Tour Overview

The Barkley Sound - Toquaht Bay, Vancouver Island kayaking tour paddles through the clear 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 has an incredible abundance of wildlife, and you may see seals and sea lions in the water, a black bear along the shoreline, countless eagles and shorebirds, jumping salmon, or even migrating grey whale.

Barkley Sound is tucked in away from the big ocean swell; a pocket cut into Vancouver Island's west coast, with many little islands to explore. Barkley Sound is a very unique area because any level 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, B.C. The tour starts with a beautiful 45 minute drive in our comfortable 15 passenger van, with our kayaks, guide, and gourmet picnic lunch. We will then arrive at at the Secret Beach launch site at Toquaht Bay, the traditional territory of the Toquaht First Nation. En 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. Our launch site at 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 gourmet picnic lunch and a short rest where we can check out tide pools and take in the scenery. Your tour will then continue for another couple of hours before returning to our launch site around 3:30pm - from there we will have you back in Ucluelet for an estimated arrival time of 5:00pm.

Departures

Departs daily: 8:30 am – returns 5:00 pm

Food & Recipes
A gourmet lunch is served on your tour. There will be plenty of food, including custom-made sandwiches with smoked meat on fresh bread or bun, veggies & dip, fresh fruit, granola bars, lemonade or tea, and one of our famous kayak kookies.
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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.
- All kayaking equipment (Double kayaks are provided. Single kayaks are available upon request.)
- Lunch, individual water bottles and snacks
- Dry bags to store all your personal items
- Paddle jackets to wear in the kayak
- Life jacket and spray skirt
- Gloves if your hands get cold
- Shoes for you if you didn’t bring the correct footwear
- Extra hats because you really should have one for the day
- Sunscreen in case you forgot yours
- Wetsuits if we think that we would need them, but usually we don’t

What Is Not 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.
- All kayaking equipment (Double kayaks are provided. Single kayaks are available upon request.)
- Lunch, individual water bottles and snacks
- Dry bags to store all your personal items
- Paddle jackets to wear in the kayak
- Life jacket and spray skirt
- Gloves if your hands get cold
- Shoes for you if you didn’t bring the correct footwear
- Extra hats because you really should have one for the day
- Sunscreen in case you forgot yours
- Wetsuits if we think that we would need them, but usually we don’t

What Should You Bring?

- Shoes that you can get wet (sturdy sandals, old runners, neoprene booties, rubber boots)
- Hat (either sun or rain hat, a visor or cap)
- Sunscreen & lip balm
- Sunglasses and a retainer strap
- Binoculars
- Extra clothes (in case you want to wear something warmer/cooler)

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Safety Promise

Majestic Ocean Kayaking has been leading tours on the west coast of Vancouver Island since 1993. Our kayak guides are well-equipped, trained, and practiced in the use of a variety of safety equipment and procedures. We hold all the required permits set out by Parks Canada and BC Parks, and are always respectful of their guidelines for operation. Our guides are all experienced kayakers, highly qualified, and certified to the standards required by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia, including current wilderness first aid certification. They are all experienced outdoors people who lead and participate in their own trips and adventures in the off season. They know the best areas to paddle, and also the tricks of our weather.

All of our guests will be given a demonstration of our equipment, a lesson on basic paddling strokes and skills, and an explanation of safety procedures. We provide our guests with all the necessary equipment to outfit a kayak safely, including a PFD, sprayskirt and pump. Your guide will lead the tour and is in charge of safety at all times. We travel as a group and always stay close together; any guests having difficulty paddling will receive extra assistance. Our guides are experienced at leading tours to suit both novice and experienced paddlers alike, ensuring that everyone will enjoy their tour.

The Majestic Way

Majestic Ocean Kayaking guests venture here from around the world to see what British Columbia kayaking is all about, and to experience one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We are a first class destination for international nature lovers, situated within our coastal temperate rainforest and amongst incredibly diverse wildlife.

Majestic Ocean Kayaking tours range from short harbour explorations to multiday adventures; all catered with delicious gourmet meals prepared by our in-house chef. Our ocean kayaking tours allow guests to explore the rugged beauty of the west coast and to share our passion for paddling, wildlife, great food and good company.

Our trips are fun and educational, with a conscious regard for safety and for our environmental impact on the land and water at all times. As stewards of these precious ecosystems, we set an example by closely following national park policies, as well as our own high ethical standards, in order to minimize our impact on the environment.

In all aspects of our business, from our kayaking tours, guides, office staff, food, landscaping, and our purchasing decisions, we are constantly striving to improve and make our practices more sustainable and environmentally sound. We welcome all feedback and suggestions. Best known for our personalized service and attention to detail, we strive to act with consciousness and compassion in our dealings with our guests, our employees and all our suppliers.

Pick up a paddle and find a bit of freedom for yourself - the adventure of a lifetime awaits!

Environmental Stewardship

At Majestic Ocean Kayaking, we take our role as environmental stewards seriously. We keep to established tent sites and trails, compost our food waste, and dispose of all garbage responsibly. We follow Leave-No-Trace principles in the backcountry, storing food out of reach of wildlife, and minimizing campfire impacts. We respect all wildlife that we encounter; keeping in mind that sightings are precious to our guests, but always maintaining a respectful and safe distance.

We are proud to support the work of local conservation and naturalist groups such as the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Tofino Shorebird Society, the Central West Coast Forest Society and the Wild Pacific Trail. We regularly get our hands dirty by organizing and participating in beach cleanups in the areas that we visit. We are also very proud of our role as educators. We enjoy sharing our knowledge of the natural and cultural histories of the areas we work in, while teaching our guests about minimum impact philosophies and practices that they can carry forward to use in their own lives and travels.

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Amazing tip! Our two guides were incredibly knowledgeable and we all came away with an enriched understanding of this spectacular part of the world. We can't say enough good things about this company and its staff.

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Kayaking Ucluelet, Tofino, the Broken Group Islands and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, BC is truly majestic.