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Juan de Fuca Trail

Explore Beyond the

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Explore Beyond the

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Overview - 7 Days - Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging - Classification: Coastal Backpacking
The Juan de Fuca Trail offers an excellent setting for your first year in our ReWild program. The diversity of this 5 day, 47 km trail offers students a tough, yet rewarding challenge. Along the trail we will experience the roaring surf of the mighty Pacific, the quiet of ancient rain forests, teaming sea life, beach camping, waterfalls, suspension bridges and more. With plenty of mud, obstacles, and unpredictable weather, this coastal hiking adventure will teach students resiliency, teamwork and a passion for enjoying the elements.
 
Itinerary

A complete itinerary including maps and an equipment & clothing list will be provided upon registration.

Whats included? Major first aid supplies, emergency radio and/or satellite phone, trip organization/bookings, program facilitation and professional lead guides. 

*Assistant guides and/or gear rentals are available upon request.

Day One: Travel from point of origin (i.e. Victoria) to China Beach trail head. Once we get to the trail head we will prepare for a 9 km, 4-6 hour hike to Bear Beach. This will be our first test of the journey and we'll set a slow and steady pace to familiarize ourselves with the terrain. Our first campsite will be an excellent place to set up camp and enjoy an evening beach fire.

Day Two: Today will be our most demanding day on the trail. We will break camp early in the morning and begin our 12 km, 7-9 hour journey to Chin Beach. With lots of mud and elevation gain and loss, we will test the limits of navigating the rugged west coast. Along the trail we'll find massive stands of Sitka Spruce and Western Red Cedar trees, expansive ocean views, waterfalls, and a unique emergency shelter. Tonight we will camp along Chin Beach, reflect on our accomplishment and rest our tired feet.

Day Three: Today we will break camp at Chin Beach and make our way to Sombrio Beach 8 km, 5-6 hours. While this is a shorter and less demanding day, the terrain is still tough, and we must maintain a good pace for the group. We will be in and out of the forest today, and with many great view points, we will have to keep an eye out for Whales and other sea life. After lunching at Sombrio Point, we will wind our way around rocky headlands and over cascading waterfalls to one of Vancouver Island's most iconic beaches.

Day Four: Today will be another exhilarating day. We will leave Sombrio Beach and make our way to Payzant Creek 11 km, 6-8 hours. We will find ourselves along vast rock shelves following the oceans edge and in the forest along boardwalks and muddy trails. This a common stretch of trail to view Black Bears, Bald Eagles and other coastal wildlife. Today will be our first and only night camping in the forest. 

Day Five: Today we break Payzant Creek camp and hike the final stretch of the trail to Botanical Beach 7 km, 4-5 hours. This is a beautiful stretch of trail, with the Botanical Beach tide pools being the highlight. Before hiking to the parking lot and the trail's end, we will have an group reflection and adjournment on the beach.  

 

Once we arrive to the Botanical Beach parking lot, we will get ready for our journey back to civilization i.e. Victoria.

 
Learning Outcomes
 
Juan de Fuca Trail Hiking Adventure - 5 days
 
While on the trail students will be learning to become self-sufficient as individuals and as a team. Our focus is to unleash the students full potential through student centered leadership opportunities. Communication, listening, compassion, creativity, and character are all developed through our comprehensive curriculum. With an inquisitive, hands-on approach, students will be testing the limits of nature and learning how it connects us to the past, present and future of our world.

Skills Experience - Beginner Level
  • Trail travel - Leaders of the day

  • Map reading & compass skills

  • Camp set-up/equipment use - continued

  • Leave no trace ethics - continued

  • Wildlife encounters

  • Leadership styles

  • Wilderness survival skills

  • Risk Management

  • Communication in an outdoor environment

  • Presentation skills - Inquiry topic

  • Plant identification & use

  • Tides - Trip planning, charts, how they work

  • Emergency procedures

Adjournment
  • Reflection & Synthesis (individual/team)

  • Show & tell (significant artefacts, symbols, and experiences and their respective impact)

  • Inquiry topic review

 

Explore Beyond the

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Dates & Pricing

Cost: Starting at $1,495 (5 days) Lead Guide

Trip lengths may be customized to fit your needs.                                    for more info!

Dates: School group bookings for the Juan de Fuca trail are available May 1st to Sept 20th. Call us today to book your  next adventure.

Group Min: 8 People (including guides, teachers and chaperones) Group Max: 20 People (including guides, teachers and chaperones)

A 25% deposit is required to hold reservations. Deposits may only be refunded if trip is canceled 60 days prior to start date. Full payment is required 30 days prior to start date.

 
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