Western Educational Adventures Family Canoe Trip / Adventure
Western Educational Adventures

Sayward Forest Canoe Expedition

Canoe the Sayward Forest Canoe Circuit near Campbell River, BC as a family or group of friends, one of Vancouver Islands best kept secrets! This program is designed to give you the skills necessary to go on backcountry canoe and camping trips of your own-not to mention the incredibly warm lakes for swimming! During this 7 day program, students learn everything there is to know about a canoe trip including portaging, paddle storkes, camp cooking, camp set-up & much more! If you are looking for a canoe course "near me" or a tour, this is a once in a lifetime experience in your own back yard.


Vancouver Island Wilderness Canoe Trip
family group outdoor meal preparation
Family Wilderness Canoe Trip

Canoe Vancouver Island’s Best Kept Secret!

Campbell River, BC

10 - 65 7 days 4 - 12
*$1,500 + GST On Demand

*Based on a minimum of 4 people. As this program is a custom program, costs may vary depending on location, timing, numbers and other factors.


Custom Pick-Up

Pick-ups are done in the early to mid-morning on day 1 and drop-offs are done in the evening of the final day. Exact times will vary based on pick-up location. We can arrange to transport groups from anywhere on Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo & Sidney BC ferry terminals and the Victoria airport. Please Contact Us with your desired pick-up and drop-off location(s). We will also do ferry and airport pick-ups.

What to bring

Click here for a detailed packing list. Please contact us if you wish to borrow, rent or purchase equipment.

In a Rush or Have Questions Before You Book A Sayward Forest Canoe Expedition?

Call us now at 250-888-1622 and talk to a real person!! or, if you can't talk now, please click on the following button to take you to the contact information survey (takes 1 to 2 minutes to complete) and we will get back to you within 2-5 business days.


The Experience

Above all, our canoe program is more fun than you can imagine! Every lake on this beautiful 11 lake Vancouver Island canoeing circuit is unique. As well as its lakes, the Campbell River Sayward Canoe circuit has numerous small, shallow rivers to paddle down and beaver dams to scramble over all within a forest with endless mountain views in the distance. The circuit's backcountry campsites have giant cedar plank picnic tables. Participants learn canoeing skills & strokes, wilderness camping skills, about leadership, planning and much more!

The Circuit

Sayward Forest Canoe Circuit-Official BC Forest & Rec Parks Website: Click Here

Outdoor Skills

Participants learn most of the skills required to run a successful backcountry canoe trip. Everything from making a meal plan to route planning to cleaning up the dishes in an environmental way. All of our participants come away from this experience with a comprehensive canoeing and backcountry camping skill set.

Some of the skills you will learn

• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Panning • Navigation • Canoeing and Portaging • Canoe and Water Safety • Canoe Rescues • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance

Safety and Food


Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

"Landon took our family on a sea kayak paddle starting out of Victoria. This was our first time sea kayaking but we felt confident in Landon keeping our trip safe and enjoyable. In little time we were safely paddling and navigating the water. It was a great day!"

-Alex Damjanovic

Food and Food Allergies

We believe that a good experience starts with good nutrition. Proper diet and eating habits are lacking in today’s society - a result of readily available fast foods, processed foods and a lack of nutritional education. We strive to provide quality, simple, wholesome meals with limited processed ingredients – in addition to the occasional smores and limited other tasty treats. This is part of why we include our participants in all meal planning, purchasing and cooking.

We are also very experienced in dealing with dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Great care is taken to avoid serious participant food allergens whenever possible. Where this is not possible, we take great care to avoid cross contamination of ingredients.

"Landon guided an overnight trip for our family on the Juan de Fuca trail. Healthy eating is important to us. Landon helped our kids build an outdoor oven and they were soon baking an amazing dinner. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that you can look after yourself in the outdoors."

-Carole Damnjanovic

Booking Inquiry Form

**All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**

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