Premier Listings: Canoeing & Kayaking on Vancouver Island & BC Islands

Few areas in the world are as beautiful to explore by kayak as the coastal waters of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, whether you’re new to the sport, looking for an exciting adventure getaway or simply out to improve your paddling skills.View killer whales, seals and otters as you glide through marine parks into scenic bays and lagoons and go ashore on secluded sandy beaches and uninhabited islands.

Discover abandoned native villages, toppled totems and natural marine caves that are millions of years old. Your exciting day ends with a glowing sunset and absolute tranquility as you rendezvous with the rest of your group on your comfortable mothership, or set up camp for the night on one of the islands, just as native people did thousands of years before you.

Whether you have a few hours or a few days, prefer to canoe, kayak, or raft, or you are a beginner looking for a guided tour, British Columbia has 27,000 kilometres of shoreline, 843 rivers, and 861 major lakes. The province offers boundless paddling opportunities as you begin your explorations.

Mothership Kayak Tours: Kayak trips aboard motherships are popular along the more desolate stretches of Vancouver Island’s west coast, Desolation Sound, Broughton Archipelago, and the central coast of British Columbia. You sleep aboard the mothership; a large, luxurious sailboat or a rustic tugboat or barge. For some, the adventure of sea kayaking, when combined with the comfort, hot showers and good food provided by organized mothership trips takes a lot of beating.

Experienced paddlers can rent kayaks and supplies upon arrival, or bring their own equipment. Hire a guide, unless you are familiar with local conditions or possess adequate sea kayaking experience. Many areas in the region are extremely remote. If you’re planning a multi-day trip on your own, be well-versed in the skills of navigation, self-rescue, first aid and wilderness camping. If you bring your own kayak or canoe with you, BC Ferries treats them as hand baggage with no extra charge.

Tour operators take all the hassle out of a vacation kayaking trip by providing qualified guides, and all the equipment, food, and tents for camping on shore. No kayaking or paddling experience is necessary for most trips – just a basic level of fitness. For added stability, novice paddlers usually rent double kayaks with seating for two people. The coastal waters of British Columbia are cold, so kayakers should be suitably prepared.

Sea Kayaking around Vancouver Island

North Island
The sheltered waterways of Quatsino Sound provide a pristine wilderness paradise for kayakers who find themselves surrounded by beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. Sea life is prolific, and marine mammals include Humpback whales, transient Orcas (killer whales), and Sea Otters. Quatsino Sound is remote and unpopulated by kayakers, covering approximately 70 miles (113 kms) of waterways. The northernmost of the sounds on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Quatsino Sound has three arms; Neroutsos Inlet, Rupert Inlet, and Holberg Inlet. Communities located on Quatsino Sound include Coal Harbour, Quatsino, Port Alice, Winter Harbour and Holberg. Access to Quatsino Sound is via Port Hardy by paved road to Coal Harbour, continuing on gravel roads to Holberg and Winter Harbour.

You’ll feel as though you’re on the edge of the world in Port Hardy. To venture any farther north you’ll need a boat, kayak, or a plane. Port McNeill and its surrounding areas have terrific kayaking destinations, as do the waters off Telegraph Cove, a prime destination for kayakers who wish to explore Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight. Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve is an ecological reserve; it’s here that killer whales come to rub their bellies on the barnacle-encrusted rocks. The whales can be seen from just beyond the park boundaries and as they swim along the shore.

From Gold River, the sheltered waters of Muchalat Inlet run toward the Pacific Ocean like a long corridor through steep-sided fjords. Landing places are few, but the surrounding scenery is entrancing. Once in the waters off historical Nootka Sound, a much more weather-beaten landscape begins to reveal itself. Bligh Island Marine Provincial Park sits at the mouth of the Muchalat Inlet. The MV Uchuck lll stops nearby at Yuquot (Friendly Cove) or will drop off and pick up kayakers beside Bligh Island and at various locations along the way by prior arrangement. There’s much to explore in this group of six islands, scattered where Muchalat Inlet converges with two adjacent inlets and their channels. The waters in this region can get choppy, so small craft must cross with care. Large Bligh Island is named for the much-maligned British Navy Captain who sailed here with the equally well-known Captain cook in 1778.

