Tour Overview

Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights of guided kayaking and camping in Barkley Sound. This is the perfect vacation for families with children between the ages of 6-12 years old. Our guides have so much fun with this family-friendly curriculum...they feel like kids themselves!

Guided activities that you will enjoy together with your children are:

  • Kayaking and exploring Barkley Sound
  • Wildlife identification
  • Lessons from certified guides
  • Rainforest hiking amongst giant cedar trees
  • Daily outings and picnics on other islands
  • Intertidal exploration
  • Beachcombing
  • Sleeping in tents
  • Campfire stories (campfires are subject to seasonal regulations)
  • Custom kid-friendly menu
  • Sandcastle building
  • Swimming
  • Scavenger hunts
Departure
  • Departs every Wednesday at 8:30am and returns Friday at 5:00pm throughout the season.
  • Families of four (4) or more may reserve a private tour. Families of less than four (4) will be matched with another family group.
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?

- Fiberglass touring kayaks with rudders. (Double kayaks are provided. Single kayaks are available upon request, for more advanced kayakers)
- Lightweight, fibreglass paddles. These do off set for feathering if you prefer
- Neoprene Sprayskirts by Seaward Kayaks
- Neoprene gloves from MEC
- Comfortable, Salus Marine Wear life jackets (PFD’s)
- Paddle jackets by Level6
- Wetsuits from NRS and Brooks
- Pumps
- 3 dry bags per person, a 5 litre, 20 litre and 30 litre
- Laminated marine charts for each guest to follow along while on the tour and then to keep as a souvenir
- REI Taj 3 and Mountain Hardwear tents; These tents are roomy enough for 3 people, but great for 2 people to share with plenty of moving around space. A door and vestibule on each side allows for easy entry and storage of dry bags
- Big tarps for the kitchen and group sitting area
- Propane Stoves, all kitchen equipment
- Fresh water brought from town, 3 litres per person per day is our provision
- Toilet Paper
- A hand wash station, with clean towels and biodegradable soap
- All the safety equipment and first aid kit carried by the guide
- Campfire on the beach every night (subject to conditions)

What Is Not Included?

- Fiberglass touring kayaks with rudders. (Double kayaks are provided. Single kayaks are available upon request, for more advanced kayakers)
- Lightweight, fibreglass paddles. These do off set for feathering if you prefer
- Neoprene Sprayskirts by Seaward Kayaks
- Neoprene gloves from MEC
- Comfortable, Salus Marine Wear life jackets (PFD’s)
- Paddle jackets by Level6
- Wetsuits from NRS and Brooks
- Pumps
- 3 dry bags per person, a 5 litre, 20 litre and 30 litre
- Laminated marine charts for each guest to follow along while on the tour and then to keep as a souvenir
- REI Taj 3 and Mountain Hardwear tents; These tents are roomy enough for 3 people, but great for 2 people to share with plenty of moving around space. A door and vestibule on each side allows for easy entry and storage of dry bags
- Big tarps for the kitchen and group sitting area
- Propane Stoves, all kitchen equipment
- Fresh water brought from town, 3 litres per person per day is our provision
- Toilet Paper
- A hand wash station, with clean towels and biodegradable soap
- All the safety equipment and first aid kit carried by the guide
- Campfire on the beach every night (subject to conditions)

What Should You Bring?

- 4 polyester shirts
- 1 light fleece sweater
- 1 heavier wool sweater or fleece jacket
- 1 or 2 light Gore-tex or nylon pants
- 1 or 2 polyester shorts
- Shoes (sandals, sneakers, neoprene booties or rubber boots)
- Socks (not cotton)
- Underwear (not cotton)
- Wool hat or toque
- Gloves or mittens
- Rain jacket & pants
- Rain hat
- Spare prescription glasses with safety cord or contact lenses.
- Personal medication
- Cycling gloves (optional to protect soft hands)
- Swim suit
- Stuff sack or light pack for small items
- Water bottle (we do provide them but you may like to bring your own)
- Sun visor or sun hat
- Sun glasses
- Sun screen/lip salve
- Insect repellant – (we don’t have many bugs)
- Binoculars
- Small flashlight or headlamp
- Towel and toiletries
- Baby wipes (for tent bath)
- Sleeping bag (synthetic, no cotton or down)
- Sleeping pad (closed cell or thermarest)
- Sleeping bags & pads for rent $30.00 per trip

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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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We traveled with our family of six on a 2 night, 3 day trip and had such an amazing time. We were nervous taking our five year old on the trip but we felt well-prepared and safe the entire trip. Our children ranged in age from five to fourteen. Our guides, Chenoah and Jay were engaging, friendly, informative, helpful and had great senses of humour. Our girls learned so much about the history of the area, plants, wildlife and sealife. They were particularly impressed that, when they were interested in the different shells, Chenoah had a shell book on hand to point out the different types. The food was abundant and impressive..gourmet camp food! We would use this company again and would absolutely recommend to friends.

Your Kayak Tour Of A Lifetime Awaits

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