Sunshine Coast Kayak

Sunshine Coast Kayak

Trip Highlights

  • Look out for seals, sea lions, otters, whales, and eagles
  • Discover the fascinating intertidal world of Okeover Inlet
  • Paddle the protected waters of Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park
  • Enjoy tasty campfire meals and camping out under the stars
  • Strap on a mask and snorkel the clear west coast waters

Trip Summary

Desolation Sound’s waters will allow you to effortlessly paddle past rocky islands and through narrow passages. This short trip is packed with immense natural beauty as we explore British Columbia’s largest provincial marine park. Each day, discover the gems of the intertidal environment – spot sea stars, urchins, crustaceans and birdlife, including bald eagles. Keep your eyes on the horizon for seals, sea lions, otters, humpback and orca whales. We highly recommend extending your visit to the Sunshine Coast with this guided, introductory level sea kayaking adventure which connects seamlessly to your hike on the Sunshine Coast Trail, or as an awesome getaway on its own.

Suitability

Paddle routes during this tour are within the sheltered class 2 waters of Desolation Sound. However, during this tour you might be exposed to some wind, waves, mild currents and boat wakes. Your guide will choose the route most appropriate for weather, tides, mild currents and group. No experience necessary! The route is suitable for novice kayakers with the guidance of a tour leader who can also work with participants on skill building during the tour. Minimum age is 4 years old (in a "3-person" kayak). In order to ensure your comfort and safety, participants who have primary control of the kayak (the ones with the rudder pedals) should be of sufficient age, height, weight and maturity to do so.

Itinerary

Make your way to your accommodation in Powell River's historic Townsite sector. Powell River Townsite is a unique coastal community of British Columbia that was designated as a National Historic District of Canada in 1995. One of only seven in Canada, and the only one in western Canada, it is a very prestigious designation that confirms Powell River Townsite is an historical asset to the entire country. It is remarkably intact with over 400 original buildings contained within the borders of the 1910 town plan. Overnight B&B/hotel.

Meals:  Nil

This morning, you will be picked up from your accommodation and transferred to our base in Desolation Sound where we will have a thorough briefing, complete packing and pre-tour instruction, which will take a bit of time before we venture out. Please note that your guide will always have the authority to make the final decision on kayak configuration and safety related issues. ‘Safety first, fun will follow.’ Our route takes us out through Okeover Inlet and into the waters of Desolation Sound. There are many nooks and crannies to explore, sea life to discover, and idyllic lunch spots to enjoy, as we make our way to our 'base camp'. We’ll be setting up camp for two nights on a scenic location - Hare Point or Feather Cove.

Meals:  L,D

The second day we’ll travel light into the heart of Desolation Sound and we’ll be surrounded by the immense natural beauty BC’s largest provincial marine park. Often we’ll be followed by seals and sometimes we even encounter some of the whales that visit this area. In addition to enjoying the spectacular Sea-to-Sky scenery, swimming or snorkelling in these waters is a fun bonus of your amazing camping and kayaking adventure!

Meals:  B,L,D

Our final day on the water has us taking the 'path of least resistance' back to our starting point near Desolation Sound Resort, arriving between 3pm and 4pm. Services end with a transfer back to Powell River. If you are flying out today, be sure you are departing no earlier than 6pm. Otherwise, we are happy to help arrange accommodation either at the resort or back in Powell River.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 1 night twin share accommodation in Powell River Townsite
  • 2 nights back country camping
  • One certified kayak guide up to a maximum of six participants
  • Single or 2-person ocean tour kayak (3-person when a centre hatch seat is added for young children)
  • All required kayak safety gear and equipment
  • All required camping gear and equipment
  • Dry bags to hold personal belongings
  • Use of snorkel and mask
  • Backcountry camping permit

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Powell River
  • Meals while in Powell River
  • Accommodation after the kayaking tour
  • Items of a personal nature- alcoholic beverages, etc
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal gear such as clothing and backpacks
  • Tidal Fishing License and fishing gear
  • Applicable taxes

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:4 Days
Province/Territory:British Columbia
Starting Point:Powell River Townsite
Activities:3 days sea kayaking
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SUK
Prices From:USD$660
Hotel Only Single Supplement:USD$70 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes