Nootka Island Kayaking
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We Take Care Of You
We do the planning, logistics, and support. You do the experience and the fun.
From pickup to return, we cover everything you need, except your personal items. We take you to and from the trip start, and feed you well along the way. We can't guarantee weight loss on our tours.
Our guides get out into our areas. They know the ins and outs of the trip and provide exceptional interpretation of flora, fauna and history. You'll know more after you leave.
We give you an entire packet of information on how to prepare, what to bring, how to pack, and a plan for training so you can fully enjoy the trip. Our care for you starts before you even arrive.
6-day Kayaking Tour
Nootka Island's Nuchatlitz Inlet, a remote Vancouver Island kayaking destination, is full of native culture and history, making it a unique BC kayaking destination. The traditional territory of the Nuchatlaht First Nation, these lands were inhabited for thousands of years before the arrival of the Spanish in 1774 and Captain James Cook in 1778.
Nuchatlitz Provincial Park, on Nootka Island, protects a number of archaeological sites..
The inlets, including the finger inlets that branch off from them (Port Elize, Espinosa Inlet, Zeballos Inlet) were gouged out by glaciers during the last ice age, and are remote and isolated, enhanced by the stunning scenery.Our guided kayak tour takes you into these areas.
The open Pacific coastline is known for its waves and beaches. Wildlife viewing might include killer whales (Orca), migrating gray whales, seals, porpoises and sea otters. Land mammals include black bear, cougar and deer. At the edge of the Pacific, the Nuchatlitz is an awaiting kayak adventure.
- KAYAKING DAYS: 4.5
- TRAVEL DAYS: 1.5
- RATING: Intermediate
This is our typical itinerary for this tour. Because we are travelling in wilderness, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a tour actually runs. We confirm pickup times by phone, email or SMS at least 12 hours before.
This trip begins in Nanaimo, where we will arrange your pickup to drive to the location where we begin the activity.
Guides and clients meet in Nanaimo at one of our pickup points. (Duke Point Ferry 0745 arriving 09:45) The bus journey up island to Zeballos will takes about 4 hours. The first night will be spent in Zeballos, where guides will Go over kayak procedures and skills, what to bring, etc.
Launching at Little Espinosa Inlet, we head south along the shoreline then cross Esperanza Inlet to Garden Pt. on Nootka Island. This makes a good first days paddling objective.
From Garden Point, the campsite at Rosa or Island 44 can be accessed easily. Paddling along the Nootka Island shoreline, we arrive at one of these islands.
Days Four and Five
We usually set up camp for a couple of nights at one of these small island sites while exploring the myriad of other islands as day trips. In favourable conditions Benson Point, or Catala Island can be included in the itinerary.
We pack up and begin heading back toward Little Espinosa to our vehicle. Usually back and packed by 1:30, we arrive back in Nanaimo around 6:00 pm.
Included Not Included Transportation from and to the departure location (pick up and drop off) Your transportation to the departure location (from your home) All kayaking gear Water Boots or shoes Dry bags to keep your things dry Sleeping bags or mats (available for rent) All backcountry park fees and camping fees National Park entry fees (may change as Parks alters their policies) All meals (except on any travel days) Some food (on travel days) Professional guides Gratuities are not included. Recognizing your guide for their hard work and care is always appreciated; $10-20/day per guide is recommended. Tent (shared) A substantial preparation guide Gear rental options
Getting There And
Where To Stay
If you are travelling into the Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo area from afar, you should arrive at the departure location (in Nanaimo) for your trip the day/evening prior to the trip start date and plan to leave the day following trip return.
You can fly to Vancouver (airport code YVR) or Seattle (airport code SEA) then connect to Vancouver Island using ferry, bus, or air, or arrange flights directly to Vancouver Island.
Flying to Victoria (Airport code YYJ)
Flying to Nanaimo (Airport code YCD)
Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service.
Servicing all of Vancouver Island from airports to ferrys to cruise ship terminals. Tel: 1 250 758-2133
BC Ferries 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
We will let you know the ferry to take for travelling to Vancouver Island, but if you want to check out times, you can go the the BC Ferries website at:
Where to Stay
Naniamo Pick up & Hotels
Pick up: Departure Bay, Duke Point Ferry Terminal, or the following Accommodations:
Days Inn Harbour View Nanaimo
Address: 809 Island Hwy South, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, V9R 5K1
Phone (250) 754-8171
Best Western Dorchester Hotel
Address: 70 Church, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, V9R 5H4
Phone: (250) 754-6835
Painted Turtle Guesthouse
Address: 121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia CANADA, V9R 3A2
Toll Free: 1-866-309-4432
Phone: (250) 753-4432
Preparing For Your Trip
How you prepare for your adventure is important. Being well prepared will enhance the quality of your experience. Because we are travelling in wilderness, it is very important for you and for the rest of your adventure group that you are fit enough to handle the level of difficulty and demand with no problems. Our guides know how to minimize the impact of these demands as much as possible, but they cannot remove them. The depth of your experience can only increase if you have made sure that you have prepared well.
Your preparation will be different for different activities. Preparing for a kayak trip is different from preparing for a hiking trip. We have provided some basic information that can be downloaded through the following links to pdf documents. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download it from the Adobe site by clicking here.
Use the links below to download some of the preparation files for this hiking or kayaking tour. When you book your tour, we will send you a complete preparation packet to help you get ready.Please take this seriously. Most people are unaware of the demands of a coastal environment, particularly with keeping dry and warm. Your preparation will really help make your coastal hiking or kayaking tour a great experience.
Important Details-Preparing Yourself For Kayaking or Canoeing
Hints and Tips-Mostly for Backpacking, but lots of good overlap
We have gear available to rent if you don't want to buy a particular piece of equipment, or need to travel without it.
Look over the following list to help you decide whether you want to rent. If you decide to rent gear, you can tell us on the phone or book it online with your tour.
Item Price Sleeping Bag Rental $35.00 Thermarest Rental $15.00 Water Booties Rental $15.00 Wetsuit Rental $20.00 Helmet Rental $10.00 Rental Bundle 4-sleeping bag+sleeping pad+water booties $60.00