Women's Retreats

ReImagine: Paddling the Sechelt Inlet

When: August 13-16, 2015
Cost: Early Bird $400 or Regular $450

When was the last time you did something for YOU? 

Do you long to glide across the ocean with a sense of child-like wonder? Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of your self and beliefs? Do you want an opportunity to nurture a relationship with your sister, mother, aunt, cousin, co-worker or friend? Do you want more from a vacation than just sitting in a lounge chair? (Though there's nothing wrong with that!)

This weekend adventure requires NO previous experience. But it will take your outdoor skills, confidence and relationships to the next level! Imagine yourself one day paddling the Bowron Lakes chain or the Powell River Forestry canoe loop -- THAT'S how ready you will be after this weekend combo of paddling, backcountry camping and plenty of relaxation.

This trip is modest in length, isn’t too difficult and promises to be tons of fun. 

Come Reimagine! Register now.


Sechelt Inlet is one of the principal inlets of the British Columbia Coast. It is ideal for canoeing! The inlet allows for quiet, calm exploration while enjoying the rugged landscape that is typical of the Straight of Georgia. Steep, forested hills surround the inlets, with many small creeks cascading down hillsides. Join us while we navigate our way through the ocean waters of the Sechelt Inlet exploring what it has to offer.

This three-night trip provides participants with the opportunity to be introduced to canoeing while learning and putting to practice some backcountry skills all from the safety and comfort of a provincial campground. By the end of this adventure you will feel more confident with the basics of canoeing skills from strokes, steering, rescues, navigation, packing a boat and journeying. We also understand that life gets very busy and have created time on this trip to connect with nature and ourselves so that everyone leaves feeling refreshed. Your guides will help the group orchestrate the best days possible by balancing individual desires with the whole groups needs.

Day One: After traveling to the Sechelt Inlet, participants will arrive to an already set up campsite at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. This will be our “Home Base” for the entire trip. We will have some brief opening activities, setting our intentions for our time together, we will dive right into a canoe orientation. This is what Reimagine is all about! After a healthy and delicious dinner, we will study the canoe route on a map, have an opportunity to ask questions and enjoy a relaxing evening by the campfire.

Day Two: After breakfast, your guides will help you get ready for the days adventure.  Before loading the canoes, the group will have a canoe loading and paddling lesson, and then set off for adventure following the shore of the Sechelt Inlet. As we head up the Inlet, we will take opportunities to explore the ocean shore and continue to practice our canoeing skills. We will find a welcoming spot for lunch where we can take some time to relax, catch a swim and enjoy the natural world around us.

After our tour, we will head back to camp for time to rejuvenate with optional yoga, meditation or journaling. Together as a community we will prepare a scrumptious well-deserved feast cooked over a camp stove, while learning backcountry-cooking practices. When it’s dark we’ll gaze up at the net of stars while we gather around a campfire.

Day Three: The next morning will be spent as a skills and exploration time.  Your guides will lead a number of workshops on some basic backcountry skills from (and not limited to):

  • Fire Building (fire ban permitting)
  • Knots & Shelter Building
  • Menu planning
  • Gear Selection, Planning & Packing
  • Basic Navigation & Map Reading

After a morning of skill development and a warm lunch women will have the option to enjoy time to do whatever you please! Take a walk along the beach, go for a swim, explore the forest, take a nap, read a book - decompress before for your next adventure. In the late afternoon/early evening, we will load back into our canoes and head out on an evening paddle. Enjoying a sunset on the water is a special kind of experience. After a delicious dinner prepared ensemble,we'll have a group campfire before heading to our tents for a restful sleep.

Day Four: An optional sunrise canoe paddle is a great way to welcome the day. After a filling breakfast we will head out again for our final paddle as a group. We will explore areas that we wanted to come back to, practice our new paddling skills, and enjoy our time together on the open waters. After lunch we will pack-up, take-down and clean up camp. We will then have some time to reflect and debrief on our experience. We will say our final farewells and head home fulfilled and energized from our time in the wilderness!

Canoe Trip Includes:

  • All camping equipment
  • All paddling gear including canoes, paddles and PFD’s
  • Tents (based on double occupancy)
  • Food (all meals and snacks)
  • Guides with a 1:8 ratio
  • Park permits
  • Backcountry Skills Booklet

Canoe Trip Does Not Include:

  • Personal gear, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, personal items
  • Personal Pack
  • Ferry transportation to Sunshine Coast


Shannon Wilson - Lead Guide

Shannon comes from Toronto and brings with her over 22 years of camping experience from camps all over Ontario. The past nine years Shannon has called Whistler home while helping direct a summer camp and building and directing an Outdoor Education Centre in Squamish.  Shannon is passionate about taking youth & adults into the backcountry and has lead many trips into the alpine coastal mountains, lakes around the sunshine coast and ocean hikes along the West Coast Trail and paddling the Yukon River.  With over 10 years of guiding experience Shannon is driven to empowering others to enjoy the outdoors as much as she does. She holds a 90 Hour Wilderness First Aid Certificate. 

Margo Dunnet - Assistant Guide

Margo is the Business Operations Director at Camp Fircom.  Margo has run overnight women's-only canoe trips for her friends and recognizes and importance of creating safe space for women to take charge of their outdoor experiences.  While still a relative novice to the outdoors, ReImagine is Margo's chance to bring together a like-minded group of women to learn the skills to confidently plan and enjoy outdoor adventures for years to come.  Margo holds a 50-hour Wilderness First Aid Certificate.

Packing List:

Coming soon in more detail. In general, each participant will need sturdy shoes, warm clothes, a sleeping bag, sleeping pad and a large backpack. 


If you have any questions about the retreat please call Margo Dunnet at the Fircom office, 604-662-7756, or email margod@fircom.ca