THE ECOSPHERE COASTAL TOUR
A Deep dive into coastal and marine ecology
Ready to explore some of the most remote and pristine places on the south coast? Our 3 hour Ecotours take you on an unforgettable journey aboard the Ecosphere I landing craft, alongside a dynamic expedition team of seasoned photographers, marine biologists, historians and Transport Canada-certified boat crew.
With comfortable seating for 9 passengers and 2 crew, the 28-foot Ecosphere I is powered by an inboard Diesel engine for speed, along with a zero-emission Torqeedo electric outboard motor for silent passage along coast lines, through narrow waterways and small inlets.
Observe wildlife up close and go ashore to learn about beach formation, intertidal sea life, and the ingenious ways nature compensates for human activity. Learn about the art and science of biomimicry, an approach to innovation that borrows ingenious systems and models found in nature to solve human challenges. And hear the story of Takaya, the lone wolf. His journey to the islands, survival and final days. Learn about the indigenous inhabitants. The Songhees First Nation. Their ancient and modern history and relationship with the natural world.
As you explore the environment and record your observations, you’ll become a citizen scientist, contributing to our understanding of marine ecology and our impact on the planet.
So go ahead, explore. Your day with us will be unforgettable.
Like the chapters of a good book, our tours contain a series of stops that connect you to the ever-evolving story of our unique and pristine coastline. At each waypoint, you’ll learn about the features and animal inhabitants that make each location unique. You’ll come away with a new understanding of your own life story ad your place in the natural world.
Please note: Waypoints may vary according to currents, weather and tides
WAYPOINT 1: Guided Mini-Meditation
WAYPOINT 2: Ancient History
WAYPOINT 3: Look around you
WAYPOINT 4: Tidal Bore
WAYPOINT 5: Intertidal zones
WAYPOINT 6: Who’s Out There?
WAYPOINT 7: A Spring Feast for the Eyes
WAYPOINT 8: The Light and the Lone Wolf
On the South West corner of Discovery Island stands the remains of the lighthouse built in 1886 atop Pandora Hill. The highest point on the island. The old buildings remain and perhaps one day will find a new purpose. We will spend some time drifting and noticing the life in the sea and above. Takaya the lone wolf is memorialized with a mural and sculpture. Can you find them? The story of Takaya, an abandoned lighthouse, the Songhees First Nation, and another Island inhabitant collide at this site and provide us with an opportunity for conversation and reflection.
WAYPOINT 9: Beach Landing and Forest Walk
WAYPOINT 10: Amongst the Chain Islands Ecological Reserve
When you book with us, either via email or by phone, we will email you a complete tour schedule along with your ticket and instructions on what to bring and wear.
WHAT TO BRING
Spring, summer and fall
- Waterproof jacket
- Thermal layer
- Sun hat
- Hiking shoes
- Sun screen
- Lunch and snacks
Oak Bay Marina
1327 Beach Dr, Victoria, BC V8S 2N4
KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK
- This adventure is not suitable for anyone with a history of serious medical conditions, including but not limited to, back or neck injuries, recent surgery, and/or current or suspected pregnancy. Passengers under 4ft/120cm in height or 50lb / 23kg in weight also cannot join (typically applies to children under 7 years of age.)
- Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check-in. Participants must be 19 years of age or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.
- As we will be departing the boat onto a beach access, this adventure is not wheelchair accessible.
Departing from Oak Bay Marina at 10am.
Phone ahead at (250) 240-0084 to book.
From beach cleanups to marine life discovery and even nature walks, we can make an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
All tours take around 3 hours (depending on variables like tides and weather) and depart from the Oak Bay Marina.
Use the form below to design your journey.