Price: $2200 + gst

Dates: October 1-4th, 2020

Custom Group Size: 6

What’s Included:

  • 4 day and 3 nights aboard the 75′ YAG Badger
  • 22′ support boat
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4

What’t Not Included:

  • Paddle surf equipment (rentals available)
  • Travel to and from Cougar Creek Rec site
  • Alcohol

Getting to Nootka Island: Driving Directions: From Gold River, head north on the gravel road and cross over the river. Just after the bridge, turn left and then a quick right onto Head Bay Forest Service Road (towards Tahsis). Turn left onto the Nesook Mainline 20.5 km past the Tahsis road junction (25 minutes or so). Drive past the log sort and up the hill (great view overlooking the inlet). The site is located on the right at the bottom of the hill. It is 39.6 km from the highway junction in Gold River to the entrance to Cougar Creek Rec Site.

Booking & Cancellation: A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking with the remaining balance due one month prior to trip departure date. E transfer can be made to There will be a refund less $200 one month prior to trip departure.

Paddle surf remote breaks, live amongst the wolves, and feast from the sea.”

A new trip for 2020, Norm Hann Expeditions is excited to partner with Raph Bruhwiler and Ground Swell Adventures to offer a remote four day paddle surf and adventure trip aboard the 75 foot YAG Badger. Our 4 days will be spent exploring the west coast of Nootka Island in search of waves to paddle surf. With the numerous breaks on Nootka Island we will search out waves that will provide enjoyment and fun and will match the level of our group. There is no better person in Canada to lead this trip with me than Raph Bruhwiler, a professional surfer and Tofino local who has spent his lifetime exploring remote surf breaks on the coast of Vancouver Island. Raph not only guides surfers from around the world but works full time as a rescue specialist with Canada’s Coast Guard. 

Our mothership is the 75 foot YAG BADGER 319 which was built in 1955 in Victoria B.C and operated as a training vessel for the Canadian Navy. It is a beautiful, well appointed wooden boat that will be set up in Nootka Sound and in close proximity to the surf breaks. The Yag’s captain  is surfer and guide, Ryan Cameron who will be joined by professional photographer and chef Douglas Ludwig to round out our team. The YAG is accompanied by a high speed 22 ft Aluminium boat that gets you to the surf breaks and other attractions to explore around the area. 

This will be a unique, fun and safe trip in the company of experienced guides and good people that will provide the opportunity to connect with this beautiful section of the coast while having remote surf breaks all to yourself. This trip is one of the quintessential Canadian coastal experiences and we are looking forward to having you join our group.   

What to Bring

  • Paddle Surf board, leash & paddle
  • 5/4 Hooded wetsuit, booties and gloves
  • Headlamp
  • rain gear
  • rubber boots and hiking boots
  • drybag
  • warm clothing
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag
  • towel
  • toiletries
  • any other personal gear/clothing for life on a boat or in the wild.

* Let us know if you have any other questions in regards to what to bring.