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Gulf Island Kayak Expedition

The Experience

The Gulf Island Kayak Expedition is a 5 day paddling trip through British Columbia's beautiful Gulf Islands.  We will start from Silva Bay on Gabriola Island, weaving our way south through the many island communities, camping on remote beaches, enjoying the wildlife and the amazing sandstone formations along the way.  We will finish our trip by paddling across to Salt Spring Island, to finish in Ganges harbour where we will enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants or pubs along the waterfront before loading the kayaks onto our van and getting onto the ferry back to Vancouver Island.  This is the perfect trip for anyone wanting the explore the relaxing island communities, expand their kayaking skills, and enjoy the varied wildlife with our naturalist guides.

Dates & Rates

Tour Date(s) Rate
Gulf Island Kayak Expedition Jun 16 2014 - Jun 20 2014 $715
Gulf Island Kayak Expedition Aug 25 2014 - Aug 29 2014 $715
Gulf Island Kayak Expedition Sep 14 2015 - Sep 18 2015 $715
On our Classic Kayak Expeditions we encourage everyone to take an active part in the adventure, helping make decision on daily route plans, and cooking the meals . To help keep the cost of these trip so low and to foster a fun participatory experience everyone on the trip will plan, purchase, and prepare 2 or 3 meals for the rest of the group. The day before our trip we will meet the who group on Gabriola Island, and as a group go shopping for the trip food. This way the group can discuss ideas together and our guides can assist with recipes and proportions. During the trip your guides will be in the kitchen assisting you with your meals, helping you through the entire process. Although this is not the standard meal arrangement on kayaking expeditions, everyone who takes part in our adventures enjoys this participatory philosophy and continues with this style in the future. It's a win-win: Lower Cost and More Fun! Ask us about additional package extras including: Accommodation on Gabriola before or after your trip, Seaplane tickets from Vancouver Island or Vancouver to Gabriola, or Fully-Catered meal options.
  • All Kayaks, Equipment, and Safety Gear
  • Guides
  • 5 Days and 4 Nights kayaking
  • All Camping Fees
  • Kitchen and Cooking Gear
  • Transport back to Gabriola Island or Vancouver Island from Saltspring Island
  • Transport to Gabriola Island before your trip
  • Accomodation on Gabriol Island the night before your trip
  • A portion of the meals durring the trip - *See Trip Details* -
  • Any accomodation after your kayaking trip
  • Transport from Gabriola or Vancouver Island to your home after your trip

Itinerary

Day 0 - Group Meeting and Meal Shopping

Day 0 is the first day you meet the guides and the rest of your group. You will meet your group at Mad Rona Coffee Shop at 3 pm, where you can discuss details and plan your meals.  After the who group will walk across the road to the Village Food Market o do the trip shopping.

You will need to find your own accommodation on Gabriola Island this night. There are many options on the island from Hotls, to B&B's, to Campgrounds. Feel free to ask us about recomendations or for hgelp booking.

Find your own this night.

Day 1 - Silva Bay to Blackberry Point

Our first day will see us packing our kayaks and departing Silva Bay this morning. We will paddle through the Flat Top Islands, past Drumbeg Park, and through Gabriola Passage.  The morning departure time from Silva Bay may be dependent on the currents and tides in Gabriola Passage.  Once through the passage we will continue south along the Western side of Valdes Island to Blackberry Point, one of my all-time favorite campsites in this area.

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Day 2 - Blackberry Point to Wallace Island

Today we will paddle along the Southern end of Vales Island where we will cross to Reid Island and the Secretary Islands.  We may stop at one of these lovely islands for lunch or a quick break.  After our break we will paddle a little further weaving through the small island chain to Wallace Island.  Wallace is a very popular park in the summer month for both kayakers and boaters. The entire island is a provincial park, there is a network of walking / hiking trail throughout the island, it offers many nice campsites and is a popular destination for kayakers and boaters during the summer months.

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Day 3 - Wallace Island to Montague Harbour

Day three will see us paddling from Wallace across Trincomali Channel to Galiano Island. We will paddle along the tall sandstone cliffs of Galiano Island to Montague Harobur. Montague harbour has an excellent park and campground and very nice beaches.

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Day 4 - Montague Harbour to Prevost Island

Day four will see us starting out past parker and Julia Islands, then following the Southwestern edge of Galiano Island where we will start our crossing to Prevost Island.  Prevost is one of the islands that is now part of the new Gulf Island National Park. The campsites are well maintained and all the facilities are new.  Everyone who stays here really enjoys it!  One of my favorites!

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Day 5 - Prevost Island to Saltspring Island

From Prevost Island we will paddle the short crossing to Saltspring Island, where we will paddle along the lovely coast line and into Ganges Harbour where we will finish our trip and meet the Kayak Van for transport back to Gabriola Island.  We will have lunch in one of the many nice restaurants or pubs along the waterfront before going to catch the ferry back to Vancouver Island.  We can drop you off at the Nanaimo or the ferry terminal from Saltspring to Tsawwassen if you need to start your journey home on this day.

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If you are staying on Saltspring Island, Gabriola Island, or Nanaimo on Vancouver Island this night, instead of starting your journey home, you will need to arrange your own accommodation. Please ask us for recommendations or to assist in booking you stay this night.

Details

5 Days - 4 Nights
Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Camping, Gourmet Beach Cooking, Hiking, Visiting Island Communities, Explore Beaches and Islands
Silva Bay, Gabriola Island
Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island
10 -12
2
15+
Beginner - Intermediate
70 Km

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