Join us on an adventure to explore the dramatic, rocky cliffs and expansive beaches of Vancouver Island! We'll wander meandering boardwalks beneath towering old-growth forest canopies, learn to surf at Tofino's gorgeous Long Beach, feel the sea-spray from Ucluelet's tumultuous coastline, and sketch the incredible views from perches embedded in the wild forest. At night, we'll camp out under the stars, play games, and listen for nocturnal creatures around our outdoor campsite. This camping trip takes us through Vancouver Island, to the Western-most points of Tofino, Ucluelet and the Wild Pacific Trail.
Our five-day / four-night all-inclusive journey will challenge creatives to explore, expand and express themselves amongst the dramatic backdrop of Ucluelet, Tofino, and central Vancouver Island as we draw and converse together. This is a CAMPING TRIP! So get ready to pack your on-the-go art supplies and meet us for an outdoor adventure!
• Visits to the natural landscape of dramatic Ucluelet, where the black sea-stacks are pummeled with furious waves along the Wild Pacific Trail.
• Hike near Port Alberni, Vancouver Island's most inland seaport.
• Visit First Nations Artist, Roy Henry Vickers' Eagle Aerie Gallery in the lively city of Tofino.
• Sketchbook hikes through the meandering boardwalk trails of ancient old-growth Douglas Fir forests of Cathedral Grove
• Visit Long Beach for a morning surfing lesson along Canada's most celebrated surf area.
• Beach-comb for treasures, spot sea anemones, collect sea-glass and identify kelp along our leisurely beach walks.
• Enjoy a silent moment along the stunted old-growth bog trails of Pacific Rim National Park
• Scout for grey whales, seals, sea otters, bald eagles and stellar's jay, among the other local wildlife, and learn about the marine biology from the senior staff during a guided tour at the Ucluelet Aquarium.
• Get closer to nature and camp out in the wilderness under the canopy. Share stories, roast marshmallows and plenty of amazing conversation by the fire.
AND OF COURSE... Plenty of time for creative conversation, sketching the gorgeous surroundings, and tons of LGAL led activities!
THE PRICE OF THIS ART CAMP COVERS ALL CAMPING GEAR (EXCEPT FOR JUST A FEW VERY PERSONAL ITEMS -- A SHORT LIST WILL BE PROVIDED TO ALL PARTICIPANTS), ALL PARK PASS FEES, ADMISSION TO ACTIVITIES AND MUSEUMS, MEALS, WORKSHOPS, SOME SUPPLIES FOR OUR NIGHTLY ACTIVITIES, AND TRANSPORTATION FROM NANAIMO, VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA.
We will reach out to applicants in the order the applications were received. We should be able to get back to you within a day to let you know the status of your application! If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to reach out! email@example.com
INTERESTED IN MORE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ADVENTURES?
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE INFORMATION FOR THE HOH RAINFOREST / OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ART CAMP MAY 17-21st ADD-ON.
If you are interested in attending both trips, camping accommodations, meals and activities will be provided for free to all stay-over participants on the evening of the 16th! We will be traveling down the Vancouver Island East Coast and camping at GOLDSTREAM PROVENCIAL PARK - where participants can join on a hike to the GOLDSTREAM RAILWAY TRESTLE, a huge suspended bridge above the forest, or one of other great views from the Goldmine Trail. We'll camp the night here before continuing on to meet up with all participants joining us for the first time in Port Angeles, Washington, USA - for the Hoh Rainforest / Olympic National Park Art Camp!
*** Those participants wishing to join us for both legs of the Pacific Northwest trips can contact Lindsay Nohl for recommendations on flights. We are beginning our journey in Vancouver Island, Canada, and then ending in Port Angeles, Washington, United States.
Participants will need a valid Passport, and will need to fill out a simple customs document when passing by ferry (we will assist you) from Canada to the United States.
Questions about coordinating both trips can be sent to Lindsay Nohl : firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll pick everyone up in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island and set off on our adventure! For this trip, we recommend everyone fly into Vancouver, and take the ferry across to Nanaimo to meet up with us! The ferry runs multiple times a day and is extremely accessible (and a lot of fun to ride across the waters!) We would love to help coordinate arrival times for anyone needing assistance as well and will be available to help. A full itinerary and recommendations for how to make it to our rendezvous spot will be provided to everyone upon sign-up!
