Kayaking Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii,
and the Great Bear Rainforest

Kayaking Vancouver Island,
Haida Gwaii, and
The Great Bear Rainforest

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

British Columbia offers a sea kayaking experience like none other – stunning vistas, lush temperate rain forests, long sandy beaches, incredible wildlife sightings, and vast wilderness areas. British Columbia is one of the premiere destinations for sea kayaking in the world as everything comes together here; an extensive maze of islands, rich First Nations culture, extraordinary wildlife encounters with orcas, humpback whales, bears, eagles and much, much more.

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures has been running fully outfitted guided kayak tours on the coast of British Columbia since 1999. We have chosen Vancouver Island as our home, and offer various sea kayak tours of northern Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Great Bear Rainforest for paddlers who are just learning to kayak to those with expedition experience.

We pride ourselves on small group sizes, allowing close personal attention and minimal impact on the environment and the wildlife we view from our kayaks. Kingfisher’s kayak guides are passionate about kayaking and the wilderness and will eagerly share their knowledge with you, ensuring a trip full of memories you will never forget.

As we enter our 23rd year of operation, we hope you will join us on a kayaking trip of a lifetime.

Kayak Tours of Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and The Great Bear Rainforest

Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale’s blow as it swims past your ocean-side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of killer whales, also known as orcas, swim past your kayak as a bald eagle swoops down to catch a salmon.

Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Seeing a humpback whale lunging through a school of bait fish, a grizzly bear chasing a salmon through a shallow river, or a pod of killer whales surfacing in unison are often considered once in a lifetime experiences and all three are possible on this tour.

Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Searching under rocks for crabs, watching humpback whales feed on a school of small fish, or being surprised as a harbour seal pops up right next to their kayak are all memories children cherish for a lifetime. This kayak tour is designed for families with children aged six to fourteen.

Expedition Kayaking
5 days / 4 nights

Watching a sea otter crack open a sea urchin on its chest, waking up to find wolf tracks on the beach in front of your camp, or quietly sitting in your kayak observing a black bear forage for seafood at low tide are truly special experiences—experiences you can have on a Sea Otter Explorer Tour.

Expedition Kayaking
6 days / 5 nights

Imagine kayaking along narrow passages lined with clam beaches, as we kayak around a corner a black bear is seen flipping rocks in the morning sun looking for a tasty morsel. Later that afternoon as we kayak toward a new campsite we watch a pod of orcas foraging for salmon.

Expedition Kayaking
5 days / 4 nights

The Northern Gwaii Hannas Explorer tours travel between Tanu Island and Burnaby Island in the northern half of Gwaii Haanas. Paddle sheltered channels, secluded bays, and exposed coastline, visit Haida cultural sites T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) and Hlk’yah GaawGa (Windy Bay) and soak in natural hot springs.

Expedition Kayaking
8 days / 7 nights

Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale’s blow as it swims past your ocean-side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of killer whales, also known as orcas, swim past your kayak as a bald eagle swoops down to catch a salmon.

Expedition Kayaking
8 days / 7 nights

The Southern Gwaii Haanas Explorer tour kayaks the southern end of Gwaii Haanas, from Burnaby Narrows along the rugged coastline to Rose Harbour. Fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities, colourful inter-tidal life, wonderful campsite locations, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of SGang Gwaay.

Expedition Kayaking
15 days / 14 nights

This trip is our longest offering, and provides visitors the opportunity to explore almost the entire Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site. This experience starts near the northern boundary of Gwaii Haanas, and culminates near the south end after a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of SGang Gwaay.

Expedition Kayaking
10 days / 9 nights

Stretching for 400 kilometres along British Columbia’s central coast, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. This beautifully rugged coast offers the adventurous traveller with diverse kayaking routes, abundant wildlife, and a rich First Nations culture.

Base Camp Kayaking
Expedition Kayaking

We offer two types of tours for those wanting to organize a private tour for their own group of family, friends, colleagues, or paddling club.

  • 5 star ratingKingfisher Whales four-day Kayaking trip We went on Kingfisher's four day (3 night) kayaking trip off Port McNeil staying at a base camp on Hansen Island. We were a small group--four young German tourists and my husband and me (both of us over 60 Americans) plus the two (Canadian) guides. ... read more

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    Marilyn M.
    7/31/2019
  • 5 star ratingExcellent guiding company! I participated in an 8-day Haida Gwaii tour with Kingfisher and was impressed with their customer service, the quality of the gear provided, the well trained and friendly guides, and the FOOD was amazing as well. Highly recommended.

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    Mary Y.
    9/08/2019
  • 5 star ratingWhat a trip Wonderfull Kayak trip around basecamp.
    On our 1st day we already saw orcas and humpback whales from basecamp, sitting whit a beer watching the sun go down
    We kayaked every day and met whales and sealions.
    Last day they picked us early, and we went...
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    Ivar1970
    10/24/2018
  • 5 star ratingWhales and Grizzly Bears Kayak Tour - Base Camp We just returned from Kingfisher's Whales and Grizzlies adventure and it was amazing! From the orientation session provided the evening before the trip, to the final drop-off of our gear back in Port McNeill, everything was exceptional. Our guides, C... read more

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    Cherylnghbr
    7/26/2019
  • 5 star ratingKingfisher Whales and Grizzlies four-day excursion a smash hit! I recently experienced this kayaking adventure with nine pals. We unanimously agreed that the experience simply could not have been better. We were graced with good weather and abundant marine and wildlife viewings. From a full breach by a Humpback w... read more

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    Sandra J.
    7/25/2019
  • 5 star ratingWhales and Wilderness Expedition I recently participated in the June 2019 whales and wilderness kayak expedition with Kingfisher in the Broughton Archipelago. I attended as a solo, It was a great group of people who all had a background of outdoor adventure experience.

    Our guid...
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    kezsherwood
    6/23/2019
  • 5 star ratingKayaking with Whales July 23 - 26 My husband and I joined Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures for a Kayaking with Whales Adventure last week. Great weather, awesome food & the best kayaking we have experienced. Loved the base camp on Hanson Island, and the nights spent camping in... read more

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    kartonv
    7/31/2019
  • 5 star ratingOutstanding company with focus on safety and enjoyment - loved it We nearly booked a tour with another company but so glad we went with Kingfisher. We also booked our accommodation (Black bear resort) and the separate grizzly tour through Kingfisher and more than happy with both of those. Kingfisher is very profess... read more

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    NewcastleKiwigirl
    10/06/2018
  • 5 star ratingAmazing! I am well traveled and done many different types of adventures and trips. I have only wrote one review on trip advisor before and that was giving a 5/5 rating cage shark diving with Great Whites in New Zealand. This trip deserves my 2nd 5/5 review!... read more

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    Brent A.
    8/03/2019
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