*Please note that the the following information is meant to provide a general overview of your tour. The specifics of your trip will be contained in a pre-trip letter you will receive prior to your confirmed departure.*
MEETING PLACE: Haida Way Inn, Port McNeill
MEETING TIME: 7:00 PM MST
TRIP MILES: Varies depending on group size, weather and kayaker's abilities
PUT-IN: Telegraph Cove, 25 miles Southeast of Port McNeill
TAKE-OUT: Telegraph Cove, 25 miles Southeast of Port McNeill
RETURN TIME: 2:00 PM PST
THE LAST SUPPER: Join your guide and fellow trip guests for a No host farewell dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
TRIP LENGTH: 4 days
AGE LIMIT: Minimum age is 14
BOAT TYPE: Kayak (tandems used unless guest has requested/rent a single-limited)
NEAREST AIRPORTS: Port Hardy (YZT)
Day 0: Arrive in Port McNeill and Orientation Meeting
Travel to Port McNeill, a working waterfront fishing village just 30 minutes south of the Port Hardy airport. Many of our guests choose to stay at the Haida Way Motor Inn, where your guides will host the trip orientation meeting at 7:00PM on the evening before your trip. You will have a chance to meet your fellow guests and acquire your drybags and wetsuit booties to pack for your coming adventure.
Day 1: Paddle Orientation and Kayak Launch
Early in the morning, you will be transported from the Haida Way Motor Inn south to the launch site in charming Telegraph Cove, where your guides will provide a kayaking safety and orientation lesson. You will begin paddling immediately out into the sheltered Johnstone Strait, in the heart of orca territory and home of the world's only orca preserve. After a lunch break and some practice on paddle technique, you will head to basecamp to settle in for the evening. Your exact itinerary will ultimately be determined by the weather and expertise of the guides. Our basecamp is equipped with pre-assembled, full-height canvas tents and sleeping cots.
Meals included: L, D
Day 2-3: Sea kayaking, Hiking, Whale Watching, First Nations Culture, Tidepooling
Awake to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and tea as the sun crests over rainforest boughs. Your guides will be wide awake and hard at work preparing a warm breakfast, but you can relax with a steaming mug of your favorite drink while wandering the beach for tide pools, reading a book, or watching a pod of passing orcas. You will kayak throughout orca territory in Johnstone Strait. Expect to kayak over four hours per day, broken up by lunch hour and floating rest breaks. You may paddle to Robson Bight Orca Preserve
Paddle Distance: 6-7 miles
Meals included: B, L, D
Day 4: Sea Kayaking & Whale Museum
After breakfast and breaking camp, you will paddle back to the take-out point at Telegraph Cove. Lunch will be followed by a visit to the Whale Interpretive Center in Telegraph Cove, which houses a remarkable collection of marine mammal history and bones. Standing side-by-side with a whale skeleton will offer an entirely different perspective about the animals we can only glimpse at the surface. Once you've unpacked your kayak, you will be returned to Port McNeill by approximately 3-4 PM. If you are traveling by car and wish to depart, you can do so at this time. However, we encourage you to make reservations this evening in Port McNeill and join your guides and group for a no-host Farewell Dinner to celebrate your trip. If you are flying out of nearby Port Hardy, please make your return flights for the next day or beyond.
Meals included: B, L
Travel to Port McNeill by Air: The easiest way to get to Port McNeill by air, is to fly through Vancouver International Airport (airport code YVR) to Port Hardy, BC (airport code YZT). From Vancouver International's South Terminal you can catch a flight on Pacific Coastal Airlines direct to Port Hardy. Once in Port Hardy, it's a 35-40 minute taxi ride to Port McNeill (taxi recommendations provided below). If arriving from outside of Canada, be sure to give yourself 1.5-2 hours between your arriving flight at Vancouver International and your departing flight from the South Terminal to Port Hardy, as you will have to clear customs and take a 15 minute shuttle from the International Terminal to the South Terminal (there should be signs to guide you). The South Terminal Courtesy Shuttle pick-up is located outside the International Terminal Building, you’ll need to exit the International Arrival on level 2 and go to the shuttle pick-up location at Bus Bay 3.
Airport Transfer: If you fly into Port Hardy, you will need to arrange a taxi for the 35-minute drive South to Port McNeill. You can expect to pay about $45-60 CAD for the one-way fare, however rates do vary. We recommend sharing the ride with other members of the tour if you meet one another on the plane (or are on the same flight when departing). Please bring cash to pay the driver. The taxi company’s change regularly, but we recommend Waivin Flags Taxi, 1-250-230-7655 and Town Taxi 1-250-949-7877 on the North Island.
