6-Day Rugged Point Kayak Tour (140.272)

Location: Nuchatlitz
Price: $2299.00
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: Intermediate
Nearest Town/Village: Port McNeill
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Sheets
  • Paddling Jacket
  • Dry bags
  • Parking
  • Two-way ground transportation to/from Comox/Courtenay or Campbell River, Two-way water taxi,
Exclusions: Sleeping bag, Alcohol
Guest Parking: Yes Details: long-term parking available, including at recommended gateway accommodation
First Nations:
Additional Information:
Experienced kayakers love the waters south from Spring Island across Kyuquot Sound to the expansive fine sandy beaches of Rugged Point Provincial Marine Park. Discover an incredible "out there" feeling while navigating the pristine Barrier Islands and geologically rich shorelines.


  • Day

    Morning van transportation from your accommodation in Comox/Courtenay or Campbell River; 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 and a light lunch; after a brief orientation to our base camp facilities (shower, resource library, outhouses, fresh drinking water, etc.), the group will discuss our best options and suitable timing for packing and departing for the Rugged Point area the next day.

    Time to settle into your waterfront tent accommodations for the first night in camp; once settled, we'll typically go for a relaxing afternoon paddle close to camp - getting active and further oriented. Alternatively we may jump into reviewing kayak packing and safety procedures, assign boats for the trip, and, if the weather is suitable to depart Spring Island the next morning, dive into getting all of the gear loaded!

    After dinner, if time permits, we will enjoy a sunset walk to the wild west side of Spring Island to get a view across Checleset Bay and toward the Brooks Peninsula, and south toward Nootka Island, Tatchu Point, and Rugged Point - our marinescape for the week!

    The long day of travel and trip preparation, and the soothing sound of waves on the shore, should help you to sleep despite the excited anticipation of the adventure ahead!

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    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 the simply the need to stumble out of the comforts of your tent, empty your bladder, and find a coffee to say hello to the day!

    After a satisfying breakfast, if the weather isn't appropriate for immediate travel over the exposed traverse to Rugged Point, we can spend an extra night initially exploring closer to Spring Island and using the base camp. This can be a great opportunity to see even more of the area. Otherwise, let's get going!

    Our guides will ensure that everyone is fully introduced to the kayaks and equipment, and related safety considerations for our travels.

    Enroute across Kyuquot Sound, through the Minx Rocks female sea otter zone, if the weather and sea gods are smiling on us, we'll visit one of the west coast's most enchanted and remote island, Thornton (Highest) Island, home to a myriad of marine birds.

    By the time we reach our campsite, we will have traveled approximately 7 to 8 nautical miles (about 13 to 15 km).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    Weather permitting, and depending on our camp location, we will likely proceed on a day trip further south along the Vancouver Island shoreline toward Tatchu Point, or out to secluded Grassy Island, site of some significant fossils. We will also have time to wander the expansive beaches or potentially paddle all of the nooks around the Rugged Point area, sharing the waters with whales and sea otters. The headland trails through old growth forests along Rugged Point allow access to peaceful beach combing, more fossils, great body surfing, and exploring up Kapoose Creek.

    On the water, we are likely to encounter an array of birds, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, and possibly even a grey and humpback whales, or even orca.

    The Rugged Point area is known for its sandy beaches and rocky outcroppings cloaked in marine life.

    Once away from our base camp on Spring Island, we are most likely to camp in one location to maximize time for daytime exploring and relaxation.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    As per day 3.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    If the weather permits, we may choose to stay an extra night in the Rugged Point area before returning to Spring Island on the morning of day 6.

    Otherwise, after an early rise and pack-up, we again traverse the Kyuquot Sound area, likely along the towering and intricate shoreline of Union Island, exploring Kyuquot Bay and more of the Mission Group of Islands enroute back to Spring Island for the last night.

    Once back at our Base Camp and unpacked from the expedition, you may find the lure of the propane heated waterfront shower to be, well, irresistible!

    At Spring Island, there are again a variety of options group and personal activities depending on available time, interests, weather, and energy. It may be best to simply relax and reflect, fully absorbing the last part of this west coast expedition.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    After breakfast, if we arrived back on Spring Island on Day 5, we recommend exploring the nearby waters around Spring Island, or starting the day with an adventurous beach and forest walk that circumnavigates the island. During your morning paddle or walk, you can enjoy the views and memories of where you've just traveled.

    Otherwise, it's a morning of early packing, spectacular morning paddling across Kyuquot Sound, then preparing for departure from Spring Island.

    After lunch and goodbyes to Spring Island, the water taxi transportation to Fair Harbour will meet our van shuttle back to your accommodation or connecting travel in the Campbell River or Comox/Courtenay areas.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

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