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"This was the best way to spend our vacation with the kids. We initially loved the idea of a family vacation away from the distractions of hotels and city living. Our trip to Johnstone Strait turned out to be fun for everyone. The kids will not stop talking about their brush with killer whales!"

The Bronze Family,
Jordan, Jill, Kyle and Cassie
Monterrey, California

"While the temperate forest and tranquil waters were impressive, I may have been most taken by the deluxe breakfast spread I woke up to every morning. I especially [enjoyed] eating the blueberry pancakes!"

Cara McWillam,
(formerly Glasgow, Scotland)

Vancouver, British Columbia

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be in a single kayak the whole time?

No, in fact, day-by-day/hour-by-hour we are used to people switching between double and single kayaks. Very often, for example, a husband and wife wish to paddle apart from each other in singles. Later in the day they may wish to reunite again in a double kayak. It's always fun to try both and double kayaks on any group outing enable paddlers who are curious about trying singles and doubles.

KKC recommends trying both types of kayaks - to everyone. Also, double kayaks offer a social retreat to anyone who wishes conversation while paddling.

Can I bring my children?

Of course. Everybody does. As long as they are 7 years or older and they paddle with a parent or a guide in a double kayak.

What kind of physical shape do I have to be in?

Previous kayaking experience is not necessary for most of our trips. Nevertheless, you should have good health. People in decent physical condition tend to capitalize more on the nature of the experience.

How many hours per day do we paddle?

As mentioned the paddling depends on the guideā€™s assessment of weather, time and tide conditions - but generally we paddle no more than 4 hours per day. We always make a lunch stop, and may take a few breaks to stretch the legs or take in the scenery.

What is the food like?

Your wilderness experience will be gourmet one. We have diverse menu selection that ranges from pastas to fresh seafood. We always ensure that our meals are balanced. We also can accommodate any specialized diets with advanced notice. Our chefs geniusly create five-star meals with a camp stove and a cutting board. You won't go home hungry.

What is the average size of groups?

Our group sizes vary from four to twelve people and we always have two guides, a ratio recommended by the B.C. Alliance of Sea Kayak Guides. Frequently, we have a photographer and/or apprentice guides-in-training joining us as well.

Can I bring an expensive camera?

If you're a 'shutterbug', chances are you own a good camera. If so, it would be a waste not to have it along with you. As long as your equipment is kept in a proper watertight container, such as a Pelican waterproof box or dry bag. Bringing home high quality photos can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your kayaking trip.

If I have never paddled an ocean kayak, is this a problem?

Absolutely not, many of our clients are trying out sea kayaking for the first time. We always cater to these needs by offering a full lesson prior to our initial departure. From there, we design our trips to accommodate progressive learning. By the second and third days, our clients are fully confident and knowledgeable in utilizing our preferred paddling techniques. Furthermore, we use double kayaks which allows anyone who would rather be chauffeured by a guide!

If I am an experienced paddler, will I have a chance to better my skills?

Of course, our guides/instructors are accomplished paddlers, and they are more than happy to work with you on the finer points of sea kayaking.

What if our ideal B.C. destination is not on your list of planned trips?

We are open to doing custom trips depending on destination and group size. While we can't make any guarantees, we are all ears about your trip ideas and regularly go places we've never been before. Tell us where you want to go and we'll tell you if we can make it happen.

How is all my stuff going to fit in the kayak and not get wet?

Each of our kayaks had a number of air-tight compartments for storage. Items inside the compartments stay bone-dry, no matter what the conditions. We have no fear storing our last dry pair of socks or expensive camera equipment in these compartments. The kayaks are incredible in how much they can hold. We bring objects as big as guitars and surfboards on our trips.

Do we need to hire a guide if we are renting kayaks?

No but depending on your experience level and the difficulty of your trip we may recommend either bringing a guide or taking a lesson before you launch. Generally, experienced paddlers do not need a guide and we can drop-off their boats and set them on their way.

Are you open for day-trips and rentals during the winter?

Of course! A snow paddle is a rare and rewarding experience. We love kayaking and paddle through rain or sunshine in the winter, spring, summer and fall.

What wildlife will we see on the trip?

Since wildlife is indeed wild, we can't make any guarantees but chances are, you will have the pleasure of seeing creatures of the land, sea and sky. Depending where you travel, some of the animals you may see are killer whales, sea lions, humpback whales, sea otters, bald eagles, deer and bears. That is just to name a few. For more information on the wildlife we share our space with, click the 'animals' tab at the bottom of the page.

What if I don't have own a tent?

We can provide any or all of the gear that you will need on your trip. If you're short equipment, just let us know and we'll pack it for you!



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