If you are interested in joining us on the HOH RAINFOREST / OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ART CAMP ADD-ON (directly after this trip - May 17-21st - check out the details for our itinerary in the link HERE -- as well as the information about free lodging / activities mentioned ABOVE in the "Optional Add-on: HOH RAINFOREST / OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK Art Camp notes!)
We'll meet for coffee together and say hello to all of our new camp-friends and pile in the van for a scenic drive to one of the last remaining groves of Ancient Douglas Fir on Vancouver Island -- Cathedral Grove, our first stop of the day. We'll wander the trails and learn about the history of preserving the trees here, the importance of the trees in Cathedral Grove to the indigenous peoples, and this impact that logging has made on the ecosystem in these areas. We'll continue to our campsite for the evening, where the Light Grey team will give you a lesson in setting up camp, discussing the agenda, making a hot meal, and hang out by a big fire.
We'll wake up, have a hot breakfast around the campsite, pack a hot meal for lunch in our thermoses and head out toward the Lighthouse Loop and Terrace Beach Interpretive Trail in Ucluelet. Here, we'll wander the coastal trail that meanders past huge black rocks, crashing waves, the beautiful Amphitrite Lighthouse and a million little nooks to set up to plein-air paint or have a quiet moment reflecting. Then we'll head toward the city of Ucluelet, and picnic lunch at one of the quiet beaches among the trees.
We'll explore the shops and get a guided tour of the Ucluelet Aquarium by one of the senior staff -- where we'll get up close and draw many of the marine species that inhabit the waters off of the coast. Then we'll return to the Wild Pacific Trail and walk through Ancient Cedar's Loop and the Rocky Bluffs, where we'll watch the sunset together.
In the evening, we'll head back to our campsite, build a fire, eat dinner and play games into the evening.
After a hot breakfast and packing our lunches, we head North to Tofino, where participants can learn to surf during a private lesson in the gorgeous waters along Tofino's coast. This area is known for being the best place to surf in Canada and boasts miles of incredible beaches. Our surf lesson is included, but participants are also welcome to swim in the waters with their wetsuits, or walk the beach if they'd prefer! All gear including wetsuits, gloves, board, and everything you'll need to be super comfortable in the water will be provided, no need to prepare anything. Beginners will feel right at home!
After our lesson, we'll change gear, have a picnic lunch out on the beach, and return to the campsite briefly to shower off and get ready for our afternoon trekking along Long Beach, a gorgeous stretch of picturesque shoreline. We'll head into Tofino to visit the Eagle Aerie Gallery, but local First Nations Artist, Roy Henry Vickers, and peruse the local shops at night.
In the evening, we'll retire to our campsite under the stars and get ready for the new day.
We'll wake up and our day will be spent meandering through many of the different ecosystems in the Tofino area. We'll start with a quiet walk through a bog harboring dwarfed versions of the old-growth trees that can be found around other parts of the National Park.
"Standing water combined with Sphagnum Moss create bogs with specific vegetation, which you can explore on the Bog Trail. Shorepine trees and muskeg are abundant in this area, which is an unusual blending of the Cedar-Hemlock and the bog. The Bog Trail loops through this unique ecosystem, while the Nuh Chah Nulth trail also winds its way through the bog." ---Tofino Hiking
We'll head over to a couple loops through the old growth forest, where we'll wander down slick boardwalks that climb and descend around fallen trees and new growth, and we'll walk under the towering canopy of huge trees in the Rainforest Trail.
We'll wake to an early breakfast at camp, pack up our gear and say our goodbyes over a cup of coffee in Port Alberni, a cute town on the inmost port of the island. We'll continue on to Nanaimo and drop off all participants that will not be traveling onward toward Washington in the late morning, so they may catch the ferry back to Vancouver.
Participants wishing to continue onward for the second Pacific Northwest Art Camp will drive down toward Goldstream Provencial Park. Details about the add-on can be found in the HIGHLIGHTS section above.
