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Trip Dates

Adventuress is open from March to the end of September with covid-safe guidelines in place for the safety of our guests and staff.  So if the weather is fine and you feel like paddling, give us a call!   If you wish to kayak on an alternative date from those listed, feel free to call and reserve a time more suitable for you.

Book your own private tour, no additional cost!  Bring your friends, family members, or work buddies and create your own tour.    People are already starting to book their 2023 multi-day tour for their  group.   It is best to reserve early to get the dates you want for your group’s availability and the dates are still open with Adventuress….the season goes fast!! Call Jan to reserve 250.755.6702 or 1.866.955.6702 (toll free) or adventuress@shaw.ca.

March 2023
This month is especially good to come on a Sea Lion Tour.  The herring are running and sometimes we can see up to 300 sea lions (and more!) on the haul-out.  They cavort and play and swim the waters to feed on herring. A great family tour!   As always, Adventuress adheres to wildlife viewing protocols keeping our distance to minimize impact.  Along with our sea lion tours, we also have our 3.5 hour Mistaken Island Tour where we paddle around the Island to view an islet where the Pacific Harbour Seals haul-out.  We stop at a local park and people bring a lunch and we enjoy the views.   Rentals are also available  starting this month if you have ocean kayaking experience.

 Training starts the season off  with our Discover Kayaking  lesson… a 2.5 hour gentle introduction to the sport of kayaking on March 12.  We have brought back our 15 hour Seamanship & Trip Planning Course to meet in person on 5 Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:30 in Nanaimo.  This in-depth course covers weather, tides & currents, chart reading, navigation and trip planning.  Come join fellow paddlers and get a head start on planning your kayaking trips this summer.

It is still early in the season, so feel free to e-mail and book your choice of tour if it is not listed or to paddle on days that a tour is not listed.

Sea Lions in Nanoose

Sea Lion Kayaking Tour

1                        Sea Lion Tour
1                        Seamanship & Trip Planning Course #1
2                        Sea Lion Tour
3                        Sea Lion Tour
4                        Sea Lion Tour
5                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
6                        Sea Lion Tour
7                        Full Moon Howl
7                        Sea Lion Tour
8                        Sea Lion Tour
8                        Seamanship & Trip Planning Course #2
9                        Sea Lion Tour
10                      Sea Lion Tour
11                      Sea Lion Tour
12                      Discover Kayaking Lesson
13                      Sea Lion Tour
14                      Sea Lion Tour
15                      Sea Lion Tour
15                      Seamanship & Trip Planning Course #3
16                       Sea Lion Tour
17                       Sea Lion Tour
18                       Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
19                       Sea Lion Tour 
20                       Sea Lion Tour
21                       Sea Lion Tour
22                       Sea Lion Tour
22                      Seamanship & Trip Planning Course #4
23                       Sea Lion Tour
24                      Sea Lion Tour                 
25                      Sea Lion Tour
26                       Sea Lion Tour
27                      Sea Lion Tour
28                      Sea Lion Tour
29                      Seamanship & Trip Planning Course #5
29                      Sea Lion Tour
30                      Sea Lion Tour
31                      Sea Lion Tour

April 2023 
We can have wonderful weather here on Vancouver Island in April.  Getting a head start on Spring.  Our launch locations are tidal dependent, so times will vary according to when the tide is high.  As well, these are suggested tours each day.  If you would like another tour on a particular day, please call  or e-mail to arrange.  If that tour is not already booked, we can change it to another tour. Celebrate Easter with your family and join us for the Sea Lion Tours April 16th.   Double kayaks are available for parents to paddle with younger ones in the front.

Want to know the ins and outs of planning your own kayak trip? Join us for this virtual Trip Planning 101 for Paddlers session which runs for 2 Saturday mornings April 1 & 8th from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Time to gear up for lessons and training.  We begin our lessons with the 2.5 hour Discover Kayaking lesson on 15th… a gentle introduction to the sport of kayaking.  On April 22nd, we offer our full day Paddle Canada Certified Course for Beginners.  See Lessons for more details.

