Ocean Sound Kayaking, Co.

Absolutely incredible what Steve and Abbey can coax from a camp kitchen. Not only was the food plenty and delicious, their spirit and leadership ramped this vacation from good, to Excellent.

Josh & Racheal Miligan

California

WHO WE ARE...

Ocean Sound Kayaking began in 1989 with an incredible passion for kayaking Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.  Since this time, we have delivered exceptional travel to amazing people from all over the world.

We are the perfect combination of: people who love sharing with people, and people who simply love what we do!

Ocean Sound Kayaking is a small family owned business that prides itself by offering engaging, educational, and safe kayak tours on Haida Gwaii. We understand that the journey is as important as the destination, and it’s the small details that add to your experience.  We don’t cut corners.  We simply put our best effort into what we do. We always strive to improve, and this attitude mirrors US!

Meet the Owners

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Steve: After 20 years of guiding sea kayak tours, I am still as passionate as ever about the natural beauty of Haida Gwaii and its people. The outdoors has always been a catalyst for me. Wither its global travel, or at home in my backyard, I strive to embrace the importance of people, community, and our responsibility for wild places.

Since my first visit to Haida Gwaii, I realised that I found the ideal place to express these values, and I have never looked back…

I am a Level 3 Lead Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, and in the winter months I find rewarding work as a Heli Ski Guide and as an Avalanche Technician throughout western Canada. I am also a certified Ski Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.

Lise: Having spent a large part of her youth being carted around from one adventure to another, by an active family, there is no doubt where Lise finds her inspiration for an active lifestyle. Her global travels have installed a passion for people, places and wilderness. Today Lise continues these passions and pays her upbringing and travels forward not only to her own family, but to her classroom, where she teaches in our local community.

Over the past 20 years Lise has traveled on many adventures throughout Haida Gwaii. From these experiences a deep appreciation for Haida Gwaii’s wilderness, history, and culture have become infectious for her. Though she is not a certified guide, Lise can now be found helping in the office. Here she holds the fort in my absence with logistics, meal planning, or answering that particular question you may have…

Our People

Your only as good as the people you surround yourself with. With us you will find professional guides, excellent food, quality gear, and the attention to detail that you deserve!

You will be engaged by people that do what they love – love what they do…

 

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ABBEY BRONSON

Lead Guide

Abbey has been guiding in Gwaii Haanas since 2009, and with Ocean Sound since 2012. Over the years she developed an incredible passion and love for Haida Gwaii and enjoys sharing the natural and cultural beauty with others through guiding.

Abbey follows her passion of kayaking in beautiful places during the winter months in places such as the Southern Chilean Patagonia, Abel Tasman, New Zealand and Antarctica.

When not spending time being active in the outdoors Abbey enjoys traveling, learning languages, cooking delicious meals and knitting handmade toques.


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JANE WHITNEY

Lead Guide

Jane is a seasoned wilderness leader, who has over two decades of guiding sea-kayak and hiking expeditions on Ellesmere Island, Baffin Island, Haida Gwaii, as well as in Patagonia. Experienced in expedition travel, she has led several private expeditions in the Canadian High Arctic, in Northwest Greenland, Tibet, and on the coast of southern Chile.

She has called the Canadian Rockies her home for more than 30 years and has explored extensively throughout the Western Mountains. She is also very fun to be with and has been lauded by many as a superb naturalist.

 


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CHRISTINE HAWES

Lead Guide

Christine has been working in Gwaii Haanas with Ocean Sound Kayaking since 2004. If I were to pick one word to describe her it would be “Genuine”. Christine’s love of the outdoors is infectious, while her detail for safety and ability to see the big picture, make her an ideal leader. In the winter months, Christine can be found leading kayak tours in Antarctica.

In 2009, Christine paddled 2417 km over 106 days, from Galliano Island where she resides, to Glacier Bay Alaska, which has not been achieved by many other paddlers. Her blog can be reviewed at Crossing Borders Expedition When not paddling, Christine is traveling the world, which has installed a deep love for sacred places and a heart for the quiet voices of the less fortunate.