Explore the Discovery Islands on Your Sea Kayaking Vacation with Wildcoast Adventures
Be Seduced by Canada’s West Coast!
6 days & 5 nights
Want to mingle with wildlife? Then a sea kayaking vacation in the Discovery Islands will be perfect for you!
Are you looking to go on a sea kayaking adventure of a lifetime? Wildcoast Adventures takes you on a 5 day kayak tour of Discovery Islands where you are surrounded by breathtaking island and mountain views.
During your kayak vacation you’re bound to have close encounters with diverse coastal wildlife ranging from sea lions, seals, pacific white sided dolphins, otters, colourful birds and some of the largest starfish and clams in the world .
You’ll discover the secrets of British Columbia’s rich and plentiful inter-tidal life and even explore some Canadian West Coast magical emerald lagoons!
Included in National Geographic Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime, the Discovery Islands are a kayaker’s paradise and one of the West Coast’s best kept secrets. Comprised of a dozen islands in the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland in British Columbia, the opportunities to explore are endless.
Sea kayaking around the islands provides the ideal way to get close to nature and be completely enveloped in the beauty of your scenic surroundings.
Explore the wilderness and wildlife on one of the best sea kayak adventures in British Columbia.
Wildcoast Adventures’ kayak vacation packages will give you the perfect blend of outdoor adventure, scrumptious food and exhiliarating kayaking!
Feel the excitement as playful seals, and seal pups approach your sea kayaks. If you are very lucky, you may even get to see transient Orcas or Humpback Whales who have also been spotted by kayakers during this kayak vacation in the Discovery Islands.
“My five day Kayak trip around the Octopus Islands was the trip of a lifetime! …so many beautiful sights to be seen – gorgeous coasts and mountains, seals and porpoises, and dozens of sea stars, jelly fish and small tidal creatures lining islands.”
Delve into the myriad of channels, bays, coves, islets, points and passages of Quadra Island’s backyard wilderness. You’ll get to paddle through the Octopus Islands Marine Park to a secret bay, and hike through the ancient forest to a hidden lake where you can relax on a small sand beach.
At one of our stops you can enjoy lunch at a quaint cabin: an eclectic museum of coastal souvenirs and art done by visitors past. We strive to make your kayak vacation a trip of a lifetime. The routes of our kayak tours vary based on your group’s kayaking skills and level of experience.
In some places you’ll be able to observe the calm channels turn to whitewater rapids. You might also see standing waves as tides surge through narrow passages.
You may get to enjoy a couple nights at one camp, or if you are with a more advanced group you could be racking up the nautical miles circumnavigating around one of the islands. Find out where your kayak expedition will take you!
Discover the rejuvenation of a Discovery Islands kayak vacation
Once your day is done, you will set up your tent under the ancient trees along the shore and begin to look back at the day’s adventures and wildlife sightings; the spectacular view towards the British Columbia Coast or Vancouver Island Mountains will take your breath away.
Each day you’ll wake up to the sounds of forest birds singing their morning tunes or the snort of a harbour seal, maybe even the cry of an eagle and the smell and sound of the ocean lapping the shore. After breakfast we’ll pack up, load the kayaks, and paddle the pristine waters to a new camp location.
To enhance your overall sea kayaking experience, your guides will bestow their wealth of knowledge and experience about the area. 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!
Relax at the Beautiful Gowlland Harbour Oceanfront Resort the night before you launch!
During the first night of your sea kayaking vacation you will stay at the beautiful Gowlland Oceanfront Harbour Resort. A relaxing start and an opportunity to enjoy Quadra Island as you prepare for the five spectacular days you will spend kayaking and camping throughout the Discovery Islands. On the day of your arrival a briefing at the resort will provide you with everything you need to know before launching early the next morning.
Our Discovery Islands sea kayaking vacations launch from the breathtaking Rebecca Spit Provincial Park located in Quadra Island’s Heriot Bay. 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.
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July – August: C$1099 per person
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Everything you need to know:
- Expedition Life: camp, eat, explore
- Preparing for your trip: don’t forget your camera
- Kayaking: no experience necessary
- Discovery Islands Pictures: Visit our Gallery
- Frequently Asked Questions
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(Note: costs are all inclusive, no additional fees for sleeping bags, tents, etc.)