This multi-day expedition-style kayak tour along the 28-mile, glacially carved Slocan Lake, provides paddlers (novice and experienced alike) the opportunity to experience some of British Columbia’s most stunning scenery from the cockpit of their kayak. This trip will give you the chance to advance your kayaking skills, see new places, and forge new friendships. Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. Surrounded by lush, forested hills and the dramatic Valhalla Mountains to the west, Slocan Lake is a top-notch destination without the crowds common in more accessible parks. Most of our paddling will take place along the rugged, roadless, mostly wilderness, western shoreline. The crystal clear waters of this fjord lake allow paddlers to see their shadows 20 feet deep. Ancient pictographs may be spotted along the rocky shoreline.
Participants can expect to learn and practice the following kayak skills with experienced facilitators:
• Lifting, Carrying, Launching and Landing
• Efficient Forward Paddling
• Reverse Paddling and Stopping
• Moving the Kayak Sideways
• Preventing Capsize
As we will be traveling through well-known grizzly bear country, we will have ample opportunities to learn and practice Leave No Trace skills to minimize our impact on the environment. Participants will receive an official Leave No Trace Awareness certificate for participation in this program.
For entry into Canada, all participants must have a current passport and no DUI/DWI’s on their record.
On this trip we’ll depart Friday (early afternoon), get on the water Saturday morning, camp along the lake Saturday and Sunday night, and travel back to Pullman on Monday. We may have opportunities for a hike into the Valhalla Provincial Park.
Sign up early and get $25 off your registration. Participants who register in the first 30 days will pay a discounted price of $155 for members and $260 for non-members. On May 1st, registration will return to its original cost of $180 for members and $285 for non-members.
Trip rating is level 2. No kayaking experience necessary! Trip cost includes; group gear, camping equipment, kayaking gear, transportation, permits, and trip leader (food NOT included).
The Pre Trip Meeting and pool session will be on September 1st at 5:30pm, at the Outdoor Recreation Center.
In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC trips are often programmed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs.
• Cancellations made up until 4 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund.
• Cancellations made within 4 weeks of the registration deadline receive 50% refund.
• Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.
Participants may not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs during an ORC activity. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted in WSU vehicles/vessels or at campsites (or other accommodations) at any time. Depending on the severity of infraction of rules and policies, a range of disciplinary actions may take place from a verbal warning to removal from activity, contacting local authorities, and the office of student conduct.