The federal dock in Fair Harbour, northwest of Zeballos, is the launching point for exploring Kyuquot Sound, Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve, and Brooks Peninsula / Muquin Provincial Park. This is a vast, windswept, sea-sprayed section of Vancouver Island’s northwest coast. The snout of Brooke Peninsula offers some protection for Checleset Bay from the winter storms that blow south from the Gulf of Alaska. Sea kayakers should beware the fury of the winds and surf that build around its protruding bulk, especially at Cape Cook and Clerke Point. The rewards for making the journey are the solitude provided by the surroundings and the sight of magnificent stands of Sitka spruce, the only species of tree able to thrive under the constant salt and magnesium-loaded spindrift that the winds whip from the tops of the swells and carry ashore in the breeze.

In the sheltering forest, marbled murrelets nest in the deep moss that enshrouds the thick branches of the spruce. Herds of Roosevelt elk graze in the lush, green understorey, while black bears forage in the berry-laden bushes. If you are among the few visitors who make their way here each year, you will be treated to one of the last remaining environments on the west coast where logging has been held mercifully at bay. Brooks Peninsula / Muquin Provincial Park is huge; 51,631 hectares of wilderness that is best explored with the help of a guide.

Port Alice is the perfect place from which kayaking enthusiasts can explore the inlets and waters of Quatsino Sound.

Central Island
The municipal boat launch in the centre of Ladysmith is the place to begin exploring the 8-km length of Ladysmith Harbour. Dunsmuir Island and Woods Island on the north side of the harbour are good destinations in summer, while the marshy lagoon at the head of the harbour attracts migrating birds in the spring and fall.

There’s a public boat ramp at Pipers Lagoon Regional Park in Nanaimo. It’s one thing to putt-putt around the sheltered lagoon, but quite another to brave the open water of Horswell Channel on the east side of the narrow headland that shelters the lagoon.

South Island
Explore the scenic and sheltered Inner Harbour of Victoria from the superb vantage point of a rented sea kayak. You can relax in awe at the grandeur of The Empress Hotel and the magnificent Legislative buildings before paddling off under the classic Johnson Street bridge toward The Gorge, a meandering waterway that leads from Victoria’s upper harbour before finally widening into pretty Portage Inlet. A daily tidal surge occasionally creates near-whitewater conditions in the narrowest passages, a thrill that kayakers will particularly enjoy. The best place to launch is the dock at Gorge Park, just west of downtown Victoria. There’s more paddling here than you can explore in one day, which guarantees a return visit.

The shoreline on southern Vancouver Island is particularly scenic, with a rich natural beauty. Kayaking allows the visitor to view and explore the numerous inlets, bays and maze of islands with absolute freedom. Launch from either the boat ramp or the wharf in Sidney, nestled on the inland coast near Swartz Bay north of Victoria, and head across the channel to Sidney Spit Marine Park, or explore the coastline of the Saanich Peninsula and Princess Margaret Marine Park (Gulf Islands NPR) on Portland Island.

Sooke: For those who have paddled only in sheltered passages, sea kayaking along the outside waters of Vancouver Island is another world, one where you go big or you go home! However, if you pick your time, particularly in summer months, you’ll find that the Pacific can be as well behaved as a sleeping giant. The 60-km ocean route between and Port Renfrew, with its string of beaches to touch on, can be paddled in a lengthy summer day. Of course, you don’t have to do the entire length of this coast to enjoy an outing. Pick your launch location, such as from French Beach Provincial Park, one of the few beaches where you can drive to within a short distance of a launch site. Two other good locations include Jordan River and Pacheedaht Beach in Port San Juan.

Pacific Rim
Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands comprise one of the three main recreational components in Pacific Rim National Park. The popularity of these islands with paddlers and boaters has soared over the past decade, much to the dismay of long-time observers. One of the main reasons that the Broken Group Islands are so popular is that they provide a true west coast experience in sheltered water. Barkley Sound is not normally subject to the extreme ocean conditions encountered farther west in the open waters around Ucluelet and exposed sections of the West Coast Trail and the Long Beach Unit, the two other areas that attract visitors to Pacific Rim National Park.

Kayakers usually begin their exploration at Gibraltar Island and make their way through the chain, stopping at campsites on Gilbert, Clarke, Turret, Willis and Hand Islands. Camping is also allowed on Gibraltar Island and Dodd Island. All of these sites are easily reached within a day’s paddle (or less) of each other. Numerous kayak operators lead tours through the Broken Group Islands.

