RIDGELINE to Coastline:


In this cohort you will focus on developing skills related to paddling through wild environments on the ocean off the east coast Vancouver Island, in the Johnstone and Georgia Straits. Expeditions will expose you to a variety of paddling opportunities where you will be introduced to a naturalist history of the local marine life.

The pursuit trip will be a six day paddling adventure in the Johnstone Strait. Kayaks serve as our means of transport through the world famous Broughton Archipelago. It is typical to have sighting of Humpback whales, Orcas, Dall's porpoise and bears. Along with chances to view incredible wildlife, students will have the opportunity to visit First Nations sites including an abandoned village as well as the modern community of Alert Bay. Students will also visit local businesses and the village at Telegraph Cove, and themes of history and geography will be tied in throughout the cohort experience.

Hard Skills: Environmental Stewardship, Navigation, Paddling (specifically Kayaking), Water Safety, Outdoor Survival



The expedition days will be spent developing skills related to navigation of our local waters by kayak, and exploring a naturalist history of our local geography and marine life.



This cohort will be spending the June pursuit trip on a six day expedition to the world renowned Johnstone Straight and Broughton Archipelago.



This cohort is being led by Peter McLeod and Jamie Pope. Both have extensive back country experiencing and lead the school’s outdoor education program.


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.