Discovery Islands Kayaking and Whale Watching Trip

Kayak, Camp, and Whale Watch all in one trip!

6 days & 5 nights

This exciting adventure includes 2 nights at a boutique Quadra Island resort, an exhilarating Whale Watching Tour and 4 days Kayaking in the Discovery Islands.

Included in National Geographic Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime, the Discovery Islands are a kayaker and wilderness lover’s paradise.

One of the West Coast’s best kept secrets. Wildlife is in abundance as the Islands and the surrounding ocean are home to whales, dolphins, sea lions, and some of the largest starfish in the world.

Taking a trip with Wildcoast is a “have to do” if you are on Quadra Island and like nature and adventure. You get an awesome kayak tour (possible even if you have no experience just like me) with amazing wildlife/landscape, camping in the wild (and delicious meals)

Day 1: Your Kayaking and Whale Watching Adventure Begins at a Spectacular Quadra Island Resort

Nestled in Quadra Island’s acres of lush forest, the resort will place you in the middle of paradise the day you arrive.

If you arrive early on your first day, consider adding a local adventure from the many activities offered on Quadra Island. Whether you want to spend time mountain biking, hanging out on the beach or visiting the aboriginal cultural centre, there’s lots to explore.

(Note: meals on Day 1 and dinner on Day 2 as well as additional activities on Quadra Island are extra; You will be notified of the resort location once your booking is received)

Day 2: Whale Watching Adventure

Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast at the resort when you wake up. Then get ready for an exhilarating Full Day Whale Watching Tour on a zodiac boat.

This tour is one of the most spectacular whale watching and wildlife tours in the world. Enjoy the feeling of wonder and connection as the boat enters into Prime Killer Whale territory.

You will have the opportunity to listen to the sounds of the whale calls through underwater microphones. Be sure to have your camera ready as the whales often spyhop and breach without warning. Killer whales aren’t the only attraction: humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals and other wildlife are also abundant in this region.

A delicious lunch is included with the tour.

Day 3-6: Sea Kayaking Adventure

On Day 3, get set to spend the rest of your time immersed in the wilderness. With your experienced guides, you will being your kayaking adventure launching from Quadra Island’s beautiful Rebecca Spit.

From here you will explore some of the many islands scattered in the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland in British Columbia.

“Did Discovery Islands trip at the end of August. The best long term kayak trip I’ve ever done! Food was excellent, camping spots were awesome, and the kayaking was great.”

During your time on the water paddling from campsite to campsite, you will explore the myriad of channels, bays, coves, and islets in this vast wilderness and hike through the ancient forest to hidden lakes to relax on secluded sand beaches.

Each day you’ll fall asleep under the stars and wake up to the sounds of birds singing their morning tunes. You’ll hear the cry of eagles and experience the smell and sound of the ocean lapping the shore.

Sightings of the diverse coastal wildlife ranging from sea lions, seals, dolphins, and otters are perfect companions along the way.

Highlights of a Discovery Islands Kayaking Trip:

  • Location: remote Canadian wilderness, full of ancient cedars and intricate waterways
  • Custom coastal cuisine designed by Gowlland Harbour Resort’s Gourmet Chef
  • Abundant inter-tidal and local wildlife
  • Quality expedition tents included at no extra cost
  • Warm sleeping bags included at no extra cost
  • Accommodations on Quadra Island the night before you launch
  • High staff to guest ratio
  • Small group size

To enhance your overall sea kayaking experience, your guides will bestow their wealth of knowledge and experience about the area. Each kayak trip is customized to suit the group’s paddling ability and interests. Our guides ensure that everyone has an excellent experience as each guide adds their own unique flair to the trip.

Not only are the guides knowledgeable, but they are excellent cooks as well! Fresh meals prepared each day will leave your belly full and ready for all the adventures the day brings!

Day 6: Wrapping up Your Time in the Wilderness

On your final day of kayaking you will return to the Wildcoast Shop on Quadra Island by approximately 3:00 pm. The perfect spot to relax as you pack up with your week’s worth of wilderness memories before heading home or onto your next destination.

These 6 days will give you the perfect blend of kayaking and whale watching, scrumptious food and outdoor adventure!

Book Your Time Away to Canada’s Wild Coast

Trip Dates (6 Days/5 Nights):

  • Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21

Book now to receive 15% discount!
Use promo code: DWW15

C$1299 C$1104 per person



Everything else you need to know:

If your preferred date is sold out, check out our Desolation Sound Kayaking Trip or contact us about a Custom Kayaking Tour
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(Note: costs are all inclusive, no additional fees for sleeping bags, tents, etc.)

Please read our terms and conditions when booking your trip. Upon receipt of your booking, we will advise if any additional information is required. All required forms are provided during the booking process and must be signed and received prior to your arrival.


Questions? Ask Val!



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