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The PTG crew and our Alberni Outpost Guide. On a beautiful May morning the Painted Turtle crew went for a leisurely kayak courtesy of the Alberni Outpost (click here for more information). We started our trip off at the Brechin Boat Launch where we first got the standard safety instructions and equipment break down. We then jumped in our boats and pushed off from shore into the open ocean. There is truly nothing like being on the water, close enough to shore to feel safe but far enough away to be able to take in all the beauty our waters and shores have to offer. While gliding past Newcastle Island we were lucky to see many raccoons (several being babies), hawks, the natural sandstone and the amazing mountain views once you round the other side of the island. The racoons were a particular excitement for our group as we had two German staff members who had never seen racoons before; in fact they have never been in a kayak on the open ocean before, how exciting! Another treat that is unseen unless in a kayak or boat are the Grandma and Grandpa rocks appropriately named by the Snuneymuxw First Nations for their human resemblance. These rocks are said to be protectors of the island, which is a sacred place for the Snuneymuxw. These breath taking images are a must see and experiencing it in a kayak with a great instructor is a must do!