The ease with which less-experienced sea kayakers can reach the Broken Group Islands contributes greatly to their allure and charm. The MV Frances Barkley is a sturdy wooden packet freighter based in Port Alberni. The sailing route leads through the Broken Group Islands to the fishing ports of Ucluelet and Bamfield. If you visit the area in July and August, be sure to reserve space for your kayak or canoe on the deck well in advance.

Tofino: Explore the quiet inside waters of Clayoquot Sound – a premier sea kayaking destination offering miles of sheltered inlet waterways. Paddle to Hot Springs Cove, located in Maquinna Provincial Park in the remote northern end of Clayoquot Sound – it’s a splendid hot spring still enjoyable in its natural state.

Gracie Bay is a sheltered niche of ocean waterway tucked in beside Meares Island in the backwater of Clayoquot Sound. At low tide, the bay drains so low that it takes on the appearance of a green marshland. Eelgrass covers much of the mudflats in Browning Pass, which links Grice Bay with Tofino to the north.

Gracie Bay lies within the northern limits of the Long Beach Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park.

Paddling in the waters of Clayoquot Sound is one of the most rewarding ways to experience this environment. Depending on your skill level, you can either plan a trip on your own or join up with one of the tour operators that use Tofino as their base. Day trips close to town include Meares Island, Stubbs Island, Wickaninnish Island, and Vargas Island, all within sight of the federal dock in Tofino. Far afield is Flores Island and Flores Island Provincial Park. The sandy beaches on Stubbs Island makes it an ideal getaway within sight of Tofino. You can land on the east coast of Vargas Island, a 5-km paddle from Tofino, and make the one-hour journey across island on foot to Ahous Beach. Visit Vargas Island Provincial Park.

If you paddle to Ahous Beach, rather than hike, be prepared for a stretch of open ocean as you round the exposed southwest corner of Vargas. If it’s blowing too hard, check out isolated Medallion Bay on the south end of the Island, a delightful place to land. Nothing on Vargas, however, tops Ahous Beach’s lengthy expanse, which rivals Long Beach in size. So vast is its hard-caked, sandy surface that light planes occasionally land here.

Sea Kayaking around the BC Gulf Islands

One of the most soulful ways to explore the Gulf Islands is in a sea kayak. Safer and more stable than a canoe, sea kayaks allow you to travel in comfort, with as much gear and goodies as you can manage to stow into the ample storage compartments fore and aft. Plan to launch from any of the ferry docks or federal wharfs on the Gulf Islands and paddle off towards the nearest Marine Provincial park.

Tidal currents present difficulties in several places, most notably Active Pass and Porlier Pass at the south and north end of Galiano Island, respectively. Consult tide tables to determine the most favourable times to negotiate these routes. As Active Pass is used by BC Ferries, use extreme caution when navigating here. As a general rule, camping is only permitted in designated sites in the Gulf Islands. A ban on campfires is in effect in the Gulf Islands from April to October, and freshwater and toilet facilities are extremely limited, so plan accordingly.

Some of the more popular and easier-to-reach places include Beaumont Marine Park Beaumont/Mt. Norman (Gulf Islands NPR) on Saturna Island (no camping here though), Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park and Dionisio Point Provincial Park on Galiano Island. Galiano Island is the centre for sea kayaking in the southern islands. Other marine parks include Cabbage Island, off the northeast coast of Tumbo Island, east of Winter Cove Park (Gulf Islands NPR), and the large Princess Margaret Marine Park on Portland Island between Saltspring and the Pender Islands. Kayaking affords the kayaker close-up views of the wonderful sandstone formations that abound in the Gulf Islands. The towering sandstone cliffs of Valdes Island, south of Gabriola, and the nesting seabird colonies in the islands are highlights worth visiting. Maps and paddling information for each of the marine parks are available from BC Parks.

Octopus Islands Provincial Park is both remote and accessible at the same time. Nestled among the maze of islands through which the waters of Johnstone Strait funnel into the Strait of Georgia, the Octopus Islands are most easily reached from Quadra Island. From the ferry dock at Quadra’s Quathiaski Cove, journey east across island to Heriot Bay, where another ferry connects to Cortes Island. This is one of two good places to launch, along with Village Bay farther north. Tidal currents around Quadra Island are notorious for their strength, particularly at Surge Narrows on the east and Seymour Narrows on the west. Paddlers should avoid Seymour Narrows completely, and only transit Surge Narrows at slack tide. In addition, you should be well versed in the reading of tidal-current charts to safely explore the fascinating waters around tightly packed Quadra, Cortes, Maurelle, Read, and Sonora Islands.

