Wilderness Adventures for Women

Coast of Vancouver IslandThe Nanaimo tour company Adventuress Sea Kayaking has just posted its 2007 trip dates on its website. The season kicks off with a Discover Kayaking lesson ($40) on March 10, then a Mistaken Island Paddle on March 11, Newcastle Island ($60) on March 17, a Sea Lion Paddle on March 18, and a Spring Equinox Sunset Paddle on March 20. These trips are then repeated a couple of times a week until October.

The first multi-day adventure Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend ($170 including kayak, gear, camping equipment, food, and instruction) is on May 12-13, followed by an overnight Transformative Journey the next weekend. The trademark Adventuress tour is the four-day Broken Group Islands trip ($649), which is on June 22-25, July 5-8, July 21-24, August 3-6, August 21-24, and August 31-September 3. The Broken Islands tours sell out fast, so bookings should be made well in advance. A maximum of six guests is accepted on any tour, but Adventuress will run a trip so long as two or three people sign up.

To facilitate a sense of camaraderie among the participants, most Adventuress wilderness adventures are intended for women only. Men are accepted in some circumstances and couples should check with the operator. These kayak tours are a wonderful way to experience the pristine beauty of the waters off Nanaimo. No need to fly to Mexico for an unforgettable holiday! Previous kayaking experience is not required. For more information call Jan Kretz at tel. (250) 755-6702 or visit the attractive Adventuress website.

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