Explore the enchanting destination of the Sunshine Coast's - Desolation Sound on the Salish Sea out of Powell River, British Columbia. September 23-28, 2020. The tour includes a two night hotel stay at gay owned and operated Old Courthouse Inn plus the 4-day Wild N Queer kayak expedition will venture into Desolation Sound, one of BC’s largest Provincial marine parks and is in the traditional territories of the Klahoose and Tla’amin, Homalco Nations.
The Wild N Queer Tour includes all the gear you will need for this unique adventure, locally handmade Seaward Kayaks, Werner paddles , a spacious MSR Elixer 2 tent, self-inflating sleeping pad, sleeping bag and liner to give you top of the line comfort while in camp and on the water. You will only need to bring personal items.
We will teach you the fundamentals of ocean kayaking, safety procedures and will stay together as a group. This tour will satisfy everyone from active adventurers to those seeking a more relaxed vacation. Our itinerary will be determined by the weather and needs of the group. This trip is fully catered. All your meals, snacks, desserts and hot drinks are provided.
The evening before your tour departs we would like to meet with you at our meeting point in Powell River, to give you your dry bags, try on paddling gear and go over any last minute details.
Mark Riser is a passionate queer outdoor educator and the founder of Wild ‘n Queer. He loves to connect gay people with local ecologies, inspiring people to explore Nature, swim and dive, hike, kayak, backpack, forage, fish, and hunt, sharing his deep love of these beautiful places with people from all walks of life. He is a SKGABC Certified Sea Kayak Guide (AOG) and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification, as well as training in bushcraft and wilderness survival. He holds a certificate in yoga studies from Bihar Yoga Bharati in India, and is a student of food-as-medicine and wild food cooking. He loves to sing and play the ukulele, inspired by the beauty of the places he calls home.
John Hermsen is the owner / lead-guide at Footprint Kayak & Hike Explorations, located in Powell River BC. John fell in love with Canada's west coast many moons ago, he left the Netherlands in 2006 to seek a new adventure on BC's Sunshine Coast. Certified as a SKGABC Level 2 sea kayak guide, he explored many areas up and down the west coast.
John loves to share the natural & cultural beauty of his favourite kayak destination: Wildly Beautiful Desolation Sound!'
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