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Wildcoast: Our Story
Wildcoast was born out of the longstanding kayak company Coastal Spirits, which provided wilderness kayak camping tours, including the Orca Basecamp in Johnstone Strait for over 15 years. With its owners looking to retire, Expedition Manager, Damon Stapinsky saw the opportunity to take the company to the next level. Having spent entire summers working the front-lines on tours with guests from around the world, he had a keen awareness of what made a great experience and what was now needed to ensure great kayaking tours in Canada could be had by the new generations of adventure travelers. By going above and beyond for guests and sharing knowledge of the area and passion for the outdoors, the newly reborn Wildcoast is providing kayak tours in 2013 that provide new equipment, fresh menus designed by a gourmet chef and packaged as well as custom kayak trip offerings in order to cater to the unique dynamic of each group of guests. Please let us introduce ourselves:
Valerie is the Wildcoast expert on everything you need to plan your kayaking tour in Canada. She is a full-time resident having made Quadra Island her home shortly after her first visit to the area. Valerie can answer any question you may have from best time to book, what you will see and experience on your vacation and how to get here. You can reach her at [email protected].
Damon is a graduate of Algonquin College’s Outdoor Adventure Program and as Expedition Manager ensures everything about your trip is ready to go once you arrive. Damon’s love of the great outdoors means that each trip is based on his detailed knowledge of the area and the favourite spots only a resident local expert knows to how to find.
Our Guides No great trip happens without our passionate group of guides who return year after year. Every guide is a skilled, well educated, dedicated professional outdoor leader who hold certificates in Wilderness First Aid and many are Graduates of Algonquin College’s Outdoor Adventure Program.
Owners Wildcoast has four partners who are all passionate about the outdoors and the coastal region in which we operate. Valerie and Damon’s practical experience ensures that the day-to-day operations run smoothly while Kristen and John’s experience in adventure tours around the world ensure that each year we are improving the experience for our local and international guests. We all look forward to providing you with an unforgettable adventure!
We invest in guide safety training and top notch equipment maintenance. We carefully select our guides and begin each season with a comprehensive sea kayak rescue training. Additionally we use only the best kayak and safety equipment available. For communication in remote areas, our guides have VHF radios as well as cell phones. All Wildcoast guides are dedicated professional outdoor leaders with certificates in Wilderness First Aid.