Tour Overview

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Whales, Wildlife and Wilderness Kayaking Trip, into remote areas of the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound.

Zodiac, Kayaking, Camping and More

This 5-Day trip includes a first night in a Quadra Island Resort. On Day 2 you will experience a 4 hour exploration in a covered boat or zodiac that extends the trip into areas beyond the reach of our kayaks. This maximizes your immersion into areas known for spectacular wildlife encounters. Combining two of the prime reasons to visit this region: its abundant population of Orcas, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, and Seals and the remote beauty of the wilderness, this adventure is unforgettable.

Your trip begins with the exhilarating wildlife adventure by boat. Keeping busy while you are exploring, your sea kayaking expedition guides have camp set up and dinner prepped at the remote island where you will begin your kayaking journey. After a delicious wilderness feast, enjoy an optional evening kayak before heading to your tent for a peaceful night’s sleep. 

The next morning you begin 3 days paddling down the coast, seeking more encounters with wildlife. Kayaking in the Desolation Sound and Discovery Islands region, the remote islands along your route provide an escape into the British Columbia wilderness. 

This trip is ideal for all adventurers with a good level of fitness.


Coastal Cuisine

We know how important food is when in the wilderness. We stock our boats with delicious, hearty, and plentiful food. Each year we enlist a local gourmet chef to design the menu and train our guides to be excellent wilderness cooks.  Fresh meals prepared each day will give you the energy you need for the adventures each day brings.

Quality Expedition Tents & Warm Sleeping Bags

All gear needed for your whales, wildlife and wilderness kayaking trip (kayaks, paddles, tents, & dry bags) is included in the trip price. Our equipment is kept in top-notch condition. From toasty sleeping bags to crawl into at the end of each day as you head off for a peaceful sleep to our quality tents (including tents for singles so you don’t have to climb in with anyone else if you are a solo traveller).

High Staff to Guest Ratio & Small Group Size

The maximum number of guests on Wildcoast’s whales, wildlife and wilderness kayaking trip is ten and our staff to guest ratio is 1:6 or better.  Wildcoast Adventures guides have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are always ready to answer your questions. What’s even more amazing is that they can cook too!

Tour Highlights

  • Resort Stay on Night 1
  • Zodiac Whale Watching & Wilderness Tour (Day 2)
  • Sea Kayaking (Day 2-5)
  • Wilderness Camping on Remote Islands 
  • Spectacular Wildlife Encounters
  • Delicious Local Fresh Food for Every Meal
  • Quality Expedition Tents & Warm Sleeping Bags
  • High Staff to Guest Ratio
  • Small Group Size

Whales, Wildlife & Wilderness Kayaking Trip
5 Days, 4 Nights

2024 Trip Dates

June 2 – 6

June 9 – 13

June 16 – 20

June 30 – July 4

July 7 – 11

July 14 – 18

July 21 – 25

July 28 – Aug 1

Aug 4 – 8

Aug 11 – 15

Aug 18 – 22

Have a group and are looking for alternative dates? Contact us for more options.

2024 Trip Price

$1749 (CDN)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1


Check in to your resort at your leisure and explore Quadra Island. Maybe try some beach combing or check out some of the local artisans.

Day 2

Day 2

After breakfast at the resort meet us at our shop on Quadra Island for a morning briefing. We will provide you with a dry bag for your belongings and prep you for your adventure. Then it’s down to the dock to jump aboard and head into the wilderness.


Prepare to encounter wildlife, every inch of the coastline is home to whales, dolphins, seals and on land, bears and eagles.  After an exhilarating boat tour, you will be dropped off on a remote island to begin your kayaking adventure.

Day 3-4

Exploring the Coast

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy soaking in your surroundings as you begin kayaking down the coast. From whales to the inter-tidal life, each day has plentiful experiences. Your comfy tent is a welcome sanctuary for rest and reflection each night.

Day 5

Journey Back

On this last day you will be paddling back to our home base and be transported back to the Wildcoast shop on Quadra Island by mid-afternoon. A relaxing end point where you can hang out, grab a coffee and repack your belongings before heading out to your next destination.

6 Frequently Asked Questions About This Trip

We base our trip dates on historically good times to see Whales and other Wildlife in this area. Of course they are wild animals, so opportunities and frequency are left to them. The inclusion of a zodiac/covered boat trip with this expedition, extends the trip to areas beyond the reach of our kayaks. This maximizes your immersion into areas known for of Orcas, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, and Bears.

While no experience is required to participate in this kayaking tour, we recommend that you enjoy a challenge, have a positive mindset and that you are in good physical shape. Our kayaks are stable, and safe to paddle. Wildcoast guides provide kayak instruction and safety procedures prior to your first launch, and assist during your kayak tour with tweaking your technique. Learn more

Yes we provide excellent alternates for guests requiring a special menu. These modifications don’t compromise on the quality, freshness, or portion sizing of each meal (this may require an additional fee to cover the menu modification costs for your specific dietary requirement).

For this trip we have a maximum of 10 guests with 2 guides

On this trip, we equip you with high-quality tents and sleeping bags that are ideal for the climate and expedition kayak camping – at no extra cost. This is so we can be assured you are best outfitted for the climate and conditions. This also prevents our guests from having to travel to our location with cumbersome camping gear.

If you are traveling with a friend or partner we will have you share a tent. If you are a solo traveler you will get your own tent and not be “bunked” with a stranger.

We provide our kayak vacation guests with a durable dry bag to pack your personal items into, and answer any last-minute questions you might have, during your morning briefing.

Follow our helpful PACKING LIST to be sure you come best prepared!

The campsites are located in remote wilderness settings. Some of the campsites have sparse amenities. Tent locations may be uneven and the beaches are usually rocky. There are limited washroom facilities. Your guides will assist you to make this wilderness camping experience as comfortable as possible.


An unbelievable West Coast Adventure. Truly experience the nature and beauty of what this area of the world has to offer. Wildcoast didn’t just put together a kayaking trip for us; they knitted together a complete package of wildlife experiences including a whale watching tour onboard a Zodiac, swimming, hiking, and camping! Always playing true and staying environmentally conscious of their surroundings. Felt incredibly comfortable and catered to in every way. Great way to spend my husband’s birthday; surrounded by some five-star friends as well! After this 4 Day Whales & Wildlife package; it is definitely in our plans to return and experience Orca Camp.

5 Star Google Review

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