Wood Water Stone

start city
Vancouver, Canada
duration
14 days
tour operator
Magnolia Travels
tour type

Immerse yourself in the rugged wilderness of the Pacific Northwest temperate rainforest and island archipelagos

We’ll take you to an expansive world of the raw elements - far from the bustle of the modern world and cares of your daily life. Be prepared, the perspective you gain from this trip may change the way you see the world forever.

We’ll spend five days hiking the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail situated directly on the islands pacific coast. This trail alternates between pebble beaches strewn with driftwood and excursions into the epic old-growth coastal rainforest. Very big, very old trees are the anchor for a forest ecosystem of giant ferns and moss. It's a sea of green - and everything is alive. Previous participants have reported the sensation of actually walking inside another living being - and research has shown that these rainforests do indeed regulate their own environment - including temperature. You wouldn't be the first to be reminded of the the works of Tolkien or other fantasy worlds. We’ll carry our accommodation strapped to our backs and camp nightly on the beaches with a breathtaking view of the ocean and the rugged Olympic mountains across the straights.

On day 6 Billy will make his usual dramatic splashdown in his de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter seaplane.  You’ll have an overview of the archipelago on the flight over to Ha'thayim on Cortes island where our kayaks will be waiting. We’ll embark for 6 days of sea paddling and camping, threading through the wild islands to the town of Campbell River. We can expect to have some curious seals as paddling companions - and on a few trips we’ve been blessed with visits by the local Orca whale pods.

We’ll cushion your culture shock upon returning to civilization with a last weekend together in Victoria, capital of British Columbia. High tea and crumpets anyone?


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