Sea Kayaking Brooks Peninsula

Sea Kayak Clayoquot Sound

Clayoquot Sound

6 days of Paddling

We absolutely  love kayaking here. Clayoquot Sound provides a quintessential west coast kayaking experience. Home to white sandy beaches and old growth rainforests, it was recognized as a Unesco International Biosphere Reserve in 2000.

On our 6 day trip, we’ll  travel and camp along the shorlines of Vargas and Flores Islands exploring bays, offshore islands and islets, and large white sandy beaches.  This trip offers a nice balance between paddling and relaxation. Both beachcombers and those desiring a taste of the open west coast, whether revisiting or for the first time,  will delight

For the Family Trip, we’ll take a water taxi out to a fabulous beach and base camp for a few days. This option offers lots of paddling opportunities for moms and dads and beach and play time for kids. As parents with a toddler we know how to make this an amazing and memorable experience for everybody.


Gabriola Sea Kayaking Broken Islands
Gabriola Sea Kayaking Broken Islands

No kayaking experience is required, although 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 12, including guides, often group size is smaller.

We paddle approximately 3-5 hours each day, leaving plenty of time for hiking in the woods, or just relaxing on the beach. Weather and sea conditions will ultimately determine our route and weather permitting, for paddlers to get a taste of the exposed west coast and ocean swells generated by the Pacific Ocean.

Most landings involve negotiating through the surf. If this is your first time in the surf,  no problem! This is an ideal opportunity to gain some experience and adding it to your skill set. A surf landing is not  surfing and you are not required to know how to surf your kayak. On the contrary! We like to pick spots to land where there are no waves, or the waves are small. Regardless, we coach you safely all the way along. With good instuction, a surf landing involves a gentle, controlled landing and provides an exhilerating sense of accomplishment.

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.


Broken Islands Kayaking Adventure
Broken Islands Kayaking Adventure

We rendezvous early on day one of your trip in TOFINO – approximately 3.5 hours or 150 miles west of Nanaimo.

People are responsible for getting themselves to Tofino or the nearby town of Ucluelet (40 min drive) the night before (e.g., to join July 15th trip, arrive in Tofino or Ucluelet on the 14th). We can help arrange car pooling and there is the Tofino Bus  running daily from Victoria and Nanaimo regions.

There are plenty of choices for accomodation in both communities, however, Tofino is extremely busy during the summer so make sure you book early. Ucluelet and the Ucluelet Campground are  good alternatives. We can also recommend lodgings.

We will rendezvous in Tofino (location TBA) early the next morning. This is where we pack our boats and launch on our first day.

We typically break camp 3 or 4 out of 5 paddling days. On all trips our travels will take us to Vargas Island and if the weather/conditions are good, a circumnavigation, a visit to off  shore islands which flank Vargas and dot Clayoquot Sound and nearby Flores Island. 

Weather permitting, we plan to arrive back in Tofino around noon on the 5th day, in time for people to catch ferries out of Nanaimo returning to Vancouver.


Kayaking Dinner in the Broken Islands

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 Clayoquot Adventure

14 + 1 =

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

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Price Includes

  • All kayaking equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Two guides
  • Dry bags (one 20 litre bag per person)

Your guides will be using nautical chart  #3670 available for roughly C$20.

Please visit  the Canadian Hydrographic Service website to find a location near you to purchase your chart if you would like to bring one along.

Does Not Include

  • Transportation to and from Tofino
  • Camp site fees  – approx. $10/night.
    We facilitate on your behalf  with our  Parks Canada account.
  • 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.