Travel to Port McNeill by Car: Port McNeill is also accessible by car, via a beautiful drive following BC Route 19 from Nanaimo to Port McNeill. Vancouver Island can be reached from the Canadian or U.S. mainlands by utilizing one of multiple ferry crossings from the Vancouver metro or greater Seattle areas. BC Ferries and Washington State DOT Ferry websites are very helpful resources if you are planning to drive to Northern Vancouver Island.
Accommodations: We strongly recommend that all guests overnight at the Haida Way Motor Inn on where your orientation will be held at 7:00 PM on the day you arrive. Make your reservations well in advanced, as the short summer tourist season books up quickly for the limited number of hotels on the North Island. Please note, hotel nights before and after the tour are not included in your tour cost.
Things to Do:
- Whale Watching: Mackay Whale Watching or Stubbs Island Whale Watching
- Grizzly Bear Tours: Tide Rip Tours
- Cultural Tours & Museums: Sea Wolf Adventures, Port McNeill Visitor Centre, Alert Bay Museum, and Sointula Museum
- Parks and Trails:Cape Scott Provincial Park, Raft Cove Provincial Park, Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park, Telegraph Cove, Mount Cain, Sointula on Malcolm Island and Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. As for marine routes one must consider exploring the Johnstone Strait, Broughton Archipelago, Kingcome Inlet, and Knight Inlet..
- Restaurants: Northern Lights Restaurant,, Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro,
We highly recommend checking the weather prior to your trip for an updated forecast and current conditions. We recommend the followinng websites.
Weather in Port McNeill - Weather Underground
WHEN TO GO?
The northern resident pods of orca (killer whales) currently number over 220 individually identified whales in 17 separate pods. They are generally found in Johnstone Strait when salmon, their primary prey, come from the ocean to spawn in the rivers of mainland British Columbia. The whales arrive after about the first week in July, and stay through late September. Our tours are scheduled only during the times when the whales have historically populated the area. Transient killer whales are found in the area beyond this narrow summer window, but are fewer in number and offer infrequent sightings. Humpback whales return from their breeding grounds in Hawaii early summer, and remain through the autumn. Though once hunted to extinction from the area, humpbacks have returned to the area as a tremendous success story, and are almost more common than orcas!
Here at ROW Adventures our first and foremost goal is for you to have an enjoyable and safe experience. While most of our trips are suitable for beginners, some of our trips are more active than others and it’s important that you understand the physical requirement of the trip you choose.
All of our multi-day rafting trips are active adventures that involve some level of physical exertion and possible exposure to the elements including but not limited to wind, rain, heat, sun, cold temperatures and cold water conditions. ROW Adventures is able to accommodate people with physical limitations, disabilities and medical conditions; please speak with your Adventure Consultant if you think you will require any additional assistance while on the trip. We ask that you consult your Doctor if you have health or medical conditions that could impact your ability to participate in an active and outdoor adventure. In general, all trip participants must be able to do the following:
- Wear all protective and safety equipment that are required by ROW Adventures and recommended/required by industry wide standards.
- Load and unload, on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion, the bus and/or van providing transportation for ROW Adventures activities.
- Reach the water access points (put-in and take-out) on their own, or with the aid of a qualified companion.
- Enter and exit the raft, kayak and/or inflatable kayak on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion.
- Remain seated and balanced in a floating raft, canoe, kayak or inflatable kayak w/ the aid of adaptive equipment, if necessary.
- Float on their back when entering moving and still water. The participant must be capable of turning from face-down to face-up in the water with the aid of a Personal Floatation Device and must be able to hold their breath while under water.
- Remain calm and keep breathing under control in the event of a swim.
- Climb into the kayak, with the help of another person, should an involuntary swim happen at any point on the water.
- Make progress toward the shoreline or a boat by swimming in moving water and must be able to exit the water and ascend the shoreline once reached.
- Participate as an active paddler when instructed by the guide for the duration of trip.
- Move about the campsite on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion on all trips that include overnight camping and/or lunch.
Whether you are an avid sea kayaker, or it is your first time, you’ll enjoy these incredible trips, and share in our passion for adventure, commitment to conserving the environment, and relishing unique experiences. For those new to the sport, kayaking is easy to learn in the sheltered waters that we visit, and we provide all of the camping gear, kayaking equipment and guidance needed. In addition, we keep our groups small to allow you to not only travel intimately among nature, but to ensure you receive the necessary attention from our guides.
