Ridgeline to Coastline #2:
Ridgelines to Coastlines is focused on developing skills related to moving through wild environments on and around Vancouver Island. The Ridgelines to Coastlines program begins by introducing a wide variety of outdoor skills throughout the Expedition days.
The hiking cohort will be hiking the Nootka Island Trail, following the rugged coastline of Vancouver Island’s west coast. The group will floatplane into the trailhead at Louie Bay on Nootka Island to start their hike. Campsites along the trail are often on beautiful beaches facing the swell of the Pacific Ocean. At the end of the hike, students will have the opportunity to visit Friendly Cove and meet the local First Nations community.
Throughout the cohort experience, themes of history and geography will be naturally woven in.
These days will be spent exploring and building skills needed to support safe outdoor adventures. From days hiking local trails to participating in a Survival Skills workshop at Goldstream Provincial Campground; the cohort will build a wide variety of outdoor skills leading up to their pursuit trip in June.
The cohort will culminate the year with a week long trip to Nootka Island, where they will explore the coastline and local First Nations history.
Jake McCloskey is not only a teacher but an important member of the Outdoor Education team. He holds his Wilderness First Aid certification and has guided numerous “outtrips” and activities in the wild! Fun fact: he has hiked the Juan de Fuca trail 14 times!
LINKS TO COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS:
An important element of the Experiential program is building strong relationships with local community members and businesses.
See links to those resources, businesses and community members below.
Ridge-line to Coastline cohorts spend a significant amount of time learning in Nature and exploring all that BC Provincial parks have to offer. From Expedition day #1: a hike at East Sooke Park, the survival training day Goldstream Park all the way through to the multi-day trek along Nootka Trail during the pursuit week, this cohort truly witnesses the beauty of British Columbia.