Tofino Expedition founder’s excursions for 2019
I love kayaking.
I love the way it transports me from the everyday. I love feeling a part of the water and sharing the ocean with its other inhabitants. The beauty, the serenity, the physical challenge – it’s been a great way to spend my days over the past few decades.
When I first founded Tofino Expeditions back in the late 1980s, it was about making a living doing something I love. But, just as importantly, it was also about sharing my enthusiasm for paddling and exploring with others. I started this company so that I could be out in the field, because that was the most engaging part of the whole thing. This year marks our thirty-first anniversary, and I’m just as excited to be getting back into the cockpit and taking part in the various tours around the globe as I was when it all began.
This season I have the chance, yet again, to connect with fellow paddling enthusiasts as we come together to enjoy spectacular locations, wonderful food and excellent camaraderie while following our dreams and making memories.
I invite you to join me on one of the following trips. Take the opportunity to exchange stories (and, after 31 years, I have a few!) and learn about the natural history, culture and customs of these interesting places. Find out more about my process of discovery and research about each of our chosen locations. And share in my passion for every single one of them.
Cuba in February
What a great start to the year! I’m very excited to go to Cuba because it’s a new trip for us. Over the years, I’ve worked in various areas of the Caribbean and always find it to be delightful, and as the largest island in the Caribbean Sea, Cuba holds a significant place in this warm body of water. Plus, its unique history and culture are matched only by its amazing music and food!
The Amazon in April
For more than 20 years, I’ve been captured by the allure of the Amazon jungle. And exploring it by kayak is ideal. There’s no other trip that makes me feel as though I’m replicating the indigenous experience more genuinely, as we slip down the river silently in our vessels. Enveloped by the sounds of the jungle, you can get up close to wildlife like you would in no other way. Take it from me, there is little that compares to paddling along below a troop of howler monkeys and then having them suddenly take notice of you. As they start firing off in every direction hooting and howling, you feel very much a part of the jungle scene. Remarkable!
Norway in May
Another new trip, this one is the realization of a dream. For me, Norway epitomizes grand adventure and the sea, dating back to my youth as a sailor aboard a Norwegian deep-sea freighter. After much energy and time expended into this venture, my visions of leading a tour group through the Norwegian fjordlands is coming to fruition! I believe we’ve created an itinerary that captures the essence of this very special place. Experience the beauty of the fjords and islands of the country’s unspoiled far western coast.
Haida Gwaii in July
We’re going back to my roots with this one and my first love of the West Coast of British Columbia. It’s where I got my start and remains one of the most singular places on the planet to kayak. Paddling around and camping in this magnificent rainforest, you will feel the awe that the surroundings inspire deep within you. Wonderful scenery, amazing wildlife, rich cultural significance, this region of the world deserves its title as Canada’s Galapagos. You won’t want to leave.
Croatia end of August
Croatia is the place to be – just ask the folks at the New York Times! Number 11 on their list of “52 Places to go in 2019,” they must have heard I was going! Truth is, it’s about time that people started to take notice of this wonderful place that’s a little off the beaten track. If you haven’t heard of the Dalmatian Coast on the Adriatic, do yourself a favor and find out more about one of Europe’s most beautiful regions. Full of interesting people, rich history and amazing views, you need to check it out! This tour features lovely warm-water conditions in an intimate grouping with the opportunity to work on your paddling skills.
Tuscany in September
I don’t know what I love more about this trip: the food or the scenery. Fortunately, I don’t have to decide! Of course, those are just a couple of the things that make Tuscany so popular as a tourist destination. But exploring it by kayak is the best way to get to know the area. Another small group trip, this expedition runs with the same Adriatic fleet of single kayaks that we use in Croatia, so there’s the chance to get a bit more instruction and time to work on your paddling skills.
Sardinia in September
Going directly from Tuscany I’ll be hitting the amazing island of Sardinia. (I know, it’s a tough life I lead…) Sardinia is like nowhere else; I could go back there a hundred times and not tire of it – it’s just that unique a place. A historic island with sea caves and limestone canyons that has felt the cultural and culinary influences of many maritime nations – it impresses on so many levels.
Sicily in October
Sicily, again, is just a continuation of my Italian love affair. Another Mediterranean gem, it calls me back year after year. Recently I’ve been getting back into reading about the region’s fascinating history, and I’m getting excited all over again. From its flower-strewn meadows and moonscape-like highlands to its clear, warm waters of the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, not to mention the ancient ruins and tallest active volcano in Europe, Sicily must be experienced to be believed.
So, what’s my favorite adventure? That’s easy – the next one!
To find out about these and all our other trips, please visit our website. And have look through our online catalog for further details. Questions? Get in touch through our website, call (800) 677-0877 or email email@example.com.
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