Sea Kayaking Brooks Peninsula

Sea Kayak the Brooks Peninsula and the Bunsby Islands

Brooks Peninsula and the Bunsby Islands

10 days of Paddling

water taxi

$1850 + gst

One of our most remote and rugged kayak tours.

Traditional territory to the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’, this cultural landscape provides a gateway to some of the finest sea kayaking Vancouver Island has to offer.

We’ll explore spectacular rock studded coastline, sandy beaches, and the islands and islets of The Brooks the Bunsby’s, ending up on Spring Island in the Mission Group.

Marine and wildlife are abundant with awe inspiring tide pools, sea lions, porpoises, sea birds, eagles, bears, seals and deer. The colony of sea otters which inhabit the area are always a highlight and chance whale sightings, simply remarkable. Welcome to the wild west coast.

Kayaking

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Unlike our other trips, experience is required and we do insist that you know how to swim, have a good fitness level and a good sense of adventure

All kayaking and safety equipment is provided, including dry bags. We take along 6 to 8 single kayaks: Necky Teslas, Current Designs Solstive GTs, Arluk IIIs, Arluk IVs and Nimbus Telkwas and 2 or 3 double kayaks – Passats, Skanas, Tofinos and take turns in a variety of boats.

Our maximum group size is 10, including guides, often group size is smaller.

We paddle approximately 4-6 hours each day, leaving plenty of time for exploring the shoreline, or just relaxing on the beach.

Weather can be tempermental often requiring rapid changes in plans at a moments notice, – please come expecting this.

This region is also very exposed so PLEASE EXPECT LOTS OF WIND and the potential of being windbound as a result!

The area offers some protected paddling between rocky islets as well as the opportunity, weather permitting, for paddlers to get a taste of the exposed west coast and ocean swells generated by the Pacific Ocean (This trip isn’t a good first choice if you have troubles with motion sickness, as it is generally more exposed than our other destinations).

Our first day can be challenging, as strong headwinds can blow down the Inlet as we paddle out.

Our Kyuquot trips have water taxi transport at one end to minimize inlet paddling and maximize the area we can cover.

For those interested in developing or improving their kayaking skills, our guides are always happy to provide paddling tips, practice rescues, or discuss the art of navigation.

Meals

Meals on Nootka

We have found from past experience that the most economical, fun, and greatest variety of meals comes from when the food effort is shared (this also keeps our guides fresh!). Each person is responsible for the purchase and preparation of a share of group meals (typically two or three meals depending on group size).

We organize the meal schedule and can forward you some suggestions about what keeps and packs well if you wish.

Reserve your Nootka Adventure

14 + 8 =

A $200 non-refundable deposit reserves a space. Full payment due 60 days before trip start.  If you cancel, you’ll get your balance back unless it is 14 or fewer days before trip start, in which case we’ll refund you 50%.

Payments can be made by e-transfer or cheque.
Send email transfer to gabriolaseakayaking@gmail.com.

Cheques can be made out to Gabriola Sea Kayaking.  Send them to our Winter Office in Nanaimo – 1950 Bay St. Nanaimo BC V9T 3A5.

If these don’t work and you need to pay by Paypal or credit card, let us know.

Price Includes

  • Boat transport to or from fair Harbour
  • All kayaking equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Two guides/outfitters
  • Dry bags (one 20 litre bag per person)
  • LOTS OF FUN

Does Not Include

  • Transportation to and from Fair Harbour
  • We share meal purchase & preparation
    (meals from lunch day 1 to breakfast on the final day)
  • Accommodations the night before trip start
  • Tents (rentals available for $45 if you reserve well in advance)
  • Sleeping bag & camping mat
  • Your travel insurance for evacuation costs in the event of an emergency. Although really unlikely, we highly reccommend purchasing travel insurance. You will be billed for water taxi/helicopter or other transport costs.