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  Vancouver Island Multi Day Trips To Johnstone Strait, Kyuquot Sound, Nootka and Clayoquot Sounds, British Columbia

Guided Groups

"The guided tour was amazing, Ryan and the other guides on our trip made everything 10 times more enjoyable and informative. We always felt safe and up on all the local information that makes a multi day trip on the West Coast a huge success!

Marcie Crudo, Corolyn Embers
Edmonton, AB

Summer Kayaking

"Our trip to see 'the Princess' was magical! We could have stayed forever! Thanks for guiding us into paradise. We appreciated your knowledge and sense of humor"

The Gellers,
Santa Cruz, California

 

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"The Clayoquot Solstice trip was the perfect vacation! We always claimed California was the most beautiful place on Earth but the Clayoquot trip has humbled us... we look forward to visiting Vancouver Island again in the future."

Jay, Lindsay and Noah Barnett,
San Francisco, California



Nootka Sound Kayaking

"I was overwhelmed by how relaxed I felt on our trip to Kyuquot Sound. I have never been entirely surrounded by pristine wilderness to the north, south, east and west ... as I was when we beached at the Brooks Peninsula. This trip was very special. I just wanted to write to say thanks."

Lucy McMichael,
Puget Sound, Washington

 

Summer Kayaking

"We had an extraordinary time and had no idea how easy it all is when you have experienced guides showing you the way and preparing everything!"

Velvai Veraccil,
Siscily, Italy

 

 

 

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Multi-day Kayak Trips

Multi-day kayaking trips are the best adventure experience we have at Kit's Kayak Crusades. Every multi-day trip has regular adventure attractions, animals, scenic settings, and also exciting surprises along the way that you will discover! Multi-day trips allow you to really unwind and immerse yourself into the harmonies of nature. The feeling and state of mind that you feel after the first day is something everyone just simply must experience for themselves in their own ways.

At KKC we specialize in providing adventurers with a decadent paddling experience. Therefore we place great emphasis on making your ocean experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. To help accomplish this we use only premium, kevlar and fibreglass sea kayaks by Nimbus.

 

Costs for all multi-daytrips include:

Booking conditions:
  • All prices are in Canadian dollars. Our trips are filled on a first-to-pay basis. Fifty percent of the trip fee will hold your spot.

  • Upon receipt of your deposit, we will confirm your registration by phone and send you a pre-trip information package. Full payment is due at least two weeks before the trip starts or payment by phone with a credit card can be made.

  • To book your trip or discuss booking possibilities, contact Kit Perrick at 604.929.4492 or 604.315.559

1. Johnstone Strait (5 Days - Departs from Telegraph Cove, BC)

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Johnstone Strait

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Johnstone StraitThe Johnstone Strait is the seasonal destination for migrating orcas (killer whales) as they feed on salmon that also pass through these waters. The whales are also here to mate within the confines of their 'bedroom', otherwise known as Robson Bite. NOTHING RIVALS PADDLING WITH WHALES!

When we are privileged enough to paddle in close proximity to these spectacular mammals, one can really sense their level of intelligence, and understand exactly why humankind should continue to reverse their extinction trends.

Nothing can compare to the exhiliration and sense you can get when an orca bull rises out of the water and sprays you, or when you can watch them passing underneath your kayak.

Visit abandoned Kwakiutl Indian Villages with middens and totem poles and evaluate an abundance of archaelogical evidence of previous habitations and civilizations. Then and there, your mind will be free to flirt with the rich cultural and ecological history of this special area.

Paddle past ancient Indian pictographs: watch for bears that roam shorlines: paddle near to the boundaries of the famous Robson Bite Ecological Reserve: try to spot the numerous forms of birdlife: or best yet, enjoy the frontier-like sense of kayaking with expert guide.

Our days are spent exploring various inlet islands, and always looking out for other forms of marine life: mink, whales, sea otters, dolphins or black bear, deer and birdlife. To read more...

To get there:

To reach the Telegraph Cove departure point for the trip, follow Hwy 19 north up Vancouver Island. From Campbell River it is about 125 km's north to a very small town called Woss. Pay attention to the Hwy signs. Continue past Woss for another 30 km's to the well-marked Telegraph Cove turnoff. (If you hit Port McNeil, you have gone too far!) Drive down the paved road until you reach a T-junction. Keep left onto the gravel road and follow signs to Telegraph Cove, it's about another 20 minutes.

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2. Kyuquot Sound, Bunsby Islands, Brooks Penninsula (Meets in Campbell River, BC - Departs from Fair Harbour)

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Kyuquot Sound

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Kyuquot SoundEasy paddling in the remote northwest quarter of Vancouver Island. This area is rich with West Coast Native History and marine ecology and our expert guides are passionate about conveying their extensive knowledge. The ancient forest here is home to thousands of species of plants, animals, birds and 1,000 year old cedar trees.

Laden with old Nuu-cha-nulth village sites, totem poles, middens and fishing sites, this is the next best place to the Queen Charolottes for encountering the archeological remains of ancient native civilization.

