• Dean Nelson

Wild N Queer 6-Day Spring Desolation Sound Kayak Expedition

Updated: May 9

Join us as we explore the enchanting destination of the Sunshine Coast's - Desolation Sound on the Salish Sea out of Powell River, BC. June 3-8, 2021. Two nights hotel at gay owned and operated Old Courthouse Inn plus the 4-day Wild N Queer kayak expedition will venture into

Desolation Sound, one of BC’s largest Provincial marine parks and is in the traditional territories of the Klahoose and Tla’amin, Homalco Nations. Join us June 3-8, 2021. Click here to book now.


The Wild N Queer Tour include all the gear you will need for this unique adventure, locally handmade Seaward Kayaks, Werner paddles , a spacious MSR Elixer 2 tent, self-inflating sleeping pad, sleeping bag and liner to give you top of the line comfort while in camp and on the water. You will only need to bring personal items!


We will teach you the fundamentals of ocean kayaking, safety procedures and will stay together as a group. This tour will satisfy everyone from active adventurers to those seeking a more relaxed vacation. Our itinerary will be determined by the weather and needs of the group. This trip includes meals as indicated including snacks, desserts and hot drinks.


The evening before your tour departs we would like to meet with you at our meeting point in Powell River, to give you your dry bags, try on paddling gear and go over any last minute details.


We will celebrate you in this beautiful place...

Nourishing and delicious local and wild food

Laugh, sing, swim, play, and enjoy good times

Hanging out around a campfire (where permitted) and soaking in the stunning sunsets

Camping in comfy tents

And inspiring guides that honour you, and show you this beautiful marine ecology.

No kayaking experience is necessary; participants must be comfortable in and around water, in good enough shape for 4 to 6 hours of daily kayaking and some easy hiking. 


The Guides

Mark Riser is a passionate queer outdoor educator and the founder of Wild ‘n Queer. He loves to connect gay people with local ecologies, inspiring people to explore Nature, swim and dive, hike, kayak, backpack, forage, fish, and hunt, sharing his deep love of these beautiful places with people from all walks of life.


He is a SKGABC Certified Sea Kayak Guide (AOG) and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification, as well as training in bushcraft and wilderness survival. He holds a certificate in yoga studies from Bihar Yoga Bharati in India, and is a student of food-as-medicine and wild food cooking.


He loves to sing and play the ukulele, inspired by the beauty of the places he calls home.


John Hermsen is the owner / lead-guide at Footprint Kayak & Hike Explorations, located in Powell River BC.


John fell in love with Canada's west coast many moons ago, he left the Netherlands in 2006 to seek a new adventure on BC's Sunshine Coast. Certified as a SKGABC Level 2 sea kayak guide, he explored many areas up and down the west coast.


John loves to share the natural & cultural beauty of his favourite kayak destination: Wildly Beautiful Desolation Sound!'


Itinerary for the 4-Day Wild N Queer Expedition

Day 1 (Thur., June 3rd) - Powell River, BC

Arrive into Powell River by 5PM. Tonight you will relax at the beautiful and historic Old Courthouse Inn. Located in the National Historic District of Powell River, this gay owned and operated Inn has an eclectic mix of antiques and collectables adorn the rooms and halls reminding guests of the days gone by. The Wild N Queer group will meet in the evening to review tomorrow's itinerary as well as issue your kayak gear including dry bags.


Day 2 (Fri., June 4th) - Desolation Sound (B/L/D)

Breakfast served at the Old Courthouse Inn's Edie Rae's Cafe. Group transfer to marine port to load up the kayaks and paddle out onto our Wild N Queer adventure. Explore the Salish Sea in Desolation Sound. You can expect 4-6 hours of paddle per day, some hiking and taking in the breath-taking scenery.


Overnight camping with all meals (lunch, dinner)


Day 3 (Sat., June 5th) - Desolation Sound (B/L/D)

Breakfast served between 7-9AM followed by morning paddle.

Explore the the stunning scenery and take in the wildlife

Overnight camping with all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 4 (Sun., June 6th) - Desolation Sound (B/L/D)

Breakfast served between 7-9AM followed by morning paddle.

Explore the the stunning scenery and take in the wildlife

Overnight camping with all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 5 (Mon., June 7th) - Return to Powell River (B/L)

After breakfast we will pack up the camp and explore our final day in Desolation Sound with a lunch break. We will aim to be back in either Lund or Powell River around 3PM with group transfers back to the Old Courthouse Inn.


Overnight at the Old Courthouse Inn


Day 6 (Tues., June 8th) - Powell River

Time to check out and head home, continue exploring the Sunshine Coast, or head over to explore the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island.


Tour Highlights