Fabulous Friends Weekend

1                  Trip Planning 101 for Paddlers #1
2                  Sea Lion Tour
3                  Sea Lion Tour
4                  Sea Lion Tour
5                  Sea Lion Tour
6                  Full Moon Paddle
7                  Sunset Paddle
8                  Trip Planning 101 for Paddlers #2
8                  Sunset Paddle
9                  Sea Lion  – Happy Easter!
10                Sea Lion Tour
10                Sunset Paddle
11                Sea Lion Tour
12                Sea Lion Tour
13                Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
14                Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
15                Discover Kayaking 
16                Sea Lion Tour
17                Sea Lion Tour
18                Sea Lion Tour
19                Sea Lion Tour
19                Sunset Paddle
20                Sunset Paddle
21                Sunset Paddle
22                Paddle Canada Certified Basic Sea Kayaking Course
23                Sea Lion Tour
23                Sunset Paddle
24                Sea Lion Tour
25                Sea Lion Tour
26                Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
26                Sunset Paddle
27                Sea Lion Tour
28                Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
29                Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
30                Sea Lion Tour
May 2023

This is the last month for the Sea Lion Tours as they leave our waters for their mating grounds.  So if you haven’t had a chance to come and enjoy the paddle across the bay to see them, now is the time. The tours here are suggested and can possibly be changed if not already reserved.  If you have experience and want the freedom of exploring on your own, enquire about rentals of Adventuress’ boats and gear.  See here for Rental Information.  Since many dates are open in May right now, feel free to book a tour of your choice on any day. 

Kayaking with Adventuress Sea Kayaking

Nature’s Art Galley.. in the Gulf Islands

2                        Sea Lion Tour
3                        Sea Lion Tour
4                        Sea Lion Tour
5                        Sea Lion Tour
5                        Full Moon Howl
6
                       Sea Lion Tour
7                        Sea Lion Tour
8                        Sunset Paddle
9                        Sea Lion Tour
9                        Sunset Paddle
10                      Sea Lion Tour
11                      Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
12                      Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
13                      Discover Kayaking
     
14                      Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
15                      Sea Lion Tour
16                      Sea Lion Tour
16                      Sunset Paddle
17                      Sea Lion Tour
17                      Sunset Paddle
18                      Sea Lion Tour
18                      Sunset Paddle
19                      Sea Lion Tour
19                      Sunset Paddle
20                      Sea Lion Tour
20                      Sunset Paddle
21                      Sea Lion Tour
21                      Sunset Paddle
22                      Sea Lion Tour
23                      Sea Lion Tour
23                      Sunset Paddle
24                      Sea Lion Tour
24                      Sea Lion Tour
25                      Sea Lion Tour
26                      Sea Lion Tour
27                      Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
27                      Sunset Paddle
28                      Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
29                      Sea Lion Tour
30                      Sea Lion Tour
30                      Sunset Paddle
31                      Sea Lion Tour
31                      Sunset Paddle

Contemplative Time in the Broken Group Islands

June  2022… working on 2023 dats…
Ahh.. summer is here… time for a much needed getaway?  Try out Gulf Islands Getaway… 2 days of kayaking and one night at a marine Park.  Dates are June 29 &30th.  Fun trip… call us to book or email Jan at adventuress@shaw.ca.  Tour details sent upon enquiry.

Welcome Families … we have double kayaks to accommodate younger members or to paddle with a friend. Open for day tours.. try our 2 hour Seaside Tour, Sunset Paddle or our 3.5 hour Mistaken Island Lunch Tour where we paddle over to see the Pacific harbour seals… you pick!

Paddle into the Sunset… come join us for these beautiful, relaxing tours…. most evenings… call to book.  June 20th marks Adventuress’ special Solstice Evening Paddle, where we will mark the longest day of the year.  Bring Dad out kayaking on Father’s Day.  Make it a family affair… Sunday, June 19th.  Howl at the Moon on June 14th.
Start the summer off with adventure!  Join us for our 3 day Gulf Islands Escape June 25-27.  

To be determined for 2023… For all of you adventurous women… check out Adventuress’ Women in the Wild Kayaking Skills and Paddling Adventure.  This 5 day trip is based in the fabulous Broken Group Islands in Pacific Rim National Park. We have paired an intensive Kayaking & Camping Skills and Seawomanship component with a Paddle Canada Certification in either Basic or Level 1 Sea Kayaking, depending on your skills and experience. Take your learning to a whole new level.  This is also open to complete beginners who are adventurous and want to learn in real ocean conditions!! As of this time, we still do not know if the Broken Group Islands will be open this year, as it was closed last year in respect of First Nations.  If interested, please email Jan at adventuress@shaw.ca to keep you updated.  We may change locations and to later in the season if this year if BGI remains closed.  See here for more info.   

