About Us

Your guides are Gary and Ronda Murdock who love to share their passion for nature. Gary was a Forest Technician for 35 years, 15 years as Recreation Officer on southern Vancouver Island. Ronda worked for the Mid-Island Wildlife Watch Society. She is interested in birding, native plants, First Nations history, ethnobotany and local colonial history.
Gary & Ronda are Arrowsmith naturalist members & involved in local conservation.
Commentary includes First Nations & pioneer history, flora, fauna and forestry. Your guides are certified first aid attendants. See also this link to WhyVancouver.com

The best of West Coast birding! View BC’s western specialties, add lifers, and learn about North American birds. Over 200 species occur on Eastern Vancouver Island!
Georgia Basin specialties include Bewick’s Wren, Hutton’s Vireo and Black-throated Gray Warbler. There are spectacular Brant, shorebird, and sea duck migrations. An excellent diversity of resident species can be viewed year round as well. Visit the best sites, find lifers and gain insight into the ecology of western birds with field ornithologist and expert birder Christopher Stephens.
Your tour leader, Christopher Stephens, is a field ornithologist and expert birder with over 12 years birding experience on Vancouver Island.

Deanna Veerman, your professional photographer tour guide says; “I combine my love of the outdoors with portraiture by taking clients to amazing locations, help them capture great hotographs and I photograph their experience”. Summer sunset tours are truly amazing.


Our focus is on non-invasive nature viewing and enjoyment of Canada’s ancient Rainforests and wildlife. Trees up to 1500 years old and 290 feet tall, abundant wildlife, wildflowers and plants, to area’s more often visited by wildlife than by people, but with trails that most people will find an easy walk.

Genuine ecotourism is travel that encourages the protection of wildlife populations and habitat, enhances nature viewing and cross-cultural contacts, and helps to spread wealth to local communities.


Educational, guided, year round full day and half day tours to Ancient Rainforests, Mountain tops, Alpine meadows and lakes, West Coast Beaches and trails, Whale Watching tours, Native Culture tours and Wine Tours on Southern Vancouver Island since 1999.

Tours are ideal for those looking for a west coast nature and cultural experience off the beaten track. All trips are suitable for children and families to seniors, no experience necessary.


Guides, transportation, rain jackets, refreshments,

A safe, educational, and enjoyable experience.

Our vehicles are government inspected and certified twice yearly. Passenger Transportation License 70028. Maximum group size for our scheduled Nature Tours is 12, some tours have minimums. Tours for any group size can be arranged with sufficient advance notice. We also provide step-on guide services for up to 200 people and other interpretive tours.


Layers of clothing are best, so you can add to or take away from – as the day dictates. You will want to bring a camera with fully charged batteries and lots of space available for pictures.

Please advise on booking of any special dietary requirements.

You will be required to sign a “waiver of responsibility and liability” form.


Payment in full is required at the time of booking to guarantee your seat on the tour. In the event that you have to cancel your trip for unforeseen reasons, 30 days prior to the tour date there is a $50.00 administration fee applied. No refund after 30 days prior to tour date. We recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance available through any travel agency. Trips will not be cancelled for weather conditions, unless travel in the forest is considered dangerous, in which case the trip can be refunded or re-scheduled. All prices listed will have the Goods and Services Tax of 5% added.


Discounts are available for groups. There is no group size limitations, provided sufficient notice is given. No refunds after 30 days prior to tour date. Contact us for details.


Airfares, transportation to and from point of trip – pickup/departure, hotel rooms, meals prior to or after trip, alcoholic beverages, insurance of any kind, any medical costs, and any loss or damage to personal items.


A high quality tourism experience depends on the conservation of our natural resources, the protection of our natural environment and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

We have adopted the Canadian Tourism Industry Code of Ethics and Practices. You can help us in our continuing efforts to provide a high quality tourism experience for you and future guests by giving consideration to the following.

Enjoy our diverse natural and cultural heritage and help us to protect and preserve it.

Assist us in our conservation efforts through the efficient use of resources including energy and water.

Experience the friendliness of our people and the welcoming spirit of our communities. Help us to preserve these attributes by respecting our traditions, customs, and local regulations.

Avoid activities which threaten wildlife or plant populations, or which may be potentially damaging to our natural environment.

Select tourism products and services which demonstrate social, cultural and environmental sensitivity.

We wish you a pleasurable and rewarding visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon.


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