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Adventuress Sea Kayaking

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Address: 889 Little Mountain Rd, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2C3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-755-6702
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Come paddle with Adventuress! The scenery is spectacular here with mountain...

Come paddle with Adventuress! The scenery is spectacular here with mountain vistas, old growth rainforests, expansive wilderness and our amazing wildlife. What better way to see all of this than to paddle the shores of beautiful Vancouver Island in a kayak. Rentals, lessons, tours, open year round, no experience necessary. Tours start as low as $49/person and include instruction, kayak and gear. Double kayaks available to paddle with a friend or a younger family member. Jan Kretz, the owner, is a certified kayak guide and Paddle Canada instructor. She teaches introductory lessons in kayaking as well as an in-depth seamanship & trip planning course and has a passion for paddling.

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Adventuress kayak trip highlight of summer 2016

My 4 day all women's kayak trip in Johnstone Straight was the absolute highlight of my summer. I pushed past all kinds of personal boundaries and felt strong and exhilarated by... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 19, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

My 4 day all women's kayak trip in Johnstone Straight was the absolute highlight of my summer. I pushed past all kinds of personal boundaries and felt strong and exhilarated by the experience. I always felt safe with Jan, even while kayaking through swell and fog. Her equipment was top-notch, and the food was plentiful and excellent. I went on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to go kayaking with our 2 sons and were surprised that Adventuress was the only one that came up on google searches. This is because they are the only guided kayak tours in the area. We did the 3 1/2 hour tour with Jim who was superb. Saw seals and sea lions as well as stunning views as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

We booked the Mistaken Island Tour two tandem kayaks with our twin 13 year old daughters with zero kayaking experience. We absolutely loved it! Our experience was nothing short of fantastic! We found our guides, Elizabeth and Jim to be excellent; they fully went over all the safety and paddling information before we left. They then pointed out all the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Second year I have gone out with Jan. Didn't think she could top last year - but I was wrong. She is extremely friendly, well organized and knowledgeable about kayaking, navigation, sea life/wildlife, history of the area - plus she is excited to share this information. All the equipment is in excellent condition. You never feel that safety is taken... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

This trip to johnstone strait in August 2016 was the trip of a lifetime for me. Jan is an amazing guide and mentor. She fulfills her goal of inspiring women to challenge themselves through a safe wilderness experience. At 70 years old I was certainly challenged but learned I could leave my own comfort zone and open new and fantastic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Spent an amazing four days on this women only trip. Jan delivered with Orcas swimming by us as we watched from the shore. Also saw humpbacks while kayaking on an ethereal misty afternoon. Food is amazing as were our two guides Jan and Elizabeth.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is the fifth multi-day trip I've taken with Adventuress, and Jan has been outstanding as always. Her laid-back style but sincere and attentive concern with safety makes treks with her so enjoyable. Both owner Jan, and guide Elizabeth, have outstanding knowledge of the coast, the history of the area, the wildlife we encountered, and utmost respect for First Nations'... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

I booked back in May for our family holiday this month. I received an email from Jan saying we were confirmed and that I should let her know exact numbers closer to the day. I emailed a week before our scheduled outing and was told we only had two spots, and that she was full. She asked if we could... More 

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JantheAdventuress, Owner at Adventuress Sea Kayaking, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. As mentioned when you called, I had not heard from you for 3 months and so was unprepared to hear that you wanted to book for 7 people a few days before the tour. This is our busy season and the tour was full. Looking for options, I asked if you could do another day,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

We booked this trip fairly last minute as our boys were keen. Our family of 5 was joined by 2 older couples. Our guide, Jim, coped well with the different needs and speeds of the group, giving clear directions for the faster members of the group. We were all beginners and found kayaking fun and easy to get to grips... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Confirmed interest for evening tour at 9:45 am in the morning via e-mail. No reaction until 4:45 pm (I have left my e-mail AND phone number though), but then they cancelled. Now everything was fully booked. This leaves a bitter taste.

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JantheAdventuress, Owner at Adventuress Sea Kayaking, responded to this review

Thank you for your response, but please note that Adventuress is a small company and I am just one person. At this time, I was away on a multi-day kayaking tour and my guide, who was filling in for me at the office, was on the water the entire day and got back to you when he returned to the... More 

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