Ultimate West Coast
8 day guided kayaking expedition $2299 per person
Experience all that the west coast has to offer by combining our Broken Group Islands and Clayoquot Sound kayaking tours for a truly unforgettable kayaking experience.
Friday - Monday. Spend four days exploring the tiny islands, channels, arches and sea caves of the Broken Group Islands; an internationally renowned sea kayaking destination and part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Natural features of this beautiful archipelago include lagoons, sandbars, blowholes, sea caves, arches, white sandy beaches and quiet coves. Learn about the rich cultural history of the Broken Group Islands and visit the ancient middens, village fortifications, stone fishtraps and archaeological sites in the traditional territory of the Tseshaht First Nation who have inhabited this area for thousands of years.
Tuesday - Friday. Clayoquot Sound, one of BC's Provincial Parks, is a vast and beautiful area with rare old growth temperate rainforests, and the traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
After gaining experience over the last few days paddlers will now enjoy the challenge of outer coast paddling. 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. An unforgettable experience awaits you in this area rich with history and full of life.
Day prior: The day before your tour we would like you to meet us at 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet. Our office is open from 7am - 7 pm daily, we would like to meet you and fit you for your paddling equipment and check that you have everything you need such as dry bags to put your clothes in. If you cannot meet us, please call in to confirm your arrival and make alternate plans.
Day 1: We meet at 8:00 am at 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet. (We offer free parking at the Majestic Kayaking base in Ucluelet). We travel together by boat to the Pacific Rim National Park which is where we launch our kayaks for the trip through the Broken Group Islands. 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 an equipment orientation, lessons to teach the basic fundamentals of ocean kayaking and a safety talk, we begin paddling to the Broken Group Islands. We travel as a group and stay close together, paddling at a moderate pace. Our arrival time in the Broken Group depends on the physical ability of the group and the weather conditions we experience. We will stop at a nearby sandy beach for a gourmet picnic lunch and upon arrival in the Broken Group Islands, we will set up our camp. Your guides will help you to locate a good tenting spot and help you get organised 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.
Day 2 & 3: After a good nights sleep and hearty breakfast we head off for our full days of paddling. Your 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 delcious dinner. Gather around the camp fire to share stories and get to know your paddling partners a little better.
Day 4: Today we pack up camp, and paddle back to Ucluelet and stay overnight in town. Over the past 4 days you have gained experience and can now take the next step and paddle Clayoquot Sound.
Day 5: We meet at 8:30 am at 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet. We travel together by comfortable passenger van to Tofino with our trailer load of kayaks. On a long sandy beach, with the most spectacular scenery, we launch our kayaks for the trip into Clayoquot Sound. After a short paddle we will stop for lunch and make plans about our destination for camping for the night. 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 6-7: After a good nights sleep in our new home, and hearty breakfast, we head off for our first full day of paddling in Clayoquot Sound. Our guides will choose the exact route and itinerary, making adjustments according to weather conditions and to suit the needs of the group.
Day 8: 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:
8 days and 7 nights (6 tenting - 1 in town bb or motel), includes National Park camping fees.
Departures every Friday 8:00 am, returning every Friday 5:00 pm. April 1 to October 1
$2299.00 per person plus GST 5%. Includes the boat shuttle to the Broken Group Islands, camping fees and the in town accommodations for the one night between the two tours.
Participants must be comfortable in water and in good enough physical condition for 4 - 6 hours of daily kayaking and some hiking. The Broken Islands offer some sheltered padding and is suitable for novice paddlers, this will get you ready for the next tour where there will be some open water paddling, waves and swell in Clayoquot Sound.
What is included:
All kayaking equipment, transportation, gourmet meals and park fees. Please see the 'What we provide and what you should bring' section of our website