"Thanks so much for the great escape! I could've stayed in Clayoquot for months!"
"What a way to explore those northern rainforests. All I have to say is 'wow.' This trip truly felt like a voyage into uncharted territory. Thanks for your lessons, patience and laughs."
From Victoria To Northern Vancouver Island, We Cover It All!
Trade in the grays of the concrete jungle for the blues and greens of Vancouver Island! This area is a second home to us self-proclaimed “Citizens of the Pacific”: Our trips range from the southern Gulf Islands, to the western ocean inlets of Clayoquot, Nootka, Kyuquot and Barkley Sounds, to Brooks Peninsula in the northwest quarter and the Johnstone Strait in the northeast. Vancouver Island is without a doubt one of Canada’s natural crown jewels. Its landscape is blanketed by some of the planet’s last surviving temperate rainforests and its waterways provide the world’s best kayaking.
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Have you ever felt the spray of a killer whale from a kayak?
The cabin of a kayak is, undoubtedly, the best way to see killer whale up close. That said; a kayaking adventure in the Johnstone Strait is the closest thing to a guarantee as you’re going to get in terms of whale watching. Orcas are one of nature’s smartest, largest and most beautiful living creatures. These whales swim oceans throughout the planet but the best way to see them is in the northeastern quarter of Vancouver Island in the Johnstone Strait. This waterway, between Discovery Passage and Queen Charlotte Strait is home to one of the largest known resident orca pods in the world. The quiet approach of our boats allows us to paddle into the killer whale’s living room without threatening or disturbing the animals. This trip departs from the tiny resort community of Telegraph Cove, which was originally formed as the site of a lonesome telegraph station but has developed as a staging ground for the world’s best whale watching trips. The town is a great place to launch not only because of its proximity to orca pods but also because of its whale watching related resources. Here you can either visit the Whale Interpretive Centre to learn more about these fascinating creatures or grab a bite at the Killer Whale Café. Choose From These Destinations...
What you can look forward to from Kayaking Vancouver Island, B.C.
Whether you are paddling on the northern, southern, eastern or western side of Vancouver Island, you can expect a rewarding adventure that celebrates the best of Mother Nature. On the water, you will explore mazes of ocean inlets and offshore islands that are rich with wildlife and native history. The waterways we paddle are often tranquil, protected by winds and ocean currents on all side by the island’s forested mountains. On land you will have the chance to walk through some of the most pristine temperate rainforests on the planet. In these old-growth forests, you will walk hundreds of feet below the canopy of western red cedars, Douglas firs and western hemlocks. The creatures you may see will be of the sea, sky and land. British Columbia’s has one of the world’s most concentrated bald eagle populations, is a regular migratory stop for humpback, gray and killer whales and is the longtime home for wildlife such as bears, cougars, wolves, sea otters and sea lions. Whether paddling off Galiano Island, through the Clayoquot Sound or in the Johnstone Strait, a trip on Vancouver Island is always an expedition into one of the world’s most precious ecosystems.
Visit these Vancouver Island communities along the way!
Vancouver Island is home to many charming communities that welcome us to visit before and after our kayaking adventures. Throughout the summer, we launch from communities such as Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Telegraph Cove, Port McNeill, Port Hardy and Fair Harbour. We also love our visits to some of the towns we pass along our way such as the islands biggest city Victoria, its second biggest city Nanaimo and the welcoming community of Campbell River. Even the smallest towns on the island such as Woss and Zeballos have accommodations so you should never have trouble finding places to stay whether it be in the Cowichan or Comox Valleys in the south and central parts of the island or near Cape Scott at the northern tip. Two towns that are reasonably becoming global tourist destinations are Tofino and Ucluelet on the island’s western coast. These towns are great staging grounds for explorations of Pacific Rim National Park and their communities’ fierce dedication to protecting the environment and maintaining lifestyles supportive of its sustainability are truly unique. We highly recommend that our clients explore the unique and welcoming communities of the great and green Vancouver Island.
Simply The Best Way To Visit Vancouver Island, British Columbia!
"The communities of this special place, Vancouver Island, are discovering ways to live that will sustain their unique ecosystem for generations to come and the rest of the world can take a lesson from their environmentally friendly lifestyle. Because of this, many of the places we paddle remain pristine and we are able to explore forests and waterways in their full glory. We thank those who have committed themselves to preservation of this natural wonderland so that we may explore the sublime wilderness of places like the Clayoquot Sound."
Paddle along into the magnificent ocean inlets of Vancouver Island!
Kits Kayak Crusades is located in North Vancouver (North Shore) British Columbia, Canada. All information including trips, lessons, day, weekly and overnight trips are updated on a seasonal basis and are subject to change.
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