Frequently Asked Questions- (and answers)
- Are kayaks included in the price of a trip? Yes, kayaks and kayaking equipment are included in all our tours and trips. Only Paddle Canada Level 2 and higher level courses assume you have your own kayak.
- Is camping equipment included in Horizons Tours/trips? – Yes, tents, full kitchen utensils, and tarps are included. Sleeping bags and sleeping mats are NOT included but can be rented for $20.00 each per trip per person.
- What kind of sleeping bag and mat do I need? – Typically most of our tours are run in the summer months and so a 2 season bag is adequate. The issue is more about the packing size than the warmth. The sleeping bag should fit into a 10 liter dry bag in order to accommodate the packing space in the kayak. The sleeping mat should be comfortable when in use but pack down to about the size of a loaf of bread.
- How do I take advantage of various discounts? – Check out the registration information page by following the link provided here or on the main menu bar above.
- What about food preferences or issues? – You will be able to inform us about any allergies, food preferences and limitations when you register and when you fill out the “Registration and Release” form accessed from the main menu bar above.
- What is the food like? – Primarily we utilize a “Plant Based” menu with some additions such as fish, eggs and cheese.
- I’m a Vegan. What about me? – We have been accommodating vegan diets for many years now. It’s no problem at all.
- I like meat in my diet! Can I be accommodated? – Yes, we can add some meat to the menu such as deli meats for lunches but the majority of the food will be plant based with plenty of protein to keep us healthy and energetic.
- What about Gluten free options? – If you are concerned about gluten, we can arrange the majority of food as Gluten free for you. If you are Celiac, then a much stricter food regime is required. We would ask you to identify this issue before you register so we can discuss the approach we will use and make sure your needs can, be accommodated.
- What other costs might I expect? – Typically, parking fees are not covered. Neither are pre-trip accommodations and meals that might be required the night before the trip starts. Thess costs and their arrangements vary from trip to trip and will be explained in the pre-trip information once you are registered.
- Can I have my own tent? – Generally yes, you get your own tent if you are a single participant. If you are willing to share a tent with a friend or spouse, that’s great too! We have a variety of high quality tents for customer use.
- Can I paddle a single kayak or do I have to paddle in a double kayak? – Yes, generally you can paddle your own kayak. Some of our trips will include double kayaks but that is usually at the customer’s request. Double kayaks are faster, more stable and roomy but less maneuverable than single kayaks.
- Can I bring my own kayak? – Yes, please bring your own kayak if your own kayak is a SEA kayak and a suitable size to pack your gear and also accommodate group gear. It must have forward and aft bulkheads or water tight compartments, deck (or perimeter) lines and the cockpit must have a skirt to keep water out. Generally you should be able to pack all of your gear in one compartment and allow for group gear to be packed in the other watertight compartment.
- What should I pack? – We offer a packing list in the information package you will receive after you have registered. We also have several videos that address this challenge. You can view them here.
- What models of kayaks do you have for me? – Our single kayaks are all at least 16 feet or longer and will fit most body types. We have boats with rudders or skegs, based on your preference. If you have concerns about whether the kayak will fit you personally please contact us and discuss your concerns as soon as is reasonable. Typical issues for fit are individuals under 5’4″, over 6’2″, or have size 12 feet and larger or those with larger hips. We can almost always find a boat that you will be comfortable in, but it’s really important to address before the trip begins.
- Do I have to take a lesson before I go on a trip? – If you are new to kayaking and have never taken any lessons, then we strongly recommend you do before coming. You don’t have to take the lessons with us, as long as you are getting lessons from a reputable instructor and preferably a certified one. Paddle Canada, or ORCKA each have programs with instructors in Ontario. Paddle Canada has a national program which can be found across the country. You can also arrange for lessons with Horizons Adventures before the trip. All our Category 1 trips include basic kayaking preparation but they will not be as extensive as a pre-trip lesson.
Other questions? Let us know!