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Tidal Zone Treasures

Come on a guided kayak tour with us and you might spot some of these amazing tidal zone creatures!

Pictured here a beautiful flat blue porcelain crab and a moon snail.

Sea stars in the region have been affected by wasting disease, scientists believe it is caused by raised water temperatures, or pathogenic bacteria. The Northern Sea Stars (top) have recently been thriving in our local waters along with the Leather Star (bottom). It’s encouraging to see them doing so well this season!

Pictured here are two different types of anemones, there are an estimated 1,000 different species of anemones around the world in different oceans and depths.

Here one of our kayak guides Skylar is pointing out some squid eggs attached to seaweed in the Ganges harbor, the eggs take approximately 3-8 weeks to hatch dependent on the temperature of the water.

Above are sea cucumbers, they help to cycle nutrients in their environment and play an important role in the ocean’s ecosystem.

All our tour guides are trained naturalists and would be happy to show you a glimpse of the beauty the ocean has to offer. If you’re interested in seeing some of the creatures talked about here give us a call to book a tour during low tide, as that’s the best time to spot them. Come Adventure With Us!

 

 

 

 

4000 Adventurers Later… Thank YOU!

4000 Adventurers Later…

As our wonderful season draws to an end, we want to say thank you to everyone who came and “adventured” with us. We are honoured to have made memories for over 4000 guests this season. 

To all the Renters, thank you for allowing our equipment to check the box for “things needed” to make your adventure plans complete. 

To all the Guests who joined us on tours, thank you for letting us share our beautiful location with you, tell you why we are so passionate about our local wildlife and provide you with education about how to assist us in protecting them. 

To everyone else who walked through our doors, we are happy to have offered you with information and insight on how to plan your adventure on Salt Spring Island.

Thank YOU!!!

 

Chocolate Beach

Chocolate Beach located on Third Sister Island is one of the most popular destinations on our kayak tours. Chocolate beach gets its name from the chocolate lily that once grew there. The lily was used for food by the Salish people. The crushed white shells are also an important part of the islands history from when the area was used by Salish people’s as a gathering place to process shellfish. The shell-beach midden is more than two meters deep, and creates a white beacon in the distance signalling the location of this beautiful island. There is a magical trail that runs through the center of the island and you can also visit the quaintest little outhouse you ever shall see (built by some locals with permission from the islands owner) 

Join one of our Chocolate Beach Kayak Tours for your own experience to this breathtaking little spot in Ganges Harbour.

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Carpe Diem – “seize the day”

With just over a week before school starts, it’s time to book in the last few Adventures before the kids are busy at school. Finish the summer break off with a memorable adventure! 

If you don’t have any “back-to-schoolers” in your house, you could book your adventures into September as well because we are fully open right up until October.

Our whale watching tours are still seeing whales 100% of the time and we have availability every day for any of our kayak tours! We also have a variety of rentals to choose from: bikes, scooters, e-bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, a pedal boat and a canoe!

Give us a call and we can help you decide on the adventure that will work best for you!

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Bio-luminescence Tours

This year we have done an astonishing number of Bioluminescent Kayak Tours or as we call them “Bio Tours”. These guided kayak tours offer our guests a chance to see the wonders of nature late at night from the seat of a kayak.

Bioluminescence by definition is the biochemical emission of light by living organisms like fireflies as an example. What we are technically seeing in the water on our Bio Tours is Phosphorescence, which is typically caused by algae growth in the water. The various species of algae emit a brief bright light glow effect whenever they are activated by mechanical stimulation in the water.

Phosphorescence is similar to fluorescence except that it is more stable, so the energy is released over a longer duration, resulting in a glow after the light has been removed. This is similar to how glow-in-the-dark stickers work.

To learn about Phosphorescence and other interesting facts, join us on a Kayak Tour with one of our amazing guides!

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Clean Adventure Project:

Cleaning the Ocean, One Piece at a Time!

We want to do our part to help protect our beautiful environment, and we encourage you to join us in our fight for a CLEANER OCEAN!

We are collecting garbage on our adventures! Help us collect and keep our ocean clean!

Over the past year we have removed 55 pounds of garbage and 33 pounds of recycling from the ocean while on our adventures. That’s a total of 88 pounds of pollutants removed!

Of some of the more interesting items we have removed from the ocean are: a couch cushion, a half-filled leaking bottle of Power Steering fluid, a forest pesticide bag found on an indigenous site, a men’s steel-toed work boot, several plastic buckets, and countless plastic bags and beverage cans.

Interested in joining in us or learning more?! Check out some other resources:

  • Take 3 for the sea – “Take 3 pieces of garbage when you leave the beach, waterway… or anywhere and you’ve made a difference.”
  • SurfRider Foundation VI – “Surfrider is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground – the ocean, waves, and beaches that provide us so much enjoyment.”
  • 40cean – “One Ocean, One Mission. Let’s End the Ocean Plastic Crisis Together” 

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2000+ Adventurers This Year

We at Salt Spring Adventure Company want to say thank you to all of the 2000 plus guests who have chosen to adventure with us this season.

