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 off 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.

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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
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 paddle toward a new campsite we watch a pod of orcas foraging for salmon.

Expedition Kayaking
6 days / 5 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
5 days / 4 nights

The Central Gwaii Hannas Explorer tours travel between Tanu Island and Burnaby Island in the central area of Gwaii Haanas. Paddle sheltered channels, secluded bays, and exposed coastline. Visit Haida cultural sites, of K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), with it’s big house remains and standing memorial and mortuary standing poles. Additional highlights of this tour include soaking in the natural pools at Gandll K’in Gwaayaay (Hot Spring Island) and kayaking the wildlife rich waters of Juan Perez Sound.

Expedition Kayaking
8 days / 7 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

The Southern Gwaii Haanas Explorer tour kayaks the southern end of Gwaii Haanas, from K’iid Xyangs K’iidaay 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.

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