**** Please note that we do our best to stick to our itinerary above, but we do occasionally adjust or modify our schedule due to weather, road conditions, or unforeseen circumstances --- but only if we must. No matter what, we've got a million amazing things planned for the adventure and will make sure you have an incredible time!
ABOUT LIGHT GREY ART CAMPS:
The Light Grey Art Camps are designed to be fun, full of inspiring adventures & creative challenges including fun creative discussions and activities, and a chance for us to see incredible spaces together and learn from each other!
This adventure is perfect for people looking to connect with other creatives over a unique and intimate experience where we'll step out of our comfort zones and have a great time getting to know one another! For more information about Light Grey's other programs, send us a note at email@example.com.
The base price for this 5 day / 4 night trip is $645 includes transportation to-and-from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, Canada* and during the program, meals, camping accommodations, and some supplies for our creative sessions, as well as admission to National Parks, museums, and all of the fun activities we'll host at the campsite!
We offer a two-part payment system for this camp. One half of the camp fee is due upon registration to secure your spot in the program, and the remaining balance is due two weeks before camp begins! (the week of May 1st) Due to the nature of this program, Art Camp tickets are non-refundable, so please let us know if we can help in any way!
• Participants will be provided with a ferry schedule from Vancouver, Canada to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, Canada, in order to make it easier to meet up with us at our rendezvous spot!
LODGING & OUR HOME FOR OUR STAY:
This Art Camp features OUTDOOR CAMPING for individuals looking to get closer to nature, excited about roughing-it (just a little) and ready to be present in a space teeming with incredible wonders!
For this program, we'll be outfitting each participating with a kit containing: a weather-proof tent, sleeping pad, lantern, box of camping food, infinite coffee and tea, stoves and mess-kits, snacks and everything else we need to have a great time outdoors! Participants will receive shared space with another participant or two on the team (tent accommodations will vary from 2 person to 4 person tents, and we encourage friends and couples to apply together so we may help outfit you with accommodations together. All of our meals will be provided and participants will learn how to prepare their own food outside! Our trips are planned with budget in mind and we do our best to keep the cost down by choosing spaces & places that allow us to share resources on our journey!
Participants will receive a how-to-pack & prepare list from the LGAL team recommending sleeping bags / liners that will keep you warm during cool spring nights, your own Thermos for hot drinks / food, and any other goodies you might want for night-time exploration or on-the-go art making! The rest, we'll supply!
The LGAL team has prepared three different camping food kits for participants (Meat, Vegetarian, Vegan) for meals that include a variety of hot meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants are welcome to check their preference for the trip on the application form. Accommodations for specific needs or allergies can be arranged. Those wishing to pick up a couple special things will have access to both a liquor store and a grocery store during their stay!
Participants should expect a moderate-to-high level of activity that includes plenty of outdoor hiking. Participants should be ready to explore on foot and a spend a reasonable amount of time outdoors (Approximately 5-7 hours per day out in the field). The average Vancouver Island temperature in late spring / summer is 65 degrees fahrenheit. We expect all types of weather, and will provide a packing list to participants in advance of the trip to ensure your comfort!
We are going to be in a rainforest, after all. Participants should prepare for all types of weather. We'll be expecting highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, but nothing unpleasant! We'll recommend that each participant invest in a waterproof set of boots, a waterproof jacket, and backpack for our treks, as we will be out and about in all types of weather! That's part of the fun! Since we will be camping at night, there is a possibility that it'll get a little chilly, so we'll also recommend a warm sleeping bag and liner so you're nice and toasty as the temperature dips at night. More information and a supply list will be provided to each participant upon registration.
Flights are not included in the price of this program as people may be joining us from all over the country or beyond!
We encourage people to look into flights to Vancouver, Canada and take a ferry to Nanaimo for our rendezvous. Anyone wishing to spend more time in the area may also request information on other fun things to see while your'e in town, or recommendations on how to extend your trip!
WE ARE OFFERING A SECOND CAMP DIRECTLY FOLLOWING THIS ONE -- If you're interested in joining us for a few more days, check out our HOH RAINFOREST / OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ART CAMP here, happening May 17- 21st, 2017!
** Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have and we will gladly help!
If you have any questions about the experience, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org