In Adventuress’ Skills Department:  Now is the time to get yourself out there and learn so you can enjoy the rest of the paddling season.  More lessons to be had. Try our full day Paddle Canada Certified Basic Course for Beginners (June 11 or 12th) or our fun, introductory 2.5 hour Discover Kayaking lesson on June 11 during the day or  we have switched to early evenings so more people can take advantage of it (14, 16 & 28).  Take it up to the next level!  For those with some skills and experience already, sign up for our Paddle Canada Certified Level 1 Sea Kayaking Course done over a weekend… more skills & knowledge, more on-water practice, more fun!!  Offered on the weekend of June 18 & 19th.  Looking to hone in on some specific skills? Adventuress is offering a 4 hour in-depth Rescues & Safety Clinic on June 5th.  Keep safe out there!   Always a good thing to practice your wet exits and re-entries.  We have lots to share and you have lots of time to practice!  How about taking those navigation skills from theory to the water?  Join our On-Water Navigation Clinic on June 4th.   Or new this year… combine a Paddle Canada Basic Certification with a Camping Skills designation on June 21 & 22.  See Lessons for more details.

1                       Sunset Paddle
2                       Seaside Tour
2                       Sunset Paddle
3                       Seaside Tour
3                       Sunset Paddle
4                       Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
4                       On-Water Navigation Clinic
5                       Seaside Tour
5                       Rescues & Safety Clinic
6                       Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
7                       Seaside Tour
8                       Seaside Tour
9                       Seaside Tour
10                     Seaside Tour
10                     Sunset Paddle
11                     Discover Kayaking Lesson
11                     Sunset Paddle
12                     Paddle Canada Certified Basic Sea Kayaking Course for Beginners
12                     Seaside Tour
12                     Sunset Paddle
13                     Seaside Tour
13                     Sunset Paddle
14                     Discover Kayaking Lesson (early evening)
14                     Full Moon Howl
15                     Sunset Paddle
16                     Seaside Tour
16                     Discover Kayaking Lesson (evening)
17                     Seaside Tour
17                     Sunset Paddle
18                     Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
18 & 19th         Paddle Canada Certified Level 1 Sea Kayaking Course
19                     Father’s Day Family Fun
20                     Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
20                     Solstice Evening Paddle

21                     Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
21                     Sunset Paddle
22                     Seaside Tour
23                     Seaside Tour
23                     Sunset Paddle
24                     Seaside Tour
24                     Sunset Paddle
25 & 26            NEW THIS YEAR!  Paddle Canada and Camping Certifications… 2 for the price of 1!
25                     Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
25                     Sunset Paddle
26                     Seaside Tour 
26                     Sunset Paddle             

27                     Seaside Tour
27                     Sunset Paddle
28                     Seaside Tour
28                     Discover Kayaking (early evening)
29 & 30             Gulf Island Getaway
29                     Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
29                     Sunset Paddle
30                     Seaside Tour
30                     Sunset Paddle

July 2022… working on 2023 dates    
     
The days are hot and the paddlin’ is fine!  Bring out your local friends and family to enjoy our West Coast lifestyle…on the ocean!  Come howl at the moon on our Full Moon Howl on July 13.  We schedule a Sunset Paddle most evenings as generally the winds are down and the sky lit up in those beautiful West Coast colours of blues and pinks.  Tours leave daily… call to reserve.   These are suggested tours, so feel free to call and arrange the one you want if they aren’t already booked.  Tours are tidal dependent so times vary according to the tour and the day you choose.  Have paddling experience and know how to self rescue?  Check out our rentals and explore the area on your own… comes with laminated chart showing where the wildlife and beaches are and dry bags for your swim suit and lunch.

Yearning to get some Nature therapy… take a breath and have some quiet?  Then join us for the Gulf Islands Escape… 3 days of paddling the magical Gulf Islands and two nights camping. July 4-6.

Or for something more adventurous… join our inaugural God’s Pocket Paddling Adventure trip leaving from the northern part of Vancouver Island July 11-14.  Wild and beautiful!   

