Wild 'N Queer - West Coast Island Expedition

1943 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

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Sep 9 - 11, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25
Wild 'N Queer - West Coast Island Expedition
1943 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

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Sep 9 - 11, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

Bring your colours to the sea – We’re going kayaking!

We’ll be exploring the world class Broken Group islands, an enchanting archipelago off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, near the famous surf towns of Tofino and Ucluelet September 9-11, 2019.

In 3 days, we’ll form a tribe of gay friends. Paddling together on the water amidst incredible bio-diversity.

We will explore temperate rainforest, white sandy beaches and paddle through turquoise waters amid an astonishing diversity of marine life. 

We will celebrate you ...

... In this beautiful place.

  • Nourishing and delicious local and wild food
  • Laugh, sing, swim, play, and enjoy good times
  • Hanging out around a campfire
  • Camping in comfy tents
  • And inspiring guides that honour you, and show you this beautiful marine ecology.

No kayaking experience is necessary; participants must be comfortable in and around water, in good enough shape for 4 to 6 hours of daily kayaking and some easy hiking. 

What to bring - Wild 'N Queer Checklist

What to bring:
• 4 polyester (quick dry) shirts
• 1 light fleece sweater
• 1 fleece jacket
• 1 or 2 pairs of light quick dry pants
• 1 or 2 pairs of polyester shorts
• An unreasonable degree of fabulosity (maybe a fabulous outfit for the campfire!)
• Shoes (sandals, sneakers, neoprene booties or rubber boots)
• Socks (not cotton)
• Underwear (not cotton)
• Warm hat
• Gloves
• Rain jacket & pants
• Rain hat
• Personal medication
• Swimsuit
• Water bottle
• Sun hat
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen/lip Balm
• Insect repellant
• Binoculars
• Headlamp
• Towel and toiletries
• Baby wipes
• Camera
• Sleeping bag (synthetic)

A word of caution – Please do not wear cotton clothes. We suggest quick drying materials like polyester, nylon, fleece or micro-fleece shirts.

If you have any questions or concerns – please let us know and we will do our best to help you.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

A CAD$300 deposit is due at time of booking. Full prepayment is due on or before June 30, 2019.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation made prior to June 30, 2019 will forfeit the $300 Non refundable, non transferable deposit. Any cancellations made after June 30, 2019 will forfeit the entire trip amount. We do recommend travel medical and trip cancellation interruption insurance. We are happy to provide a quote.

Trip Price: CAD$1199 + 5% GST tax = CAD$1259.00

Personal Travel Mgmt - Departures X Dean (BC Reg. 2806)

Suite 221, 8678 Greenall Ave., Burnaby, BC, V5J 3M6

TEL. 604.739.3622 X348

We operate in the traditional territories of the Musqeuam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Tseshaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, and Toquaht First Nations, and we work to create a good relationship with their cultures.

Waiver Forms

Upon Check-in each person will be required to fill out and sign a Liability Wavier Form before they are permitted to continue with any of our tours.

All tours and tour components are subject to change or cancellation due to sea, weather, or other conditions beyond our control.

Wild 'N Queer Scholarship

Wild 'N Queer Scholarship is an option for you to donate $300 towards another attendee's registration fee to help reduce the tour price for those that are under employed so they can have an awesome queer getaway with some amazing people in nature. It is part of our commitment in helping to make our trips as inclusive as possible.

What’s included

  • Kayaking equipment
    including sprayskirts and paddling jacket
  • Dry bags
    5 litre, 20 litre, and 30 litre dry bags per person
  • Laminated marine chart
  • Tent
    MSR Mutha Hubba 3 person tents
  • Cot
    Hellionx Lite Cot
  • Sleeping Pad
    EXPED Downmate Lite 5 sleeping pad
  • Helinox Chair
  • Tarps
    Tarps for kitchen and group sitting area
  • All kitchen equipment
  • Toilet Paper
  • A hand wash station
  • All safety equipment and
  • Sleeping bag (synthetic)
    Rental options available at checkout $16 (including GST)
  • Quick Dry Clothing
    Refer to what to bring check list - ensure your clothes are polyester / quick dry. Do NOT bring Cotton clothing
  • Sun Screen UVA/UVB
  • Insect repellant
  • Binoculars
  • Headlamp
  • Camera

Available options

Wild 'n Queer Scholarship - pay it fwd
Sleeping Bag Rental


Day 1 - Barkley Sound
MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2019 - Set up camp

We’ll meet at 1943 Peninsula road at the Canadian Princess Lodge & Marina for a playful icebreaker game to get to know each other a bit. Then we’ll load our gear and head out. The one hour water taxi ride will give us a glimpse of the rugged and breath-taking beauty of the coast and Barkley Sound. The water taxi will take us to one of the many sandy beaches within the Broken Group Islands. After unloading and sending off the water taxi, we’ll show you how to fit everything in to the kayaks. Our guides will do a safety pre-trip talk, explaining and demonstrating the fundamentals of kayaking. You’ll learn or review how to get in and out, proper sitting position, paddle techniques, what to do in an emergency and of course answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Then we’ll work together to launch the kayaks into the great blue!

Please ask questions, whether about safety, kayaking, the sea and wild life we encounter or the forest ecology. We want you to feel welcome and we want to feed your curiosity about this beautiful marine environment we’re visiting. Our guides have been working in this part of the world for many years and are very knowledgeable about kayaking and about the area.

Our itinerary will be determined by our group’s ability and weather. We are aiming to paddle 4-6 hours per day leaving plenty of time for fun activities, such as beach games, delicious snacks, relaxing and simply enjoying one another’s company. Beautiful nature and group photos are encouraged!

We want to make this a fun, comfortable, community trip. Our adventure shouldn’t be painful or too strenuous. We will stop for a lunch break and our guides will prepare a delicious meal while you kick back, relax and take in the surrounding beauty.

We will set up camp for the night at one of the 7 designated campsites with outhouses in the Broken Group Islands.

Once we arrive on our chosen site, our guides will point out all facilities and campsites and we will set up tents together. Snacks and hot drinks will be served after camp is set up. Dinner will be served between 6 and 7 pm. After a wholesome meal and dessert, we look forward to bonding through everyone pitching in to cleanup. All designated campsites permit campfires. Storytelling around the fire or enjoying time alone is your choice, but before we all say good night, we’ll have a quick briefing with the everyone about the next day’s schedule!

Your Organizer

Mister Whistler CC dba departuresXdean
Travel Curator + LGBTQ Tourism Consultant PERSONAL TRAVEL MANAGEMENT LTD. | departures X dean (BC Reg. 2806) 221-8678 Greenall Avenue, Burnaby BC V5J 3M6 Direct. +1.778.829.9747 | Toll Free 1.800.872.9080 EXT 348 Email. dean@departuresXdean.com | departuresxdean.com I acknowledge my place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish nations.