Desolation Sound (30.51)

Location: Desolation Sound
Price: $1075.00
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
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sheets
  • 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:
This 5 day sea kayaking expedition explores Desolation Sound and its many bays and islands. It offers everything one would want in a tour: a variety of waterways, scenic surroundings, magical coastline, abundant wildlife, island culture, and places of solitude. Additionally, as the water and summer climate tends to be slightly warmer here than other regions of the coast, there will be chances to swim in the ocean and to walk up to pristine freshwater lakes and take a dip!
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.

On the night prior to the tour, guests gather together at the historic Heriot Bay Inn on beautiful Quadra Island for a pre-trip meeting. Here, you’ll meet your guides and fellow kayakers, review the logistics of the tour and ensure you have the right equipment for the tour. If you can’t make it to the meeting 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. Your guides will arrange meeting times and locations at the pre-trip meeting and will generally pick you up at your accommodation on Quadra Island (unless you prefer otherwise).


  • Day

    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

    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

    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

    As per day 3.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    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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