The orca in the picture above is helping us say thank you by jumping out of the water for joy 🙂

If you have not had a chance to join us for an adventure yet this year, there’s still time, give us a call and we’d love to chat with you about the multiple options for the adventure fun that we offer.

If you have already joined us this year, thank you and if you’re feeling like you need another adventure fix, let us know. We would love to help you go out again, maybe to try something different. Be sure to mention you joined us already when you book 🙂

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Whale Watching Boat FAQs

What kind of boat is it?

It is a 30 foot rigid hull inflatable. It has 4 padded bench seats that seat 3 people each (maybe 4 people if two of them are kids) for a total of 12 passengers. It’s an open zodiac style boat that goes up to 30 knots.

Do we provide snacks or water?

Sorry we do not provide snacks, you are more than welcome to bring your own (though we ask that you consider what types of snacks may work well on a fast moving boat) And as for water, we recommend you bring water along for yourself as we do not provide bottled water on our boat to minimize our impact on the whales by reducing pollution caused by single-use plastics.

Where do we go?

We will go wherever the whales are, travelling as far north as Vancouver, and south into the San Juan Islands. We are part of a whale spotting network that lets us know of the whereabouts of the whales so we know which whales will be best for viewing.  

How long are the tours?

The tours range from 3 hours to 5 hours. Most tours are typically 4 hours long. We want to give you an hour of time spent with the amazing marine wildlife and will travel up to 2 hours away to do so, and then 2 hours back which would result in a “rare” 5 hour tour. If the whales are really close, we may be back as early as 3 hours, though the majority of our tours are approximately 4 hours long.

What about a bathroom?

We suggest everyone use facilities on dry land before the tour starts, though if needed the boat does have a toilet for emergencies. It’s not a 5-star bathroom, though it is more spacious than an airplane lavatory and it “gets the job done”

Can I bring my toddler?

Sorry, our minimum age is 4 years old. We are unable to accommodate children 3 and under.

Will I get seasick?

We have very few guests who experience seasickness on our boat. It’s a very stable boat and we are fortunate to be protected by all the islands in the area. These islands provide shelter from big winds. Open water is where one may anticipate having big swelling waves which are more prone to causing seasickness. Our sheltered waters may get choppy at times in the wind but we have very minimal swell. If you are particularly concerned about feeling unwell, there are natural anti-nausea supplements available from most pharmacies, and we also sell anti-nausea bracelets that work by activating pressure points on the wrist to alleviate symptoms associated with seasickness. 

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Celebrate Transient Orca this Canada Day Weekend

The Transient Orca population is doing really well in recent years, and we have seen over 40 whales frequenting our region in the past few weeks. We have Whale Watching tours going out daily all weekend. Come join us on one of our tours to see these majestic mammals in our beautiful oceans. 

Whale watching tour Departure times:

Friday, June 28 @ 12:00

Saturday, June 29 @ 12:00

Sunday, June 30 @ 12:00(fully booked) and 5:00

Monday, July 1 @ 12:00

We also have all of our many other adventure options happening this weekend as well. Make this Canada Day weekend one to remember. Choose from scooters, bikes, e-bikes, paddleboards, canoe, pedal boat, and kayaks to rent. Or join us for a kayak tour with one of our lovely guides. 

Highlight your Canada Day celebrations with viewing the fireworks from the seat of a kayak on our Fireworks Tour. This 3 hour tour will paddle out to chocolate beach, enjoy the sunset, and then paddle back into the harbour to view the fireworks from the water. What a blast! 🙂  

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Happy Summer Solstice

As we celebrate the summer solstice tomorrow and today marks the last day of spring, we are in full swing here at Salt Spring Adventure Company, helping all kinds of wonderful people with their adventure plans. We have provided adventures to 900 people already this season and look forward to the many more hundreds that will join us this summer. If you don’t have any summer solstice celebration plans yet, come mark the start of summer with an adventure.

We offer an array of adventures such as, guided kayak tours ranging from two to six hours where you can check out beautiful Chocolate Beach on Third Sister Island, or head over to Prevost Island. If you’re feeling hungry, book our Gourmet Lunch Kayak Tour and have your tastebuds delighted with delicious local food prepared by your kayak guide. If you’re wanting to witness the magical transient Orca and Humpback whales or the adorable harbor seals and herons, hop on our twelve passenger zodiac! Or if slow and chill is more your style, rent a stand up paddleboard or two and head out to explore the calm waters of Ganges Harbour, whether you are a beginner or experienced the harbour is a beautiful place to explore in the warm summer months. We have lots of options to offer as we head into summer, give us a call to book your next adventure!

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