Kyuquot Sea Kayak RentalsKayaking without a guide in Kyuquot is recommended only for experienced west coast paddlers. As an independent paddler in this setting, you need strong kayaking skills, great incident prevention judgment and management abilities, and competence with navigation, weather interpretation, and radio communications. If your skill set is not quite that advanced, please seriously consider a guided trip (with any respected operator) unless travelling with an experienced leader who is taking responsibility for trip safety - please don't simply rent or borrow a kayak from someone else. This is common sense safety advice for the west coast, not a business pitch.
In the summer of 2022, ownership of WCE transitioned to the Ka:'yu:'k't'h' / Che:k:tles7et'h' First Nations' (KCFN) Group of Businesses. Part of the transition involves who provides kayak rentals.
Advantages of Renting a Kayak from KyuquotBefore renting your kayak in the city or bringing your own kayak, consider that:
- you can save at least 2 days of rental costs (travel days)
- you don't have the hassle and cost of transporting a kayak to and from this remote area, and can instead conveniently arrive by float plane or car pool without worrying about a pyramid of kayaks on your roof!
- you won't damage your own boat while driving over the gravel roads to Fair Harbour, or loading and unloading it from a boat
- when you're done using it, we rinse, clean, and dry the gear - reducing how much salty sandy kayaking gear goes back in your car
- if you're coming from or continuing to other vacation activities on northern Vancouver Island, you don't have to worry about the safety and security of having a kayak on your car roof (and the stinky wet gear inside).
When making your reservation, please confirm that you are an experienced kayaker with basic training in wet exits, capsize recovery methods (self and assisted rescues), strokes, navigation, and safety communications. If you are new to kayaking, you will always be paddling with someone more experienced on the west coast who is clearly taking responsibility for your on-water safety as the "leader" and has the skills listed above.
The Kyuquot area is spectacular, but also remote with rugged shorelines and often challenging weather and sea conditions that can change rapidly.