5-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp (140.220)

Location: Nuchatlitz
Price: $2399.00
Duration: 5 days/4 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
  • 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:
Enjoy diverse day trips (paddling, hiking & shoreline exploring) from Canada's finest Coastal Kayaking Retreat, in the heart of a kayaking paradise for novice, intermediate, and advanced paddlers.

Our educational focus connects you with the community, culture and ecology of the Kyuquot area. Experience an ideal mix of adventurous and refreshing land and water-based activity options for family groups of all ages, independent travelers, and groups.

This trip has been selected by Destination Canada as a "Canadian Signature Experience"! These trips conveniently begin and end from your accommodation in Comox/Courtenay or Campbell River on Vancouver Island, include van transportation, a scenic boat ride to our Wilderness Retreat Base Camp, and the perfect mix of personal and group time on the west coast.

Our daily routines flow with the tides, weather, Indigenous cultural and community opportunities, and wildlife. Taking full advantage of the comforts and conveniences of our base camp, each day's outings by sea kayak and foot allow us to share nearby highlights, including:
• curious sea otters, sea lions, and possibly of kayaking with whales, which can include humpback, grey, Minke & killer whales
•tufted puffins, bald eagles, osprey & other marine birds
•black bear viewing from kayaks while they forage along the shoreline
•Indigenous cultural interactions and traditional salmon feast around an open fire
•paddling through and learning about historic and current sites of the local Kyuquot-Checleset First Nations people
•inviting shell beaches on rocky islets laden with marine life in tide pools
•giant Sitka spruce trees topped with the massive nests of bald eagles
•some of the most spectacular rugged surf-pounded shores
•incredibly picturesque sunsets and sunrises

Our professional sea kayak guides enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills. We learning together with you! We are committed to helping you to feel comfortable if in a kayak for the first time, or to further develop your competence if already an experienced paddler.

When on interpretive walks, if we don't have answers for your many questions, we'll try to find out more from our resource library in the dining and activity shelter at our island retreat.


  • Day

    Early morning van transportation from Comox Valley or Campbell River to meet water taxi (boat transfer) from Fair Harbour for early afternoon arrival at enchanting Base Camp on Spring Island.

    Welcome orientation and tour of base camp facilities with time to settle into waterfront tent accommodations.

    Relaxing forest walk or initial kayaking to introduce spectacular and rugged exposed west coast shoreline and scenery.

    Dinner and evening activities, including preparation for next day's kayaking.

    Possible evening paddle or sunset walk.

    Meals: Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    Introduction/refresher to kayaks and paddling strokes; safety briefing appropriate to the individual experience and day's activities.

    Day trip paddle through local islet clusters, abandoned First Nations Village site area, and sea otter viewing.

    Lunch break and shoreline tidepool/intertidal life orientation on sandy shell beach.

    More exploring and wildlife viewing by kayak in the afternoon. Return to established camp comforts. Shower option.

    Evening appetizers, dinner, and opportunities for on-water kayak skill development with one-on-one coaching.

    Possible sunset paddle or walk.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    As per day 2, with additional day tripping destinations including: sea lion viewing, estuary and river exploration, fossil finding, and "salmon forest" hike. Can also explore more exposed outer coastlines if sea conditions are appropriate, including sea arches and sea caves. Black bear viewing and possible wolf sightings. Visit to remote First Nations village of Kyuquot & traditional salmon dinner with a Native family. Intertidal and tide pool curiosities. Shoreline hikes, beach-combing, and world-class photography opportunities. It's endless!

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    As per day 3...

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    Possible sunrise paddle before breakfast?!

    Similar activities as days 2-4 during the morning, including the option of a kayaking outing or short interpretive walk into ancient temperate old-growth rainforest.

    Packing of personal gear in preparation for water taxi departure after lunch, and return van transportation to Campbell River and the Comox Valley by evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

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