6-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp (140.270)

Location: Nuchatlitz
Price: $2699.00
Duration: 6 days/5 nights

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Departs from/arrives at: Comox Valley or Campbell River/Spring Island, Kyuquot
Accomodations: Camping
Tour Type: Leisure Tour
Activity Level: Novice
Nearest Town/Village: Zeballos, Port McNeill, Campbell River
Inclusions:
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Sheets
  • Thermarest
  • Paddling Jacket
  • Dry bags
  • Parking
  • Return transport; water taxi; Walk-in tents w/ beds, thick mattresses & pillows; Wilderness Retreat w/ dining shelter; shower
Exclusions: staff gratuities; sleeping bags (can rent); alcohol
Guest Parking: Yes Details: long-term parking available, including at recommended gateway accommodation
First Nations: traditional salmon feast and cultural interactions with local friends and family; co-owned w/ a local Kyuquot Native woman
Additional Information:
Immerse yourself in connecting and refreshing. Five days is great; a sixth day is amazing. This longer base camp experience allows even more opportunity to explore further afield or closer to camp, more fully aware of what\'s going on in the forest and ocean surroundings.

Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    Morning van transportation from your accommodation in Comox/Courtenay or Campbell River (unless you've arranged float plane transportation); four to five hour scenic drive on northern Vancouver Island to remote Fair Harbour; chartered water taxi transportation to our Wilderness Retreat base camp on Spring Island - on the outer edge of Canada's west coast!

    Early afternoon arrival with a light lunch, welcome orientation and tour of base camp facilities; time to settle into your waterfront tent accommodations.

    Start enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds while getting used to the 24/7 flow of tea, coffee, or juices and the always available bowl of fruit and snacks.

    We listen to the interests of each guest - "what are you most looking forward to experiencing, trying, or learning about?" ... and then begin activities that will suit the collective and individual interests: maybe a guided forest walk to stretch travel legs and enjoy beach-combing on some of British Columbia's most magnificent shorelines, or maybe an introduction to the kayaks with basic strokes and an afternoon paddle among sheltered islets.Relaxing introductory kayak outing or forest trail walk to spectacular and rugged exposed west coast shoreline and scenery - use your arms or legs and get your bearings! You've arrived!

    Yummy appetizers lead to a satisfying dinner well beyond what most expect while on a kayak trip and camping.

    Prepare for the next day's kayaking. Possible evening paddle in sheltered bay.

    Evening activities are usually less structured, providing you with time to fully experience what you're after - social time around the fire or on the beach with friends, family and staff; games in the dining shelter or meadow (bocce, croquet, or ladder golf!); sunset walks; reading, sketching, or journalling; or sitting still in a quiet place, watching the gentle rhythm of the waves.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    2

    You might be woken by the caress of waves on the cobblestone beach, the morning mew of a Sea Otter pup in the bay, the call of a bald eagle overhead ... or simply the need to stumble out of the comfort of your tent to find a coffee to say hello to the day.

    After a tasty wholesome breakfast, we typically head out mid-morning to kayak tour through islet clusters, destined for an island, beach, forest trail, or nearby estuary to explore. We are surrounded by a myriad of route options, most offering perfect sand and crushed shell beaches for breaks, lunch stops, beach combing, exploring tide pools and rocky outcrops, or "savage lounging" (the paradise of a rejuvenating afternoon nap on an island in the pacific!).

    You may choose to take the day off from kayaking to just relax or explore Spring Island by foot while others paddle.

    On the water, we are likely to encounter Sea Otters while paddling near the calm waters of prolific kelp beds. And we are frequently greeted by jumping Salmon, snorting Sea Lions, squadrons of Black Oyster Catchers, or low-flying Tufted Puffins.

    Our sea kayaking options include a variety of day-trip routes, distances, shoreline types, and sea conditions to satisfy the range of guests' interests and comforts.

    Arriving back at the quiet bay of our camp around 4:00 p.m., there may be the opportunity to practice specific kayak skills (strokes, or for the hardy, re-entry techniques or the basics of rolling a sea kayak). Alternately, for those still wanting to play on the water, have fun with one of our stand-up paddleboards or "window" kayaks in the sheltered bay.

    After some evening appetizers, you may choose to go for a refreshing swim, wander the trails, settle onto the warm beach stones with a drink in hand, enjoy a hot shower, or visit by the fire (or if it's cooler and raining, by the warmth of the wood stove in our dining and activity shelter).

    On one evening, a traditional Aboriginal cultural salmon dinner and visit, prepared around the campfire by local Kyuquot-Checleset First Nations hosts.

    With a scrumptious dinner in belly, evenings are often enjoyed around the campfire, or with a sunset walk to the exposed west side of Spring Island.

    We also have the option of using the kayaks for sheltered and unparalleled sunset paddling, full moon paddling, or night-time paddling with the darkness lit up by the magical underwater sparkles of bioluminescence swirling off each paddle stroke.

    Your 3-4" foam mattress and bed will eventually lure you to rejuvenate for the next day's adventures.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    3

    As per day 2.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    4

    As per day 2.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    5

    As per day 2.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    6

    As per previous days, we have the morning to explore a little closer to camp: possibly a sunrise paddle (optional for early birds!), or a kayaking circumnavigation of Spring Island or nearby Aktis Island if the conditions are suitable.

    We can also enjoy a morning walk through a moss-laden old-growth forest trail to visit ancient Western Red cedar trees - this feels like you're stepping into another world on Spring Island.

    After our last lunch together and goodbyes, it's time to take the spirit of your Spring Island experiences home. This is also a good time to start scheming and planning your next visit and kayak trip - many of our guests have returned over 6 times, and some even 15 times!

    Depending on your travel arrangements, you will depart from our beach in the early afternoon by water taxi or float plane, ready to return for your next west coast kayaking adventure with us! ... And feeling like you've truly had a kayaking vacation full of holiday memories to carry you through the year.

    Return van transportation to your accommodation or connecting travel plans in the Campbell River or Comox/Courtenay areas.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

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From Our Blog

"One of the Best Holidays of My Life"

Tuesday, February 9 2016

Here's a fantastic comment we received from Ann after her kayak vacation last August, her second Vancouver Island Kayak tour.

Scott, As we spoke earlier I can't thank you enough for being the facilitator in what truly has to be the best or at at least one of the best holidays of my life.  I only say one as my husband is not here and I wish he could have experienced the wonders of British Columbia nature first hand.

I had two wonderful but very different kayak trips.  The first to the Broken Island Group and the second up here in Port Mc Neil.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  Different geographies. Wildlife and also fellow travellers on the trip but both wonderfully well organised and the natural beauty of this place speaks for itself.

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