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JULY 1st, 2020 UPDATE: 

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to all aspects of our lives, including business and travel. As businesses begin to reopen, we all share a responsibility to practice habits that promote the health and safety of both ourselves and those around us.  With this in mind, Long Beach Nature Tours has developed a set of “COVID-19 Best Practices”. These were developed by guidance from public land management agencies, travel industry peers and Worksafe BC. These agencies utilize a layered approach of practices and behaviours which address the entirety of a trip continuum; i.e., actions aimed at minimizing COVID-19 risk before, during, and after a hiking trip. We are excited to get back out on the trails with you soon! As always if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

PRE-TRIP

  • All payment and waivers will be completed and signed online upon booking and prior to a trip beginning.
  • Guest packing lists have been updated to include additional items such as face masks, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial wipes. Guides will carry extra masks for those who need them.
  • Our staff and guests will be required to sign a declaration of health and exposure form prior to excursion.
  • Any staff or guest who has been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, or who has experienced any flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, body aches/chills, recent loss of taste or smell) within 14 days of their scheduled trip, will not be allowed to join the trip.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization of all company-shared workplace spaces, trip-supplied gear, and vehicles/vessels has been implemented. These practices include shelving certain pieces of gear for 7-plus days after use so viruses might die (rotations), laundering, and the use of BCCDC-recommended disinfectants for use against COVID-19.

DURING A TRIP

  • Physical distancing (minimum of 2 meters) will be practiced at all times unless direct person-to-person interaction is essential (emergency or first aid), in which case interacting parties will be required to wear facemasks if able.
  • Face masks must be worn in any enclosed space (buildings, group travel in vehicles). Masks must be worn prior to entering such spaces, while in the space, and upon exiting.
  • Transportation may or may not be provided depending upon COVID-19 transmission risk. In general, guests will need to provide their own transportation.
  • All company-supplied gear to be used solely by one guest, or possibly a family group, will be designated and labeled for use by that guest(s) only.
  • A trash bag will be provided and designated for use by each guest. This will be for disposal of personal tissues, baby wipes, sanitizing wipes, or any other item of biohazard concern. Each guest will be responsible for their personal bag and disposing of it properly at the end of their trip.
  • Any guide or guest who develops flu-like symptoms during a trip will be, if possible, physically distanced from the rest of the group, and from any community spaces or items. Affected individuals will be required to wear a facemask. The affected individual is encouraged to contact their physician for further direction. All those who have been in close contact are encouraged to self monitor their symptoms for 14 days.

GROUP HYGIENE

  • All guides will have alcohol-based hand sanitizer on hand at all times.
  • Our guides will provide sanitizer to guests during meals or other rest stops; if guests have their own supply and it is as effective as ours, we will require them to use it during these times.
  • During an excursion we require that all guests do not engage in physical contact unless they are residents of the same household.
  • We require that guests do not pass around food or beverages to one another unless they are residents of the same household.

PASSING OTHERS ON TRAILS

 Narrow trails present contact and distancing challenges for people trying to pass one another. Where possible, communicate with the approaching person or group and decide on who will move safely off the trail until the others have gone by. If it is unsafe to keep a two-meter spread, move as far as is safely possible and ensure the passing party moves by quickly and with no physical contact.

POST-TRIP

 Any staff or guest who develops flu-like symptoms within 14 days post-trip will be required to contact and inform us of their symptoms. If informed that anyone associated with a trip has experienced any flu-like symptoms, all staff and guests from that trip will be called to inform them, and required health professionals and/or agencies contacted (anonymity will be protected to the extent possible). Please know that all staff have been trained in these practices, and that we will adapt or evolve practices as the efficacy and general knowledge of COVID-19 prevention strategies become better understood, or if local, Provincial, or Federal mandates dictate something different or additional.

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Some Tours Suspended: For 2020 Summer Season

Our Intro to Pacific Rim, Rainforest Discovery, Pacific Rim Traverse, Wildside of Flores, Beaches of Vargas, Nootka Trail trek, West Coast Trail and Alpine Hut Trek have been suspended through our 2020 summer season, pending direction from Parks Canada, BC Parks and local First Nations regarding trail access.

Proximity to the Pacific Ocean keeps temperatures cool in the summer and mild in the winter. Average temperatures in the summer and winter are relatively stable and cool, coming in at 19.1 °C (66.4 °F) and 8.1 °C (46.6 °F), respectively.

When you inquire about or register for a specific hiking tour, we’ll email you a detailed packing list for your specific tour.
Every trip requires sturdy hiking shoes or boots, weather-related clothing, raingear, personal items, and the ability to carry 1-2 litres of water (water bottles or hydration bladders).

All multi-day hiking tours include transportation from the town of Tofino to the trailhead and back as well as our 5040 Peak trail day hike. Some of our tours are located on islands a short distance away from Tofino, which we provide a private boat transportation service for. Our Pacific Rim National Park thru hikes include a shuttle from the end of the trail back to the start but your own transportation is required to start at the trailhead.

 

Private transportation for larger groups can be booked upon request.

All of our hiking guides are very knowledgeable about the history of the areas they guide in. You will have the option to learn about the natural and cultural history of the region you are venturing into. There is a tremendous amount of fascinating history to learn about if you’re interested, so just let your guide know how much you want to know!

For the most part we recommend that children be age 12 or older to participate on most of our trips. If your child is under the age of 12 please give us a call and we’ll work with you to make a responsible choice.