By Land & By Sea
Experience both sides of the wild West Coast over one amazing day!
A guided hike through the beautiful Sooke Hills with The Natural Connection, and a 4-hour sail along the shores of Sooke with Starlight Sailing Adventures. Both parts of the tour are offered by members of the local community, and by the end of the day you'll feel like a local yourself. The hike destination will be chosen by your guide, dependant upon your fitness level and what you would like to see in the region.
Backpacks & Water bottles provided for the hike, with lunch catered from the Road to Sooke Cafe.
*Transportation included within the Sooke area.*
$170 per guest (2-4 guests only)
Cannabis Culture Tour - Weed in the Trees
If you haven't heard the good news, as of October 17, 2018 Cannabis is legal for recreational use all across this great country! Around these parts though, marijuana and hiking have gone together like PB&J for much longer. For those looking to enjoy the calming effects of this herb, the peaceful nature of....uh... nature... only serves to amplify that effect, man.
Although legal, the regulatory system is not fully in place yet, and this new industry is tough to understand. Which can be worrisome for those visiting from abroad. Some shops have closed awaiting government approval, and some continue to flout the law and are open without full approval. Some cities like Victoria & Vancouver have been issuing Business Licenses for Retail Cannabis outlets for much longer than it has been legal, which has put us on the crest of the Green Wave sweeping the country.
Before your hike, we'll stop in at a couple dispensaries so you can see how this new business model operates, and make purchases if you are 19+ with approved ID. Some shops may require you to fill in a Membership Application before purchasing.
I have been a marijuana consumer & activist for many years, watching the evolution of acceptance over the past 20 years. It's been an interesting ride for this plant, which has managed to avoid inflation; $5 joints and $10 grams are still the standard. Although legalized across the country, each province is handling things a little differently, and the culture of acceptance here on Vancouver Island is not a reflection of the attitudes across the country.
Smoking of marijuana and tobacco is currently prohibited in our local parks, so we will find a peaceful place to partake without bothering any other people.
$75 Per Guest - Not including dispensary purchases
Boots & Brews
You bring the boots, I'll find the brews! This full-day multi-stop tour gives you the chance to explore some highlights of the Sooke area.
We'll start with pick-up at your front door and make our way to The Sooke Potholes Park to explore the beautiful riverside ecosystem. After about an hour of hiking, we'll make our way to our first brewery stop, at Sooke Oceanside Brewery. Guests can enjoy a small sample or a tasting board with 5oz glasses of a few brews. Off-sales are available for purchase.
Our next stop will be at Bad Dog Brewing. The smallest commercial brewing operation in Sooke, Bad Dog is built inside of a re-purposed 2 car garage, but they still produce enough beer to be found on many liquor store shelves.
After Bad Dog, we'll drive further down the coast and stop to view Sheringham Lighthouse, built in 1912 this National Historic Site on the Juan de Fuca Strait still functions as a navigational aid. Our last hiking stop will be Sandcut Beach just 10 minutes further down the road. After some time to enjoy the seashore, we'll make our way back to Sooke and wrap up the tour at Sooke Brewing Company.
If guests would prefer we could swap any of the brewery stops for a stop & tour at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery or Sheringham Distillery. Sheringham's Coastal Gin recently won "Best Contemporary Gin" at the World Spirits Festival.
Lunch for the day is catered from The Road to Sooke Cafe, with a delicious baked treat, a cup of locally-roasted coffee (or tea, latte, ect ect) and a healthy sandwich on freshly baked sourdough. We'll stop in Sooke to pick up lunch on our way, and can eat at the cafe if time permits.
$100 per guest (2-4 guests only). 20% discount if pick-up and drop off in the Sooke area with group of 2-4.
*Tastings & Offsales are NOT included with tour price*
Avatar Grove & Big Lonely Doug
This tour has a lot of drive time (2.5 hours from Victoria), so be prepared for a bit of a road trip. The drive is quite scenic, and we'll stop to take in the views and grab some coffees along the way. We'll pass through the towns of Sooke, Shirley & Jordan River on our way to Port Renfrew. The forest and ocean views along the way are worth the trip, but the road is pretty rough! We can stop for fresh air along the route if anyone is prone to motion sickness.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Ancient Forest Alliance Avatar Grove in Port Renfrew has been saved from the axe & saw and now has a fantastic trail to make this experience more accessible year-round. It's hard to believe much of the work has been done through fundraising and volunteer efforts, as the trail through the grove is outstanding! Stairs, boardwalks and viewing platforms make this a very accessible park, while limiting the damage that can be done to the ecosystem with a well used trail.
After stopping at Avatar Grove we will visit Big Lonely Doug, the second largest Douglas Fir tree in North America! Which, sadly, stands alone in the middle of a clear-cut. This gives you a unique opportunity to stand back from a tree this large to get a better sense of its relative size.
$100 Per guest (2-4 guests only)
**A donation of $5 per guest will be made to the Ancient Forest Alliance by The Natural Connection to help their preservation efforts across the province**
Office stress running high? Friction in the band? Coaching a team and want to help them bond? Flex-day Friday at work? Come together as a group by challenging each other to summit one of the more difficult mountain trails around Victoria and discover how strong you are with teamwork and positive encouragement!
I'll consult with you to create a day suited to your team, we can all meet somewhere close to the office after work. A healthy lunch can be catered for each hiker, backpacks and water bottles as well.
Max group size is 8 hikers. My rate for this kind of adventure is flexible, please inquire with your group details.