Sea Kayaking in Desolation Sound, Sunshine Coast BC

Warm waters and wildlife! Desolation Sound with its unusually warm Pacific waters (74F), prolific marine wildlife and spectacular scenery provides some of the best sea kayaking opportunities in the world. Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park possesses a magical magnetism that draws boaters and paddlers from distant shores. You’ll find plenty of isolated bays and campsites throughout Desolation Sound’s more than 37 miles (60 km) of coastline. One of the prime attractions of these waters is their warmth in summer months, which makes them ideal for swimming and snorkeling. More on Kayaking in Desolation Sound.

Sea Kayaking on the Discovery Coast of BC

Many parts of the Discovery Coast are relatively unknown to kayakers. It will appeal to resourceful paddlers who seek a sense of pioneering, which includes laying some groundwork, discovering new fishing spots, wildlife watching, dealing with unknown tidal currents, and finding new campsites. Canoes and kayaks can be rented by the day or week from companies located in Port Hardy.

Approximately 80 miles (130 km) north of Port Hardy and 6.2 miles (10 km) west of Namu is the Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area, British Columbia’s largest marine park and one of the better-known paddling areas. This 304,000-acre (123,000-ha) area encompasses a large archipelago of outstanding natural beauty and recreational value. From fully exposed shorelines to rolling, forested hills and 3,000-foot (1000-metre) peaks, Hakai offers some of the most varied and scenic coastline in the province. Special features such as lagoons and reversing tidal rapids, beaches, all-weather anchorages, tombolos, and an intricate network of coves, inlets, and channels make it an ideal area for boaters, anglers, scuba divers, naturalists, and experienced sea kayakers. Winds during the summer are usually westerly or southwesterly, and on sunny days are often light or nil in the early morning, pick up midday to late afternoon, then die down in the evening. They can be extremely strong in the coastal inlets such as Burke Channel. Weather information can be picked up on VHF Channel 21B (161.65MHZ).

One of the better areas to paddle within Hakai is Spider Anchorage, southeast of Spider Island, which consists of sheltered bays, white sand beaches, and a multitude of marine life. Another popular anchorage is Pruth Bay on the north side of Calvert Island, reached via Kwakshua Channel. The recreation area has no developed facilities and has wilderness campsites only. Freshwater is available at some beaches, but creeks dry up during summer, and visitors are advised to carry a supply.

Kayakers must be well prepared for poor weather and rough seas, which may occur at any time of the year. Fog can roll in very quickly, necessitating navigation by compass, and sea conditions can change from flat calm to 12- to 20-foot (4- to 6-m) seas within a matter of hours. The west coast of Calvert Island can be hazardous due to strong surf and should not be approached without knowledge of the locale, and then only under ideal conditions.

Kayakers wishing to explore this remote wilderness can access it by sea or by air. BC Ferries’ Queen of Chilliwack stops at Namu, the closest settlement. Hakai is located across Fitz Hugh Sound from Namu, a busy shipping route also frequented by Pacific white-sided dolphin. Fuel and groceries are available at Bella Bella, Namu, and Dawsons Landing (Rivers Inlet). Private or chartered boats can be arranged from Vancouver, Port Hardy, and Bella Coola. Chartered and scheduled flights are available from Vancouver, Port Hardy, Bella Bella, and Bella Coola. The nautical charts for this region are #3727, #3728, and #3786.

Paddlers can enjoy the many small straits, exposed coastline, and islands accessible from the communities of Bella Bella and Denny Island (Shearwater), such as the Goose Group in the western reaches of the Hakai Provincial Recreation Area. There is good camping on the south end of Campbell Island as you make you way through Hunter Channel towards Goose. Be prepared to paddle 5 miles (8 km) through the open water in Queens Sound between Campbell and Goose, the largest by far of the five islands gathered here. At the north end of Goose Island is a pure white beach composed largely of pulverized clam shells that when walked upon with bare feet emit a squeak not unlike the squeal of a sneaker on a gymnasium floor. This is truly an enchanted island. Note: There is no freshwater in the Goose Group. A good nautical chart to consult is #3727 (Cape Calvert to Goose Island).

Paddlers can also disembark from the Queen of Chilliwack at Klemtu on Swindle Island, the ferry’s most northerly port of call. From Klemtu, it’s possible to paddle to Princess Royal Island, 7.5 km (12 km) farther north, home of the legendary Kermode or Spirit Bear. You can keep your fingers crossed for a sighting, but you’d be very lucky to spot one of these gorgeous blondes. The gaping fjords and inlets around Swindle and Princess Royal Islands are stunning, but be warned that campsites in this area are few and small, and by midsummer, most have a meagre water supply.

