6 day kayaking tour $1799 per person
Clayoquot Sound is one of BC's Provincial Parks on Vancouver Island. A vast and beautiful area with rare old growth temperate rainforests, many islands and white sandy beaches; it is also the traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.
Intermediate to experienced paddlers will enjoy the challenge of the surf and swell. Explore the clean, clear waters and camp on expansive white sand beaches. Orca, gray and humpback whales, wolves, black bears, salmon, eagles and many interesting shorebirds thrive here and low tides expose a rich variety of intertidal life to explore on this shorter version of our Clayoquot Sound kayaking tour.
Explore shorebird filled mudflats around Grice Bay, the old growth forest of Meares Island, the activity of Tofino Harbour, and the open coastlines of Wickaninnish Island and Vargas Island, depending on your group and sea conditions.
Day prior: The evening before your tour we would like you to meet us at 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet. Tracy or one of our guides will meet you and fit you for your paddling equipment, check that you have everything you need, give you dry bags to put your clothes in and offer packing advice. If you cannot make it to meet us then just be sure to call in the day before departure to confirm your arrival and let us pass on any last minute information to you. If we can have everyone prepared for the tour the morning departure will go quickly.
Day 1: We meet at 8:30 am at 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet. We travel together by passenger van to Tofino, which is where we launch our kayaks for the trip to Clayoquot Sound (you can drive your own vehicle if you prefer). Here we unload our equipment and guide you through packing the kayaks. From the onset of our trip you will be well informed on how to use and care for the equipment. After equipment orientation, lessons to teach the basic fundamentals of ocean kayaking, and a safety talk, we begin paddling past Wickaninnish Island and into wild and wide open Clayoquot Sound. We always travel as a group and stay close together, travelling at a moderate pace. Our arrival time at our campsite for the first night depends on the physical ability of the group and weather conditions we experience. We will stop at a nearby sandy beach for a gourmet picnic lunch and upon arrival at our first nights camp your guides will help you to locate a good tenting spot and help you get organized and settled. Sometimes we keep our camp in one location for the duration of the trip and do day-trips from the site, other times we may choose to move the camp during the trip so that you can experience more of the area.
Day 2-5: After a good nights sleep and hearty breakfast we head off for our first full day of paddling. Our guides will choose the exact route and itinerary, making adjustments according to weather conditions and to suit the needs of the group. We try to organize our trips to satisfy both active adventurers and those looking for a relaxing vacation. We hope you'll agree we've found the right balance. After a few hours of exploring we will stop for lunch and a short rest before continuing with a couple more hours of paddling in the afternoon. In the evening you will have some time to read or relax while your guides prepare a delicious dinner. There will then be the opportunity to gathering around a camp fire to share stories and get to know your paddling partners a little better.
Day 6: After taking down our camp, another good breakfast and re-packing the kayaks, we begin our paddle back to Tofino. We plan to arrive back in Tofino at around 3:00pm and Ucluelet by 5:00pm. This allows time to travel to Nanaimo to board a ferry to mainland British Columbia, or continue on to other Vancouver Island destinations. Please be advised that there is the possibility that weather or other conditions could delay our return time, so please plan accordingly.
Duration & Prices:
6 days and 5 nights with departures every Saturday 8:30 am, returning every Thursday 5:00 pm.
April 1 to October 1
$1799.00 per person plus GST
Intermediate/Experienced paddlers due to open water paddling, waves and swell. Participants must be comfortable in water and in good enough shape for 4 to 6 hours of daily kayaking, some easy hiking.
What is included:
All kayaking equipment, transportation and gourmet meals. Please see the 'What we provide and what you should bring' section of our website
What you should bring:
Please see the 'What we provide and what you should bring' section of our website