Barkley Sound/Toquaht Bay kayaking day trip
Kayaking day trip $189 per person
The Toquaht Bay/Secret Beach, Vancouver Island kayaking tour paddles through the clear blue waters and the many islands and islets of western Barkley Sound, giving you access to protected bays and quiet coves, against the spectacular backdrop of rugged snow capped mountains. Barkley Sound is abundant with wildlife, you may see seals and sea lions in the water or a black bear along the shoreline, spot some of the countless eagles and shorebirds, jumping salmon, or even a migrating gray whale.
Barkley Sound is tucked in away from the big ocean swell, it is a pocket cut into Vancouver Island's west coast, with many little islands to explore. Barkley Sound is a very unique area because any experience level of kayaker can have a real ocean experience with a great day of paddling.
Meet at the Majestic Ocean Kayaking centre at 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet. The tour starts with a 45 minute drive in our comfortable 15 passenger van with our kayaks, guide, and gourmet picnic lunch. We arrive at Toquaht Bay, the traditional territory of the Toquaht First Nation. On route to the launch site guests will have the opportunity to take in the scenery of the area with the possibility of wildlife sightings along the Maggie Lake forest road. The beach at Toquaht Bay/secret beach, is sheltered and provides wonderful views of the inner islands of Barkley Sound.
The guide prepares everyone for a day of adventure. Kayaks are set up for each person, seats and pedals adjusted. Everyone gets dressed and the boats are packed. Lessons are given and safety concerns and procedures are explained.
Your guide will lead the tour and is in charge of safety at all times. Guests having difficulty will receive extra assistance when required. We travel as a group and stay close together, if there is a slow paddler we must wait for them, strong paddlers must stay with the group.
After a couple of hours paddling in the morning, your guide will take you to one of the nearby sandy beaches to enjoy a delicious buffet style picnic lunch and a short rest. Your tour will then continue for another couple of hours before returning to the launch site at around 3:30pm; from there we will have you back in Ucluelet for an estimated arrival time of 5:00pm.
Duration & Prices:
Departs daily: 8:30 am – returns 5:00 pm, $189 per person plus GST, includes transportation and launching fees at Toquaht Bay/secret beach.
No kayak experience is necessary.
What is included:
1/2 hr instruction and 4 1/2 hrs on the water with rest stops. All kayaking equipment, PFD, paddling jacket, neoprene booties, use of our dry bags for your camera. A delicious gourmet picnic lunch with hot drinks, a snack and water bottles.
What you should bring:
Please see our packing list