Interested in: West Coast: 1 Week Kayaking Journey (July/August)

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Outward Bound Canada

West Coast: 1 Week Kayaking Journey (July/August)


Run by Outward Bound Canada

About this Overnight Camp

  • Overnight Camp
  • Age 14 - 16 (Coed)
  • Specialized in Adventure (multi) and Leadership (multi)—offers 14 activities
  • 1 session date to choose from
  • Cost starting from $2,465
  • Busing not available
  • Special needs support available  

This camp is designed to build the following character traits:

  • Resilience: Participants will step out of the comfort of daily routines and into an adventurous and exciting, yet foreign and uncertain environment. Using the course's challenges, instructors will teach participants how to transfer the skills they learned to their everyday lives.
  • Interpersonal skills: Participants will create a strong sense of community with their peers as they travel through the wilderness, learning how to work together to accomplish daily tasks and make decisions.

Gain outdoor skills, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime as you navigate to the secluded coves and beautiful islands of this magic West Coast region. In this weeklong expedition, you’ll develop your leadership, teamwork and creative problem-solving skills, as well as learn the basic techniques of travelling by sea kayak. 

And make sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife as you paddle through gentle ocean waves: you may see sea otters, sea lions, many seabirds, and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot a whale or two!

Area & activities

This expedition will take you through the traditional territories of the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, who have inhabited the land since time immemorial. Your group will roam the islands and bays of the Pacific Ocean, camp on sandy beaches or on the edge of ancient rainforests, and enjoy epic west coast sunsets.

You’ll travel in either a solo or tandem fibreglass sea kayak through Class 2 waters (according to the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C.‘s definition). During the expedition, your instructors will teach you paddle strokes, self-rescue and rescue techniques, and basic nautical navigation, including knowledge of tides, currents and weather.

See a sample itinerary of the trip.

Learning outcomes

Our expert instructors will guide you through unique challenges that require your group to work together to solve problems, reflect on your journey, and discuss how to apply your skills and what you’ve learned when you return home. The course is designed to have a lasting and measurable impact in three key areas:

Improved resilience – Improve your mental and physical health and learn how to overcome challenges to succeed.

Better leadership and teamwork skills – Learn the skills you need to succeed in school, work and life by becoming more confident, cooperative and a respectful team member.

Stronger connection to nature – Develop a lifelong relationship with nature.

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Session Dates and Rates

Jul 29 - Aug 04. '24
Vancouver Island, BC
5200 Duncan Bay Main Line Rd


Special Needs Support

Mild Support       Specialized programming

  Autism Spectrum Disorder
  Down Syndrome
  Hearing loss
  Intellectual disability
  Physical Disability
  Tourettes Syndrome
  Troubled Teens
  Vision loss


  Recreational         Instructional      
  Intense or Competitive

  Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
  Leadership Training
  Mindfulness Training
  Social Justice
  Survival skills
  Wilderness Out-tripping
  Wilderness Skills


West Coast: 1 Week Kayaking Journey (July/August) is run by Outward Bound Canada.

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