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Paddle a Dugout Canoe to the Old-Growth Rainforest – Friday September 16, 2016
September 16, 2016 @ 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM$89
Join local ecologist Dan Harrison and Tla-o-qui-aht canoe guide Marika Swan for a uniquely integrated traditional paddle and guided walk through the old-growth forest on Wanachis-Hilth-huu-is (aka Meares Island). This tour will include both scientific and cultural perspectives on our coastal rainforests and the stories of the land and trees that are central to carving culture on the West Coast. You will learn about the natural history of coastal rainforests, including the evolution and development of these rare ecosystems. You will also gain a deeper understanding of the natural laws that govern the intimate relationships that Tla-o-qui-aht people have with our local land and waters.
Guests should be prepared for an uneven forest trail over roots and small logs with approx. 1 hour total walking time. We will be taking a less travelled trail once we get to Meares Island, not the more popular boardwalk. Bring a bag lunch and lots of water. Our West Coast weather can be unpredictable, come prepared for rain or shine.
Marika Swan is a Tla-o-qui-aht carving artist and canoe guide that seeks inspiration from her ancestral roots and rugged landscape. Her preferred artistic practice is woodblock relief printing where she explores Nuu-chah-nulth spiritual teachings with feminist themes. Marika works as a cultural canoe guide with T’ashii Paddle School where she introduces guests to the teachings of the traditional canoe. Full artist bio here.
Dan Harrison’s training as a forest ecologist and woodworker have shaped his unique perspective of our coastal rainforests. As the Executive Director of the Raincoast Education Society, Dan’s focus is conserving the ecosystems of Clayoquot Sound through research and education. As a craftsman, Dan salvages and mills logging waste for a range of woodworking projects. Dan’s pursuits allow him to explore the interconnections of science, art and culture and their roles in shaping our community.