Sealegs Kayaking Multi-Day Tours
3-Day Camping Trips
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The Gulf Islands are one of BC's most popular kayak destinations. Bald eagles, cormorants and harbour seals thrive in these islands and our guides know exactly where to spot them. Explore the intertidal zone and enjoy the sensation of viewing the shorelines up close and personal...in a kayak!
|Activity Level:||Novice, leisure|
|Daily Paddle Time:||3-6 hours|
5:00pm* on third day
|Departure Location:||Sealegs Eco-Adventure Centre, Transfer Beach, Ladysmith.|
|Min/Max Group Size:||4/12|
|Duration:||3 days, 2 nights|
About This Tour
This 3-day tour will introduce you to some of BC's beautiful Gulf Islands that are inaccessable by ferry. We'll paddle into quaint bays, watch bald eagles dive for fish and see seal families basking in the sunshine on rock reefs.
Our camp site will provide us a base for 3 days while we tour Valdes island. There are very few residents on this island, no roads, no electricity and no running water. One third of the island belongs to the Lyackson First Nations - a Salish community.
There are roughly 60 archaeological sites on the island that indicate inhabitants resided here for over 5,000 years. There is also a large cave in the middle of the island. According to legend, it runs under the sea to emerge on Thetis Island, but recent explorers have found that rockfalls have made remote parts too narrow for human passage.
After full days on the water, and full tummies, enjoy gazing at the stars on a beautiful isolated beach. Your kayak guide will produce locally-sourced wholesome meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Sample Itinerary – Beach Camping Kayaking Weekend
We'll meet at Sealegs' Eco-Adventure Centre on Transfer Beach, Ladysmith at 8:00am before driving to the nearby launch site near Cedar. Our guides will help stow your personal gear and go over paddling fundamentals and safety orientation before launching. With their professional instruction and advice, you'll soon be paddling confidently enroute to Pirates Cove. These waters are home to river otters and harbour seals.
After landing on a beautiful island beach, you'll sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our guides. Next we’ll weave in and out of coves along some remote islands before reaching our base camp where we'll stay for the next two nights. After a tour of the area and choosing our tent sites, there will be free time to explore the many trails, go for a swim or simply relax and enjoy quality quiet time. Later, watch as your guide prepares a lavish, flavourful dinner using locally sourced ingredients.
After a delicious breakfast and locally roasted coffee, we'll pack a lunch, gear and supplies for the day. We set out across Trincomali Channel for a morning of paddling along the shoreline of Valdez Island discovering the intertidal zone; a great time for photo opportunities of the dramatic sandstone cliffs. We enjoy lunch on the sunny white clam shell beach of Blackberry Point on Valdez Island. After lunch we can explore the island and the adventurous can hike to the highest point on Valdez, Mexicana Hill or alternatively, catch up on some napping. An inspiring view of the surrounding islands, channels and the Strait of Georgia is visible from here. We return to our campsite later in the day with time to relax, swim, and sip a glass of wine before dinner.
Awake to the aroma of a hot breakfast being prepared and enjoy a Island roasted coffee on the beach in the early morning sun. After breakfast, we repack the kayaks with our gear and bid adieu to our camp site. Along the route back, we may be fortunate enough to view more wildlife along the sandstone cliffs. We'll stop on one of the beaches along the way for a nutritious snack arriving back at our initial launch site at approximately 3 pm (*weather dependent).
"Just had to tell you how much I enjoyed the kayaking, your beautiful Ladysmith, your crew, and, of course, you! You people are the greatest! Thank you for accommodating me, and making me feel so welcome. I am ever so grateful!! I know you went out of your way to fit me in and I'm very appreciative."
"We both appreciated the individual care and attention you gave - and all of you are such outstanding human beings! Being the best is an inspiration for me"
"I appreciate the extreme focus on safety and never at any time felt asked to do something beyond my capability. At the same time I felt encouraged to stretch myself and do more."
"Someday, I will be sure to bring my family back, and will highly recommend your company to those I talk to."
"Thanks so much for the extra effort in helping make our kayaking experience a fantastic one! Your enthusiasm & passion for kayaking has now trickled down to us. We love it!"
In 3 days: kayak by the DeCourcy archipelago, 3 gulf islands, see west coast wildlife, learn local first nations history and paddle past towering sandstone galleries
Transfer Beach, Ladysmith, Vancouver Island
Toll Free: 1-877-KAYAK BC (529-2522)
Sealegs Regular Gulf Island Camping Tour
July 16-18 | July 31-August 2, Aug. 30-Sept. 1
$529 per person plus 5% HST
- Tent, camping gear, kayak and equipment
- Professional sea kayak guide
- Meal preparation
- 3 days, 2 nights camping accommodation
- 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners with dessert, Snacks
Edible Canada Gourmet Adventures
These tours are put on in conjuntion with Edible Canada. Please register through Edible Canada's website by clicking here.