Success Stories

Eagle Talon Adventures - Haida Gwaii, BC

North end paddlers can now fuel their sense of adventure with the launch of the island’s newest kayaking outfitter, Eagle Talon Adventures (ETA). 

ETA is a Haida owned and operated kayaking outfitter located in Old Masset. With hassle-free kayak rentals available out of her home-based business, Cynthia Samuels, Owner/Operator, offers tourists, visitors and residents access to single and tandem kayaks, with options to pick up or transport to nearby north-end sites. 

Realizing the lack of fun and friendly water activities in northern Haida Gwaii, Cynthia quickly saw a need for her business. She credits the Haida Owned & Operated self-employment program for giving her the skills to turn her dreams into a real business plan, and Community Futures for loan financing to launch her business. 

“From concept, Community Futures was right there, encouraging and doing whatever they could to make sure I had all the tools, and provided resources when needed,” says Samuels. 

Launching in July 2018, kayak rentals will be available year-round and housed in a newly constructed shed on her property on Eagle Avenue. While there, customers can peruse ETA’s retail store, Eagle Talon House, with a collection of ETA branded merchandise - t-shirts, jackets, travel mugs - or enjoy snacks, ice cream, coffee or a local selection of take-home Haida Wild seafood.

When asked what lessons she’s learned as a new entrepreneur, Cynthia shares, “It’s a long process [to start-up], things change, ideas change, and that’s okay. It’s good to go through that time to ensure the resources needed were available, from finances to contractors.” 


Community Futures British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5

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