We are excited to see you soon for your kayaking and camping tour with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures! The packing list outlined below is meant to serve as a guide to help you plan, prepare and outfit yourself for your upcoming travels. We have provided our best recommendations and suggestions. These suggestions are based on the outlined itinerary, the geographic region, our knowledge of British Columbia, and our personal experience.
ROW’s adventures are best enjoyed if you travel light. For our British Columbia wilderness tours we recommend packing as lightly as possible. We think it is wise to avoid checking any luggage under the plane. If you do check a bag, make sure that you have everything that is either essential or would be hard to replace, with you in your carry-on bags.
Packing for Your Kayak Tour:
ROW will provide all necessary paddling equipment including: personal flotation devices (PFDs), all kayaking equipment, and neoprene booties. ROW will also provide all necessary camping equipment for your tour, including: tent, cot, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner and pillow. It is vital that all of your kayaking clothes are synthetic or wool, not cotton. As we like to say in the world of kayaking, “cotton is rotten!” Synthetics are also ideal for hiking in as they wick away moisture from the body and dry quickly. Packing efficiently will make loading your kayaks easy and enable you to quickly find your gear during the tour. Plan to use 1-2 kayaking outfits and 1-2 camp outfits that you will reuse throughout the trip. You are welcome to bring extra clothing for before or after your trip. This additional clothing and luggage can be stored in a secure closet at the hotel while you are on your kayaking tour.
At the orientation meeting we will provide each guest with 3 dry bags (one 10 Liter and two 20 Liter). The guides will provide a full explanation of how to use and pack your dry bags. That evening you will pack all of your gear for the kayaking trip into your three dry bags. The rest of your luggage can be checked into the locked hotel closet the following morning before departing for your tour.
- Each set of dry bags will have a name (Sea Otter, Humpback, Orca) to help you in identifying your personal gear while out on tour. While you will have a total of 50 Liters of space, it is important to embrace “packing light.” This doesn’t mean that you have to pack light for your entire vacation, just think small and light for anything you plan to bring kayaking. If you have any questions or need gear suggestions please don’t hesitate to call the office or shoot us an e-mail. We are happy to help!
- Passport – be sure it is valid for at least six (6) months after the date of your arrival
- A photocopy of your passport, inside a zip lock bag and stowed elsewhere in your luggage (as an additional precautionary measure, consider leaving a photocopy with family or friends at home as well)
- Copy of your air tickets with ticket numbers, placed elsewhere in your luggage
- Cash for gratuities
- Credit card that works internationally, ideally with chip technology (Call your bank and let them know where you will be traveling)
- Waterproof Watch or small travel clock with alarm (if you are taking a phone, this can serve as your alarm clock)
- TSA-accessible lock for luggage security when not on your person (optional- can buy these at any outdoor or travel store.)
British Columbia Kayaking & Camping Clothes: Only synthetic or quick-dry materials should be worn while kayaking
- One pair of paddling gloves (optional)
- One pair long, lightweight, nylon pants with zipper pockets (Zip off legs give you more options)
- One - two pair nylon shorts or capris (this can double as a swimsuit for the guys)
- One pair synthetic or merino wool long underwear
- Swimsuit for gals
- One - two short sleeve shirt(s) of tank top(s) (synthetic is best)
- Two long sleeve shirts with sun protection (You can buy tight-weave nylon shirts with 30 SPF protection made by companies such as Patagonia, Columbia, Exofficio or REI etc. Sun protection is essential)
- Four to five pair underwear (synthetic is best)
- Two - three pair synthetic or merino wool socks
- One wide-brim, tie-on hat (the floppy nylon variety is ideal, as it packs well)
- One warm hat
- One lightweight, packable jacket and/or vest (Synthetic is ideal for packing light)
- One wool or synthetic sweater or jacket for warmth in the evenings and mornings
- One waterproof jacket and pair of waterproof pants
- Paddling jacket (optional, if you do not have a paddling jacket your regular rain jacket can be worn while paddling if needed)
- One pair sturdy trail shoes, or running shoes, to use for hiking and around camp
- One pair sandals with ankle straps to wear while kayaking, on the beaches, walking around camp, etc. (Chaco, Keens or Crocs are preferred but there are many other brands that are suitable)
Gear and Other Essentials:
- Headlamp (it’s a good idea to pack extra batteries and possibly an extra bulb)
- One water bottle (1 Liter works best)
- One buff or bandanna for sun protection and cooling off
- Towel (small lightweight towel, backpacking/ quickdry style works great)
- Camera, batteries, battery charger (Mophie battery packs (external battery pack) for all USB enabled devices are a great option)
- Binoculars (Optional but nice for bird and wildlife watching)
- Sunglasses, polarized are highly recommended for sun protection and enhanced clarity
- Retaining strap for glasses and sunglasses (Chums, Croakies or similar item. We will have these for sale at the orientation meeting)
- Extra pair of sunglasses and glasses/contacts
- Three to four kitchen garbage can liners (These are great for wet clothes, dirty laundry, soiled shoes, etc.)
