trip, as we were packing things away, we noticed a logo on her truck that said...."We offer guides with experience and heart." It summed it all up. We'll hopefully be back for more time with Silke soon. This was a trip we'll remember for a long time.

TripAdvisor Raves

  • 981ulrikeh
    5 star rating

    I am hooked on experiencing the marine world in this way I have just returned from a 4 day trip into Desolation Sound with Wild Root Journeys and it was an amazing experience. A long time dream come true. I am not an experiences paddler, but Silke's clear instructions made me comfortable in the kayak and made me experience the strength in my body I wasn't sure I had. Great equipment is provided, from storage bags to tents to kayaks. Silke provided excellent guidance, fantastic food, humour, and lots of sanitation in the time of COVID. She is extremely respectful of the nature we were in, and shared her knowledge of the area geographically and culturally. Smart decision making on the spot to account for changes in the weather, the wind, the currents, she really made us feel at easy even when the waters became a bit rougher. We moved with purpose! Thank you Silke and Kaily for your company, your joy and your ability to embrace everybody with ease and comfort. I want to go out again with you to explore the outer coast!

    7/26/2020
  • moragd374
    5 star rating

    Cates Park Paddle to Jug Island Since my broken group island paddle with Wild root journeys I knew there wasnt any other way id want to spend my birthday! With full confidence that our guide Silke would practice all social distancing and sanitization practices I felt safe to invite my family. From the start to finish this journey was organized and informative. My siblings had all different levels of paddling experience and Silkes patience really shone bright that meant for a comfortable paddle and pace. Along the way we got to see plenty star fish, eagles and seals! When ready for our delicious lunch Silke found us a private beach to dock and enjoy the views away from crowds. To our delight on our paddle back Silke shared Indigenous history of where we were passing by. Overall this was a perfect day to connect with family and nature and will be cherished for many years to come!! Cant speak highly enough of Wild root journeys and the fantastic staycation celebration it turned out to be.

    7/10/2020
  • annmT1811YF
    5 star rating

    Awesome experience! I had an excellent time on my 6 hr kayak tour of Deep Cove. I highly recommend West Root Journeys!!!!

    7/04/2020
  • irenasE6796YE
    5 star rating

    Cliffs to Caves I had an amazing day kayaking with Silke. She is an experienced guide and shared her interesting knowledge about kayaking and the environment. You can see that she loves her job 🙂

    7/01/2020
  • 38grims
    5 star rating

    Vancouver kayaking Beautiful day out on the water with Silke - who is so sincere, thoughtful, and knowledgeable! Best kayaking instruction I've ever received. Comfortable and welcomed as part of the queer community. Thank you!

    6/26/2020
  • lorirro
    5 star rating

    The best dose of self care! This is how I wish all guided trips were!! Silke is simply wonderful! Our day out was the perfect experience for the times. Such a beautiful reminder about the necessity of simple time spent in nature. It was soul nourishing and I'm glad we all booked ourselves some self care during this time. Silke is kind, funny, in flow and a pleasure to be around. Totally trust her and her knowledge out on the water, and appreciate her easy flow. She kept the group light and the smiles coming. Thank you so much!!

    6/25/2020
  • 151siobhand
    5 star rating

    Kayaking must Silke made my group and I feel very welcomed. She was very patient with teaching kayaking techniques and lessons. Delicious lunch provided, beautiful day trip on the water with the views and different animals we saw! Highly recommended

    6/15/2020
  • liamloxton
    5 star rating

    Relaxing and Breathtaking Indian Arm is gorgeous and full of little surprises. You can do a lot in one day and I highly recommend this tour if you're looking to experience some of the best Vancouver has to offer.

