Desolation Sound (30.51)

Location: Desolation Sound
Price: $1129.00
Duration: 5 days/4 nights

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Departs from/arrives at: Quadra Island
Accomodations: Camping
Tour Type: Leisure Tour
Activity Level: Novice
Nearest Town/Village: Campbell River
Inclusions:
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermarest
  • Dry bags
  • Parking
  • Van transportation and ferry to launch site on Cortes Island
Exclusions: GST
Guest Parking: Yes Details: Safe parking is available on Quadra Island.
First Nations:
Additional Information:
Kayaking Desolation Sound, a sea kayaker’s paradise. Paddling amongst the towering mountains of the British Columbia Coast Mountain range is a truly awe-inspiring adventure. Desolation Sound has a Mediterranean climate which makes it our favourite place to paddle in May, June, early July and September where you can count on having the best weather on the coast.

THE AREA
Carved into the inaccessible wilderness of the Canadian mainland over the ages, the soaring peaks of the coastal mountains tumble to the waters edge in a jumble of river mouths and small islands, a perfect spot for sea kayaking. The rugged terrain has stopped any road access into Desolation; kayaks are the best way to visit this majestic and unspoiled area.

KAYAKING PARADISE
There are few places on earth as stunningly beautiful as kayaking Desolation Sound. This is a kayaking trip where you spend more time looking up than looking down. The calm waters make this ideal for first-time paddlers and the rugged mountain vistas make it suitable for anyone looking to experience some of Mother Nature’s most amazing works of art.

CAMPING & DINING
Our campsites In Desolation Sound are simply stunning. Most of our campsites will be on small Islands in the heart of Desolation Sound. 6000ft peaks will tower over us giving us the feeling of being rather small. Our food is fresh, wholesome and local when possible. Our shellfish, salmon or halibut come from Quadra Island fishermen. And our guides know how to prepare the meals just right.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Other activities include hiking, kayaking skills development, shellfish harvesting, and lots of opportunities to swim in the nearby lakes as well as the warmest ocean waters north of Mexico.

Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    PRE-TRIP MEETING
    WHEN: DAY PRIOR AT 6 PM, WHERE: HERIOT BAY INN ON QUADRA ISLAND
    This meeting gives us a chance to answer any questions you may have and for you to meet your guides and fellow kayakers. Your guides will go over the logistics of the tour and answer any concerns you may have. If you cannot make it to the meeting just be sure to call in the day before departure to confirm your arrival. This allows us to confirm the exact departure time and location, or to alert you if there are have been any last minute changes.

    THE TOUR
    MEETING LOCATION
    WHEN: DAY 1, WHERE: QUADRA ISLAND AT 8 AM OR CORTES ISLAND AT 10:15 AM
    You can meet either on Quadra Island or on Cortes Island at the Squirrel Cove Store & boat launch. If meeting us on Cortes Island, please call our office to let us know.

    Together we will catch the 9 am ferry to Cortes Island. We will then travel to our launch site at Squirrel Cove. After packing our kayaks we will spend some time reviewing kayaking skills and tips for comfort and of course safety procedures before our journey begins. Our route takes us on a paddle towards the fjords of Desolation Sound, providing us with a stunning mountain backdrop. There are a number of beautiful sites within an afternoon’s paddle. Keep your eyes open for harbour seals or dall’s porpoises along the way!

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    2

    Savour our first hearty breakfast in the great outdoors before we pack up and head off on today’s adventure. We continue on into the enchanting islands, kayaking Desolation Sound where we take our time exploring as we head towards our desired camping site for the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    3

    Days 3 and 4 may entail paddling through the scattered islands, interpretive forest walks, swimming in fresh water lakes, practicing some on-water skills, or simply lounging at our island campsites.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    4

    As per day 3.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    5

    We will journey back to Cortes Island along the rugged shores of West Redonda Island. A visit to Refuge Cove or the lovely protected lagoon of Squirrel Cove will be our last stop of our 5-day kayak journey. A return in the early afternoon will allow for the time needed to return to Quadra Island between 3-5pm.

    Our approximate return time to Quadra Island is between 3-5pm, however, due to the number of variables in wilderness travel we recommend that you plan to stay in the area for this night to avoid unnecessarily stressful complications should our return be delayed by something out of our control. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your travel plans in more detail.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

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