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jimlthomson wrote a review Jun. 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom51 contributions22 helpful votes
Early on in our vacation we booked a half-day kayak with One Tree Paddles. It was just the best possible start to being in Canada. Paddling our wooden kayaks out of Nanoose Bay, accompanied by bald eagles above and seals playing in the water around us was idyllic. With guidance from Dave Kraft we achieved much more than we imagined possible for 4 beginners (some of us in the rather unfit category). Dave was highly professional and great company throughout. Would recommend to anyone.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Jen C wrote a review May 2016
Alpine, Utah10 contributions2 helpful votes
The experience of paddling out into Oak Bay in these beautiful wooden kayaks was one of the highlights of our trip to Victoria. The placid water, friendly seals and floating jellyfish made for a peaceful and beautiful morning. We felt like we had the whole bay to ourselves and our knowledgeable, experienced guide David made the trip one to remember with his careful instructions, his stories and commentary on the area. We had a fantastic time.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Ryan C wrote a review Apr. 2016
2 contributions1 helpful vote
It was the best wildlife adventure I've ever taken. Whales, otters, seals, eagles, elk and moose all in the first day. Dave is an amazing guide and had lots of cool stories about the land and its history and info on all the flora/fauna. Great times! Would do it again in a second! Can't wait till the kids are old enough for this majestic experience!
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Date of experience: May 2015
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Thorsten L wrote a review Mar. 2016
Heidelberg, Germany15 contributions4 helpful votes
Months later we still remembered every detail of our kayaking trip from Tahsis to Esperanza. The impressive view along Tahsis inlet when starting the tour, the beautiful wooden kayaks gliding through the water, the rugged steep hillsides, the starfish, seals, sealions, eagles and humpback whales, the unique atmosphere of paddling through the morning mist and the magical feeling when it cleared off and the sun came through, the waterfall, the sunset, the stars at night. If the idea of vacation is to get away from the everyday life and explore new places, then this trip was at the very heart of the idea. We learned interesting things about the past and present of the region and its people, we enjoyed a great, fresh and healthy selection of food, we had fabulous views, and we felt inspired. As the unexpected highlight, a young humpback whale suddenly appeared when we entered Tahsis inlet on our way back, and decided to surface once more very close to our kayaks. We held our breath at the sound of the blow, and realized that what we saw was actually only a small fraction of the animal. But even without this surprising encounter, there would not have been the slightest doubt that the tour was worth the money. The organisation and guidance was very professional, and also left sufficient flexibility to adapt to our pace and our wishes. For example, when we arrived back to Tahsis but still felt in good shape, we did a little paddling detour into the Leiner River estuary, which gave a very nice contrast in terms of scenery and served as a perfect ending. We will definitely do another tour with One Tree Paddles in the future!
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Patricia S wrote a review Mar. 2016
Braunschweig, Germany9 contributions5 helpful votes
Who normally has the opportunity to enjoy an awesome and breathtaking wild nature in a self-built wooden kayak, enjoying a beautiful sunset view over the Pacific Ocean, while sitting at a bonfire watching otters feeding, and hearing a bear, while having a delicious dinner with salmon, vegetable curry and a glass of red wine? Well, this and much more is possible with Dave! A trip with "One Tree Paddles" let you forget everything what ruled your days so far, at the latest when the incredibly beautiful and absolutely easy to handle wooden kayak departs and slides through the water- almost silently and easily. And Dave really took care of everything - perfectly organized and prepared, he knew how to give us "greenhorns" peace and self-assurance, so that we were looking forward to the next day like little kids. The first touch of the kayaks-wow! When we were sliding through the morning mist and the mountains slowly appeared and we finally got a clear view of the route in front of us - everything was forgotten. Mobile? What is that? Nature - here we come! We were captured, moved and enchanted-also by the deafening silence. Dave in the kayak next to us always had some exciting, interesting and funny information and stories about animals, the country, the people and life now and then in and around Tahsis. More than a month later we still go into raptures and everyone who wants to experience something like this, to be an Indian or to try something new on the safe side will have the perfect pro in Dave of "One Tree Paddles" and the perfect location in Tahsis. There cannot be more! If you are toying with the idea now - just send an email to Dave. Maybe you will also hear the bear while having a glass of red wine…….
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Date of experience: September 2015
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