All trips taken with Horizon Adventures are categorized by a challenge level listed below. These should not be confused with the Paddle Canada certification Levels which have a different meaning. These trip categories try to capture a combination of comfort levels and experience that the paddler may bring with them and the challenges that they can expect to face on that category of trip along with the skill level that might be desired.
Our trips are limited to select small groups of 6 – 8 travelers with at least 2 guides. Why? First, I insist on personal attention. The food is delicious, our equipment of the highest quality, our guides are a delight and the experience second to none. Second, the waters we travel are BIG, and so is our commitment to safety. Smaller groups mean less risk on open water with more independence for you, and small groups make a much smaller impact on a fragile land resource. ‘Slow’ because we like to explore not rush. For us the destination is the journey. We want to share these magnificent waters with you and we know them as well as, or better than, anyone in the business. Look under the main menu bar above for the selection of trip options under each category.
Almost all day trips are challenge level 1 rated.
Skills Challenge Category 1
Novices welcome, no experience necessary. Complete lesson of paddle strokes, wet exit and rescue instruction can be included in program. Distances average less than 12 kms per day.
Skills Challenge Category 2
Beginners welcome – some experience recommended. More demanding, greater likelihood of exposure to challenging wind and waves. Distances average 12 – 20 km per day.
Skills Challenge Category 3
Previously successful experience with trip activity is required. Able to handle, launch, land and rescue yourself and others in waves up to 1 meter. Must have completed and be prepared to demonstrate wet exit training. Distances average 15 – 25 km per day or more. High likelihood of exposure to challenging wind and waves.
These ratings are estimates based on suitable weather and ability.
Severe weather can upgrade any rating to a higher more difficult level.