As in Hakai, paddlers here should be experienced and self-sufficient. Besides sea fog, strong currents represent a potential hazard. Crossings or exposed coasts can be dicey (with surf landings). High tides may make camping difficult, so try to schedule your trip for between full moons. Periodically strong outflow and inflow winds can be a problem in the steep-sided fjords. Because weather conditions can delay trips, give yourself plenty of time (and bring plenty of reading material). For more information, contact the Klemtu Tourist Office 250-839-2346.

Klemtu is also the staging area for trips to the Fiordland Conservancy, a 224,770-acre (9,100-ha) paradise for sea kayakers approximately 60 miles (100 km) north of Bella Coola by air – a magical world of inlets, bays, islands, and fjords. Waterfalls and glaciers are set amid the passages of a complex coastline. Some of the mountains are thickly cloaked with old-growth Sitka spruce and coastal western hemlock forests; others are monolithic domes, exhibiting their bare granite faces. Located in the Kitimat Ranges of the Coast Mountains, Fiordland is an exceptionally scenic area, with rich estuaries at the base of sharply plunging glacier-topped mountains. Salmon spawn in the many coastal rivers and creeks.

The three primary inlets represented here – Mussel, Kynock, and Roscoe – are outstanding locations of provincial and international significance. There are a number of excellent beaches and interesting upland features, including glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers, along with wonderful hiking and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Sitka deer, salmon, and grizzlies have shared this magnificent area with the Heiltsuk people for centuries. Trapping, hunting, fishing, and other traditional food-gathering activities have richly sustained these people over the years. There are a number of archaeological sites located here, particularly along the shorelines.

Unfortunately for paddlers, campsites are few due to the steep topography of the area. As in other parts of the Central Coast, winds can pick up quickly, resulting in hazardous conditions for small vessels. The recreation area is an important habitat area for both black and grizzly bears, which can make travel on shore risky. The chart for the region is #3962. For more information, contact BC Parks 250-398-4414.

From Swindle Island, adventurous paddlers can plot a 50-mile (80-km), 10-day course south, rejoining the ferry at McLoughlin Bay. (The charts required for such a trip are #3720, #3728, #3734, and #3737.) Head for the exposed west coast of Price Island, where you might see cruise ships passing in Laredo Sound. Again, campsites may be hard to find without exploring the many tiny bays behind the mass of rocky islets guarding the coastline.

This jumble of bays and tiny islets is characteristic of the west side of Price Island. Stunted trees, blown landward by the winter storms all their lives, give evidence of the ferocity of the weather that routinely batters this coastline. The east coast of the island may give more shelter, but ferocious horseflies can be a nuisance (they bite!). Fishing can be rewarding, as long as the halibut isn’t too big to land from a kayak. Farther south, Vancouver Rock and Boulder Head are both great spots for rock fish, red snapper, and halibut.

The tidal race through Gale Passage, between Athlone Island and Dufferin Island, can be very strong. Wait for the slack tide. A small cove at the southern tip of Athlone provides a jewel of a campsite – freshwater and a beach of small but smooth flat rocks, offering a sunrise and view south to Potts Island and Goose Island in the distance. From here, aim for a tiny island to the northeast of Cape Mark with a flashing navigational marker, the island itself unnamed on the chart. The island has a sandy beach, and mussels can be harvested off a low granite cliff, even if the crashing Pacific breakers make this a bit of a challenge. Rock crabs lured by fish heads make a gourmet feast, provided they’re of legal size.

Joassa Channel is not particularly attractive or significant: no enticing bays or beaches, just vegetation to the rocky edge. By comparison, Gale Passage is scenic and varied, and offers a choice of beaches for lunch and/or camping, albeit without freshwater. A big sheltered bay immediately to the east of Denniston Point may not offer much camping room at high tide but has a good source of freshwater. From here, it’s only a few miles to the ferry terminal just south of Bella Bella. For more information about kayaking the waters around Klemtu, including equipment rentals, contact the Klemtu Tourist Office 250-839-2346.

