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Vancouver Island Sea Kayaking Tours & Canadian Wilderness Retreat

Savour a flexible, fun, and refreshing vacation at our enchanting wilderness retreat on Spring Island in Kyuquot, BC! Join us for personalized adventures on the western edge of Canada, with engaging guides, abundant sea otters, diverse wildlife, old-growth forests, idyllic beaches, Indigenous cultural experiences with local First Nations friends and family, and delicious food.

Summer 2022 was fully booked and amazing, including our ownership transition to the Ka:'yu:'k't'h' / Che:k:tles7et'h' First Nations' Group of Businesses. We look forward to welcoming guests in 2023!

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4-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp Experience a sea kayaking holiday escape to Kyuquot, with delicious meals, engaging kayak outings, and exploring on forest trails on a remote island in the Pacific! More 5-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp Recharge while sharing waters with sea otters and other marine life. Experience the welcoming wonder of this remote part of Vancouver Island and the local Indigenous culture. More 6-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp Immerse yourself in this longer base camp kayaking experience with more opportunity to explore, truly connecting with the forest and ocean surroundings. More 8-Day Brooks Peninsula Kayaking - Expedition This classic west coast sea kayaking expedition, designed for experienced paddlers, has been described as one of "10 Real Adventures for Mere Mortals". More 7-Day Bunsby Islands Kayaking - Expedition Enjoy the sublime combination of adventure, Indigenous culture, and awe-inspiring natural wonder. Perfect for intermediate kayakers interested in expedition travel. More 6-Day Rugged Point Kayak Tour - Expedition Experienced kayakers love heading south from Spring Island, across Kyuquot Sound to the expansive fine sandy beaches of Rugged Point Provincial Marine Park, to rarely visited gems. More Sea Kayak Fishing Tour - Base Camp Fishing and kayaking are a great combination. Refining your techniques while doing this from the convenience, comforts, and idyllic base camp location on Spring Island is even better! More Greenland-style Workshop - Base Camp Join renowned traditional Greenland paddling technique instructor James Manke for daily skills sessions and excursions to inform and enhance your skinny stick abilities. More Photo Tours - Base Camp Location, location, location! Explore where few go, while refining your photographic skills capturing west coast wildlife and landscapes accessed by power boat, kayak and on foot. More

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Since 1972, our guests have appreciated our unique coastal adventures. Since 1990, we have been leaders in introducing guided sea kayaking outings, honing the art of remarkable experiences for all abilities. Since 2014, we became the first kayak tour company in Canada to achieve and maintain Sustainable Tourism Gold through an independent assessment.
  British Columbia Magazine Summer 2017 CoverLearn about the Sea Otter Coast and experiences with us as featured in the Summer 2017 cover story in British Columbia Magazine! 

Our kayaking tours introduce the population recovery of these fascinating creatures and their significant  influence on west coast ecosystems and communities, as part of Canada's story.

Canadian Signature Experience logo through Destination CanadaGrateful that our 5-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour has been recognised as a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada & Destination BC since 2013! Our 4-day and 6-day Sea Otter Kayak Tours offer very similar features and opportunities! Read what guests say about these west coast adventures!

Truly get away!

Experience the quiet joy and wonder of a Vancouver Island adventure destination that's off the beaten path, Kyuquot.

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Explore by kayak from the comforts of our wilderness retreat nestled on a remote island in the Pacific, Spring Island!  Daily guided activities introduce you to hidden gems, including rich marine ecology, secluded islets, and the nearby coastal village, people, and Indigenous culture of Kyuquot as part of Canada's west coast story.

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Every summer, about 70-75% of our guests are referred by word-of-mouth or returning for the nth time!

Of my 6 weeks in Canada seeing the best it had to offer, the 5 days on Spring Island take up 99.4% of my Canadian memory bank and 84% of my Canadian photo album. The profound beauty of the places WCE showed me will stay with me forever...
Jamie R., Tasmania, Australia
...the best paddling expedition and base camp experts that I have travelled with - comforting and rewarding. You will not have a more expert and knowledgeable team that know and frequent the local waters, people and environment.
Kevin B., Victoria, BC