Explore Canada’s Discovery Islands on a Sea Kayaking Vacation

Be Seduced by Canada’s West Coast!

6 days & 5 nights

Are you looking to go on a sea kayaking adventure in pristine wilderness? Wildcoast Adventures takes you on a multi-day kayak tour of Discovery Islands where you will be surrounded by breathtaking island and mountain views.

“6 day Discovery Island Expedition, which felt like ‘glamping’ because the food was so amazing & our guides did everything for us!”

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.

Kayaking Trip Highlights:

  • 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

Humpback Whales have returned to the Discovery Islands

Humpback Whales Breaching Surprises Kayakers in British Columbia

In the last two years, Humpback Whales have made a strong resurgence in the Discovery Islands and have been regularly seen on kayak trips. Click on the image on the right to see Humpback Whales breaching in the Penn Islands last summer, surprising and providing an exhilarating moment for the kayakers on this trip.

The wildlife is in abundance as playful seals often approach your sea kayaks. If you are very lucky, you may even get to see transient Orcas who have also been spotted by kayakers during this kayak vacation in the Discovery 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 places like the Octopus Islands Marine Park into secret bays, and hike through the ancient forest to hidden lakes to relax on secluded sand beaches.

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 will enjoy a couple nights at one spot, or if you are with a more advanced group your kayak expedition could be racking up the nautical miles  circumnavigating around one of the islands.

“We were lucky enough to be part of the 5-day Discovery Islands kayaking expedition that got humpback whales breach really close to us…  I would have rated the expedition 5 stars even without the whale encounter.”

Your sea kayak vacation package will give you the perfect blend of outdoor adventure, scrumptious food and exhiliarating kayaking!

Relax, Refresh, & Rejuvenate in the Discovery Islands

Once each 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. And at the end of each day, evening campfires will completely relax you before you head off for a peaceful sleep before the next day’s adventure.

Each morning you’ll wake up to the sounds of forest birds singing their morning tunes or the snort of a harbour seal. You’ll hear the cry of eagles and experience 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 the next 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!

Enjoy Quadra Island the night before you launch!

Included in your sea kayak vacation package is the first night at one of Quadra’s beautiful Resorts. 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.

Book Your Time Away to Canada’s Wild Coast

June, July & September: C$1249 per person

August: C$1299 per person

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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.


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