Another bit of wildlife which you may have noticed on the BGI trip…ossum widespread marsupial, locally abundant, more often heard than seen. guardian spirit of the ultimate in quality, often invoked as an expression of great approval, as in “today’s kayak trip was an ossum experience”.
Peter & Margot Syms, New Zealand 2014
“I wanted to let you know I keep raving about Gabriola Sea Kayaking’s trips and recommending them to others. Having paddled all your routes, I’d have a hard time picking a favorite location. All your guides are fabulous, expediting great routes with just the right blend of paddling and relaxation. And somehow the group always come together so at the end of a trip it’s hard to say goodbye to folks that were strangers just a few days previously. Preparing a meal adds to the adventure, and I’ve never cooked on one of your trips without someone offering to help. Thanks for many great vacations and keep up the great work!”
Jo, Victoria BC 2013 Gabriola Paddler since 2007
“I have kayaked with Gabriola for the past 7 years and every trip has been spectacular! Matt and Jen have helped us select trips that meet the needs of our group (6-9 middle-aged women)and we have paddled in a variety of locations including Kyuquot, Nuchatlitz, God’s Pocket, Clayquot, Broken Group and the Broughton Archipelago. The guides have been exceptional – competent, fun-loving and flexible. Our participation in the meal planning and preparation has added to the experience. I wouldn’t travel with any other group after kayaking with Gabriola – a fantastic company with great guides and interesting trips tailored to meet the wishes of their guests. ”
Sandy, Vancouver BC 2013, Gabriola Paddler since 2007
“How to describe last summer’s amazing adventure to Hakai and the Outer Islands of the Central Coast: Magical. Life-affirming. The fun and excitement that I felt as the trip unfolded made me feel like a kid again. It is the friendly and easy-going manner in which you lead these trips, together with sound know-how for all of the logistics required to pull it off that creates the conditions for an awesome experience. Paddling in such an incredibly dynamic, wild and beautiful environment is pure joy. I love the participatory aspect of your trips and knowing that when I return again next summer, I will be meeting up with friends from trips before and making new ones as well. Thank you, Matt and Jen, for making these incredible experiences possible.”
Penny, Bracebridge ON, 2013, Gabriola Paddler since 2012.
Thank you Matt and Jen for another unforgettable trip. Our experience with you last summer took us to remote islands, rich with sea life, hat we would never have been able to get to otherwise. The Central Coast is a special place. The physical beauty surrounding us was truly astounding, a sensory overload at times! I was worried that 10 days of kayak camping would test my limits, but as the end of the trip I was ready to turn around and go back out! I continue to be impressed by how safety conscious you and Jen are and how meticulously you both planned this big adventure. Your good nature was always present, although with all that beautiful sunshine you had only “happy campers” to deal with. I look forward to paddling with you both again soon.
Ruth , Victoria BC, Central Coast 2013 – Gabriola Paddler since 2007.
“What a wonderfully idyllic and inspiring trip we had in the Broken Group. Matt and Corey were wonderful, friendly guides(and very fine chefs), and also the most relaxed fellas! They complimented the stunning scenery perfectly. If only we could return every year…but return we will! Smashing!”
Robin, 2011, Edmonton AB
“Wanted to belatedly tell you how much I enjoyed my trip with you. It was wonderful. It was a perfect set up and you worked very hard to make it just right …and the food was awesome. Again …thank you. I will definitely see you on one or other side of Vancouver Island next summer.”
Richard, Vancouver BC, Nootka Island 2009
“We’ve just had a wonderful evening reminiscing about the trip and raving about what fabulous guides you both were….very relaxed and easy going, really considerate of meeting the kids needs, and so very safety conscious. We’ve never done a trip with a guide before so were a bit apprehensive but we’ve all come away thinking that this is the way to go!! We’ll do Broken Islands Again with your’s (and Andrea’s of course) expertise along to expand our experience there.”
Jane, Nanaimo BC, Clayoquot Private Group, 2009
“Just wanted to let you know that we had a most wonderful trip with Andrea and Karen in the Broken Group and most certainly, lots of fun. Andrea is the perfect guide and also very entertaining. Everything worked out just perfect. We all enjoyed it very much and we’ll see you again in the future! We will certainly recommend you to anyone who´s interested.
Petra, Germany, Broken Group 2009
“Just wanted to let you know that we had a great kayaking trip in the Broughton Archipelego. This is my second trip with Gabriola Sea Kayaking and I think you guys are doing a terrific job. Please pass on our thanks to your wonderful guides.”
Charlie, Vancouver BC Broughton/ Paddler’s Inn 2008
“I want to you to know that I had a fabulous time on the Nootka trip (incredible weather, good food, great company, awesome scenery and wildlife, lots of swimming, the list could go on!) but top at the list were the guides. They were excellent “facilitators” and I would recommend your company and that destination any time.”
Rose, Vancouver BC, Nootka 2008
“Thank you for organizing a marvelous tour to Vargas Island. We were very impressed with our excellent guides.”
Cam, Gabriola Island BC, Clayoquot 2008
“Just wanted to say thanks for the great trip to Clayoquot Sound! It was a wonderful trip, awesome weather, great guides, good people, and beautiful scenery. I really enjoyed paddling and that trip got me hooked!”
Mark, Edmonton AB, Clayoquot
“I wanted to thank you for a great time this past week. I know that the weather was not that cooperative but the tarps and the fire made it much more livable! Thanks so much for spending time with my Nephew. He really enjoyed learning from you guys and loved being on the trip. Happy paddling for the rest of the season, and hopefully we will be out with you again next year!”
Kelly, Calgary AB Clayoquot Vargas 2008
“How can I thank you and tell you how much my son enjoyed his trip!! He had an amazing time and he really liked you guys. I cannot thank you enough for taking the extra time that you did with him and paddling with him, honestly that was so great of you. He was so happy the other night telling us every little detail and was so grateful to you and everyone for giving him this awesome experience. I didn’t fully understand the extent of the trip and was amazed to see (he showed us the whole trip on google earth) what you all did. We were all green with envy. We will recommend your company to anyone who wants to sea kayak, and don’t be surprised if you see all of my boys next summer. They are dreaming up plans already, my husband loves this kind of thing, it is a little too much for me, but they will love it. I am sure that with your sincere care and concern for your clients and your great personality that you will have incredible success. We are so grateful for all that you did to teach and take care of our son, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Natalie, Calgary AB, Clayoquot 2008
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” - Ernest Hemingway
“I stumbled over this quote late last night and it seemed a fitting to bring it to my note of thanks to (almost) everyone on the trip into the Broken Group. I’ve had a hell of a year, but those five days of paddling, exploring, learning, imbibing, feasting, not feasting, and – for the love of Dodd – laughing, laughing, laughing have reset me back to a size Yeti. So, as continent-scale slabs of skin slide off of my rubbery shoulders and the memories slip away like a seaside-sheisse, I offer my greatest lesson: Stay longer .Truly… you guys are wonders. Thanks, and ever thanks.”
Melissa, Stratord ON, Broken Group 2008
“I Just wanted to drop you a note to say I had a great, wonderful and fun time with all of you!”
Brad, Redlands California, Broken Group 2008