Kayak and Hike Family Outdoor Adventure

Dip your paddle into a sea of possibilities!

Outdoor family fun, kayak paddling, hiking and nature adventure! 

Hilary kids kayak shoreThis family-oriented program offers the perfect way to explore the fascinating ecosystem around us – paddling, hiking, swimming, learning and more!

Gabriola Island has so much to offer, with parks and public trails connecting the whole island and some of the best beaches of the Gulf Islands.

Your spirit will soar through full days immersed in the natural beauty of our island paradise, and the pleasant exertion from outdoor activity will rejuvenate your soul. Through it all, you will gain a deeper understanding of the world around you as we weave ancient stories and natural history with our signature invigorating style of experiential learning.

Our forest-based activities will revolve around the themes of survival, navigation and risk management. You will build a new sense of confidence in the outdoors.

Our kayaking activities will be designed to match the skills and comfort level of our group – from beginners to those who already love to kayak. No previous experience is required.

Over the five days, you’ll learn how to enter and exit a kayak with ease, practice balance, strokes and shoreline paddling techniques, and gain experience in both single (one-person) and double (two-person) kayaks. You’ll quickly hone your paddling skills and learn to glide almost effortlessly through the water. Many who have mastered paddling efficiency liken it to a Zen-like moving meditation.

  • Hilary paddle dipDay 1, plan to check-in at The Haven after 4:00 PM. Dinner will be served buffet-style from 6 - 7:00 PM in the Lodge, followed by an evening orientation to the program.
  • Days 2 - 4, we'll meet for breakfast at 8:00 AM and embark at 9:00 AM, explore the island until Noon, enjoy lunch at The Haven and relax until mid-afternoon. We’ll launch another excursion from 3 – 6:00 PM and return for dinner. On selected evenings we will enjoy guided sunset kayak tours, or paddles and swims amidst the bio-luminescence.
  • Day 5, we’ll have breakfast at 8:00 AM, enjoy a morning paddle or other outdoor activity, and conclude the program with lunch at Noon.

Sound like a magical week for your family?

We think so. We look forward to you all joining us!

Hilary kids in kayak

Program Leader

Hilary headshotHilary Masson has worked as a guide in the eco-tourism industry since 2003. Owning and operating two kayak companies since 2006, one on Gabriola Island and the other in Baja, Mexico.

As a sea kayak guide she shares her passion for natural history, ecology, and marine safety with all her groups. Facilitating groups in an array of settings in nature through hands-on experiential learning, exploration, and subtle risk taking. This method instills a sense of wonder and encourages playfulness, which creates an environment of deep connection to place, and connection to the group experience as a whole.

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