4-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp (140.229)

Location: Nuchatlitz
Price: $1999.00
Duration: 4 days/3 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; personal sleeping bag (can rent); alcohol
Guest Parking: Yes Details: long-term parking available, including at recommended gateway accommodation
First Nations: Historic site visits; cultural sharing and local community interactions; co-owned by Kyuquot First Nations woman
Additional Information:
Unmatched kayaking comforts in Canada's finest sea kayaking base camp and coastal retreat. Delicious meals prepared by camp chef. Paddling options for everyone, including newbies and seasoned adventurers. Plenty of shoreline and forest options for guided interpretive hikes. A diverse relaxing experience that connects you with the coast!

Just one day shorter than our 5-day Sea Otter Kayak Tour, which is a Canadian Signature Experience, this compact 4-day adventure is a great choice for tighter schedules (when you know you need to squeeze it in and just get away), budgets, or as a 'taster' if base camp sea kayaking is something new for you.

This adventure fuses the rustic comforts of glamping, with the opportunity to explore Spring Island and the historic Mission Group of Islands by sea kayak, while experiencing sea otters, rugged shorelines, idyllic shell beaches, and many other delights, which makes it feel like you've had a much longer vacation.

These trips begin and end from your accommodation in Comox/Courtenay or Campbell River, include van transportation, a scenic boat ride to our Wilderness Retreat base camp, and the perfect mix of personal and group time once on the west coast of Canada.

Our daily routines flow with the tides, weather, 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 the possibility of kayaking with whales, which can include humpback, grey, Minke and killer whales
• bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, other marine birds, and sometimes even tufted puffins
• coastal wolf and black bear viewing by kayak while they forage along the shoreline
•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
•incredibly picturesque sunsets and sunrises
•historic and current village sites of the local First Nations people
•some of the most spectacular surf-pounded shores off the West Coast of Canada.

Our professional sea kayak guides enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills, and learning together with you! We are committed to helping you to feel comfortable if in a kayak for the first time, or to further developing your confidence and competence if already an experienced kayaker. When on interpretive walks, if we don't have answers for your many questions, we'll try to find out more in our substantial 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 wilderness retreat 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: 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. Possible visit to remote First Nations village of Kyuquot. Intertidal and tide pool curiosities. Shoreline hikes, beachcombing, and world-class photography opportunities. It's endless!

    Possible sunrise paddle before breakfast.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    Possible sunrise paddle before breakfast?!!

    Similar activities as days 2 & 3 during the morning, including the option of a morning paddle through nearby sea arches and islets, 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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