Adventuress’ Skill Department:  The Discover Kayaking lesson on July 7th is a gentle introduction to kayaking 2.5 hours in length; a great way to start out. We are also offering evening times on July 18 & 26 for those who can come after work and enjoy the summer evenings.  For those wanting to increase their kayaking skills, join us for a full day Paddle Canada Certified Basic Sea Kayaking Course for Beginners on July 1st, 2nd or 23rd.  Take your skills up a notch and join us for the 2 day Paddle Canada Certified Level 1 Sea Kayaking Course on July 16 & 17.    Next on our list to support those paddlers who wish to practice water safety, learn new techniques for rescuing themselves and others, is our 4 hour in-depth Rescue & Safety Clinic on July 9th.   Give us a call 250.755.6702 or send us an e-mail adventuress@shaw.ca to reserve.  See Lessons for more details.

Adventuress Sea Kayaking

Family Kayaking Fun!

1                     Happy Canada Day! Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
1                     Paddle Canada Certified Basic Kayaking Course for Beginners
1                     Sunset Paddle Tour
2                     Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
3                     Winchelsea Islands Tour
3                     Sunset Paddle
4                     Seaside Tour
4                     Sunset Paddle
4-6                 Gulf Islands Escape Tour
5                     Seaside Tour
6                     Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
7                     Seaside Tour
7                     Discover Kayaking Lesson
8                     Seaside Tour
8                     Sunset Paddle
9                     Rescues & Safety Clinic
9                     Discover Kayaking Lesson
9                     Sunset Paddle
10                   Seaside Tour
10                   Sunset Paddle
11-14              NEW THIS YEAR!!  God’s Pocket Paddling Adventure
11                   Seaside Tour
11                   Sunset Paddle
12                   Seaside Tour
12                   Sunset Paddle
13                   Seaside Tour
13                   Full Moon Howl
14                   Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
14                   Sunset Paddle
15                   Sunset Paddle
16-17              Paddle Canada Certified Level One Course
16                   Sunset Paddle
17                   Seaside Tour
17                   Sunset Paddle
18                   Seaside Tour
18                   Discover Kayaking (evening)
19-21              Gulf Islands Escape
19                   Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
20                   Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
21                   Seaside Tour
21                   Sunset Paddle
22                   Seaside Tour
22                   Sunset Paddle
23                   Paddle Canada Certified Basic Course for Beginners
23                   Sunset Paddle
24                   Seaside Tour
24                   Sunset Paddle
25                   Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
25                   Sunset Paddle
26                   Seaside Tour
26                    Discover Kayaking Lesson (evening)
27                   Mistaken Island Lunch  Tour
27                   Sunset Paddle
28                   Seaside Tour
28                   Sunset Paddle
29                   Seaside Tour
29                   Sunset Paddle
30                   Seaside Tour
30                   On Water Navigation Clinic
30                   Sunset Paddle
31                   Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
31                   Sunset Paddle  

August  2022    … working on 2023 dates…
August is busy!!  So call to request your tour or join us on one of our daily tours.  Want to Howl at the Moon?  Just us for our Full Moon Paddle on August 11th.  We have double kayaks for younger family members to kayak with an adult or if you just want to paddle with a buddy. If you have experience, rent kayaks and go exploring on your own… lots to see! Rentals come with instruction, your boat and gear, dry bags and a laminated chart to show you where all the beaches and wildlife are.

Multi-day Adventures…Need some time out and only have a couple of days to spare?  Try our 2 day Gulf Islands Getaway… paddling the islands and camping with fabulous views to the mountains on Vancouver Island on August 30 & 31st… how good does it get!!  Register now to save your seat(s).. bring your family and friends!

New this year – Women’s Transformative Journey by Kayak – August 24-27.  Adventuress – Wilderness Adventures for Women goes back to her roots from 2008.  Yes, that is when we first did this insightful and deep experience in the wilderness.  Email Jan at adventuress@shaw.ca for more information. 

Skills, Lessons, Courses and More…Are you Kayak Kurious?  Want to see if you would like it?  Try our Discover Kayaking lesson… a 2.5 hour gentle introduction to kayaking on August 10th in the evening or 16th during the day.  Or book yourself in with some friends or family on another date.  For something more in-depth Adventuress offers our full day Paddle Canada Certified Basic Course for Beginners on August 13 & 28th. Increase your skills and self confidence and join the 2 day Paddle Canada Certified Level 1 course.  It is recommended for those with the Basic certification or skills and knowledge as a pre-requisite… lots to learn and lots of fun on August 28 & 29th.  We also book additional dates for courses per request, so do check in with us as we may have additional dates. Upgrade your rescues and safety skills.  Join us for a 4 hour clinic on August 3rd.  

