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Welcome to Ekos Explorations!

If you’re looking for a professional full-time guide who can create amazing travel experiences customized to your specific needs, then you need not look any further.

I specialize in designing and guiding adventures for individuals and small groups that have a keen interest in learning about the natural and cultural history of the places they visit while having fun.

I love what I do. And no wonder! I’m a passionate Canadian deeply in love with my country’s diverse landscapes and seascapes. Equally important, I derive incredible joy guiding my guests on adventures of discovery and learning and experiencing their excitement.

Qualifications

My credentials include more than 40+ years of experience as a guide, post-secondary educator, media personality, journalist, author and consultant. For my environmental education and conservation work, I was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2016. I’m a director of the Victoria Natural History Society and Elder’s Council for the Parks of British Columbia. I serve on the executive of the Wilderness Tourism Association of British Columbia. As a stakeholder member, I stay informed and connected with initiatives led by Indigenous Tourism Association of BC and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. I hold certificates for Advanced Wilderness and Marine First Aid, Bear-Viewing, Marine Emergency Duties, and Indigenous Awareness.

Testimonials

“Rick Searle is an excellent guide – one of the best I’ve encountered, and I’ve done many trips, both with Road Scholar and Overseas Adventure Travel.”

“Rick Searle is in the elite top group of leaders we’ve ever experienced, and we’ve taken a lot guided trips!”

“We’ve never encountered anyone who gave so much of himself to make sure everyone was taken care of, answering all questions, suggesting restaurants and joining the group, watching out for the people who needed a little more watching when on the trail. All around wonderful human being and group leader.”

“My husband and I were talking about what made this trip in particular so memorable and enjoyable and we both agreed it was you. You’re so personable and knowledgeable. More so than any other group leader we’ve experienced.”

“Rick Searle is exceptional…his leadership, warmth, humor, knowledge, genuineness and enthusiasm far exceeded our expectations. We’d really like to participate in other tours with him.”

 

Private Small Group Tours & Travel Experiences

The private travel experiences I offer are concentrated in Victoria as well as on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. I love the city and surrounding region and have made this bit of heaven on earth my home for the past 35 years. I’m eager to help you explore and get to know the city and region in ways that few tourists get to do and experience.

By booking a private tour with me, you’ll have the great satisfaction of knowing your specific needs and interests will be taken care of to the highest of standards. I pride myself on exceptional attention to details and exemplary customer service.  In most cases, I’m happy to pick you up and drop you off after our time together.

To inquire about tours, travel experiences and rates, please contact me.

Organized Tours

I also offer my services as guide, naturalist and tour director for organized groups. Over the past three years, Road Scholar, Mile Zero Tours, Maple Leaf Adventures and Orbridge have been regular clients. Other opportunities include: conferences, corporate workshops, and academic and professional field trips. I take the same approach with organized tours as I do with private ones; I focus on understanding what your group’s needs are and then work with you in creating a tour or experience that meets and exceeds your expectations.

To inquire about my services and rates, please contact me.