7-Day Bunsby Islands Kayaking Expedition

7-Day Bunsby Islands Kayaking

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.
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You'll traverse exposed and sheltered waters through the notable territory of the Che:k:tles7et'h' (Checleset) Aboriginal people and experience the wild riches of the Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve that can include kayaking with whales and sea otters.  An exhilarating and satisfying sea kayaking 'trip of a lifetime' on Vancouver Island.


Sea Kayaking Expedition Tour in the Wilderness of Vancouver IslandThese trips begin and end from your accommodation in Comox/Courtenay or Campbell River, include van transportation, a scenic boat ride to our Wilderness Retreat Base Camp, and the perfect mix of personal and group time once on the west coast.

The fabled Bunsby Islands are on many sea kayakers' checklists as a place to repeatedly visit. This educational kayaking tour has us travelling through the territory of the Che:k:tles7et'h' (Checleset) First Nation, and the largest marine ecological reserve in British Columbia, the expansive Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve. The combination of Aboriginal cultural heritage and natural features provides rich opportunities to connect with coastal ecology. Depending on the mix of variables, this kayaking expedition often reaches as far as the Brooks Peninsula on a day or overnight trip from nearby Battle Bay or the Acous Peninsula.

Though designed for "experienced paddlers" and campers who have done a reasonable amount of paddling and camping in a range of conditions, this kayaking expedition is slightly less strenuous and "committing" than our Destination Brooks Peninsula trip. Participants should still know they will be comfortable and able to kayak for 3 to 5 hours each day, and prepared to be camping in a range of coastal weather.

Participants should be comfortable with:
  • basic strokes, including effective manoeuvring in light to moderate winds (up to 18 knots or 33 km/h) & in moderate swell or wind waves
  • wet exits (getting out of the kayak if you accidentally capsize)
  • re-entry techniques (assisted and solo techniques for getting back into the kayak after a capsize!).
All guests are required to have cold water immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit) available for some sections of the open water paddling, possible surf landings, or if warranted by the sea or weather conditions (some wetsuits are available for rental from WCE - please arrange in advance). Though we require some previous experience, this expedition is about much more than the sea kayaking - kayaks are our quiet vehicles through this remote marine area steeped in natural and cultural history.

The start and end of your expedition uses our Wilderness Retreat base camp amenities on Spring Island as the perfect staging ground for this adventure "up west". The specific itinerary of this "Bunsby Islands Kayaking" trip varies with the interests and skills of the group, the moods of the ocean and weather, and the offerings of this spectacularly rugged Vancouver Island coastline.

Sea Kayaking Tour Area for the Bunsby Islands Expedition

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