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Hollyhock Adventure Program

Jul 4 - 9, 2014
Aug 24 - 29

Presented by: Bill Ophoff

  • The Natural World

The natural world is your classroom as you hike, kayak and sail amid the wild beauty of Cortes Island. Discover local history, geological phenomena as well as the flora and fauna of both land and sea as you adventure forth with our knowledgable, fun-loving naturalists.  Explore ancient forests, sandy beaches, colourful tide pools, windswept bluffs, and a mysterious bog. Our lush temperate rainforest is home to deer, raven, eagles and a variety of wildlife.

Discover the magic of this island jewel as you:
  • Board 43-foot schooner Misty Isles for a half-day sail.
    Watch for orcas, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins while learning about the area’s history.
    The June destination is awe-inspiring Mitlenatch Island, home of the largest sea bird colony in the Salish Sea. Follow trails through the early-summer wildflowers to the wildlife blinds, an opportunity to watch the nesting birds up close.
    The August expedition takes you into Desolation Sound and some of the warmest swimming waters north of Mexico. This place of deeply cut glacial fjords is wild, rugged and spectacularly beautiful.
  • Kayak into the sunset with bald eagles and seals or paddle under the stars amidst the 'fairydust' of bioluminescence.
  • Gather oysters and clams in the tradition of the 'first nations' people and prepare these gifts of the sea.
  • Join in Hollyhock's famous oyster barbeque on the beach and hear stories of the night sky at a star talk.
All levels of fitness and experience welcome. Just bring your spirit of adventure!

Bill Ophoff has a background in geography and biology, is a world naturalist traveler, and has been Hollyhock’s resident naturalist for fifteen years.

TUITION: $525 CDN / 5 nights  (meals & accommodation extra)