Mothership Sea Kayaking Adventure
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Pacific Northwest Expedition's Mothership sea kayaking adventure is rated one of the best outfitted trips for 2007 in the November issue of National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
Visiting British Columbia’s amazing coastal wilderness should be a trip of a lifetime and must be experienced rather then merely passed through. The intimate atmosphere of Mothership sea kayaking afforded aboard the M.V. Songhee is an ideal way to experience it.
Savour your first cup of morning coffee on the Songhee decks as the morning mist lifts, paddle with killer whales, explore native villages, and end your day with a soak in our hot tub.
Mothership cruising with Pacific Northwest Expeditions aboard the MV Songhee is a completely personalized experience. From the planning of your trip, to your departure, to your cruise, Pacific Northwest Expeditions staff works in close collaboration with you to make your British Columbia Inside Passage Mothership cruise the trip of a lifetime.
MV Songhee - The Mothership
The 95 foot M.V. Songhee provides a comfortable ride and spacious living, yet is small enough to afford our guests access to unique coastal destinations. Built in 1941 she is of heavy wood construction, and has been refurbished to provide comfortable cruising for 10 to 12 guests along the coastal waters of British Columbia. The Songhee features 6 cozy guest staterooms, each with it's own washbasin, locker and stowage. There are two shared washrooms with hot showers close to the guest staterooms.
A spacious and bright cedar-finished salon features a comfortable dining and lounge area that affords stunning ocean views. The spacious outside deck area of the Songhee provides ample room for all aboard, and is the perfect place for sightseeing, wildlife viewing, photography, stargazing, or lounging and relaxing. The aft deck is fitted with a hot tub to soak those tired muscles at the end of an adventurous day!
Something delicious is always being cooked up in the ship’s galley. The chef takes pride in surprising our guests with savoury and wholesome meals using the freshest available ingredients. Hopefully the fishing (fishing=hoping) has been favourable, and we will serve the “catch of the day,” along with our other menu selections.
For each meal a variety of dishes are prepared to accommodate for different tastes.
Organic coffee, tea, and juices are always available, along with fresh fruit, tempting bakery treats and a variety of snacks. If you have any health related dietary requirements that may involve specific ingredients we ask that detailed guidelines be sent by email at least two weeks in advance of your trip.
The Mothership Crew
The Songhee is Transport Canada inspected, and crewed by a qualified skipper, ships engineer and deckhand whom have extensive experience cruising the coastal waters of British Columbia. Pacific Northwest Expeditions guides are certified professionals with extensive experience in the coastal waters of British Columbia.
No previous sea kayak touring experience is required to participate on this trip. The trip is considered to be suitable for singles, couples and families with children as young as 13 years. The trip is progressive in terms of skills and therefore is suitable for a variety of paddling abilities – beginners are welcome.
While our trips are not considered to be strenuous or physically demanding, and we do not require a high level of fitness, good general physical condition is necessary. A primary reason for the popularity of sea kayaking is the ease at which the boat can be propelled and the relatively quick learning curve. Throughout your trip your guides will provide tips to develop your paddling skills to enhance your experience and to avoid poor techniques that can lead to injury, fatigue or frustration.
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- Transportation to Trip Point of Departure
Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from the trip point of departure, Port McNeill, BC. Please visit our Travel Planner page for information on transportation options.
- Pre-Trip Accommodations & Meals
Accommodations, and meals prior to or after your trip, are not included. A pre-trip information package, which is provided to you upon receipt of your trip deposit, provides local accommodation and dining suggestions. It is advisable to make accommodation reservations in advance.
All non-residents of the province of British Columbia are strongly advised to review their medical and travel insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for the duration of your visit. Ensure that you have coverage in the event you require emergency medical treatment, and/or emergency medical evacuation while on your sea kayak tour. If you have any concerns regarding your medical insurance coverage, please contact the plan’s administrator.
- You will be provided with comprehensive information on suggested outdoor clothing and equipment for your trip. Your pre-trip information outlines suggested quantities to bring along to make your trip enjoyable for any weather conditions that could be encountered.
- Liability Release
Each guest will be required to sign a Pacific Northwest Expeditions ' Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumptions of Risk, & Indemnity Agreement’ and complete a ‘Medical Questionnaire Form’, prior to the trip departure date. Any trip participant under the age of 19 years will be required to have a legal guardian sign an Indemnity Agreement. To view these documents please visit Terms & Conditions.