Environmental Ethics

Enjoyment of our home on the water is very important to us, with as small a footprint as possible. This is something that we take very seriously. Every year we have the opportunity to introduce many new people to the land where we live. It is of upmost importance to us that we tread very lightly and leave no trace where we have been. How this is achieved is through education and leadership mentoring from the base crew, management and guides working with QIK. Everyone who gets out on the water with Quadra Island Kayaks will experience this important lesson and has the opportunity to take this knowledge home with them to incorporate into their everyday lives. We are inspired by our beautiful spot on the British Columbia coast. We honour our role in the eco-tourism trade that we get to enjoy with people from down the street, down quadra island kayaks, a few provinces over, or from a different continent.

There is much wildlife to witness on Quadra Island and in this area of the Strait of Georgia. We are diligent in talking with our fellow paddlers about respecting their space. Bird’s nests, rocks with sunbathing seals, and intertidal creatures are topics of interpretation that we share our knowledge of and respect for. During our picnics at a variety of beaches we introduce our guests to our BIIZ bag, the "Bathroom-In-Intertidal-Zone" kit which contains options for using the washroom when there is no outhouse, per say! The BIIZ kit has toilet paper, hand sanitizer and small bags for people to carry out their toilet paper.

We pack our snacks and lunches with great consideration and respect for the environment. Many of our foods are purchased locally at the grocery store only a short bike ride away! We pack our picnics with whole foods and simple treats. We feel excited about our in-house home made hummus…and we know that you will too!

Off the water and at the Yak Shack we strive to reduce our consumption of electricity and recycle our paper, plastic, glass and cans. We’ve made the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. We are only a short walk to our boats on the docks, and our activity is powered by you! We emphasize paddling together with much consideration for other boaters sharing the area. With the bonus of reducing our guest’s travel costs, and in the name of carpooling…we offer free pick ups for our guests from the Campbell River ferry!

 

 

"Our two day trip with you exceeded our expectations from every angle. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable and a great cook! The scenery and unexpected bonuses like kayaking near dolphins, phosphorescence and sea life spotting were magical! We're already thinking about coming back."

Thank-you.

Michelle Cederberg

 

"The guides, the buffet lunch, not to mention being surrounded by the dolphins.....the highlight of our trip to Vancouver Island."

Pat and Doug Rodgers, Ny, Ny

 

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