Searching for a girls getaway kayaking weekend trip we were fortunate enough to find “Adventuress” and the “Fabulous Friends Weekend”! Every detail of this amazing weekend far exceeded our expectations! Jan made arrangements for us to stay at the wonderful “Fiddicks Farm B&B” with a stunning ocean view and minutes from the kayak launch location. The proprietors, Jim and Anne and their family were incredibly warm and welcoming and went out of their way to make sure we were very well taken care of. The B&B’s amenities include a lap pool, Jacuzzi, self-contained living space, mini-kitchen, and very comfortable bedrooms with an incredible view. It is very apparent that Jim and Anne take great pride in their B&B and in making sure that their guests have a wonderful vacation. They made us a delicious breakfast on our first morning – everything was homemade and it got us ready for what was to be a spectacular day of kayaking.
Jan met us at the B&B on Saturday morning and took us down to the beach 5 minutes away where she gave us some on land instruction and safety training before we headed out for a picture perfect day of kayaking. The kayaking equipment was first rate – it was new, high end gear that included Betsea lifejackets designed for women. We had some novice kayakers and one more seasoned kayaker and Jan made sure to cater to each of our abilities. The weather couldn’t have been better – it was a beautiful sunny and calm day and the water was like glass. Jan took us on an incredible tour around De Courcy Island with a lunch stop at Pirate’s Cove. She is very knowledgeable about the marine biology, geography and history in the area and shared many very interesting pieces of trivia on our travels. We were fortunate to see an abundance of wildlife – eagles, seals, sea otters, starfish, and even dolphins! We arrived back to our launch site in the late afternoon invigorated and refreshing tired after being escorted back to the shore by a group of very friendly seals. After unloading our gear we headed back to the B&B for some time in the jacuzzi and then we were treated to an amazing dinner that Jan prepared for us at the B&B. Not only is Jan an incredibly talented kayak guide she is also one great chef! Our amazing day on the water was topped off with an evening of wonderful food and wine and very inspiring conversation.
On day two of our kayaking trip Jan took us paddling off the coast near the ferry terminal. The water was more open in this area and a bit rougher than Saturday but we were again very fortunate to have a spectacular sunny day. We explored an area with a bunch of small islands and had lunch on a tiny island with a sandy beach that was filled with colourful sea glass. Although the outskirts of Nanaimo were within sight on this little piece of paradise we felt like we were a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the city. After another wonderful day on the water Jan took us back to our launch site near the ferry and after unloading our gear we made our way to the ferry terminal 5 minutes away. We would highly recommend Adventuress, Fiddicks Farm B&B and the Fabulous Friends Weekend! Jan has many other tours to choose from and we can’t wait for our next amazing Adventuress getaway!!
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