- A few quart-size or 1-gallon Ziploc bags (Very handy for personal items as well as packing sunscreens, lotions or anything that might make a mess)
- Books or E-reader, pen and note pad, deck of playing cards or other games, etc. (we recommend 1-2 books at most; keep games and “extras” small in size and to a minimum)
Toilet Kit/First Aid:
- Standard toiletry kit including general hygiene products (keep liquids under 3.38 oz. for carry-ons)
- Dry Shampoo (optional)
- Sunscreen & lip balm with SPF 15-30
- Pre-moistened toilette packets or disposable shower wipes to refresh
- Personal medicines/prescriptions (Dramamine-motion sickness, Benadryl -allergic reactions, Advil or Aspirin, etc.)
- Insect repellent (bug nets useful if you have them)
- Skin lotion
- Small squeeze bottle of hand-sanitizer gel
BC Recommended Reading List- Some of our favorite books about British Columbia.
Port McNeill Guide - Helpful ideas on what to do before or after your trip.
Weather Report- Check the local weather before you go.
Trip Advisor - Read guest reviews.
Vancouver Island & the Johnstone Strait- The amazing geology, flora, and fauna of this region
Terms and Conditons
Our hope is that your first trip with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures is just one of many. Thus our goal is to provide thorough and complete communications and be clear with the details of our agreement with you. Because the fine print sometimes changes, you will receive the most current Terms & Conditions along with your travel documents at the time of booking.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
We do our best to provide you with all kinds of useful resources to prepare for your trip. These include packing lists, reading lists, detailed itineraries and more. The reservation packet that we send you will include a detailed gear list of what you should bring. Our Adventure Consultants will send you a full packing list when you make a reservation. They will also be in contact leading up to your trip departure with important reminders and any information specific to your tour date.
CHOOSING AN APPROPRIATE TRIP
Most of our trips are suitable for beginners; however, some are more active, physically challenging or demanding than others. A spirit of flexibility and adventure is a good thing to bring along. It’s important that you understand the physical requirements for whatever trip you choose. If you’re not sure if an itinerary is right for you, please call one of our Adventure Consultants for advice. Be sure to read the “Trip Member’s Responsibility” below and if you have any medical concerns we encourage you to speak with your doctor before making a reservation reserving space on a trip.
HOW TO SIGN UP
To make a reservation, please contact us by one of the following methods:
1). Call us at 800-616-1943 – Monday-Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
2). Send us an email at email@example.com
3). Use the “Book Now” tab found on every trip page on our website.
When we confirm the availability of your desired date and adventure, we will send you an electronic reservation packet and detailed invoice.
A deposit is required within 7-10 days of making your reservation for all trips booked 90 days or more in advance. Confirmation is not final until we also receive a copy of your completed trip application and signed waiver. We accept all major credit cards for the initial deposit. Credit cards are accepted for deposits only – the balance must be paid by check. Alternatively, if you wish to use a credit card for final payment, you may do so for an additional 3% administrative fee. Complete details on deposit amounts and payment due dates for your specific adventure will be sent to you on your initial invoice. All monies must be paid in US dollars.
Early reservations are recommended as space is limited. While it is often possible to join one of our trips on short notice, space is limited and we recommend you sign up well in advance.
Full payment is due 60 - 90 days prior to departure. Specific payment terms will be included in your reservation invoice. Reservations made after the balance due date must be paid in full at the time of booking. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation if full payment is not received by the due date.
TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN
We strongly recommend that you protect yourself and your equipment through the purchase of a short-term travelers' insurance policy, covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation. Baggage is carried entirely at owner's risk, and ROW Sea Kayak Adventures accepts no responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, or delayed property. ROW Sea Kayak Adventures assumes no liability regarding provisions of medical care. Participants should realize that hospital facilities for serious problems may be remote and evacuation prolonged and expensive. Participants are urged to check their medical coverage to be sure it is adequate. US residents may purchase reliable coverage through our office. You will receive additional information in your electronic reservation packet. You should purchase cancellation insurance soon after signing up, as the policy will cover any deposits paid if you need to cancel for covered reasons. Participants are responsible for researching the terms of their insurance coverage.
You may transfer your payment to another trip four (4) months or more prior to departure without penalty. Within four (4) months you are subject to the applicable cancellation fees stated above. The trip date you transfer to must be within 12 months of your original departure date.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately. If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit. Deposits are not refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final balance due date, no money will be refunded. If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Any replacement participant must be able to meet trip criteria, complete a trip application, sign a waiver form and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Therefore we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason as well as those listed above we strongly recommend you consider purchasing a travel protection plan.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. must normally make substantial payments to its suppliers far in advance of scheduled departures. If a trip is canceled due to force majeure (acts of God, war, labor strikes, flooding, earthquake, etc.), ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. will promptly refund the portion of the trip cost not advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible. However, ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. does not guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made, and our use of best efforts to recover these payments will not include the institution of any legal proceedings in foreign jurisdictions.
On most camping trips that do not include hotel accommodations we do have a limited number of single tents available at no extra charge. On tours that include hotel accommodations, tour prices are based on double occupancy. If you are a single traveler, and request individual accommodations, we will apply a single supplement fee to your reservation. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will pair you with a roommate, should there be one available, allowing us to waive the single supplement fee. For some of our tours we have a limited number of single accommodations available. A select few of our tours do not offer single accommodations, regardless of traveler’s interest.
If you wish to be waitlisted for a full trip, the normal deposit is required. If an opening occurs on the trip, you will be informed and automatically transferred to the trip roster. If you accept the slot you will be subject to the normal cancellation policy. Otherwise, your deposit will be refunded in full.
US Citizens are required to have a valid passport when traveling to another country. It is your responsibility to be sure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your tour dates. For some of our destinations you may also be required to get a Tourist Visa; for these tours we will provide specific instructions in your reservation materials.
You may book air transportation for this trip through online booking sites, by working with a local travel agent, or contacting our preferred provider – Exito Travel at 800-655-4053 or online at www.exitotravel.com. This is an independent company that has wholesale agreements with several airlines and can often get very good fares. If you do book online or buy discount tickets through a consolidator, the tickets can be restrictive and you should review the booking conditions carefully. These tickets tend to have stiff penalties for changes or cancellations. Once you have booked your flights, please fax or mail us a copy of your air itinerary so we can inform your trip leader of your expected arrival.
If you are happy with the service you receive, it will be more than welcome. Tipping is a very personal matter and the decision to tip and how much to give is entirely yours. If you believe your guide deserves a tip, a suggested range is from 7-12% of your trip cost. If you had the time of your life, then the sky’s the limit! We also appreciate your comments. We use your feedback to recognize extraordinary guest service and to discover areas where we can make improvements. Our goal is to exceed your expectations! Tips can be given to the “ROW Team Leader”, who will distribute them equally among the crew.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures is proud of the fact that we can sometimes bring guests together with their favorite guides. However, guide requests are often not possible and cannot be guaranteed for a variety of reasons. We will do everything we can to schedule you with the guide you have requested, but in the end, please understand, your request may not be feasible.
TRIP MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITY
Trip members have the responsibility to choose a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are happy to discuss this with you. Trip members are held responsible for being in sufficient good health to undertake the trip and for preparing for the trip by studying the itinerary and pre-departure information sent by ROW Sea Kayak Adventures.
While most travel, including travel to international destinations, is completed without incident, travel to certain destinations may involve greater risk than others. ROW Sea Kayak Adventures urges passengers to review current announcements and advisories, travel warnings, and restrictions issued by the United States Government prior to booking travel to any international destination. Up to date infromation on various international travel conditions can be found at www.state.gov, www.tsa.gov, www.dot.gov, www.faa.gov, www.cdc.gov, www.treas.gov/ofac and www.customs.gov. By offering travel to particular international destinations, ROW Sea Kayak Adventures does not represent or guarantee that travel to such locations is advisable or without risk, and ROW Sea Kayak Adventures is not liable for damages or losses that may result from travel to such destinations.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures reserves the right to disqualify anyone at any time before or during the trip for medical or psychological reasons. Each trip member is ultimately responsible for his or her own medical expenses. We cannot refund costs of medical examinations or other expenses incurred while preparing for a trip. If you arrive at the start of your trip with a pre-existing condition or injury that was not disclosed in writing to ROW Sea Kayak Adventures and you are subsequently forced to leave the trip because of this condition, you will be charged all extra evacuation expenses and will not receive a refund of any unused trip services. All health information is treated as confidential.
