Sea Kayak The North Coast of Vancouver Island

We  will not be running this trip in 2017.  If you already have a group, please contact us to schedule a private trip. You can also check out our  Clayoquot Sound,  Hakai and Outer Islands of the Central Coast and Nootka Island Trips

An Outer Coast Expedition that transitions between rugged north Island coastline, sweeping beaches of Cape Scott Provincial Park  and the enchanting group of protected  islands in God’s Pocket. Located at the entrance to Queen Charlotte Strait, in the heart of Kwakwaka’wakw traditional territory,  this cultural landscape is rich in marine mammals and wildlife. Departing for Port Hardy, this trip is designed for a relaxed paced trip between though God’s Pocket and along the Vancouver Island coastline, offering true adventure for those seeking a longer expedition style trip, with some time to explore the breadth and depth of all the space and places in between.

KAYAKING

Unlike our other trips, experience is required and we do insist that you know how to swim, have a good fitness level and a good sense of adventure. All kayaking and safety equipment is provided, including dry bags. We take along 6 to 8 single kayaks and 2 or 3 double kayaks – PASSAT’s, SKANA’s, TOFINO’s and take turns in a variety of boats – TESLA’s, SOLSTICE GT’s, ARLUK III – IV’s, and NIMBUS TELKWA’s. Our maximum group size is 10 including guides. Often, group size is smaller. We paddle approximately 4-6 hours each day, leaving plenty of time for hiking in the woods, or just relaxing on the beach. Weather and sea conditions will ultimately determine our route.  Weather can be temperamental often requiring rapid changes in plans at a moments notice, – please come expecting this.  Water taxi transport at one end to maximizes the area we can cover. For those interested in developing or improving their kayaking skills, our guides are always happy to provide paddling tips, practice rescues, or discuss the art of navigation.

Meals

We have found from past experience that the most economical, fun, and greatest variety of meals comes from when the food effort is shared (this also keeps our guides fresh!). Each person is responsible for the purchase and preparation of a share of group meals (typically two or three meals depending on group size and length of trip).  We organize the meal schedule and can forward you some suggestions about what keeps and packs well if you wish.

How to Reserve

A $200 non-refundable deposit reserves a space. Full payment due 60 days before trip start. We aren’t able to process credit cards. In order to minimize your costs , please pay by cheque. Thanks. If you cancel, you’ll get your balance back unless it is 14 or fewer days before trip start, in which case we’ll refund you 50%.

To make your reservation,

Please email us at gabriolaseakayaking@gmail.com

Or give us a call at :

(250) 327-3346

Payments can be sent to our Winter Office in Nanaimo – 1950 Bay St. Nanaimo BC V9T 3A5

Please make cheques out to Gabriola Sea Kayaking.

An email transfer to gabriolaseakayaking@gmail.com is really easy to do

We also accept credit card payments – give us a call!

PayPal works too!

If you prefer this option, let us know and we’ll send you a Pay Pal invoice for an easy and convenient payment. Just follow the prompts and Pay Pal will walk you through a few simple steps (3% transaction fee for all credit card payments).

Price Includes

  • All kayaking equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Two guides
  • Dry bags (one 20 litre bag per person)
  • LOTS OF FUN

Does Not Include

  • Transportation to Port Hardy
  • We share meal purchase & preparation (meals from lunch day 1 to breakfast on the final day)
  • Accommodation in Port Hardy the night before trip start
  • Tents (rentals available for $45 if you reserve well in advance)
  • Sleeping bag & camping mat
  • Your travel insurance for evacuation costs in the event of an emergency. Although really unlikely, we highly reccommend purchasing travel insurance. You will be billed for water taxi/helicopter or other transport costs