Day tours everyday…email  Adventuress@shaw.ca to book your favourite!

1                          Seaside Tour
1                          Sunset Paddle
2-4                      Gulf Islands Escape
2                          Seaside  Tour
2                          Discover Kayaking Lesson
3                          Rescues & Safety Clinic
3                          Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
3                          Sunset Paddle
4                          Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
4                          Sunset Paddle
5                          Seaside Tour
5                          Sunset Paddle
6                          Seaside Tour
6                          Sunset Paddle
7                          Seaside Tour
7                          Sunset Paddle                        
8                          Seaside Tour
8                          Sunset Paddle
9                          Seaside Tour
9                          Sunset Paddle
10                        Seaside Tour
10                        Discover Kayaking Lesson
11                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
11                        Full Moon Howl
12                        Seaside Tour
13                        Paddle Canada Certified Basic Sea Kayaking Course for Beginners
13                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
13                        Sunset Paddle
14                        Seaside Tour
14                        Sunset Paddle
14 & 15               Paddle Canada Certified Level 1
15                        Seaside Tour
15                        Sunset Paddle
16                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
16                        Discover Kayaking Lesson
17                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
18                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
18                        Sunset Paddle
19                        Seaside Tour
19                        Sunset Paddle
19-21                  Gulf Islands Escape Tour
20                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
20                        Sunset Paddle
21                        Seaside Tour
21                        Sunset Paddle
22                        Seaside Tour
22                        Sunset Paddle
23                        Seaside Tour
23                        Sunset Paddle
24-27                   NEW!!  Women’s Transformative Journey by Kayak
24                        Seaside Tour
24                        Sunset Paddle
25                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
25                        Sunset Paddle
26                        Seaside Tour
26                        Sunset Paddle
27                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
27                        Sunset Paddle
28                        Paddle Canada Certified Basic Course for Beginners
28                        Seaside Tour
28                        Sunset Paddle
29                        Seaside Tour
29                        Sunset Paddle
30 & 31               Gulf Islands Getaway
30                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
30                        Sunset Paddle
31                        Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
31                        Sunset Paddle

Paddling Beautiful BC

September 2022   …working on 2023 dates
Beautiful paddling weather.. a fine time of year to kayak a 2 or 3.5 hour day trip. The California Sea Lions are slowly making their way back to their fall and winter home here as the month progresses.  Our last multi-day adventures for the season… don’t miss out!  Join us for the 3 day Gulf Islands Escape on Sept. 2-4.  We are paddling the fabulous Broken Group Islands in Pacific National Park Reserve Sept. 14-18.  Join us for the once in a ilfetime trip!
Just a beginner and want to check out kayaking?   Join us for this introductory Discover Kayaking 2.5 hour lesson on the 5th.  No experience necessary.  Didn’t get that training in this summer that you wanted to? We still have courses running… try our full day Paddle Canada Certified Basic Sea Kayaking Course for Beginners on Sept. 7th. and a Paddle Canada Level 1 on the 24 & 25th.  Always need to practice those wet exits and rescues.  Contact Jan and we will get you out there.  

Tours upon request as well, so pick your fav and give us a call to reserve.  These are suggested tours, so if not already booked, you can change to another tour.  And most evenings, we can run a Sunset Paddle, so feel free to email us to reserve.  Savour these last days of summer weather, enjoy our fabulous Nanoose and area views and wildlife.
Please note that due to a staff shortage, we are closing early this year.  We hope to paddle with you another time.  

1            Seaside Tour
1            Sunset Paddle
2            Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
2            Sunset Paddle
3            Paddle Canada Basic Certified Sea Kayaking Course for Beginners
3            Mistaken Island Lunch Tour
3            Sunset Paddle
4            Seaside Tour
4            Sunset Paddle
5            Discover Kayaking Lesson
5            Seaside Tour
5            Sunset Paddle
6            Seaside Tour
6            Sunset Paddle
7             Paddle Canada Basic Certified Sea Kayaking Course for Beginners
7            Seaside Tour
7            Sunset Paddle
8            Seaside Tour
8            Sunset Paddle
9            Seaside Tour
9            Sunset Paddle
14 – 18   Broken Group Islands Paddling Adventure  ( 1 seat left)       
24 & 25 Paddle Canada Certified Level 1 Sea Kayaking Course (1 seat left)

We are now closed for the Season until March 2023.  Happy Holidays Everyone!