There are also many bald eagles, whales, black bears and hundreds of sea birds in the Kyuquot.

To get there:
To reach Fair Harbour, as the departure point for this trip, one must follow Hwy 19 on Vancouver Island. From Campbell River it is about 125 km's north to a very small town called Woss. Pay attention to the Hwy signs. Continue past Woss another 22 km's to the well-marked Zeballos turnoff. From there, follow the gravel road for 41 km's to Zeballos and keep going for another 33 km's along the logging road. Total distance from the main hwy to Fair Harbour is 75 km's one way, but since it is a gravel logging road, be prepared to drive slowly; and for it to take about one hour.

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3. Nootka Sound

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Nootka Sound

NootkaNootka Sound has it all. It is a true jewel for kayakers. Located on the west coast of North Vancouver Island, approximately 55 miles (70 km) north of Tofino, it is best accessed from either Gold River or Tahsis or by chartered mothership. The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations have been inhabiting this area for thousands of years because of its rich sea life and natural resources, mild climate and gorgeous surroundings. As the Aboriginals insist, Nootka is not just a place it is a feeling ... and it is said that if you listen closely as you paddle the shores and walk the beaches, you might just hear elders talking.

The sheltered parts of Nootka Sound are like a wilderness playground full of scenic splendour. In fact, so many of the best places in the Sound can only be reached by kayak. There are numerous sheltered inlets, cloud-laced valleys, small islands, steep forested mountains, remote wind-swept sandy beaches and dense rainforest. Not only that, but the area is teeming with wildlife and sealife: orca whales, gray whales, sea otters, seals, salmon and eagles.

With the shelter of the sound on the inside and the brilliant, unrestrained, blue Pacific Ocean on the other, one cannot help but realize that the picturesque and tranquil sound that will soon be discovered by many more. KKC expert guides know the weather, tides and currents, and, the best beaches to camp on.

Nootka Sound: '08 Nootka Photos | Food | Back to Map | View packing list | Prices

 

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4. Clayoquot Sound (Departs from Government Dock in Tofino, BC)

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Clayoquot Sound

ClayoquotThe Clayoquot is an array of islands, fjords, narrows, estuaries, mudflats, rocky shores, sandy beaches, mountains, forests, lakes, streams and ocean. It is covered by temperate coastal rainforest; characterized by 90 metre tall western hemlock, red cedar, sitka spruce, yellow-cedar and douglas fir tree, all with lush undergrowth such as deer ferns, lanky mosses and rich salmon streams.

Known for its rainforest and its beauty, the West Coast of Vancouver Island is deservedly admired for its pristine wilderness.This trip has it all!

Some of the last temperate old growth rainforest left in the world with fresh water streams and endless white sandy beaches. For good reason, many consider the Clayoquot Sound as one of the 'eight wonders of the world' while others have dubbed it 'the Hawaii of the North'.

There is no better combination of natural features and biological diversity for sea kayakers in North America. It's a perfect place for sunsets, whales, old-growth, trees, beaches and the open water.

To get there:

It is a 270 km drive from Nanaimo to reach Tofino. Once in Nanaimo, head north along Hwy 19 to Qualicum where you take the well-marked Hwy 4 turnoff. One must follow the Pacific Rim Hwy - Hwy 4 - from Qualicum. Follow the road signs as you head west through Port Alberni to the Pacific Rim Hwy.

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5. The Broken Islands

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Broken Islands

ClayoquotNavigate your way through a maze of more than 100 islands scattered throughout the calm waters of the Barkley Sound.  The Broken Islands are quickly becoming one of the most popular places to paddle in British Columbia.  We camp on our own island every night and during the day explore the thrilling ecosystem of Vancouver Island’s west coast.  You’ll have the chance to see wildlife from the sea to the sky and explore some of British Columbia’s unique temperate old-growth forests.

The Broken Islands are on of the three main recreation areas for the Pacific Rim National Park.  The archipelago covers more than 10,000 hectares, its islands scattered like the broken pieces of a puzzle.  Each island is smaller than 2 km in diameter and each holds its own beauty.  We look forward to sharing this amazing adventure with you!

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6. Princess Louisa Inlet (7 Days - Departs from Egmont)

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Princess Louisa Inlet

Clayoquot

No question, this is a world-class kayaking destination. Princess Louisa Inlet is one of the most serene and sublime paddling playgrounds in British Columbia.  Generally speaking, princesses are known to wear a lot of jewels and this “Princess” is no exception; her jewels are just a little different.  They come in the natural form of a myriad of waterfalls cascading down the gorge’s towering granite walls into tranquil inlet water.

The crown jewel of this inlet is undoubtedly Chatterbox Falls at the inlet’s apex; where glacial water thunders 45 meters into the water below.  The roar of these falls will beckon from the moment you paddle into Princess Louisa Inlet through the Malibu Rapids.

