Nearly 350,000 ha (265,705 ha terrestrial, 84,242 ha marine), Clayoquot Sound was recently designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization). All of the current economic planning and resource management processes in the region are being led by, or directly involve, local First Nations (the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples) and non-aboriginal communities. The Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Charter serves as an encompassing policy statement, under which a mosaic of approved plans, policies and processes form the basis of management within the reserve. The Charter acknowledges local aboriginal title and rights, and does not prejudice ongoing treaty negotiations. The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, as the administrative cornerstone of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, provides logistics and co-ordination support for the promotion of research, education and training opportunities, and of healthy communities, in the biosphere reserve region.
Day 1: 12:30 am. We will launch on our adventure from the friendly West Coast village of Tofino at the kayak launch site where we will discuss kayaking safety principles. After a boat packing lesson we will begin our expedition with the trip to our home base for the next four days, the Vargas Island Inn. We will spend our first night at the rustic Inn, taking time to become more familiar with our equipment, discuss paddling techniques, and enjoy the sauna. Includes: (L), (D);
Day 2: An early breakfast and hot coffee before setting off for some morning paddling along the exposed coast of Vargas Island. We will lunch on one of the beautiful sandy beaches, taking time to capture photographs of the abundant wildlife and the awe inspiring open Pacific. After returning to camp at the Vargas Island Inn, we will enjoy a gourmet seafood dinner around a campfire as your guides relay their knowledge of the local native culture and history. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 3: We will visit Meares Island (site of the largest protest in Canadian history) to hike among the Ancient Cedars of the Big Tree Trail. As well, we will explore the rocky coastlines of the inlet in search of seals and other amazing wildlife. Perhaps we will have the opportunity to view some of the resident Grey whales that make their summer home in the Sound. Tonight we spend at the Cargas Island Inn relaxing in the beachfront wood fired sauna and enjoying a well deserved shower. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast we will break camp and commence our paddle back to the place it all began in the village of Tofino. After packing and lunch, we will head back south making stops along the way to drop off our new friends. Includes: (B), (L).
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