What you'll do
Over a century ago, miners with claims and pans walked along the Sooke River hoping to strike it rich. We'll be walking the river in search of tea! Some days I do see people casually panning for gold on a sunny river bank, but that's an experience for another day! The fresh spring growth of many plants and trees can be collected and enjoyed as a wild tea. They may be dried for storage or enjoyed fresh. It's a comforting way to connect further with the natural world and the friends you're sharing the pot of tea with. We'll walk the riverside for about a half an hour, stopping along the way to identify the various plants I use for my wild tea blend. I'll pick us enough for a pot of tea, boil some water on a small burner, and steep the wild ingredients right in front of you! Fresh muffins will be served with tea because my fiance runs her own cafe and makes such tasty goodies! On our hike back to the starting point, I'll give each guest a small zip-lock bag so you can pick a small bag of tea ingredients to enjoy another cup or two later in the evening.
**I'm flexible with the timing, feel free to ask for a different start time if it would work better for your group!** I'm the founder and trail guide of The Natural Connection, which offers custom guided hiking adventures and forest bathing experiences for guests in the Victoria area. I have been running this business for the past 4 years, and have lived in the area for 32 years. In the past, I worked as a Bartender, Sailing Instructor, and Deckhand with the Coast Guard. So you're sure to enjoy some casual, bartender-style conversation on the trail while knowing you're in safe hands for the day. You'll get to hear a little about the region's history, or I can just stay quiet and let you listen to the birds ;)
Wild tea & Muffins served riverside in the open air. Please advise of any allergies. Baked goods from Road to Sooke Cafe.
Within the local Sooke area, 20km or less from the park.
Backpacks & foam seating pads
Where you'll be
We'll be at the Sooke Potholes Park, on the Sooke River. I grew up just down the road from this park and spent many weekends exploring the area before it was protected parkland with flagged trails. The Sooke River is the 2nd largest river system on Vancouver Island and is fed from the same protected watershed that our local drinking water comes from. The crystal clear waters are filled with swimmers most summer days.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 4 guests ages 13 and up can attend. Please advise me of any physical limitations or injuries.
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This experience is hosted in Sooke, which is a 1-hour drive from the Victoria area and well serviced by public transport (Route #61).
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