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The Natural Connection

Victoria, Canada
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About The Natural Connection
With The Natural Connection, every tour is a unique experience. Leave the busy city streets behind and become immersed in the tranquil comfort of our local parks. All trips are custom planned for your group based on your fitness level, and what you would like to see in the local area. Summits, Rivers, Lakes, Coastal hikes, easy, moderate, or challenging, there is a trail for everyone! You will learn about the practice of Forest Bathing and be guided through a mindful meditation practice incorporating the five senses. Guests will come away feeling refreshed, renewed, more connected to themselves and the world around. Backpacks, water bottles and a healthy trail lunch included with every adventure. 20% discounts for groups of 2-4 with pick up and drop off in the Sooke area.
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Natalia S wrote a review Aug. 2020
13 contributions6 helpful votes
Unfortunately I didn't get to hike with Ryan (The Natural Connection) because of COVID regulations but I wanted to leave a review anyway to say how helpful he's been in helping me plan my outings during my stay in Sooke! He's extremely knowledgeable and experienced and I would highly recommend reachning out to him during your stay in Sooke! He was able to suggest various options for me, explaining logistics, highlights of the trails, pros and cons and suggest best outings for my preference. I ended up having a great time doing a Sea to Sea trail, relaxing on Ella beach (gorgeous!) and doing a section of East Sooke Trail with a few friends. Hopefully I get a chance to visit again at some point in the future and booking a hike with Ryan!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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jamielaliberte wrote a review Feb. 2019
Vancouver Island, Canada5 contributions
I am a local to Victoria but I still take the opportunities to go out with The Natural Connection as I am still discovering new things each time. The guide will take you on hikes that suit your physical abilities. Ryan is so educated about everything from the oceans to the plants in the forests to which hikes you should do next and he is always looking to share his wealth of knowledge. I've got to say if you come to Vancouver Island and don't go out with The Natural Connection, you are missing out!! It is a must do. He partners up with a lovely little local coffee shop to provide delicious fresh lunches on the trips, you need to eat this!!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Sil wrote a review Dec. 2018
8 contributions2 helpful votes
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The first time I travelled to Vancouver Island, I did not have much time to visit. I felt very lucky to stumble on Ryan's Natural Connection website through tripadvisor because this time again, I had a very tight schedule but wanted to make the most of my 2 half a day. I was also taking public transport and had no means to travel around the island by myself. Ryan picked me up at the bus station and drove me to East Sooke Regional Park for the first part of my trip. We stopped a bit on the Coburg peninsula when I spotted some artwork made out of drift wood. We did a little bit of stretching as I had spent my whole morning sitting then we started our hike. we did only a little bit of the huge park and enjoyed a snack while watching the sunset. He then dropped me off at a cosy lodging he had recommended. The next morning, he picked me up and we went to visit an area dedicated to salmon spawning and then off to Sooke Potholes provincial parks. Again, we were only able to do a part of the park then back by the galloping goose trail before I had to go. He dropped me off near the bus station in Victoria. The hikes were punctuated by pieces of history, ecology, meditation and salivating tips on pickled algae, mushroom gathering and other interesting bits of life in Sooke. Ryan explained that he does customised tours depending on time, level of activity, mobility... I would love to come back sometimes in the end of summer/autumn with some of my friends but try and do a whole day or a several days tour this time. There is so much to see and I only covered a fraction of it.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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nvanderperk wrote a review Oct. 2018
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Ryan was a fantastic guide. He was easy going, knowledgeable, and took the time to make our lunches from local ingredients (very delicious). Would recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Joseph N wrote a review Sep. 2018
Chicago, Illinois37 contributions12 helpful votes
Hiked with Ryan in East Sooke - great day, saw whales on our hike and he prepared an excellent lunch and was a very knowledgeable guide.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Ryan L, Owner at The Natural Connection
Responded Oct. 22, 2018
Thanks Joseph! That was a great day on the trail. We were so lucky to see those Orcas pass so closely to the shore! Thank for booking with me.
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