AREA & ACTIVITIES
Your West Coast Discovery experience begins in the beautiful Comox Valley where you will meet your group and prepare for the expedition ahead. From there, you’ll take to the water in the perfect vessel for exploring and discovering the coves, natural harbours, and islands in and around Clayoquot Sound – a sea kayak. Clayoquot Sound, declared by UNESCO a biosphere reserve, is a maze of small old-growth cedar-covered islands and protected inlets, rocky reefs, sandy beaches, deep fjords, and natural hot springs. You’ll travel in double or single sea kayaks learning and mastering many ocean travel skills: paddling techniques, ocean navigation using nautical charts and tide tables, and safety and rescue skills. In addition, you will take part in a private two-day surf camp on a remote beach, instructed by Catherine Bruhwiler, sponsored surfer and member of the world-famous Tofino surfing family, the Bruhwilers. As part of the surf camp, you will be given individualized instruction with your own board, wetsuit and booties, brought in by water taxi.
No prior camping or kayaking experience is needed. West Coast Discovery will help you become a competent sea kayaker and camper, learning many valuable wilderness skills including minimal impact camping, map and compass navigation, knots, emergency procedures for ocean travel and how to cook over a campfire. Course work for your high school credit will be done through these activities, group discussions and analysis, and daily journal reflections. This journey also includes a solo experience where you will prove your skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of the experience, your solo will give you the chance to reflect on earlier conversations from the expedition, absorb important realizations about yourself, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve you going forward.
To learn how fit you need to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here. To learn more about our high school credit click here. This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze or Silver Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice, and qualifying journey) as well as the Gold Adventurous Journey, or Gold Residential Project. For more info visit the Duke of Ed website here.
FUNDING & SUPPORT
Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist participants and their families with financial barriers to participation. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.