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The Inside Passage

Daniel here, a sea kayaker, instructor, guide, traveller, engineer and one day I’ll be a wise man with stories to tell to inspire others.

In 2019 I plan to sea kayak some 1,000 miles from Vancouver to Skagway, Alaska solo along the Inside Passage.

To live a simpler life, connect with ancient wildlife and take the time to work out what's important in my future.
Whilst I wish to disconnect on one hand, I also wish to connect with nature, locals, first nations people and learn about their way of life past and present.

In connection with my expedition I would like to raise awareness of the human impact on our environment, in particular plastic. I have a passion for educating others, with a strong focus on the environment. I would like to take this further by documenting our human impact in a wilderness environment. Through photos and video I wish to use this expedition as an education tool. Sea kayaking is a sustainable and peaceful way to travel and explore where larger boats can’t access. Which will allow me to get closer and see the local impacts which others don’t see.

My aim is to make this expedition single use plastic free. To further reduce the trace of this expedition I plan to use borrowed, 2nd hand, repaired and repurposed equipment. If new I plan to use the best designed products for their durability, function and environmentally sustainable qualities.

The Inside Passage is a coastal route for ships and boats along a network of passages which weave through the islands on the Pacific NW coast of North America. The route extends from southeastern Alaska, in the United States, through western British Columbia, in Canada, to northwestern Washington state, in the United States. Ships using the route can avoid some of the bad weather in the open ocean and may visit some of the many isolated communities along the route. The Inside Passage is heavily travelled by cruise ships, freighters, tugs with tows, fishing craft and ships of the Alaska Marine Highway, BC Ferries, and Washington State Ferries systems.The term "Inside Passage" is also often used to refer to the ocean and islands around the passage itself.The Inside Passage is a narrow artery that connects with, and is a part of, the 64 million square miles that comprise the Pacific Ocean. The most scenic and challenging paddling trip in North America, it’s touted as a holy grail for those accessing it in long, skinny boat - the sea kayak.

It is a region of pristine water, snow-capped mountains, deep fjords and forested islands. With its mild, maritime climate, this area is a haven of wildlife with abundance of sea lions, whales, dolphins, sea otters, bears and bald eagles.

Why? Why not! To live a more adventurous life, so in the future I can help inspire others to live a more adventurous and balanced life.

Above is a copy of a similar expedition to give you an idea of my proposed route

So to put that in some perspective, Ireland is 302 miles in length, New Zealand is about 1,000 miles in length top to bottom.

Here is a wee snap shot from Youtube:
Vancouver to Alaska Route

What will be a familiar view in some 6 months time :)

Thanks for reading my first blog in my latest adventure. I plan to post regular blogs in the lead up to D-day.

Would love it if you could share, like and comment!

I have loved reading other people blogs and they have helped inspire me to give "The Inner Passage" a go. It would be great to help one other person to follow there dream!

I'll love you and leave you there for now,



  1. Fantastic idea. My first-ever sea-kayaking trip was in Desolation Sound which looks like it's on your route. Incredible scenery and wildlife. Can't wait to read more about this.

  2. Good luck for successful, inspiring and safe journey Dan. All the best, Raylene

  3. might run into you on the reverse course....I am planning on leaving from Ketchikan and head south in the May June time frame in a home built baidarka. Safe travels! Peter, The Dancing Otter Project

  4. Best of luck and will follow your journey.

  5. I will read every word as research. Unfortunately I will likely miss you as my IP adventure of 2019 only includes paddling Juneau to Prince Rupert in May. In 2020 it will be Prince Rupert to Seattle. Looking forward to future posts.

  6. This is great Dan! Can you set up a "subscribe" option on your blog so that those who are interested (like me!) can get automatic updates when you post? Also, there's some wonky formatting issues with it -- the text falls off the page in a number of places... I did the trip in 2010, from Anacortes, WA to Juneau. You're in for a life-changing journey. Enjoy the ride!

  7. Looking forward to your trip posts and photos. All the best.

  8. I suggest you look at your blog and fix some of the lines which vanish off the page to the right, this when viewing on Chrome and Firefox browsers.

    You mention plastic rubbish. I hope you aren't paddling a plastic kayak. Wood is biodegradable and "natural".


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