About The Salt Spring Adventure Company Ltd.
The Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. is co-owned by Yvonne Poirier and Blair Angus, both Certified Marine Naturalists, passionate about the ocean and outdoors. They love to share their knowledge and educate people about the amazing local wildlife and ecology of the Salish Sea and Gulf Islands, as well as the history and present day threats to our local environment.
Co-Owner / Captain
Blair moved to Salt Spring Island to be surrounded by nature and the ocean, his true passions. As a Certified Marine Naturalist, he is devoted to learning about our coastal BC environment and loves taking people on marine wildlife or whale watching tours and sharing what he's learned about the wildlife, ecology and history of our local waters. Blair and Yvonne combined forces, merging his whale watching business into Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. in the summer of 2015.
Blair also has his SVOP and his MED-A2 Certificate. He has his Marine First Aid, his Commercial VHF Radio Certificate, and his Pleasure Craft Operator Card, as well as his Pleasure Craft Safety Check Examiner Certificate.
Co-Owner / Captain
studied through Guelph University, is a certified Assistant Overnight Guide
with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC,
is Advanced Wilderness
First Aid certified by Slipstream Wilderness First Aid and is CPR-C
by the Academy of Emergency Training. Yvonne worked as a kayak guide
and camp leader for multiple seasons with various companies in BC and one in Tasmania,
Australia, before taking ownership of Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. in 2013.
Yvonne has several years' experience working with youth in a recreation
setting, including 9 years involved with the Girl Guides of Canada. She
spent her childhood camping, hiking and kayaking on the mountains, lakes,
rivers of Canmore, Alberta, and has now been living on or beside the ocean for many years, developing a great appreciation and respect for it.
Yvonne has her SVOP and her MED-A2 Certificate. She has her Advanced Marine First Aid, and her Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certificate, as well as her Commercial VHF Radio Certificate, and she is a Certified Marine Naturalist. Yvonne has her Pleasure Craft Operator Card, as well as her Pleasure Craft Safety Check Examiner Certificate. She also has her Food Safe with the BCRFA, and her Serving It Right with the Restaurant
Beverage Service Program.
Yvonne and Blair were both active members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue on Salt Spring Island – both have had training in Advanced Boat Handling through the organization and completed 80 hours of on-the-water training specifically catered to Marine Based Tours and Whale Watching.
All our staff have been chosen for who they are: fun, good-natured, knowledgeable,
and experienced people. Our staff retain their Wilderness First Aid Certification
(including CPR), have been trained by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance, and are dedicated
to providing you with a safe and fun Salt Spring adventure.
The Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. offers your group the best possible equipment on the market. Our assets include 15 single and double kayaks (Necky and
Seaward), Nimbus Paddles, North Water safety gear, Stolquist PFDs and more.
The Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. strives to deliver safe, enjoyable, educational,
challenging and safe adventure programs. Notice we said safe twice.
The safety of our clients is always our principal concern. We are dedicated
in every way to sustainable tourism and we practice what we preach. On
every program we strive...
- To provide participants with avenues for learning and self discovery
- To help
participants realize the physical / psychological benefits of leading
an active lifestyle
- To promote ecological awareness and minimize our
impact on the local environment
- To aid participants in the development
of new skills and leadership qualities
Our Mission Statement
To provide customers with a range of high quality adventurous tours on Salt Spring
Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands. We are committed to supporting local business
and artists, while promoting healthy lifestyles and environmental awareness. We
are dedicated to providing our clients with a high level of professionalism and
service. And most importantly, we strive to have fun!
Our Community: Organizations We Support
As a company, we understand that ecological, sociocultural and
economic realms of our Global Society are intrinsically linked. The Salt
Spring Adventure Co., therefore, supports the following organizations:
Salt Spring Conservancy
We give 1% of our net profits
to the Salt Spring Conservancy, which is dedicated to protecting ecologically significant
and vulnerable lands on Salt Spring Island.
BC Marine Trails Network
We are a Business Member of the BC Marine Trails Network, which is a BC-based registered non-profit society dedicated to the creation of a marine network of campsites and access points along the coastline of British Columbia to ensure continued coastal access by kayak, canoe, and other non-motorized and motorized small boats.
Raincoast Education Society
The RES was established in 2000 with a
mission to help shape an environmentally sensitive future for the Clayoquot
and Barkley Sound region through education and community stewardship. The
is to enable citizens within and beyond the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region
to participate knowledgeably, effectively and responsibly in the work of
shaping this future for the region and for the planet.
Centre for Whale Research
We are a Member, supporting the Centre for Whale Research, which, for more than 40 years now, is dedicated to the study and conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population in the Pacific Northwest.
We are a Business Member of the Friday Harbour's (WA, USA) Whale Museum, which promotes stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.
Pacific Whale Watch Association
We are one of 36 Members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, committed to research, education, and responsible wildlife viewing. Member companies depart from 20 different ports in Washington State and British Columbia, taking about a half-million passengers out every year, creating critical constituencies for conservation.