Boots & Brews
**Due to public health concerns, transportation is no longer included with this tour. Guests will need their own vehicle, and will follow their guide from each location**
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 meet at the BC Transit Park & Ride in front of the Sooke River Store and then head to The Sooke Potholes Park to explore the beautiful riverside ecosystem. After about an hour of hiking, we'll leave the park and 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.
After a quick stop to pick up lunch from Road to Sooke Cafe we'll head to 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 Salish Sea 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.
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.
$75 per guest. 2 guest minimum.
*Tastings & Offsales are NOT included with tour price*
Tea in the Trees
The fresh spring growth of many plants and trees can be collected and enjoyed as a wild tea. They may be dried for storage or enjoyed fresh. It's a comforting way to connect further with the natural world and the friends you're sharing the pot of tea with.
As we hike I'll identify the various plants I use for my wild tea blend. I'll pick us enough for a pot of tea, boil some water on a small burner, and steep the wild ingredients right in front of you! Fresh muffins will be served with tea because my wife runs her own cafe and makes such tasty goodies!
On our hike back to the starting point, I'll give each guest a small zip-lock bag so you can pick a small bag of tea ingredients to enjoy another cup or two later in the evening.
This workshop hike can be hosted in many locations, on an easy trail or somewhere more challenging. Send an email to find out more.
$50 per guest, 2 guest minimum
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
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.