Expedition Kayaking Trips - Kayaking Vacations on the EdgeOur British Columbia sea kayaking expeditions through the outer coast of Kyuquot Sound, Checleset Bay, the Bunsby Islands, and to the Brooks Peninsula explore one of our planet’s finest coastal areas. We are on the western edge of Canada, where you can feel the open Pacific and experience its diverse marine life. These are kayak tours for kayakers!
Many veteran kayakers consider the Kyuquot Sound and Checleset Bay areas as their favourite BC kayaking destination and return whenever possible. For us, it’s our chosen place and home - we welcome you!
- Truly “gets you out there” experiencing Canada’s rugged, beautiful, west coast kayaking - Vancouver Island adventure travel at it's best!
- On the "must-do" list of experienced sea kayakers - enjoyed by all ages from teens to 70+
- Start and end with the comforts & conveniences of our unmatched Wilderness Retreat base camp
- Delicious healthy menu with meals catered to individual dietary requirements and preferences
|Paddle here just once – rising and dropping with the breathing ocean, senses on high alert – and you'll be hooked. There is something primordial about bobbing in a tiny kayak on the edge of the Pacific, where one is literally staring into the void.|
|Bruce Kirkby, Globe & Mail|
Featured Vacation Packages
8-Day Brooks Peninsula Kayaking Ready for a full-on immersion in the wild West Coast? This sea kayaking expedition, designed for experienced paddlers, was described by Men's Journal as one of "10 Real Adventures for Mere Mortals," alongside other world-class thrills like diving in the Galapagos. More 7-Day Bunsby Islands Kayaking Enjoy the sublime combination of adventure, First Nation culture, and awe-inspiring natural wonder. Slightly less strenuous and "out there" than our longer Brooks Peninsula expeditions, these Bunsby Islands trips are still designed for kayakers with some experience. More 6-Day Rugged Point Kayak Tour Experienced kayakers love the waters south from Spring Island across Kyuquot Sound to the expansive fine sandy beaches of Rugged Point Provincial Marine Park. Discover an incredible "out there" feeling while navigating the pristine Barrier Islands and geologically rich shorelines. More
You will change camping sites 2 to 4 times during these kayaking adventures, making the most of each area along the way. You will paddle across islet-strewn Kyuquot Sound or through the wild riches of Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve and the Bunsby Islands and toward the dramatic Muquin/Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park. We operate with important First Nations permissions and BC Park Use Permits in place - fully respecting the areas we visit and honouring long-standing local relationships.
These 6 to 9-day expedition-style west coast kayak trips are best suited to people with previous sea kayaking and camping experience so fully able to appreciate and enjoy this rugged and remote paddling destination. This is a photographer’s paradise, and people have been known to pack a mask and snorkel – we can show you a few tricks to make this a warmer experience!
Frequently Asked Questions
Enroute to Rugged Point or the Brooks Peninsula, you are likely to share the ocean swell with diverse marine creatures, enjoying some of Vancouver Island's more remote whale watching that can include: killer whales, Minke whales, grey whales, and humpback whales. Other exciting wildlife viewing can include harbour porpoises, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, tufted puffins, marbled murrelets, and even occasionally the giant mola mola (sunfish)! Zoom in on this map to get a sense of the area covered during each expedition.
Our Expedition Kayaking Trip Areas on Vancouver Island, BC
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