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TRAK Tour - DeCourcy Island Group: Summer Dates, 2023

Join TRAK in a world renowned paddling destination! The gulf islands of Vancouver Island is a paddler’s mecca! This Gulf Island trip is an excellent opportunity for those people who have some multi-day kayaking experience who are looking to refresh & refine their paddling and seamanship skills.

TRAK’s approach with this Gulf Island tour is to provide high-quality informal skills development while also allowing you the down-time to really take-in all the beauty that these islands have to offer.

  • Country: Canada
  • Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights
  • Skill Level: Beginner

What we're going to do 

Your TRAK Pilot will determine the best route based on their assessment of the weather forecast and everyone’s experience level and goals.  The following islands are likely to be visited on this trip. De Courcy Island, Ruxton Island, Valdes Island, and Reid Island.

The sea kayaking skills that we focus on during this trip are dependent on the previous experience that participants possess, while clarifying and delivering a program to help paddlers realize their future aspirations.


 

Tour Itinerary

Expedition Plan:

  • This is an instructional multi-day expedition, participants can expect informal instruction, no certification will be provided on this trip.

      Route and itinerary will be dependent on weather conditions as well as the individual and group goals.

      Register for a TRAK Guide Call to discuss which of our Gulf Island Experiences is best suited for you. 

     


    Your Guides

    This trip is lead by TRAK Pilots

    This gulf island trip will be facilitated by 1 or 2 of our local Vancouver Island based TRAK pilots, depending on the number of registered participants. Our TRAK Pilots are experienced leaders in the outdoor industry. Participants will be invited and encouraged to attend an online orientation call 30 days in advance of the trip departure date. This online meeting will be an opportunity for you to meet & greet  your guide(s), head coach at TRAK as well as fellow expedition participants.

    Sign up for an orientation call for more info!  

    Reviews

    Chelsea Josue

    “It was very exciting to be around such a culture of people and find myself on the open waters of the wild pacific coast with such an inviting and welcoming group, in these amazing high-performance kayaks. Never in my wildest dreams would those few basic skills that we learned on the first day, would progress to where we went today.”

    Chelsea Josue

    Natalie Kelly

    “That was really fun. He just broke it down… It’s funny when you have someone take the time to go through things that might be natural. He broke down the surf process into little bitty pieces that made me way more comfortable. I would have never just dove in and done that on my own.”

    Natalie Kelly

    Francie Petit

    "The best decision I made, once I got my TRAK kayak, was to join two trips. I was able to go from a beginner kayaker to an intermediate one in no time, thanks to the assistance of professional TRAK Pilots and the fun skill-building in pristine settings, like the Gulf Islands. I highly recommend joining TRAK in the Gulf Islands - not only did my kayak skills progress but I found a new family with TRAK!"

    Francie Petit


    Where we're going

    • Valdes Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.

    What you'll learn

    • Boat control skills
    • Paddling Strokes
    • Self & Assisted Rescues
    • Expedition packing & planning
    • Various aspects of Seamanship. i.e weather, navigation, tides, and chart reading, etc.

    What's included in the tour

    We'll provide everything you need once the tour starts, until it ends. You may want to bring your favorite PFD, paddle, and your own TRAK kayak if you have one.

    A comprehensive packing list will be shared upon trip registration.

    • An experienced sea kayak guide
    • All group expedition equipment
    • Three meals a day including hot drinks + snacks
    • Hard shell kayaks & TRAK Kayaks for your use
    • Skills-training equipment & materials
    • Quality coaching and instruction
    • Drybags for storing your personal items
    • High quality Big Agnes tent & comfortable sleeping pad

    Not included

    • Transportation to Nanaimo, BC
    • Sleeping bag
    • Gratuities
    Summer, 2023

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