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Lodge based multi-day sea kayaking tours in the Discovery Islands, off Central Vancouver Island. We operate in and around the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound, and mainland inlets. View marine parks, wildlife, BC’s highest mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Watch grizzly bears from your kayak, paddle with seals, dolphin, and porpoise. Incredible marine inter-tidal life. No experience necessary. We are Canada’s longest operating sea kayak company, now entering our 28th year. Recommended by National Geographic as one of Canada’s top places to visit. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!

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685 Heriot Bay Road Quadra Island BC V0P 1N0 Home Phone: 250-204-0420Visit WebsiteVisit Blog

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Wildcoast provides memorable kayak vacations for adventure travellers that combine spectacular scenery, scrumptious food, and abundant wildlife encounters, including whales, dolphins, bears and eagles. Kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca base camp in Johnstone Strait, or take one of our kayak expeditions to Desolation Sound or the Discovery Islands. Our top-rated service caters to both local and international clientele. All kayak tours are fully inclusive and no kayaking experience is required. Only have a day? Visit our storefront for paddleboard and kayak Rentals or Day Tours in the stunning vistas surrounding Quadra Island.

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Sidney Whale Watching
#105, 2537 Beacon Avenue Sidney BC V8L 1Y2 Home Phone: 250-656-7599Work Phone: 1-888-656-7599Visit WebsiteVisit Blog

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Sidney Whale Watching offers whale watching and wildlife sightseeing Tours and charters for killer whales (Orcas), sea birds, seal colonies, and other marine life. Three to three and a half hour tours start right from Sidney’s waterfront, near the highest percentage of Orca sightings and porpoise and dolphin feeding grounds. The seas in Sidney are much calmer than Victoria or Vancouver due to it being protected by the Gulf Islands. Waterfront kayak tours, kayak rentals, and kayaking lessons. Five minutes from ferry terminals and airport, with free airport and ferry pick up.

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Ecosummer Expeditions
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 156 Clearwater BC V0E 1N0 Ecosummer Orca Camp Warden Beach Vancouver Island BC Home Phone: 250-674-0102Home Fax: 250-674-2197Work Phone: 1-800-465-8884Visit Website

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Awaken to the song of the Humpback whale. Fall asleep beneath the hushed canopy of a temperate rainforest. Fill your days whale-watching, kayaking with Orcas, observing sea lions romp through an underwater forest of kelp, and eagles fishing along the shore. Linger over lunch on a deserted island, scanning the horizon for signs of Orca activity.

Sign up for Ecosummer’s guided Orca Camps to kayak in the realm of Killer Whales. Explore the rainforest, hiking to waterfalls, or along ancient First Nation trails. Marvel when dolphins swim so close you wish you could reach out and touch them. Tune in to the rhythm of the tides. Escape the hubbub of your everyday world and restore life’s equilibrium on the shores of BC’s Johnstone Strait, one of the best places to whale-watch in all of British Columbia. Paddle the same waters as these gentle giants on three, four, or six-day kayaking adventures with Ecosummer Expeditions for a family vacation you’ll always remember.

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Ocean Light II Adventures
#363 – 1917 West 4th Avenue Vancouver BC V6J 1M7 Home Phone: 604-328-5339Home Fax: 604-731-7066Visit Website

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Ocean Light II is a beautiful and spacious 71ft sailboat offering comfort, a classic natural wood interior, 5 guest cabins, fishing gear, 7 seakayaks, and a 19ft hard-bottom inflatable. Her crew has 34 years of experience offering natural history and photography tours on the BC Coast, including Haida Gwaii, and specializing in grizzly viewing tours in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, and spirit bear and grizzly tours in the Great Bear Rainforest. We also offer whale watching and eco tours, from totems to intertidal treasures, rocky shores to sandy beaches, and spawning salmon to towering trees. We offer five spectacular adventure trips between May and October, each to a different region and each highlighting the awe-inspiring beauty of the beautiful BC coast.

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Quatsino Lodge Kayaking
Kayaking Location: Quatsino Sound BC V0N 2V0 Mailing Address: 6288 Michael\’s Drive Courtenay BC V9J 1P4 Home Phone: 250-338-7473Home Fax: 250-338-7473Work Phone: 1-866-279-5061Visit Website

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Quatsino Lodge specializes in guided sea kayaking & sportfishing. Kayaking guests enjoy day trips exploring ever changing coast lines, secluded beaches, remote islands and secret coves with abundant sea life. Our heated cabin cruisers take us out to the chosen area, and collects us at the end of the day, eliminating the need to paddle long distances, camp out or live on board a boat, evenings are spent warm, dry and pampered in the comfort of the lodge.

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