The water here is warmer than most of the places we paddle so don't forget to pack a swimming suit! Those wishing to explore on foot will enjoy the hiking trails surrounding Chatterbox Falls. If you walk far enough, you may even reach some open alpine meadows!

Paddlers will have the opportunity to explore the impressive Jervis Inlet on their way to "the Princess."

Photos from our 2008 trip to Princess Louisa Inlet

Photos from our 2007 trip to Princess Louisa Inlet

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Getting to the Egmont launch site:

From the B.C. Ferry terminal in Langdale, (a short ride from Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay), you will drive north on Hwy 101. It is the last town you will hit so it's hard to miss!

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7. Hotham Sound (3 Days - Departs from Egmont)

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Hotham Sound

Clayoquot

A gorgeous gatekeeper will greet you at the entrance to Hotham Sound.  Freil Falls, a 1,400-foot tiered waterfall, greets paddlers venturing into the sometimes hauntingly tranquil Hotham Sound.  Seeing the falls is only the beginning of seeing this gem of a spot on the Sunshine Coast, within Hotham there is plenty more to explore. 

Our trips to Hotham Sound almost always include a stop in the Harmony Islands.  Where we take advantage of Hotham’s exceptionally warm waters by swimming and even snorkeling.  (There is some interesting reef culture to explore!)  Our explorations here are paddled with a backdrop of massive cliff walls, distant snow-capped peaks and oyster filled beaches.  A great weekend escape!

Getting to the Egmont launch site:

From the B.C. Ferry terminal in Langdale, (a short ride from Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay), you will drive north on Hwy 101. It is the last town you will hit so it's hard to miss!

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8. Nelson Island (Departs from Egmont or Sechelt year round)

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Nelson Island

ClayoquotWhen it rains in Vancouver, chances are that the sun is shining on the Sunshine Coast! Nelson Island rests at the heart of the sublimely scenic Sunshine Coast, at the confluence of Jervis Inlet, Malaspina Strait and the Agamemnon Channel. Nelson Island and its tiny twin, Hardy Island, are somewhat well-kept secrets in the kayaking community.

These islands offer a diverse array of marine and wild life such as seal colonies, sea lions, river otters, orca pods, bald eagles and kelp beds teeming with benthic fanua.

Park your boat to explore numerous pebble beaches, sandstone cliffs and inter-tidal pools rich with sea life. It is also an intriguing excursion for the archeologist within, paddlers can expect to explore indigenous rock paintings, abandoned logging camps and washed-up shipwrecks. This treasured island is a must-see for Sunshine Coast residents looking to reminisce about the old-time British Columbia coast.

To get to Egmont or Sechelt:

From the B.C. Ferry terminal in Langdale, (a short ferry ride from Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay), you will drive north on Hwy 101. The road travels directly through both towns so you can't miss them! Contact us before your trip for exact departure locations.

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9. Egmont - (weekly departures throughout 2014)

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Egmont

ClayoquotEgmont is the launchsite for some of the best paddling on British Columbia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.  It is the staging ground for our trips to Hotham Sound, Nelson Island and Princess Louisa Inlet and a fantastic starting point for further explorations of the Sunshine Coast’s gorgeous waterways.  Throughout the year, we take custom day, weekend and multi-day trips out of Egmont.  Aside from those mentioned above, possible destinations include Sechelt, Salmon, Narrows and Jervis Inlets

Getting to the Egmont launch site:

From the B.C. Ferry terminal in Langdale, (a short ride from Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay), you will drive north on Hwy 101. It is the last town you will hit so it's hard to miss!

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10. Texada/Jedediah Islands (4 Day Trip - Sunshine Coast departure)

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Texada

ClayoquotJedediah Island is the main attraction of this trip. Jedediah is the largest of a cluster of islands within the Sabine Channel. On this trip we circumnavigate the island, stopping to see its magnificent oyster-filled beaches, wild horses and abandoned Euro-Canadian dwellings.

We also stop on the west coast of the much larger Texada Island. Here we explore abandoned mining shafts and work camps.

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11. Day Trips (Departs from North Vancouver, Kitsilano or the Sunshine Coast)

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Nimbus KayaksA professional introduction to sea kayaking will furnish you forever with the skills to improve or start kayaking immediately. Knowledge of streamline, bulk heads, seat position, basic accessories and the best balancing techniques in the face of big waves will give you the knowledge, confidence, proficiency and zest to become a paddler for life!

We offer day trips throughout the British Columbia lower mainland and Sunshine Coast. Our most popular being in Deep Cove, the English Bay and Howe Sound.

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Food & Equipment

The food provided is healthy, tasty and abundant. Your guides are excellent chefs, with years of outback cooking experience. Menus are well balanced and meals are usually of a vegetarian nature, with the addition of freshly gathered seafood.

We use only the best Kayak and kayaking equipment that is most reliable. We want to make your preparations as easy as possible. Here are some of the things we do to make that possible. >> Equipment prepration

Note: Guests with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to notify the guide at least one week before trip departure.

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