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Looking for an eco-friendly weekend getaway or for an active adventure trip of a lifetime?
Guided kayak vacations in Canada offer the most beautiful and pristine wilderness experience you can imagine. Whether you are a veteran or a first time paddler, kayaking is the most exciting and environmental friendly way to explore Canada’s waters, to see wildlife without disturbance, and to get closer to nature.
Sea kayaking in Canada’s coastal waters offers some great opportunity to see marine wildlife.
You might spot whales, dolphins, coastal bears, seals, sea lions, sea otters, starfish, sea anemones and/or bald eagles on your unforgettable kayaking adventure.
As most species don’t feel threatened by a kayak, it’s a safe and thrilling way to get close to Canada’s marine world.
Canada’s Pacific AND Atlantic waters are rich in phytoplankton and zooplankton. Many species feed on this food source, even huge baleen whales.
Phytoplankton is the first link (the producer) in the marine food chain. All marine species rely directly or indirectly on phytoplankton. Due to the local Pacific and Atlantic currents, plankton is abundant in Canada’s coastal waters. Hence, both Pacific as Atlantic Ocean are rich in wildlife such as:
A certified kayak guide will definitely increase the safety of the trip.
All certified guides are Wilderness First Aid and CPR qualified.
A guide recognizes potentially dangerous settings and therefore, he/she prevents uncomfortable situations.
A certified guide masters rescue techniques.
A guide knows the area tip to toe, and will be able to share the natural history of the area with you.
A kayak guide will show you the ‘secret’ spots for wildlife viewing. Realize there are strict federal and provincial guidelines about approaching marine wildlife.
A kayak guide will instruct you on basic sea kayak techniques.
No need to do detailed homework ahead of your kayak adventure. The kayak guide knows the waterways, gems to have a break, and is up to date with the weather forecast. You just have to enjoy yourself!
Protection against the elements
Waterproof sunscreen minimum SPF 15, preferably SPF 60
Lip balm with SPF
Sun glasses with neck cord
Cap or hat
Plenty of water
Clothing & footwear
Dress in fast drying layers
Long sleeve shirt
Sandals or neoprene wet-suit boots
Check ahead if the kayak outfitter provides the following (if not, bring this yourself)
Paddling gloves (neoprene or lycra with extra grip)
Waterproof bag for your valuables + camera
Sleeping bag and (self-inflatable) mattress
Provided by kayak outfitter
Kayak and paddles
First Aid kit
'A fabulous way to experience the world around us'. This is how
kayakers describe this tranquil way of recreational transport on our
Quite often we will be followed by nosey seals, playful river otters and sometimes even by an impressive sea lion. With a bit of luck we occasionally spot porpoises, dolphins or even a pod of killer whales. Sea Kayaking is also a ‘fun-tastic’ way to explore two of British Columbia’s world class kayak destinations, Desolation Sound and the Copeland Islands. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary.
Awaken to the song of the Humpback whale.
Fall asleep beneath the hushed canopy of a temperate rainforest.
Fill your days with whale watching and, kayaking with Orcas.
Tune in to the rhythm of the tides.
Escape the hubbub of your everyday world.
Restore life's equilibrium from the seat of a kayak.
Sea kayaking along Canada’s coast will be one of the highlights during your travel in Canada!