The Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. strives to deliver safe, enjoyable, educational, challenging and safe adventure programs. Notice we said safe twice. The safety of our clients is always our principal concern. We are dedicated in every way to sustainable tourism and we practice what we preach. On every program we strive to...
The Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. offers your group the best possible equipment on the market. Our assets include:
The Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. is owned by Certified Marine Naturalist Yvonne Poirier, who is passionate about the ocean and outdoors. She and her team love to share their knowledge and educate people about the amazing local wildlife and ecology of the Salish Sea and Gulf Islands, as well as the history and present day threats to our local environment.
Yvonne studied through Guelph University, is a certified Assistant Overnight Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, is Advanced Wilderness First Aid certified by Slipstream Wilderness First Aid and is CPR-C Pro certified by the Academy of Emergency Training. Yvonne worked as a kayak guide and camp leader for multiple seasons with various companies in BC and one in Tasmania, Australia, before taking ownership of Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. in 2013.
Yvonne has several years' experience working with youth in a recreation setting, including 9 years involved with the Girl Guides of Canada. She spent her childhood camping, hiking and kayaking on the mountains, lakes, rivers of Canmore, Alberta, and has now been living on or beside the ocean for many years, developing a great appreciation and respect for it.
Yvonne has her SVOP and her MED-A2 Certificate. She has her Advanced Marine First Aid, and her Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certificate, as well as her Commercial VHF Radio Certificate, and she is a Certified Marine Naturalist. Yvonne has her Pleasure Craft Operator Card, as well as her Pleasure Craft Safety Check Examiner Certificate. She also has her Food Safe with the BCRFA, and her Serving It Right with the Restaurant Beverage Service Program.
All our staff have been chosen for who they are: fun, good-natured, knowledgeable, and experienced people. Our staff retain their Wilderness First Aid Certification (including CPR), have been trained by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance, and are dedicated to providing you with a safe and fun Salt Spring adventure.
As a company, we understand that the ecological, sociocultural and economic realms of our globalized society are intrinsically linked. Therefore we support the following organizations:
The Salt Spring Conservancy
We donate 1% of our net profits to the Salt Spring Conservancy, dedicated to protecting ecologically significant and vulnerable lands on Salt Spring Island.
BC Marine Trails Network
We are a Business Member of this registered non-profit society dedicated to the creation of a marine network of campsites and access points along the coastline of British Columbia to ensure continued coastal access by kayak, canoe, and other small pleasure craft.
Raincoast Education Society
The RES was established in 2000 with a mission to help shape an environmentally sensitive future for the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region through education and community stewardship. The RES’ aim is to enable citizens within and beyond the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region to participate knowledgeably, effectively and responsibly in the work of shaping this future for the region and for the planet.
Centre for Whale Research
We are a Member, supporting the Centre for Whale Research, which, for more than 40 years now, is dedicated to the study and conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population in the Pacific Northwest.
We are a Business Member of the Friday Harbour's (WA, USA) Whale Museum, which promotes stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.
Pacific Whale Watch Association
We are one of 36 Members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, committed to research, education, and responsible wildlife viewing. Member companies depart from 20 different ports in Washington State and British Columbia, taking about a half-million passengers out every year, creating critical constituencies for conservation.