10 Reasons to be an Adventure Traveller in 2017

Now it is a well-known fact that the great outdoors is good for you – body and soul. Getting away from the humdrum of day to day life, and getting back to basics is a dream for some.

So imagine how happy you could feel on board one of our yachts surrounded by the beautiful Canadian mountains, waters, and forests.

Well luckily for you, you don’t have to just imagine! Just in case you still have your doubts, here are our top 10 reasons to dive into adventure travel this year:

1.Improved health
Being out in nature is thought to help with conditions such as heart disease, attention deficit disorder, and obesity. It is also good to get out there, hiking, biking, yachting, whatever takes your fancy, all comes doctor recommended!

2.You can do it, whoever you are
Unlike many activities, adventure travel in nature has levels suitable for any age or ability. Yachting is a perfect choice for the whole family. It is particularly beneficial for the young and the old with Nanaimo Yacht Charters you will have access to some of the most pristine spots.

3.Better brain function
When you get to a certain age, a part of your brain called the hippocampus gets a little smaller, and this can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Just an hour of walking every week can improve memory retention and can help keep you mentally healthy as well as physically healthy!

4.Gives you a better ability to cope
Adventure holidays are full of unknowns. You will learn to cope with unexpected situations when out in nature, especially when yachting. You may have to take a different route due to the weather, or avoid a certain area due to an animal sighting. The possibilities are endless, and not only is that unbelievably good fun, it is great training for back home!

5.You get to try something new
With all those unknowns, you will undoubtedly get to try something that you have never tried before. The most exciting thing about adventure travel is getting to try a different way of life for a while.  If you have something in particular in mind that you would like to try out on your trip, speak to one of the staff members here at Nanaimo and we will try are hardest to make your dream a reality.

6.Allows time to reflect                                                                                                          Adventure nature trips allow that breathing room, space for reflection, and therefore an opportunity to learn from the past and find solutions for the future. Giving yourself that reflection time is of up most importance for success

7.It builds confidence
Every journey changes you, and makes you more confident to push forward with your life. You dream, then you plan, then you are there, and then when you get home you share your magical memories, and that little cycle is quite the confidence boost.

8.Inspiration
Adventure nature travel helps you realize that what we have is precious, and inspires you to take positive action. When you become a part of nature, you can’t help but feel inspired to ensure future generations will have the same blissful experiences as you.

9.Renews adventurism
With all the amazing technology that exists in the world, the desire to stay inside is stronger than ever. Especially for children. A trip like this can remind you how amazing and wonderful being out in the real world is, and that no virtual reality experience or movie can come close.

10.That all important time out
Okay, so that is what all holidays are for. But with adventure nature trips you get fully immersed in your here and now. Other holidays keep you connected to the real world through WiFi, TV, and the like. It is easy to give in to distractions when surrounded by bright lights and so much noise, but with a nature holiday you can truly switch all that off and get some well-deserved time out.

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Dive into Adventure

Yachting is ridiculously relaxing. There is just something about the combination of fresh air, and lapping water that helps your shoulders drop and breathing soften. You can leave all your stresses and worries on the shore and watch them slip away over the horizon.
Do something different to help re balance your life, book yourself a yachting trip with Nanaimo Yacht Charters.

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Yachting holiday – British Columbia, Vancouver – An Exploration?

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Yachting Holiday

Yachting holiday at British Columbia, Vancouver, and Nanaimo are all famed for their stunning array of wildlife.

Set in this picturesque landscape it is yours to explore and enjoy whilst on a yachting holiday with us here at Nanaimo. From statuesque mammals to impressive birds of prey, fascinating marine life and graceful forest creatures – animal lovers are sure to have a whale of a time (excuse the pun!) on a Nanaimo yachting trip. In this article, we will have a look at our top three native land animals in a little more detail.

Black Bears

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Black Bear

Black bears are omnivorous just like us. They sustain themselves on a diet composed of things such as plants, small mammals, honey (yes bears do really love honey!), insects, fruit, and like their Grizzly brown cousins… salmon. It is also known that black bears will tackle a somewhat larger meal such as a young deer or perhaps a moose calf but this is a rare occurrence. In the whole of North America there are around 600,000 black bears, and about half of those reside the Canadian side of the border.

Their Louisiana and Florida relatives however are struggling with numbers and thus are listed as a threatened species with numbers around the 3,000 mark. Black bears can actually be found as low down as Mexico, and across 40 states in the United States of America. Populations have been pushed back by human development and now numbers are strongest in the remotest places meaning in BC we have a plentiful population of our own strain of the species. Intensive farming has been the most destructive force in depleting the bear’s original habitat.

Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagles

The bald eagle likes to set up camp in the forest too just like the black bear, and they also like to be close to large bodies of water so that they can have the best of both worlds; a cosy nest as well as ample prey. Although they aren’t shy when it comes to hunting, they do like their homes to be further from human activity. They are also exclusive to North America, and as they sit at the top of the food chain, they population is reasonably stable. It is only when their habitat is destroyed by humans that they struggle.

It is Canada’s biggest bird of prey, and it’s preferred dinner option is always fish. Should fish not be an option for whatever reason, it will instead choose to dine on rabbits, smaller birds, young deer, or squirrels. They are very loyal creatures, shown by the fact that they mate for life. Mating is instigated by an impressive aerial display by the males which is common in the bird kingdom. The heaviest population of the bird is found on the Pacific coast of BC but they are found right across America.

The Marmot

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The Marmot

The Marmot is a lot less well known than the bald eagle or the black bear, but it is no less awe-worthy. It is a big burrowing rodent that is related to the squirrel family. Unlike many rodents the marmot is diurnal (sleeps during the night time and is awake during the day time). There are 13 species of marmot in total, of those thirteen, four reside in Canada. There is the woodchuck marmot, the hoary marmot, the Vancouver marmot, and the yellow-bellied marmot. Both types are rounded and beefy ranging from 2-9kg.
Their fur is short and they have bushy tails and relatively tiny ears – making them absolutely adorable to look at. They like to live in areas plush with grass and greenery, but also the rocky slops of mountains and the lowlands. The yellow-bellied marmot, the Vancouver marmot, and the hoary marmot are only found over here in the west. The woodchuck marmot which is more commonly known as a groundhog don’t really have a single area of inhabitancy, and are somewhat scattered across the whole of Canada. The Vancouver marmot is only found on Vancouver Island – finally an animal that lives up to its name!
So there you have it! Our top three creatures to keep your eyes peeled for whilst yachting with us in the beautiful Nanaimo.

Boat Review: Lagoon 42

New additions to our fleet – 2017

She is the only Catamaran available for bareboat chartering from the mid island.

She is fully loaded with all the latest electronics and 
all the luxury one would expect in a state of the art catamaran 
from CNB Lagoon.

Design & Construction

The underside of the gullwing bridgedeck was configured to minimize pounding in rough seas; the glazed vertical windows that bend around corners cut down on heat inside; the composite bimini angles up, giving the impression of suspension; and the circular coach roof forms a compound curve all around the cabin house.

A structural center beam adds strength and also secures the forestay fitting, the anchor roller and an anchor chain well that runs atop the beam rather than below.

On Deck

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On deck

The deck is dedicated to improved circulation from one end to the other. The transoms are wide enough to preclude any embarrassing moments boarding from a dock or dinghy, and just two low steps lead up to the single-level cockpit. Here a dinette to starboard will seat eight, a lounge to port will be cozy for two, and another small seat spans the space just ahead of the davits.

Despite its ample size and power, the boat can be easily sailed singlehanded.
Steps also lead up to the coachroof for access to the boom or the integrated sun pad.

The helm ergonomics have truly been optimized, from the centered window cut into the composite top that provides a clear view of the mainsail, down to the many handholds for anyone who doesn’t have a grip on the wheel.

In contrast, there are no handholds mounted on the coachroof itself, although you can run your hand along its finished bottom edge and steady yourself as you move forward. That’s slick, but so is its curved two-foot edge comprised of smoothly finished fiberglass without antiskid. Not only will this surface be slippery for anyone up top, it’s hard to climb up onto the high cabinhouse from the foredeck, especially with wet hands and feet.

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NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR FLEET – 2017

YES, IT’S TRUE – OUR 2017 SEASON WELCOMES – STRAIGHT FROM THE FACTORY – NEWLY DESIGNED LAGOON 42

Not only is she new, she is the only Catamaran available for bareboat chartering from the mid island.

She is fully loaded with all the latest electronics and all the luxury one would expect in a state of the art catamaran from CNB Lagoon.

Don’t wait too long to book!

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The curvaceous Lagoon 42 replaces the iconic 420/421 and fills in the gap between the French builder’s 400 and 450 models. It’s not only a great addition to the product line in terms of length and price, it represents a fresh take on catamaran livability and ease of sailing, especially in light air.

