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What Our Guests Say

  • We truly had a fantastic hike! We appreciate all the organizing and coordinating in making it a wonderful time. Thank you for all of your lugging and slugging! It was an unforgettable time!

    --Carol, Carla, Liz, (Ontario) and Sabine (Austria)
  • I also very much appreciated both your help (and patience!). It was definitely an incredible trip and one I won't ever forget.

    --Tracy, British Columbia
  • The guides were very very professional and I felt very safe in terrain which is different from North Yorkshire. They produced meals from those rucksacks which my husband thought I was pulling his leg. We did see some envious looks from fellow campers too.

    --Kate, Scarborough, Great Britain
  • Thank you for an excellent West Coast Trail trip. I really appreciate all your hard work and guiding skills. It is what made the trip so memorable.

    --Kevin, Northwest Territories
  • We had a great time and all the aches and pains were worth it!! By the time we got back to my house we were feeling great. Elaine felt very proud of herself. Anyhow, I think you are amazing guide and I hope we didn't wear you out!

    --Denise and Elaine, Calgary

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The Tour

We are offering three kayak fishing adventures in conjunction with SKILS (Sea Kayak Instruction and Leadership Systems): one freshwater adventure and two saltwater adventures.

Fresh Water Kayak Fishing Level 1

Learn the basics of kayak fishing in protected waters.  We will target mostly rainbow trout and cutthroat trout.  The course balances fishing tactics and techniques with paddling skills and basic safety techniques.  Gain in 2 days what could take several years of trial and error to learn.  Increase your fishing success while saving time, money and frustration.
This course is designed for anglers and kayakers who want to learn how to fish from a kayak.  No previous fishing or kayaking experience is required to take this course.  The instructor will adapt the course to the range of skills and experience of the participants.
Dates: May: 10 -11, 2014
Location:  Cowichan Lake
Cost: $300 + Tax
Ages: 16 & up
Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: No previous skills required.
Canadian Fresh Water fishing licence required.

Saltwater Kayak Fishing - Level 2

2014 Dates: 
Sept 19 - 21, (3 days / 2 nights)
Location: Ucluelet/Tofino, BC
Course Cost: $450 + Tax

Learn intermediate to advanced skills for fishing in coastal waters.  We will focus on several techniques for targeting Coho, Chinook, Ling Cod, Sea Bass, and Halibut.  Fishing techniques and tactics are balanced with seamanship (navigation, weather interpretation, etc.), and kayaking skills such as boat handling, rescues and safety.
This course is designed for fishers and kayakers who want to use a kayak as a fishing platform on coastal waters.  The instructors will adapt the course structure and contents to meet the needs of the students.  September is prime fishing in these areas for Chinook and Coho salmon.  Other fish in the area include various species of cod, black sea bass or black rock cod.  This expedition promises to be heaps of fun and fish’in, led by local kayak and kayak fishing guide, JF Marleau.

Ages: 16 & up
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate Paddler/ Beginner to Intermediate Fisher
Prerequisites: Canadian Saltwater Fishing License including Salmon tags required.

Registration questions?  Contact us: coastalbliss@shaw.ca

N.B For all the courses and expeditions, the clients will be charged for lost or damaged gear.

 

 

 

 

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Itinerary

Itineraries will vary, depending on the adventure.

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What's Included

Coastal Bliss provides the essential elements of a great experience for you:

West Coast Trail sample menu
  • See the description above.

We can't provide everything. You will have to provide:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Some food
  • Your transportation to the departure location
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Some gear available for rent

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Getting There

Departure locations: Cowichan Lake and Ucluelet

If you are travelling into the Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo area from afar, you should arrive at the departure location for your trip the day/evening prior to the trip start date and plan to leave the day following trip return.

You can fly to Vancouver (airport code YVR) or Seattle (airport code SEA) then connect to Vancouver Island using ferry, bus, or air, or arrange flights directly to Vancouver Island.

Flying to Victoria (Airport code YYJ)

Flying to Nanaimo (Airport code YCD)

Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service.
Servicing all of Vancouver Island from airports to ferrys to cruise ship terminals.  Tel: 1 250 758-2133

BC Ferries 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
We will let you know the ferry to take for travelling to Vancouver Island, but if you want to check out times, you can go the the BC Ferries website at:
www.bcferries.com/schedules/

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Where to Stay

Victoria Pick up & Airport Hotels
Pick up: Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal, or the following Accommodations near the ferry or airport:

Travelodge Sydney Airport Hotel
Travelodge may offer Coastal Bliss Guests a lower rate per night (ask us for the discount code before you book) and is an easy place for us to pick you up/drop you off before and after your tour with us.
2280 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC, CA, V8L 1X1
Phone:1 250 656 1176
Fax: 1-250-656-7344
Reservation: 1-866-656-1176
info@airporttravelodge.com
http://www.airporttravelodge.com/

Hotel Zed
Hotel Zed is near downtown Victoria, but not right downtown. It has built up a very good reputation and has reasonable rates. Ask for Coastal Bliss Adventures Special Room Rate when making your reservation.
3110 Douglas Ave. Victoria, BC, CA, V8Z 3K4
Phone:1 250 388 4345 Or 1 800 997 6797
victoria@hotelzed.com
https://www.hotelzed.com


If you are staying in Victoria after the tour, consider these near downtown Victoria accommodations:

The Strathcona Hotel
Address: 919 Douglas Street, Victoria B.C.
Phone: 250.383.7137
Website: http://www.strathconahotel.com/TheHotel.aspx

Ocean Island Inn
Address: 791 Pandora Ave. Victoria BC, Canada
Phone: Toll Free 1.888.888.4180
Website: http://oceanisland.com

Travelodge Victoria
229 Gorge Road East
Victoria, BC V9A 1L1
(250) 388-6611
Toll-Free Reservations: 1-800-565-3777
travelodge.com

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Preparing

How you prepare for your adventure is important. Being well prepared will enhance the quality of your experience. Because we are travelling in wilderness, it is very important for you and for the rest of your adventure group that you are fit enough to handle the level of difficulty and demand with no problems. Our guides know how to minimize the impact of these demands as much as possible, but they cannot remove them. The depth of your experience can only increase if you have made sure that you have prepared well.

Your preparation will be different for different activities. Preparing for a kayak trip is different from preparing for a hiking trip. We have provided some basic information that can be downloaded through the following links to pdf documents. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download it from the Adobe site by clicking here.

Use the links below to download some of the preparation files for this hiking tour. When you book your tour, we will send you a complete preparation packet to help you get ready. We've also included a couple of infographics to help you along.

 

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This option is available for those who really want to do this hike, but a normal pack weight would make it a deal breaker. A sherpa can take a large part of the pack weight, but not all. The sherpa also personally assists you along the trail and in camp.
Beginner plus: Some adventures are for complete beginners, others require some experience with fishing and kayaking.