Sports

Local woman offers tours throughout area

A Sooke woman who has been exploring the wilderness for most of her life, has turned a pastime into a career.

Drea Gibson, 31, offers guided tours of regional parks, trails and beaches to tourists from around the world.

Gibson, originally from Newfoundland, relocated to Vancouver Island 10 years ago. Throughout the last decade, she has explored and trekked through the West Coast wilderness in search of the hidden gems of the forest.

Rich with experience from working in the parks system and as a guide for different outlets, Gibson started up her own business, which has been in operation for the last five years.

“It’s been great, it was actually the coolest decision of my life to stop thinking of myself as an employee and create something that I love to do,” she said.

“Just being a guide, being in the woods, and being an explorer is something I’ve always done. I just never realized I could make this a living as well.”

She offers day trips that last between five to seven hours long in areas like East Sooke, Sombrio and Mystic Beach, and overnight tours along the Juan de Fuca Trail, San Juan Rec Site and Tofino.

The tours include information on local history, ecology and the different types of flora and fauna.

Gibson also makes all the arrangements for food, lodging and transportation, and provides basic training on wildlife confrontation.

“For the most part I’ll take them to those hidden gems like secret waterfalls in Sombrio or out to the Lost Creek suspension bridge and just places that they wouldn’t be able to find on their own,” she said.

“I prefer to take them out somewhere that they wouldn’t be able to find on their own because it’s a real adventure -- something they’d remember when they’d go home.”

She said the overnight trips give people the opportunity to leave their blue and white collars behind and connect with one another regardless of what they do professionally.

“You get out there and you shed all those roles and you really connect with people.”

Over the years, Gibson has seen her clientele shift from mainly Americans to Europeans to now Canadians who are exploring their own back yard.

Gibson, who has travelled all over Canada and the United States, said the West Coast is, “definitely the most beautiful part of Canada I’ve ever seen, like hands down, maybe even in North America.”

 

For more information visit www.daytripdrea.com or contact drea@daytripdrea.com.

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Port Renfrew’s queen of the surf wins Queen of the Peak Longboard
 
Farrah Fawcett dies age 62
 
Comox Valley United whips Westcastle 3-1 in VISL Div. 1 soccer
Royals top Cougars, extend win streak to five
 
Oak Bay Breakers win Island basketball championship, wrap of weekend’s city and Island hoops tourneys
 
Bulldogs add new faces
Generals have nine games to find position
 
Boxing club packs a big punch
 
VIU soccer sides both finish first

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event




Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 15 edition online now. Browse the archives.