    6/13/2020
  • TahlerLovell
    5 star rating

    Amazing! Booked an 8 person 3 hour Deep Cove Trip for my birthday! All beginners. Had an absolutely amazing time. Our guides were ready to go when we got there, so friendly and relaxed and made us feel so at ease and safe. We headed straight out after a quick but thorough safety talk. They got us all situated and comfortable in our kayaks. Really took great care of us. We stopped at a little beach for a snack and they brought me A BIRTHDAY SURPRISE. CAKE! from a little bakery near her home. Completely went above and beyond my expectations. Silke shared some really cool information about the land we were near. Truly felt like we were travelling with friends not guides. They were very patient while we all got our groove in the water. I will ALWAYS choose Wild Root Journeys for any future kayaking endeavors. Truly wonderful people.

    9/29/2019
  • Jocelyn M
    5 star rating

    Deep Cove day journey We booked Wild Roots for the Deep Cove day journey for my girlfriends bachlorette party. It was an amazing day! We saw tons of wildlife, and spent six hours Kayaking around gorgeous Deep Cove. We stopped for a provided lunch and all dietary restrictions were 100% accomodated. Lunch was healthy and we ate it picnic style on a beautiful island. Silke our guide was so knowledgable about the area, wildlife, and on Kayaking generally. We had some beginners and everyone felt safe, taken care of, and had a great time. We also had one pregnant participant and she was put in the Princess seat in a two person Kayak with our guide so that she could rest when needed and just enjoy the view. She loved it! Absolutely spectacular day. Cannot say enough good things about Wild Roots. Completely tailored our journey to what we were looking for. Amazing day, amazing guide, and it really was a journey worth taking! I would do it again in a heartbeat! And absolutely recommend it as a bachlorette event. Thank you Wild Roots!

    9/28/2019
  • Elise L
    5 star rating

    Awesome trip to God's Pocket! I absolutely enjoyed my trip in God’s Pocket. Silke and Elizabeth were amazing and totally in sync with each other; a total and complementary team effort! We were blessed with delicious meals, great equipment (kayaks and kayaking gear, tents, even stuff bags!), fascinating facts and comprehensive knowledge about the natural and indigenous world we were immersed in, and an all-round awesome feeling of being in this incredible part of the country. I have already recommended Wild Root Journeys to others and would not hesitate to join Silke and her team on another adventure …. soon I hope!

    9/27/2019
  • jodis610
    5 star rating

    Amazing Bowen Island Adventure Silke took our group of six out on a new route off of Bowen Island. She has amazing gear, patience, & expertise that made the afternoon really fun for all. The weather did not completely cooperate (it rained for much of the time) but Silke’s manner made it a great time. I highly recommend a trip with her. This was the second one for me and my teenage son..... hopefully there will be more.

    9/23/2019
  • 474bill
    5 star rating

    Fantastic day out! My Girlfriend and I went on the Deep Cove day out to celebrate her birthday and it was absolutely brilliant. Silke is a fantastic and knowledgeable guide who made it a very memorable day.

    9/08/2019
  • Cdnsolotraveller
    5 star rating

    Wonderful trip to the Broken Islands, BC I just came back from a trip to the broken Islands with Wild Root and can't recommend this company enough. Silke is a great guide, very knowledgeable and well-informed about the history of the area, how to minimize the environmental impact of our presence and how to travel in a respectful way on land that belongs to the Nuu-chah-nulth 1st Nations. She really added an educational element to our trip. Plus the area is gorgeous, and the experience of being in deep nature and on the water (and in the water. It's warm enough to swim) - truly profound. Plus 3 healthy and delicious meals a day + snacks. We were spoiled!

    8/16/2019
  • joanne l
    5 star rating

    4 day Broken Islands kayaking trip My husband and two teenage daughters had a wonderful and memorable kayaking trip with Silke. She got us motivated to paddle each day, showing us the nooks and crannies of nature in this very special place. I was grateful for her expertise and care. She pushed us to challenge ourselves physically, gave us a way to understand our surroundings, was able to very quickly note each of our strengths and cooked us delicious, healthy meals and snacks! What more can I say? At the end of our trip, as we were packing things away, we noticed a logo on her truck that said...."We offer guides with experience and heart." It summed it all up. We'll hopefully be back for more time with Silke soon. This was a trip we'll remember for a long time.

    8/09/2019

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