Tour Overview

8 days and 7 nights (6 tenting – 1 in town bb or motel)

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 fish traps 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 Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht and Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

After gaining experience for 4 days in the Broken Group Islands 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.

Tour Itinerary

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.

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 explore, read or relax while your guides prepare a delcious dinner. Gather around the campfire to share stories and get to know your paddling partners a little better. (Campfires are subject to seasonal regulations.)

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.

Departure

Departures every Friday 8:00 am, returning every Friday 5:00 pm. April 1 to October 1

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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Just got back to the UK after this amazing trip with Majestic. We were very impressed with their set-up and the quality of service at all stages from enquiry and booking through to the trip itself. The equipment was of high quality and the organisation excellent. The wildlife (big and small from Banana slugs to Orcas!) showed up and so did the weather. Our guide Eric was fabulous and he really wanted our trip to be the best he could make it. We already had quite a bit of sea kayaking experience and he adapted well to our ability. A special mention also has to go to the cooks ( including Eric ) who prepare the food. The real holiday for us was not having to prepare our own meals. It was totally amazing and now we have some great new ideas for being more creative on our own trips. Thank you Majestic, we will certainly be recommending you to kayaking friends in the UK.

Your Kayak Tour Of A Lifetime Awaits

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