Hesquiat - Day-by-Day Description
General description of the tour's destinations
(The following description is intended as a guideline and though the details of what are included remain the same, the order of events are subject to change. Contact us for pre & post-tour planning and arrangements)
The main locations for the Hesquiat & Cougar Annie's Garden tour are the city of Vancouver, which is the biggest city on Canada's west coast with a regional population of 2.5 million inhabitants, Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island and Boat Basin in Hesquiat Harbour.
Vancouver is a coastal seaport and the gateway to the Pacific. It has a very rich cultural tapestry with a vibrant art and music scene and is also at the forefront of the culinary revolution of local (the 100 mile diet) seasonal cuisine with an ever-increasing range of kitchen and market gardens. It boasts more green space than practically any other North American city, with 92% of its residents within five minutes of a park or playground and has some of the best swimming beaches anywhere. With the largest Chinese community outside of mainland China, it also has a rich Asian culinary presence offering an amazing range of tastes and savours. Vancouver is consistently named one of the top five worldwide cities for liveability and quality of life and is acknowledged as the first city to rank among the top-ten of the world's most liveable cities for five consecutive years.
Day 1 - Meet and greet in Vancouver and transfer to Hi Hostel near Jericho Beach in Kitsilano. Collective swim followed by picnic dinner on the beach or in a nearby restaurant.
Day 2 - Outfitting for bicycles for a full day of cycling. Sites will include Granville Island Market, the Science Centre, English Bay, Stanley Park and the seawall...lunch at Granville Island Market, dinner at Sophie's Cosmic Café.
Day 3 - Transfer to Tsawassen ferry terminal to take the ferry to Salt Spring Island. Setting up camp at Ruckles Park. Exploring and sharing the first collective meal prepared by all.
Day 4 - Full day of nature training with local naturalists. Camping at Ruckles Park.
Day 5 - Full day of island visits and nature training with local naturalists. Camping at Ruckles Park.
Day 6 - Full day of island visits and nature training with local naturalists. Camping at Ruckles Park.
Day 7 - Departure for Bamfield via Nanaimo, Cathedral Grove and Port Alberni. Setting up camp on Brady's Beach. Picnic dinner around the campfire.
Day 8 - Application of wilderness skills for foraging and cooking. Wood collection and assignment of daily chores. Orientation and exploration of Bamfield with swimming and beachcombing.
Day 9 - Fishing for wild salmon, black cod, rockfish, crabs and shrimp for a traditional west coast feast. Learning to make 'bannock bread'.
Day 10 - Foraging and picnic hike to Kiixin', the ancient village of the Huu-Ay-Yat group of the Nuu-chah-nuhlt people.
Day 11 - Visit of the Marine Science Centre followed by a hike and swim at Sarita Falls.
Day 12 - Pizza bread day. Everyone participates in making dough and seasonings and helping to split wood for the oven.
Day 13 - Drive from Bamfield to Nanaimo to get ferry back to Vancouver. Night at the Hi Vancouver hostel and final farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 14 - Transfer to airport or bus terminal for departure. (Contact us for your pre and post-tour travel plans)