• Thursday, Jul 4 - Thursday, Jul 4, 2024
  • 6pm-9pm
  • Jericho Beach
  • Cost: $59 + tax
  • Experience Level: Novice

Event Details

This event will be held on the waters of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla; S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō); Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group; səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh); šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam); Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish); and Stz’uminus nations, also known as Jericho Beach, in Vancouver, BC. We are grateful to be uninvited guests on these territories, and we honour the stewards of this land by continuing our ongoing commitment and actions towards decolonization, as allies, when called upon.

We invite you to join us in chasing horizons on the water in partnership with Jericho Beach Kayaking. This session is perfect for beginners who want a comprehensive introduction to kayaking. It’s also a great session for those with some previous kayaking experience who have not previously received formal instruction.

Program Details:
We will spend the evening at Jericho Beach learning:

  • parts of the boat and the paddle
  • safety practices and gear
  • how to launch
  • proper technique for moving forward, backward, stopping and turning

Date and time: Thursday, July 4, 2024 from 6:00pm-9:00pm (PST).

Experience level: beginner – new to kayaking.

Cost: offered at $59 + GST to registrants ($89 + tax standard full price).

Location: We will be meeting on the east side of the Jericho Sailing Centre compound on 1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, BC. Please click here to find full details for busing, biking, and parking options. 

Transportation: Please note: each participant will be responsible for getting to this event. You can organize carpooling through our Private Facebook Group. If you are carpooling with someone, please make sure to chip in for gas/parking. For mentee/mentor kayaking sessions, you are welcome to coordinate transportation together.


Application Details:

The program will be run on an application basis. We are prioritising individuals who are interested in and committed to building community with other BIPoC folks, and would like to prioritise Black and Indigenous registration especially. We encourage you to reflect on your personal experiences and use that to guide open and honest responses. 

Honouring our intersectional identities is important to CTT. If you identify as a member of the BIPOC community, along with another equity-seeking identity, our community sees you and welcomes you to submit your application with priority. We appreciate our wonderful allies and their support for the beautiful community we share; respectfully, at this time, we will only be taking applications from members who identify as BIPOC.

Application deadline: June 27th, 11:59pm (PST).

Selection Process: We respectfully ask that you do not contact us to inquire about a spot in the program; once applications close, we will be in-touch via email between June 28th – July 2nd with the participants who have been selected. To ensure that our email finds its way into your inbox rather than your spam folder, please add [email protected] to your safe sender list.



Self and Community Care:

If you are feeling any flu-like symptoms or symptoms associated to COVID-19, have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days, have been identified by Public Health as a close contact of someone with Covid-19 or have been told to isolate by Public Health before the event, please let us know and stay home.

Inclusion Policy: 

At Colour the Trails, we are dedicated to fostering an environment that champions inclusivity, respect, and equality. We want to make it clear that we will not tolerate any form of anti-Blackness, anti-Indigenous attitudes, racism, homophobia, ableism or transphobia within our organization or community. We firmly stand against discrimination and prejudice, and we are committed to creating a safe and affirming space for individuals of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and gender identities. Together, we strive to promote unity, understanding, and support for all trail enthusiasts, regardless of their background or identity. As a Black owned and Black led business, we recognize the greater prevalence of anti-Blackness and anti-Indigeneity and will always prioritize support and protection for Black and Indigenous communities.

Cancellation Policy

This policy applies to smaller one-day events. We would like to emphasize that even when the participation fee is low ($10-100) it is important to show up as last moment cancellations make us look bad as a group in front of partners that help us to create affordable events.

  1. Cancellation At Least 7 Days In Advance: For cancellations made at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled event, no penalties will be incurred. Participants can request a full refund. In some cases when we pre-pay for spots with our hosts, we might need to fill in the spot in order to issue a refund.
  2. Cancellation Within 7 Days: In the unfortunate event that a cancellation is requested less than 7 days before the scheduled event, or no shows the following policy will apply:
  • Refund: Cancellations made less than 7 days of the event will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Penalty: A three months ineligibility to attend future events. We leave a right to cancel any registration of the person under penalty in this time frame. After the three-month ineligibility period has elapsed, participants can once again sign up for future events without any restrictions.

Photo & Video Release Consent:

By purchasing a ticket you grant permission for Colour the Trails and sponsors to use any of the photos or videos from this event that have been taken by Colour the Trails videographers and photographers. They will be used for the purpose of sharing experiences with the community and encouraging future participation in events, which can include but is not limited to, print or digital versions, social media and websites without compensation or recognition given. Colour the Trails will not use the photographs in a manner that would exploit or cause malicious representation toward you. Photos will be shared at the discretion of the event organizers. Please be prepared to take your own photos and videos if you want to ensure that you capture memories of your experience. If you post or share photos, we ask and encourage participants to tag Colour the Trails so that others in the community can learn about our work and get the chance to participate. 

Please contact [email protected] BEFORE the event if you do not want to be photographed or on video during an event.

Content Creation Statement

We ask to respect our work and not create content to promote any brands or organizations during our events. Our team is putting a lot of energy and time into creating community spaces with little support and unrelated organizations should not benefit from our hard labour. You are encouraged to share about Colour the Trails work as it shows the welcoming and safe space we are creating and word of mouth helps our community to grow!

Full list of policies here.


Do I need to know how to swim?

You do not need to know how to swim, but you must be comfortable falling in the water and keeping calm with a life jacket on. 

Will I get wet?

At least part of you will get wet in the introduction to kayaking event. You will definitely be getting wet in the Complete Series as you will be learning water exits (kayak capsizing and re-entry).


How athletic do I need to be?

Intro is geared towards total beginners. You don’t need to be super experienced at being on the water or paddling. You will be spending time listening to the instructor, learning technique, and then applying it.


For the complete series, you will want to feel comfortable doing a couple hours of paddling at a time, with breaks for snacks, lunch etc. for the last session, which is a day trip. 

Will I be provided with all of the gear I need?

You will be provided with: a wetsuit, a life jacket, 15m rope, bilge pump, whistle, paddle float, paddle, and a kayak, of course!

Items to wear/bring with you: a swimsuit, footwear that can get wet, a towel, sunscreen, a hat, a water bottle, and a change of clothes


Is there somewhere I can store my belongings?

Jericho Beach Kayaking has a limited number of unsecured cubbies available where you are welcome to leave items you do not want to take on the water with you. They are not able to hold on to your valuables. We recommend you leave them at home or in the car. Alternatively, you can bring a drybag with you so you can take them on the water. We also have drybags available for rent and for purchase on site.


What if it’s forecasted to rain?

We will be out on the water, rain or shine! We will only resort to cancelling if it is too windy or if there are other safety concerns. You will be notified in advance and refunded if we cancel due to weather.


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