2024 Waterfront Excursions

Monday, August 12, 2024

We are excited to offer these waterfront excursions led by Pearson College staff on Monday, August 12. These excursions will leave from and return to the dock at Pearson College. Please note that these will take place as options during conference concurrent sessions. Each trip will run twice (once each during two consecutive concurrent sessions) in order to maximize opportunities for participation. Sign-up early—there are limited spaces available and all waterfront excursions are first come, first served! Conference attendees will have the first opportunity to sign up for waterfront excursions. If there are still spaces available, sessions will be opened up to guests.

Pedder Bay Canoe

Spend an hour paddling beautiful Pedder Bay in a big canoe. The big canoes hold up to 14 people and provide an intimate look at the shoreline and wildlife in a large protected bay. During the hour-long paddle we can expect to see shore birds, drifting planktonic life, seaweed beds, and hopefully some curious seals. Each session will comprise two big canoes that offer space for up to 24 people combined, and include a 15-min introduction.

Session #1: 9:00 – 10:15 am
Session #2: 10:30 – 11:45 am

Cost per person: $25 USD / $30 CAD

Accessibility requirements: Please note that the dock is not wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to board, sit in, paddle, and disembark from canoe.

Race Rocks by Boat

Take a motorized boat out to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. This unique rocky island in the middle of the Juan de Fuca Strait is home to a kelp ecosystem full of marine life including seals, sea lions, and marine birds. During the 20 minute boat ride to and from Race Rocks, keep your eye out for larger marine life (humpbacks and killer whales may be spotted), then spend 30 minutes puttering around the islands and viewing the abundant wildlife before heading back to the dock at Pearson. Please note, we will be on the boat for the full time as on-shore visits to this ecological reserve are restricted. Each session offers space for up to 12 people.

Session #1: 9:00 – 10:15 am
Session #2: 10:30 – 11:45 am

Cost per person: $70 USD / $100 CAD

Accessibility requirements: Please note that the dock is not wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to board and disembark from boat.