Our rating system is based on a 5 level scale starting at “light” and onwards to "advanced”. No rating system, including ours, is perfect and is inevitably based on subjective judgements. To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain and the length of the trip etc. Please use this system as a guideline and if in doubt, start on a lower difficulty trip.


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting in an open boat for extended periods of time. Given the dynamic nature of sea conditions and the rapid fluctuations in daily weather forecasts, you should be prepared for a variety of conditions. You will need enough mobility to get in and out of a boat and walk comfortably for 30 min - 1 hour. *Hot Springs Cove - Exercise caution at all times and move slowly and deliberately when entering and exiting the natural geothermal pools in Maquinna Provincial Park. The terrain is uneven, rocky and slippery. Rocks can shift underfoot, leading to falls, sprains, or other injuries. We highly recommend that you have water shoes or sandals with excellent grip instead of attempting bare feet.


If your tour is rated “Easy”, no previous outdoor experience is required but you can expect 1-3 hours of physical activity. These walks utilize well formed trails, boardwalks, beaches and in general these tours are up to a half day duration. While this tour is rated as easy, please be aware that natural conditions can change rapidly. Weather, and trail maintenance can affect the level of ease or difficulty. Always exercise caution and preparedness. Remember that every outdoor adventure is a chance to connect with nature, stay active, and create lasting memories. We hope you enjoy your hike along this easy-rated trail and have a safe, enjoyable experience.


If your tour is rated as “Moderate”, you will need a reasonable level of fitness. While it may not be as strenuous as difficult or advanced trails, it still involves some elevation changes that may pose a challenge to individuals with certain health conditions. You will need to be able to walk for 3-4 hours at a time on undulating paths. Most of the trails are hard packed sand, uneven boardwalks and rain forest trails. You will receive instructions and a full briefing by your experienced hiking guide before you set off. Contend with occasional steep section but primarily gradual. Few hazards such as uneven terrain, roots, creek crossings and slippery rocks. Good mobility is required. These tours will take place in remote locations and may require debarking from boat onto rocky shoreline or beach. By choosing to hike on a trail with a moderate rating, you acknowledge and accept the risks associated with outdoor activities.


Before embarking on the challenging journey of a hiking trail with a "Difficult" rating, please take a moment to read and understand the following disclaimer: Physical Fitness and Preparedness: This trail is designated as "Difficult" for a reason. It may include steep ascents, uneven terrain, and extended durations. Participants are required to be in excellent physical condition and adequately prepared for strenuous outdoor activities. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are not accustomed to demanding physical exertion, you should reconsider this trail. Risk of Injury and Hazards: Hiking this trail involves inherent risks, including but not limited to slips, falls, rockslides, changing weather conditions, and remote locations where rescue or medical assistance may be limited. Proper Gear: Proper hiking gear is crucial for your safety. This includes sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots, layered clothing for variable weather conditions. By choosing to hike a trail with a "Difficult" rating, you acknowledge and accept the risks and responsibilities associated with such adventures. Always prioritize safety and be well-prepared, both physically and mentally, to make the most of this challenging hiking experience.


Before embarking on this advanced rating hiking trail, we want to ensure that you are fully aware of the challenges and risks associated with this exhilarating outdoor adventure. This trail is not for the faint of heart or inexperienced hikers. Please read and understand the following disclaimer carefully before proceeding. Physical Fitness: This trail demands a high level of physical fitness and endurance. Hikers should be in excellent health, capable of walking long distances over steep, uneven terrain, and be prepared for strenuous ascents and descents. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are not accustomed to demanding physical exertion, you should reconsider this trail. Technical Skills: Expect to encounter sections that may require climbing, scrambling, or the use of specialized gear. Proficiency in these techniques, such as rock climbing or rappelling, is strongly recommended. Hazards: This trail features rugged terrain, including sharp rock formations, steep cliffs, and unpredictable weather conditions. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather patterns, and carry the necessary equipment for your safety. By embarking on this advanced rating hiking trail, you acknowledge and accept the inherent risks and challenges associated with it. You are responsible for your own safety, and your decisions during this journey are your own.



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