TERMS OF SERVICE
RESPONSIBILITY ~ AN IMPORTANT NOTICE
These paragraphs define our responsibility with respect to all of our trips. Please read carefully. Payment of deposit represents an acceptance by the tour member of these terms and conditions.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. an Idaho Corporation, and its owners, agents and employees give notice that services provided in connection with its itineraries, including transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurants, and other services, are purchased from various independent suppliers who are not affiliated with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. Although it endeavors to choose the best suppliers possible, ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. has no right to control their operations and therefore makes these travel arrangements upon the express condition that
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. and its own agents and employees shall not be liable for any delay, expense, mishap, inconvenience, bodily injury or death to person, or damage to property occasioned through the conduct or default of any company or individual engaged in providing these services. Each of these passenger conveyance companies, hotels, tour companies, restaurants, etc. is subject to the laws of the state or country where the service is provided.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. shall not be liable for bodily injury or property damage for any reason, including but not limited to acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays and expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, government restrictions or regulation, discrepancies or change in transit over which it has no control.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures reserves the right, either prior to or after departure, in its good-faith discretion and in circumstances that warrant it, to change or re-price any tour, trip, or expedition. This includes the possibility of moving to an alternate location due to extreme water conditions, wind conditions, forest fires, road closures and/or acts of God.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. reserves the right to substitute hotels and leaders and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary or advisable.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any of our trips and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes.
All of our guests are required to sign a liability release form acknowledging that there are inherent risks associated with the nature of activities planned prior to traveling with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures. Your trip is not confirmed until ROW Sea Kayak Adventures receives this signed liability release form. Participation in the tour will not be allowed without a signed completed liability release form, and consistent with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures’ cancellation policy, no refund will be granted.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. operates our trips in British Columbia, Canada. All other trips in foreign countries are arranged through and are operated by independent suppliers that provide the goods and services for your trip including, for example, food service providers, equipment suppliers, yacht and other transportation companies, lodging facilities, local ground operators, certain guides, etc. As a result, we have no right to control their operations and therefore make the described travel arrangements upon the express condition that the ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. its subsidiaries, agents and employees, shall not be liable for any delay, mishap, inconvenience, expense, irregularity, bodily injury or death to person, or damage to property occasioned through the conduct or fault of any company or individual engaged in providing these services.
We do our best to follow our itinerary as published; however, the nature of adventure travel is such that each trip will be slightly different. Weather, park regulation changes, hotel availability, guest ability, and other factors may require modifications. We always do our best to substitute equivalent destinations and activities. ROW Sea Kayak Adventures will not be held responsible for any refunds whatsoever for changes to the printed or scheduled itinerary.
Travel requires a flexible attitude. Due to factors out of our control, including but not limited to weather, unannounced road construction, etc., delays do occur. For example, flights sometimes don’t operate as scheduled, roads may wash out, or detours may be necessary. We advise you to consider these potential factors when planning your travel to our tour destinations, as well as ask for your flexibility and understanding when delays due to factors out of our control necessitate changes to your tour itinerary.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient sign-ups or logistical problems, which may impede trip operations. The refund of all land payments received shall release ROW Sea Kayak Adventures from any further liability. In the event of trip cancellation, ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for a cancelled trip (e.g. visa fees, equipment, nonrefundable advance purchase air tickets, etc.) or for any additional arrangements should the trip member have embarked prior to the scheduled group departure date. A trip cancellation due to insufficient sign-ups would normally occur at least 30 days prior to departure.
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures shall not be liable for (a) expenses such as additional hotel nights and meals not specified in the individual trip itineraries, but which may be required to get to and from a trip start or end; (b) expenses due to the delay of a trip for any reason (e.g. bad weather, trail conditions, landslides, flooding, sickness, etc.); (c) expenses incurred in recovering luggage lost by airlines, belongings left behind on a trip or in shipping purchases or other goods home from abroad.