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A GREAT TIME to come and see some WHALES!!

Spring is in the air, and our local Ocean is Teeming with life these days!!

We have been out on some spectacular trips lately, and have seen some amazing whale and marine animal sightings!!

4 days in a row this week, we saw Orca Whales & Humpback Whales on the same tour!! Our Sea Lions are around for the Spring, and they are so much fun to watch, and our Harbour Seals & Bald Eagles are everywhere!

 

The sunshine is finally out, so come out and Adventure with us!!

Getting Geared Up for Spring Fun!

We at Salt Spring Adventures are getting pretty excited about Spring and all the fun that comes with it! The flowers are blooming, the garlic is pushing it’s green shoots up, Spring is in the air!

We have had some great tours lately. The kayaking has been beautiful & the Whale Watching spectacular! We have been seeing Orca & Humpbak Whales almost every day lately!! Our Seal Lions are still around for Spring and they are a ton of fun to watch, and our Harbour Seals & Bal Eagles are plentiful!

Come get a head start on FUN with us and book a kayak tour or Whale Watching Trip with us. Grab a bike and head out on a fun adventure around Island, or book ahead for your summer adventures!

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Thank You For Adventuring With Us!

As the last day of August ends, we want to say THANK YOU to everyone who chose to adventure with us this past month! We have had over 1400 people adventuring with us! Over 450 kayakers, 450 whale watchers, 150 cyclists, and another 350 joining us for other various adventures. We have had a fantastic month, and could not have done it without YOU.

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Welcome to our FUN ZONE

We have lots of fun here at Salt Spring Adventures, which makes the job really enjoyable for all our staff and subsequently, we want all of our guests to have an equal if not more enjoyable experience on any of the adventures they choose to join us for. Whether it be: going on a guided kayak tour with one of our fantastic guides, renting a couple of bikes and hitting the road, paddling in our harbour on some stand-up paddle-boards as either a “never-tried-it-before” or a “more-seasoned” paddle-boarder, or joining one of our captains on either a laid-back relaxing sailing charter, or witnessing the majestic beauty of our local marine life such as killer whales, humpbacks, porpoise, and seals from the seat of our zodiac…… we want you to have a fun adventure, and that’s why we call ourselves an adventure company. Its just what we do! So, if you are an adventure seeker or are looking for some fun, you’ve come to the right place! We can help you with your next adventure plans!

One of our kayak  guides, Jo having a blast on our whale watching boat with Captain Blair

One of our kayak guides, Jo having a blast on our whale watching boat with Captain Blair

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I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike…

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One of the many adventures we can help you with is cycling. We have a variety of adult bike sizes available for renting and they are all well maintained and in great shape. Our bikes are awaiting to accompany you on your next cycling adventure.

Cycling on Salt Spring Island is a great way to tour the island at a more intimate level. The winding roads, and beautiful scenery are worth the effort for the hills you will encounter on your journey. There are many destinations that are attainable via bike and the art studios sprinkled about are all delightful to explore.

While its true that Salt Spring has many big mountains in the south that are great enjoyment for keen cyclists who love the challenge, we also have a hill-friendly north side to our island that is great for cyclists of all skill levels.

And, for a breathtaking view of the northern most point of Salt Spring Island, a small detour from the main road heading north will take you to a 250 Degree lookout of the surrounding islands.
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More than just watching whales.

While the focus of our daily excursions is visiting the whales we know and love, on our outings we experience much more than just cetacea. Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, Ospreys, Seals, Otters, and a variety of Dolphins and Porpoises are only a few of the species we frequently have the privilege to observe. The wide range of biodiversity across the Cascadian archipelago is truly awe-inducing, and there is no feeling quite like the one conjured while gazing out across our waters.

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Aside from the plethora of marine and aquatic life observed, one will have a lasting impression of the beauty and serenity that surrounds the Gulf Islands.  The lush green landscapes and lack of development provide an evident allure to those seeking the charms of Island Life. The clean air and abundance of good-will keeps even the slickest of city dwellers  for an extra night (or with plans to return!). One trip out on the water with us and you will be planning your retirement! Educational, aesthetically pleasing and exciting, our tours capture the essence of our Temperate Rainforest and leaves one with a desire to, “Get away from it all.”

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The incredible view of the Olympic and North Cascade mountain ranges, the Sun setting over the water, or the light touch of the sea breeze upon the skin are minutiae that make the experience of Whale Watching more than just watching whales.

 

 

 

Stand-Up-Paddleboards: Simple yet effective

While the use of the Stand-Up-Paddle Board, (Hoe he’e nalu in Hawaiin) is an ancient practice, it is only in recent years that is has become as popular as it is. In 2013 a survey found that Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding as more first-timers than any other water-sport in the United States that year!

Whether you’re paddling for recreation, fitness, racing on lakes and large river, surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids, SUP Yoga, and fishing. The list goes on. There are even reports of warriors using the Paddle Board to enter enemy territory quietly during war time!

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The health benefits are numerous and noticeable right away. Paddle Boarding has you to standing in an upright position on the board, which requires the use of core muscles and leg strength to maintain balance. Leg muscles will be hard at work attempting to stabilize your center of gravity, while the arms, back and shoulders are used to propel the paddle Board in the water. The core, back and abdominal muscles are constantly at work to maintain your upright position. (Or for those of us who want to use a little less effort, sitting or kneeling on the boards is also an equally enjoyable experience)

Science has shown that simply being out on the water is calming and can reduce stress levels. We know that engaging with nature can have a positive effect on your mental health and help improve yourself in most, if not all, areas of physical fitness. Where better to soothe yourself with the effects of nature than on our slice of paradise, beautiful Salt Spring Island? From local attitudes to local wildlife, you will be blown away by what the Island has to offer.

 

 

 

Why We Whale Watch

We call it whale watching, not whale disturbing. We want our guests to have a memorable experience that involves close encounters with our local whales, however we don’t want this experience to be at the expense of our whales. Our company is a member of the Pacific whale association that has set its own rules of giving the whales lots of space so as to not disrupt their communications with each other. Our mission would be that as many people as possible have a desire to care about the future of these majestic mammals and that in having the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat, there is more passion to protect their environment.

To see whales in there natural environment is something magical and touching. We have come so far from only 20 years ago, when we were still capturing and killing our precious orcas in our local waters.

Come Adventure With Us! Watch and learn all about the environment and animals around us!

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Kayaking Rain or Shine

After weeks of less sun than our usual Sunny July weather….. the sun has returned to us here at Salt Spring Adventures, and that means seeking outdoor time is high on most people’s minds. We had lots of fun these past few weeks, with over 25 kayak tours, despite the rain. Kayaking in the rain is it’s own unique enjoyment as the waters tend to be really calm and with the right gear, the rain need not dampen your spirits!

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As for those of us who really prefer to soak in the rays of the sun. Seize the moment now and plan an adventure. Now the right gear looks more like sunscreen and hats, rather than rain jackets and sweaters. Regardless of what the weather holds, we can help you plan the right gear for your next adventure be it on the water or on the land.cp1

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It is almost time to see those Amazing Whales again!

We are putting all the finishing touches on the boat as I write this, getting all geared up for the next Whale Watching Season, which is right around the corner! We are getting whale spotting reports already, they are back to stay and play in our local waters for the summer, and we are ready for another Amazing season!

We will have the luxury of spotting our newest members to our local Orca pods this year. We had so many new calves last summer it is hard to keep track of them all!

The humpbacks have come back to our local Salish Sea over the last few years, and I think we will be fortunate to have another summer with those big beauties!

Book your Whale watching Adventure now and receive 10% off!

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