Join local Skipper Sisters Gisele and Tsimka Martin on a Tla-o-qui-aht language odyssey in our traditional coastal dugout canoes. While out soaking up the spirit of this place you will learn some of the ancestral language spoken for thousands of years by our local communities. Don’t fret if you are a little rusty on your sea-faring skills or local lingo. You will be expertly guided through the basics of properly using your paddle, the magic of “pulling together”, and a respectful approach to the land and waters.
Guests don’t need to be “athletic” but should be prepared with a good attitude to try something new. This guided tour includes paddling (with breaks) and a walk on an uneven forest trail. Bring a bag lunch and lots of water. Our West Coast weather can be unpredictable, come prepared for rain or shine.
This is a partnership project with T’ashii Paddle School.
Tsimka Martin is a Tla-o-qui-aht woman who grew up in her Nations’ territory (the southern end of Clayoquot Sound including Tofino). Tsimka was introduced to canoeing at a young age. Her father Joe Martin and older sister Gisele Martin were both key in her entry to the activity. Some distinct memories include paddling through thick fog as a kid and then a teen with her dad. Tsimka has a keen desire to let travellers to Tla-o-qui-aht territory know where they are and why it is special. Tsimka is also a Tla-o-qui-aht language apprentice with local elder, Levi Martin as well as being an enthusiastic musician and performer.