Trips and Training Calendar

For all of PIKA’s trips and training events download the calendar.

Updated on May 10, 2024:

  • Cancelled Paddle Canada L1 skills course, June 1, 2
  • Changed classification of Fort Langley to Ladner trip, June 8, to 3D (was 3C).
  • Cancelled Kyuquot Sound trip August 10-18

Joining a Trip

You must be a member of PIKA to join a trip. No guests are permitted and no “drop-ins” on the day of the trip are permitted.

If it’s a day trip, you’ll need to let the trip facilitator know at least two days ahead so the float plan can be created and sent to the trip coordinator. If it’s a weekend or longer trip, then more than a week’s notice of your intent to participate is required. More adventurous week long trips require planning meetings to make sure everyone is capable of making the trip safely.

For details about how to join a trip, see page 2 of the Calendar. Plan your paddling year and let the facilitators know as soon as you know!

Trip classification system

PIKA applies a trip classification in its trips to indicate the expected skills/degree of difficulty (1-4) and the distance involved and physical effort necessary (A-D) for the trip.

A trip classification is set by the most difficult and most strenuous part of the trip. It does not take into account changes in sea conditions or weather which may change the trip classification unexpectedly.

Don’t overestimate your paddling skills; if you are unsure, get out on less strenuous (and less risky) trips until you’re comfortable and have enough skills and stamina to do the higher classification trips.

Mentor program

Our mentor program encourages people who are new to sea kayaking to join us on the trips.

Tips for new members

We have a few tips for new members – this is mailed to all new members – but it’s a good reminder for everyone! PIKA Paddler Guidelines includes all the “basics” for any paddler with PIKA.