Summertime is the time to reconnect with our family, with our friends, and with nature. Luckily for us in B.C., great adventures can be found right outside our doorsteps.
At this point, as an avid outdoor adventurer, you probably feel like you’ve tried and done it all. But there’s a very good chance you may not be familiar with some of the B.C. experiences that Yervana has to offer!
Changing the way we experience the outdoors — from the land to the water — on the West Coast, Yervana is an outdoor adventure platform that connects exploration seekers with knowledgeable and passionate local hosts for one-on-one and small group half-day and full-day adventures, and even multi-day trips.
You can find secret trails, hidden gems, and lesser-known activities (that you may have never even known existed) within B.C. and get a fresh perspective on this place we call home.
Flyboarding Adventure in Kelowna. Photo: Mike Prince with Yervana.
THRILLING ADVENTURES ON WATER
Go eFoiling or Flyboarding, two of the latest crazes in water sports, on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Rise out of the water on an electric remote-controlled surfboard or go soaring and hydroflying above the water for an epic and unforgettable time on the water.
The Green River Thriller Adventure in Pemberton will take you on a jet boat along the Green River wetlands to Nairn Falls — a rare opportunity as this tour is the only one permitted to operate in the provincial park. Along the way, you’ll see towering waterfalls, thrilling rapids, and B.C. wildlife sightings.
See the fireflies of the seas on a kayak with the Bioluminescence Paddle Adventure at Salt Spring Island! As you glide along the serene waters on this late evening paddle, you can witness the emerald glow phenomenon first hand.
DARING ADVENTURES ON LAND
Ever wondered how it feels to dangle your feet off the edge of a wall? Try out Cliff Camping and Climbing on a big wall in Squamish, situated nearly three hundred meters above the sea, for a first of its kind experience in Canada.
On the thrilling 2-hour Squamish Via Ferrata rock climbing tour, you will grab and step on ladder-like rungs, cross exhilarating suspension bridges, and take in the scenic beauty of ocean fjords and mountain peaks. The route ends with a spectacular finish near the viewing deck of the Summit Lodge.
People Water Land Tour, Campbell River. Photo: JP Obbagy with Yervana.
UNFORGETTABLE INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCES
Learn more about the native lands that we live on from the Indigeneous stewards and caretakers of B.C.
Campbell River and the Discovery Islands ranks among the most sought-after destinations for viewing some of the world's most magnificent marine mammals, and also contains a rich First Nations history with millennia of occupation by the people of Homalco, Klahoose, Tla’amin, K’ómoks, Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, and more.
Experience Whales, Wildlife & Culture in Campbell River for an excursion to discover large marine mammals, combined with a unique Indigenous perspective on marine wildlife from your tour guide.
Also in Campbell River, the People Water Land Tour is a full-day whale-watching and cultural tour that incorporates the best of marine wildlife and First Nations culture in an immersive, hands-on experience in a journey towards Orford Bay, the traditional home of the Homalco First Nations people, for an interpretative discovery walk through the forest. During your experience, you may see humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, otters, grizzly bears, black bears, bald eagles, and a variety of marine birds.
Whistler’s What We Treasure Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime hourly experience at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre,, which includes a hand drum welcome song and a guided exhibit tour by Cultural Ambassadors from Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation.
Enjoy brews, bites, and sights on a Comox Valley Brewery Tour for a full-day experience of the region’s craft brewing and distilling scene, with a guided tour through two breweries, a distillery focusing on honey-based spirits, and lunch at a taphouse, all while taking in the breathtaking views of the Salish Sea.
If wine is your drink of choice, the Okanagan Mountain Hike and Winery Tour in Kelowna offers a hike at Okanagan Mountain Park, lunch at a local winery, and a vineyard tour and private tasting at Cedar Creek Estate Winery for a first-hand look (and taste) at their 100% organic farming and winemaking practices.
Viva Las Vargas, Tofino. Photo: Ryan Rogers with Yervana.
Hike into the heart of Garibaldi in Squamish on a three day tour of dramatic landscapes full of dormant volcanoes and towering ice-blanketed peaks en route to the sweeping panoramic views of the emerald alpine lake and most incredible mountain top sunrise B.C. has to offer.
When in Tofino, embark on Viva Las Vargas for a three day kayaking and camping tour on and by the sea. The trip will take you into Southern Clayoquot Sound and to the shores of Vargas Island, which offers a rugged shoreline, sandy beaches, sheltered channels, a lagoon, and mudflats to explore. You’ll camp beneath the stars or the canopy of the rainforest, where you will fall asleep to the sound of gently crashing waves and wake up to unreal sunrises over Vancouver Island.
To learn more, visit yervana.com.
Squamish Via Ferrata. Photo: Ollie Hooper with Yervana.
We’ve partnered with Yervana to give one lucky winner an amazing prize pack for a local outdoor adventure experience in B.C.!
The Yervana Grand Prize includes:
- A $300 Yervana Gift Card
- A 2-night stay at any Sandman Hotel in B.C. (Valued at approx. $300)
- A Yervana gear pack (1x hoodie, 1x SPF Sun 30 t-shirt, 1x gaiter mask) provided by ATACS Sportswear (Valued at $150)
Total Grand Prize Value: $750 CAD
You can enter via the contest entry form below. For additional chances to win, visit Yervana, Sandman Hotel, and ATAC Sportswear at their websites for 10 bonus entries, and visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for another 25 bonus entries each.
This contest is open to British Columbia residents and closes on July 30, 2021. The contest winner will be contacted via email on this date.