About Wild Root Journeys

Our roots keep us grounded; they keep us strong. From our roots we grow.

We acknowledge that we live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Heiltsuk and the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples.

Our Story

Wild Root Journeys was born from a love of nature’s intricacies and a joy of connecting people with their own environments. We are certified guides through the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC, with ongoing first aid and skills training to assure our clients experience a safe, responsible and smooth journey. Our guides and facilitators are attuned to the interconnection of the natural world and humanity. We are motivated to give back through volunteering, and we strive to purchase our equipment and food locally, sustainability and ethically. We are advocates of equality, and offer a safe space, which is inclusive for all who wish to join us on a kayak journey. We invite you to join us on one of our trips. Come for the day and wet your feet; stay for a while and immerse yourself


Bringing awe through adventure, we invite nature to teach us our most needed lessons.  Deeply rooted, sustainable values guide the expansion of our business. We embrace change and opportunity as it comes, and we strive to excel in the moments that arise.

About Wild Root Journeys Team

We are advocates of equality and offer a safe, inclusive space for all who wish to join us on a kayak journey.

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Silke Hockemeyer

Owner, SKGABC Level 3 Lead Guide – she/her/hers

I feel incredibly fortunate to live in this coastal temperate rain forest, a land of natural abundance and beauty to which I have had a lifelong pull. It has been a natural transition for me to become an ambassador for, and a guide to, the land that has taught me so much. I have been a sea kayak guide for over ten years and an outdoor educator for five years. Many of my nights have been spent relaxing by a campfire with wonderful people, paying tribute to the weather gods, and wondering what the next day will bring. I love what this coast has to offer, and I am so grateful to have had so many opportunities to share it with others. The moment that I fell in love with kayaking, was when I first felt the tremendous power of the rolling ocean. My kayak moved naturally through a series of swells, and I was overcome by feelings of both joy and humility. My professional kayaking experience has been in guiding groups on day trips and multi-day trips, ranging between 3 to 15 days. Areas I often return to are the Pacific Rim National Park, the Great Bear Rainforest and Central Coast, Haida Gwaii, the Sunshine Coast and the Broughton Archipelago. As an outdoor educator I have found myself in the local mountains snowshoeing, in the trails hiking and dare I say it even inside classrooms. I have a strong pull in learning and sharing our local ecology, equally to understand the living world and how it is interconnected. I am proud to identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Bill Rickson

SKGABC Level 3 Guide, Level 1 Paddle Canada Kayak Instructor – he/him/his

Bill was born and raised in Comox, BC.  He has pursued a guiding career for fifteen years and became a lead level 3 kayak guide in 2010.  Bill has paddled extensively around Vancouver Island and is most familiar with the Broken Group Islands, Johnstone Strait, the Discovery Islands, and Desolation Sound.  He balances out his summer kayaking fun by guiding cat skiing trips during the winter in the Kootenay mountains. Bill appreciates guiding because of the opportunity it affords to meet interesting people and visit beautiful locales while furthering his personal growth. 

Holly Keen Goldes

SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide – she/her/hers they/them/their

Holly is an expressive arts therapist and a kayak guide. She had the privilege to grow up on Vancouver Island and has a deep connection to the earth and water.
One of her earliest memories in nature was of singing on her family boat in the Johnstone Strait and receiving a reply in the form of a pod of Killer Whales swimming directly under their family boat. This experience and many others, including going on kayak trips as a young child have helped to solidify a spiritual connection to nature for Holly. 
In her time kayak guiding, Holly also weaves in elements of the Expressive Arts, including meditation, moments for reflection and connection, or small pauses with creation. Holly is honoured to have this opportunity to be with you on this inner and outer journey, both on the water, in nature, and within.
To learn more about Holly’s Expressive Arts Practice please see her website here: www.HollyExpressiveArts.com.


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Lé Chandler

SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide – they/them/their

Vancouver Island has been Lé’s home for the last 8 years. Hooked on life by the ocean and mountains, Lé has been exploring the island’s backcountry while working as an outdoor educator. Lé’s fun-loving, playful energy has led them into the guiding world where they enjoy meeting new folks and sharing in the magic of the natural word. Lé’s passion for kayaking has been fueled by the ability to explore less accessible areas by sea. Outside of guiding, Lé is a school teacher and market gardener in the Cowichan Valley, traditional territory of the Quw’utsun people.


We refrain from the visible use of technology even when wifi or cell phone reception is available (except, of course, to take photos), because we value this rare opportunity to feel completely removed. If you are having a family or personal emergency, please inform the guide. Many areas through which we travel will not have reception. The guide will always carry a marine radio and an InReach sat phone and can relay messages when needed. These devices are for emergency purposes.

We try to always be respectful of one another and our surroundings, and take measures to assure that your personal safety is not compromised, as outside assistance is not always easily accessible. Make sure to have medical insurance and to have a copy of your coverage along for ease of transfer if anything should arise. All medical costs are incurred by the client.

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