Specialty Kayak Trips
Each year, we offer a few specialty kayaking opporunities. These expeditions follow the same routes and principles as our other scheduled kayak trips; however, they also feature a guide with a particular skill, or a group with a shared interest or connection.
Assistant Overnight Guide Training Course with SKILS
April 19 - 28, 2019 | $2800
Green Coast and SKILS are offering a 10-day SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Training Course - Paddle Canada Level 2 skills. This is one of the requirements to work alongside a Lead Kayak Guide in B.C., and is an incredible opportunity to advance your paddling skills. There are no prerequisites to participate in this course, nor do you need to have ambitions to work as a kayak guide in the future. We encourage anyone with an interest in paddling to join!
This year, the first few days of the course will be based out of Queen Charlotte. The group will then travel down to Gwaii Haanas, for an immersive 8-day field based portion.
Please note that in order to become a certified Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide, SKGABC requires you to obtain a 40-hour Wilderness First Aid course, CPR - C and a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) for VHF Radio. For more information refer to their website.
Gwaii Haanas Guest House Trips
May 2019 Trips | $2400
May is one of our favourite months to explore the southernmost parts of Gwaii Haanas. Early in the spring, wildlife makes a prolific appearance as creatures from all corners of the globe descend on Haida Gwaii’s nutrient-rich waters. People, by contrast, remain few and far between leaving our group with quiet moments at one of the area’s most celebrated Haida Heritage Sites: SGaang Gwaay.
This year, we have decided to bookend our southern-bound May trips with time at the Gwaii Haanas Guesthouse - as the weather can be cooler and rainier this time of year. The guesthouse is located in Rose Harbour, a tiny settlement at the southernmost part of Gwaii Haanas, located on the site of an abandoned whaling station. Our hosts, Patrick and Oi, have built a home here which they graciously welcome us into. Meals are served communally. They are almost entirely sourced from the greenhouses and ocean - and often feature flavours from Thailand. Rooms have either a double or two single beds, and there is a shared common area where we gather around the wood stove. Completely off-grid and accessible only by boat or float plane, this accommodation is an unimaginable and unparalleled wilderness experience.
Mindfulness & Personal Growth With liz wouters
July 21 - 28, 2019 | $2400
Join Liz Wouters, Haida Gwaii facilitator and coach, on a kayak adventure focused on mindfulness and personal growth. This intimate group of up to seven guests will explore the northern route, following the same principles and practices as other Green Coast trips. However, as a group, you will also deepen your awareness through periods of silence, guided meditation, dream-work and individual coaching session.
Liz’s work and life are influenced by training and practices in Soulcraft; Wild Mind and Dreaming (Animus Valley Institute); and the Process-Oriented Psychology approach to conflict, body symptoms, and dreaming (Process Work Institute). Authentic Movement, 5 Rhythms Dance and Improvisational singing has led her deeper into embodied presence. Over the years she has found transformational experiences in the Sacred Sites of Egypt, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Israel. Liz is certified in coaching, conflict resolution, adult education and was a former registered nurse. “I continually thank the whispering winds, gentle sunshine, powerful ocean, cleansing rains and embracing forests for reminding me who I truly am!”