Consider this get-away! For 2018, looking for a trip that combines kayak every day and relaxing in a private cabin in the evening. This trip is unique and packed with activities with fun in mind. Your experience begins with a quick cruise to our destination. Viewing whales in the morning and kayaking in the afternoon-early evening. And two nights stay at quaint accommodation. This accommodation is combined with the adventure you seek everyday on a kayaking trip.
Sea kayaking on this trip will be a combination of exploring shoreline, cove and lagoons. It will also highlight a visit to a local legend, Billy Proctor. The area is spectacular! Snow capped mountains, rugged shorelines and a thick coastal rainforest makeup everyday views. Wildlife viewing is exceptional. The food is fresh and the staff is exceptional.
Accommodations is quaint and comfortable. Your stay will be enhanced with options to kayak, hike and if you up for it swimming in a local lake. Kayaking is moderate, with encounters with wildlife closeby. Opportunities for pictures are numerous but, being their in the moment is the BEST!
CAD $1250 per person
Family Rates: 2 Adults, 2 Youths under 16
Deposit: CAD $250 per person
TRIP DEPARTURE DATES
June 11, June 18, June 25 July 06, July 13, July 20, July 27,
August 03, August 10, August 17, August 24, September (Custom Dates Only)
Arrival Day: Arrival in Port McNeill is usually late in the day because of the travel distance or the plane connections to Comox Valley Airport. Pre-trip meeting at our shop at Suite B 455 Pioneer Drive, Port McNeill @ 7:30 pm the evening before your departure date. The meeting is scheduled to introduce you to your guides, check your gear, fit PFD, fit a paddle and answer any questions you might have about the trip. We will familiarize you with a double sea kayak and review our route on the marine chart of the area.
DAY 1: CRUISE – SEA KAYAK – FLOAT HOUSE DESTINATION
We start at the dock in Port McNeills’ Harbour. Cruise for twenty minutes to an area where whales are frequently occupying deep water for morning feedings. Time will be spent taking in the morning observing whale behavior and listening to the natural sounds of wildlife. Often Orca and Sea Otters are in the same vicinity. Moving on we transit through sheltered passages on route to our morning destination. Arriving just short of 10 am, given a short time for moving gear then off for a day of sea kayaking with a packed lunch and snacks for short stops. Our destination is a small group of islands situated a moderate sea kayaking distance from the float house. Bring your cameras to catch some picks of a variety of wildlife that we will see daily. Wildlife in this area shows up as ducks, harbor seal, eagles, dolphins and porpoise. Morning will blend into the afternoon, lunch spots are numerous, guides choose a site based on wildlife and tide levels. The return to the float house will take in a different route with a look at a large sheltered area that offers spontaneous wildlife sightings. It is a short kayak back to base to enjoy a swim, a light dinner and a trek to see the sunset.
DAY 2 : SEA KAYAK – TREK RAINFOREST – SEA KAYAK
Our second day will start with a cup of coffee on the float before breakfast. Today will be a full day of sea kayaking to destinations that highlight a little human history and wildlife rookeries amidst some great sea kayaking. Sea kayaking today will be a blend of open water and sheltered passage waters. We will head out early to catch the benefit of flat calm waters and no wind. Great time for a few quick shots of otters playing along the shoreline or an eagle swooping to catch the first meal of the day that is after baiting the crab trap for a feast latter in the day. We head West this morning to visit a small group of islands and islets that hold evidence of a past native culture and a special wilderness features. Catch lunch at a small beach and trek a path into the rainforest. This location is full of birdlife and other critters enjoying the afternoon sun. For the afternoon we will make our way back to Billy Proctors’ Museum and hear some stories of the way Echo Bay used to be in past years. You might even want to pick up a gift from his wonderful store. As we approach evening dinner will be served on the deck behind our accommodations. As if your up for it, Bruce is always ready to provide the service of a massage for those who want it. After dinner we will trek to a beach to watch the sunset or trek to the end of one of the nearby spot to view the sunset and the end of the day.
DAY 3: SEA KAYAK – WHALE WATCH – RETURN
The third day brings us to the perfect morning for a kayak to a large lagoon off to the east. We Pack up our gear in preparation for the boat to pick us up latter in the day. The visit here could provide us with our first look at White-sided Dolphins, Mink and some landed based critters like Black Bear. As the morning progresses we are going to continue paddling through a large passage to a far reaching group of island that offer us scenic waterways and the increased chance of seeing the east side of the Broughton Archipelago. At noon we will rendezvous with our support boat and head for open water to observe whales along the route back to Port McNeill. Cruise back takes about an hour and a bit. Often this cruise back is an eventful experience with large whales, seal lions and sea otters. Arrival in Port McNeill is no later than 3 pm.