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Archipelago Village Kayaking Adventure
Event Details Section
altThis special singles only MMA kayaking tour is a 6-day (5-night) all-inclusive kayaking adventure focusing on the natural and cultural history of the northeastern coastal region of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  The following information provides a brief description of what you can expect see, learn, and experience on this fascinating journey of discovery and relaxation!   

Day Before

In Port NcNeill we meet at the front desk of the Black Bear Resort Hotel at 7:00pm.  The hotel is located at 1812 Campbell Way near the bottom of the hill, on the left side of the street as you enter town – you can’t miss it.  If you’re looking for accommodations we recommend the Black Bear because of it’s convenience and reasonable rates, and you can leave your car and belongings there for the week.  Book it with Meet Market Adventures and save 10%.

The purpose of this informal ‘meet and greet’ is to discuss the trip, possible paddling routes, weather forecast, and any last minute questions that arise.  We also hand out dry bags and show you how to pack and seal them up for the trip.  When you return to your hotel room you can leisurely pack your clothing and personal supplies for the adventure ahead.  If you are unable to attend this meeting please let us know ahead of time so we can make alternate arrangements for you.

Day 1
We meet in front of the Black Bear Resort in Port McNeill at 8:00am.  If you’re staying at another local hotel or B&B we’ll gladly pick you up in the Steller van.  We’ll drive in the van approximately 30 minutes to historic Telegraph Cove where we load the kayaks, gear, and equipment on to the water taxi.  Please DO NOT be late or we’ll miss the boat! 

Our water taxi ride takes about two hours and delivers us to Insect Island, deep in the heart of the islands making up the northern region of the Broughton Archipelago Provincial Marine Park.  Keep a sharp lookout because we regularly spot orcas, humpbacks, and porpoises from the water taxi!  Upon arrival we'll unpack, set up camp, and have a wonderful gourmet lunch on the beach.  After lunch your guides will provide you with basic paddling instructions before setting off for a short afternoon paddle. alt
Back at camp for the evening, your only responsibility is to relax and enjoy the beach, the forest, and the beautiful sunset.  Insect Island is the site of an ancient First Nations village site known as Kukwapa, where a variety of resources were processed including clams, fish, cedar and spruce, and land mammals.  The village was used by various First Nations groups over time, including the Kwiksootainuk, Tsawatainuk and Gwawaenuk.  This is where you’ll begin to learn about life on the northwest coast thousands of years before Europeans arrived. 
While you explore the forest and beach, or socialize around the camp, your guides will be busy preparing appetizers and a delicious gourmet dinner for your enjoyment.  As the evening winds down, we’ll enjoy dessert around the campfire, share stories, and talk about the next day's adventure.

Day 2 – 5
Over the next four days, we'll paddle a labyrinth of islands that is one of the most amazing kayaking experiences on the coast of British Columbia.  During the course of our explorations, we’ll paddle by several of the ancient Kwakwaka’wakw village sites in the region.  One such site is the world renowned village of Mimkwamlis on Village Island.  At Village Island we'll explore the remains of this 4000 - 5000 year old village first photographed by Edward Curtis at the turn of the century.  Mimkwamlis is also known by non-native people as the "Village of the Last Potlatch" and you’ll find out why this is a misnomer.  You will also see the remains of Euroamerican settlement, such as the school and tuberculosis clinic built at the turn of the century. 

We also visit Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound, which are home to the largest concentration of Orca whales in North America during the summer months.  The Orca are organized into closely bonded family groups of mothers and their offspring forming ‘matrilines’, extended families called ‘pods’ formed from families of genetically close relatives, and even larger groupings of families called ‘clans’ that share acoustic traditions.  There are 34 known matrilines totaling a few more than 200 members in what is known as the ‘the northern resident community’.alt

Adjacent to Blackfish Sound we visit Yukusam (Hanson) Island which is home to over 5,000 culturally modified trees. If time permits, we’ll hike through the rainforest to an interpretive centre known as the 'Earth Embassy' where you'll learn about the sustainable traditional practices used by the Kwakwaka’wakw in harvesting forest resources such as lumber for houses and canoes, bark for clothing and baskets, and plant parts for food and medicines.  These traditional practices are but one example of the richness and complexity of northwest coast culture in the region.  Along the way you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait, and the Coastal Mountain Range.

As we paddle through the Broughton's toward Johnstone Strait we'll also keep a sharp lookout for the humpback whales that frequent the area in increasing numbers over the last few years.  Johnstone Strait will take your breath away with its views of the glacier-carved mountains of Vancouver Island, its brilliant sunsets, and its magical evening displays of bioluminescence. 