Besides aesthetics, weight reduction and performance are another focus of the design. The VMG Soromap mast, for example, has been moved aft to open up the foretriangle and allow for more downwind sail choices. This aft position also keeps the weight centered to reduce pitching, and allows the boom to be shorter and the mast taller for a higher-aspect-ratio sail plan. Add to that a self-tacking jib that moves on a track forward of the mast, and easy single handing becomes a real possibility despite this cat’s size. During a light-air test sail on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the boat proved remarkably nimble for a cruising cat, especially given the trouble larger cats can have in these kinds of conditions.

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Sail Training

Learn to skipper or crew a sea going yacht, while sailing in the Gulf Islands or in the waters surrounding Vancouver Island BC.

Our sailing school, based in Nanaimo (Vancouver Island) offers Power and Sailing courses for individuals, couples or families, we also have summer camps for teens and kids.

Our boating and yachting school’s certification programs range from basic to advanced and include a Yachtmaster course that sails around Vancouver Island. (We are CYA, ISPA, IYT affiliated and recognised)

We have a wide range of Sailing courses team of specialist Sailing Instructors/coaches their job is to help you succeed.

Basic/Competent Crew
Sailing Courses

Perfect for those at the beginning of their sailing or powerboating career – these courses take you from nothing to providing you with confidence.
Duration – 5 – 7 days depending on the course/s selected
Pricing – The price of our standard Cruise and Learn includes the provisions, yacht and instructor.  (50% non-refundable deposit guarantees your place)

Courses on offer:

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Basic CYA Sailing Course, (Evenings & weekends)

CYA Basic/ISPA Competent Crew and Day Skipper

CYA Basic & Intermediate/ISPA Competent Crew & Dayskipper Power Boating Course

Women Only CYA Basic/ISPA Competent Crew & Day Skipper Sailing Course

Custom Sailing Course

Intermediate/Day Skipper
Sailing Courses

Ok – you know how to sail and now you want to get more proficient or maybe you want to charter and need certification?
Duration – 5 – 7 days depending on the course/s selected
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Basic & Intermediate Power Boating Course

Intermediate Sailing Course – Cruise & Learn

Coastal Navigation

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VHF Radio Course

Advanced
Sailing Courses

You can sail you have extensive experience and now you want to do the real deal or you want to get certified.
Duration – up to 14 days depending on the course/s selected
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Courses on offer:

CYA /ISPA Advanced Sailing Course

Yachtmaster Offshore Sailing Course

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VHF Radio Course

Sailing Instructors Course

All about accreditations for the

1. CYA – Canadian Yachting Association
2. ISPA – International Sail & Power Association
3. IYT – International Yacht Training

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Combining Yachting and Nature in Vancouver

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Nanaimo is an ecological treasure trove of life. The beauty of the region and its wildlife is a major draw to many who embark on a boating holiday in the area. And this is why we all must work together to protect the natural environment from several human and non-human threats.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThere are a number of wildlife reserves, nature parks, and a lot of different tour companies that operate within the Vancouver Island Region. There are also a variety of protection groups and environmental steward groups who work to ensure the natural diversity and beauty is protected.This is important work. Without groups like this it could be said that habitats would be in great decline, and there would be less for travellers to see!

As we know, nature and its inhabitants evolve, grow and move to suit the changing environment. Across the region we can now see a number of non-native species. The American Bullfrog, the Rock Dove, the Snapping Turtle, and the North American Opossum are some particularly intriguing examples. These new beautiful beasties are protected under the Wildlife Act.

There are also a number of wildlife rehabilitation programmes for indigenous species who are under threat from manmade habitat destruction or problematic natural phenomenon. One particular problem of late is not a decline, but in fact an increase in the number of wild cougar sightings. This is down to an increase in black-tail dear which is prey for the cougars. The food chain is a magical mechanism.

BaldEagle-NorthCentralVanocuverIslandThis has however lead to some controversy in the area as many people who have seen the dangerous looking cats in heavily populated areas are calling for a cull. Something environmentalists and conservationists are dead against. Groups opposed to the culling have suggested other measures to get on top of the problem such as birth control in the deer population.

Conservationists have been out on the ground setting humane traps which are constructed with the aim of capturing and relocating the animals. But locals are concerned more by the number of deer, as it is believed the predators will keep coming back whilst there is a large amount of prey for them.

Nature sometimes throws us problems such as this one. But there is one thing worth remembering – they were here before us. All animals are entitled Our magnificent wildlife_5342555466_lto use of the land we have taken over. Therefore the safest and most moral way to move forward is through humane methods or trying to steer nature – not disrupt it further.

Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay said: “There’s just simply too many of them and they’re starting to bring some challenges to the community, some real safety challenges”. It is a concern that a cull is too controversial and also expensive and so officials are consulting with the community. It is estimated that a quarter of Canada’s 4,000 cougars are currently living on the island.

As well as the nuisance cougars, you can find wild bears, eagles, and mountain goats aplenty across the region. There are a number of specialist wildlife parks and tours which you can take appreciate nature at its finest.

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The charity argues that bears are highly evolved, intelligent, sentient beings that are a critical part of the natural environment. They have been active in helping to draft wildlife policies to promote the protection of bears through a reduction in human-bear interaction. Several species of bear are currently under threat. Whilst sailing around the isles you can often spot a bear catching his dinner on the shoreline. It is a magnificent sight, and one we must protect.

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As a visitor to the region you have an important role to play. Visitors must appreciate the natural environment whether that be on land or at sea. It is the golden rule to leave places exactly how you found them – reduced human impact is a key part in protecting these glorious species so that next generations can have the pleasure of visiting them in their natural habitats too.

Why not keep a record of all the different animals you come across during your yachting trip to the Vancouver Isle. Conservation organisations love it when people record sightings, but also it will be interesting to compare what you see with the next time you visit!

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Sailing Holidays in Vancouver with Nature Protected

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A new initiative is afoot in Nanaimo. A leadership group is looking to build relationships between Nanaimo businesses like ourselves and the indigenous population. So much of Vancouver Island is reliant on the outstanding natural beauty of the area, but the rich cultural heritage embodied within that is too often ignored.

Sunset-from-Portland-Ilsand_5436825263_l-300x200The initiative entitled ‘Toolbox for Change: a Local Perspective on Indigenous Culure’ launched this month (May, 2016) consists of a series of cedar boxes being sent to various points in the community via a mobile library. These boxes hold a whole host of interesting artefacts including books on indigenous culture to help educate the wider community about this group of people.The boxes themselves have the beaver, the eagle, the raven, the bear, and the wold on the box – these animals symbolise the main family groups of the nation.

Instigated by the Leadership of Vancouver Island – a leadership development programme in the area, the project aims to reconcile some difficulties between indigenous populations and the new settlers. Tara Plett, spokeswoman for the initiative said how the initiative is mainly aimed at the over 25s, as there is a gap to bridge in the knowledge of younger and older generations.

The suite of tools will enable people to educate themselves and then move forth and develop positive relationships with the First Nations community. Literature includes items on cooking, protocol with the elders, and other history. The boxes are artistically designed and so are intriguing and interesting to the user. The passing of knowledge is an important part of indigenous culture and so the project is using known and appreciated methods to link the two halves of the community together.

20130516_205149-300x225The First Nations in British Columbia refers to a number of ‘First Nations’ governments and peoples in the province of British Columbia. These groups
are comprised of Native Canadians who are affiliated into tribal councils groupings. Among the many ethnic groups counted in in the First Nations include the Haida, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Gitxsan, Tsimshian, Nisga’a.

In British Columbia there are over 200 First Nation groups. Each of these fascinating groups has its own language – the mind truly boggles. There are also a wide array of traditions linked to each of these individual groups. The one thing that unites them all, and them with us too, is their deep love, appreciation and connection with nature. The rivers, mountains, forests, wildlife, and the glorious oceans on which we all enjoy yachting are all of pivotal importance to the various tribes.

When travelling on the seas around Nanaimo, it is important to take a step back, take a deep breath of the glorious fresh sea air, and feel that you are part of something bigger. Appreciate the history of your environment and respect it to protect its future. The Aboriginal Tourism organisation have a series of shows and events across the year for interested visitors and locals – check it out here.

Businesses that participate in the much anticipated project will receive official stickers to show they support the toolkit and are on board with the change, support and reconciliation agenda that is the underbelly of the campaign.

Sunset-from-Portland-Ilsand_5436825263_l-300x200The Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre who are working closely with the group to implement the programme always have a broad range of activities on for aboriginal families and interested parties. They work with elementary school age children, host family nights, do educational outreach, soccer tournaments, youth mentor schemes, literacy programmes, and also provide scholarships.

Here at Nanaimo Yacht Charters we endeavour to be part of the community. As a result we are very much behind this project, and encourage anyone travelling with us to spend a bit of time getting to know the history of the beautiful Vancouver Isle and its people. We want Nanaimo to remain not just a great place to sail for the weather but also for the amazing scenery. Nature at its’ best.

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