Coastal Bliss Adventures
In our hearts, we all live on the land. That is the real world. We take away the obstacles to experience what is real, to experience your bliss. We show you the way. That's Coastal Bliss Adventures.
Who We Are
Our Mission and Philosophy
The owners and guides at Coastal Bliss Adventures work to provide the highest quality of instruction and vacation experience for all its clients. We are professionals that consitently increase our training and knowledge to provide you with the best service in class. We are members and follow the standards of the Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides, Canadian Federation of Ocean Kayak Educators, the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.
We are committed to protecting the environment. We try to take as many aspects into account as possible to help preserve the environment. Although we practice Leave No Trace principles, we try to go beyond them. This means we have to think through all our operations at all times to try to consider every possible consequence of our actions.Some of the ways we work to be green:
- We transport people by group as far as possible (other tour companies have all guests travel farther on their own, using more fuel).
- We clean up beaches and trails as we go.
- We buy local or grow our own as much as possible.
- We recycle as much as we can.
- We limit fires on trips.
- We do as much electronically as we can, limiting paper use.
- We buy in bulk as much as possible to reduce packaging.
- We follow Leave No Trace principles.
Ultimately, we want our clients to have had a real experience along the way, to reconnect to something primal and awe-inspiring. Each trip is a journey, constantly watching, constantly moving forward, constantly renewing.
Who We Are
Coastal Bliss Adventures is a Vancouver Island company, founded in 2009 by Georgia Newsome and Gary Ward. We originally specialized on the West Coast Trail and other Vancouver Island hiking trails. After years of multi-day tours on Vancouver Island, we expanded internationally by founding Kilimanjaro Bliss Ltd. with Aristarick Benard Swai, a safari and Mt. Kilimanjaro guide, in 2016. In the spring of 2017, we expanded our kayaking offerings with our shop in our home of Cowichan Bay, starting Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre, moving closer to our original intention of being a kayaking company. We are happy to be serving more fully in our community. In the spring of 2018, we will begin operations in the UK with our Pembrokeshire Trails Tour in south Wales.
Georgia Newsome has worked as a guide for backpacking, kayaking, and canoeing for various adventure companies, over the past 15 years. She worked as lead guide with Sea to Sky Expeditions for 13 years and continues to work closely with its owner and other guides. Growing up in the New Forest, in England, Georgia developed a love for nature and the outdoors. First visiting Canada in 1989 she immediately knew she had found her home. She moved to British Columbia, where the Canadian wilderness spoke loudly to her passion for adventure and activity as well as nourishing her with its natural beauty. Georgia’s initial profession as a physical education teacher laid the foundation for the desire to share her passion for the outdoors with others. It set her on a path of knowledge and skill development to enable her to provide the best for the guests in her care. In 2007, Georgia started her own company, Georgia’s Strait Recreation, which focuses on skill development in a variety of sports and activities. In 2009, she founded Coastal Bliss Adventures Ltd. with partner, Gary Ward, focusing on multi - day adventures.
Gary Ward trained as a physicist and mathematician in the U.S., but found more interest in being an educator. After moving to Vancouver, his passion for experiential education took him into leading wilderness trips to deepen the learning experiences of his students. Following the idea of making life practical, he took a position in the UK teaching and managing at a college based on practical skills. These experiences led him to create a soap-making business, Quintesential Handmade Soaps, with partners in the UK. Since returning to North America in 2002, Gary spends his time teaching, guiding trips, and doing SEO and web design work. Gary has been leading trips since 1990 in BC, the UK, Greece, Italy, and Egypt. Gary is a certified sea kayak guide, a certified ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide, trained in Advanced Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater Rescue. He completed his MBA in 2016 from the University of Victoria.
Guides and Staff
We have a number of highly qualified guides that we trust who work with us on a part-time basis.