Day 6
On the final day of our trip we'll enjoy a hearty breakfast and a few more hours of paddling as we head back to civilization.  Paddling north along the coast of Vancouver Island we often spot black bears foraging in the intertidal zone, so keep your eyes open!  
We reach historic Telegraph Cove near midday and have plenty of time to enjoy lunch together at the Killer Whale Café (not included in the tour) before heading back to Port McNeill.  We highly recommend that you do not make travel plans for this evening because, on rare occasions, wind in Johnstone Strait can delay our return.

Please note :

Our tours require about six hours of moderate exercise each day while the expeditions require six to eight hours of exercise, and some previous experience paddling or camping is useful but not necessary.

We recommend that you be in good physical condition if you want to participate in an expedition due to the extra energy necessary for loading and unloading your boat several times.  None of our trips require you to be a seasoned athlete however.  If you have special medical concerns you can always contact your doctor for advice.  Our guides are certified in Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

Your guides will be preparing all the delicious meals using fresh organic fruits, vegetables, dairy products, seafood, and baked goods to create wonderful gourmet dishes, hors d'oeuvres, and snacks.  We also serve organic fair trade coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juices and assorted teas with every meal.  Good food and nutrition is as important to our trips as charts and compasses and we’re certain that you’ll be delighted with our food! We are able to accommodate special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, non-seafood, and wheat-free and dairy-free diets.  There may be some things that we cannot provide if you are on a strict menu plan however.  When this is the case our guests often bring some of their own snacks, etc.  Feel free to call us and let us know if you have special dietary concerns and we’ll work out a special menu just for you. 

Looking for a deal on flights to Vancouver? Call us at 1.866.907.4006 or email travel@meetmarketadventures.com
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All sales are final and no refunds will be issued. If you cancel within the cancellation policy detailed in the event description below, a credit will be issued for the full amount that can be applied towards a future event. All trips are rain or shine with the exclusion of conditions deemed hazardous to your safety. If a trip is rescheduled due to unsatisfactory conditions, weather or double booking, a credit for the trip may be applied to any other trip for one calendar year. Meet Market Adventures is a social event company for singles and is not a dating service. Our events run on a first come first serve basis. We do not guarantee equal men to women ratios at events. We do guarantee that you will have fun and meet new people.

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Two Week Cancellation Policy. You must cancel two weeks (14 Days) prior to the event date. Meet Market Adventures will not be liable for lost or stolen articles during this tour or articles left after this tour. Any damage to the interior or exterior of equipment or venue which is caused by the individual signing up for this tour, is liable for the cost to repair any such damage as well as any cost for loss of the carriers service due to such damage. The driver and/or tour director has the right to eject any disruptive person who is abusive, poses a safety threat to other passengers, or any person who engages in the use of illegal substance. The act of signing up for this event makes the individual solely responsible for his/her safety while on the tour, at the completion of the tour and at all venues throughout this tour. In consideration of the right to participate in this event, the individual hereby assumes all risks, and will hold the owners operators, employees and agents of Meet Market Adventures Incorporated harmless from any and all liability, actions, debts, claims and demands of every kind and nature whatsoever. The terms hereof shall serve as a release and assumption of risk for my heirs, executors, and administrators for all members of my family including any friends accompanying me. The act of signing up for this event agrees that the individual, if intoxicated, will not operate a motorized vehicle after leaving the tour. The act of signing up for this event relieves Meet Market Adventures Incorporated, their employees, directors, vendors and contractors from any liability and responsibility for any claims for injuries, loss, damage, liability criminal or civil litigation for the individual arising out or relating to a tour.

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Consult each event detailed listing for specific cancellation policies.

All sales are final and no refunds will be issued. If you cancel an event within the cancellation policy detailed in the event description, a credit will be issued for the full amount that can be applied towards a future event. All trips are rain or shine with the exclusion of conditions deemed hazardous to your safety. If a trip is rescheduled due to unsatisfactory conditions, weather, double booking or any other unforeseen circumstances, an in-house credit for the trip will be applied to any other trip for one calendar year. Meet Market Adventures is a social event company for singles. Our events run on a first come first serve basis. We do not guarantee equal men to women ratios at events. We do guarantee that you will have fun and meet new people.

Photos will be taken at all Meet Market Adventures events. Some of these photos will be displayed on the Meet Market Adventures website. By attending a Meet Market Adventures event you agree that your photo may be published on our website. You also agree your photo or a likeness of you may be used for promotional purposes via video, print, or web, without compensation to you.

We may update our terms and conditions at any time, so please review it frequently. If we change our terms and conditions, we will post the revised version here.

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Tel: (416) 461 - 0096 / 1-866-907-4006

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