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.

2021 Tours of Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and The Great Bear Rainforest

 

In light of the COVID pandemic we are currently only able to accept new bookings from Canadian residents. We will be opening new bookings to international visitors as soon as we receive some clarity on when the borders will be re-opening for tourism. We ask that international visitors email us with their preferred tour and dates and we will contact them when new bookings from international visitors are being accepted.

We were able to host a number of Canadian (“social bubble”) groups at our Base Camps in the summer of 2020 and have learned a lot about how to responsibly operate our tours with the additional safety measures. Based on these experiences, we are making some operational modifications in order to once again welcome a wider range of guests on both the Base Camp and Expedition tours next year (not limited to social bubbles).

Please view our COVID-Response page for more details on the changes we are implementing for the 2021 season.

In light of the COVID pandemic we are currently only able to accept new bookings from Canadian residents. We will be opening new bookings to international visitors as soon as we receive some clarity on when the borders will be re-opening for tourism. Please email us to be waitlisted.

KAYAK WITH WHALES

Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Kayak With Whales - Begin your adventure

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.

WHALES AND GRIZZLY BEARS

Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Whales and Grizzly Bears - Begin your adventure

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.

FAMILY KAYAK WITH WHALES

Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Family Kayak With Whales - Begin your adventure

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.

SEA OTTER
EXPLORER

Expedition Kayaking
5 days / 4 nights

Sea Otter Explorer - Begin your adventure

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.

WHALES AND WILDLIFE
EXPLORER

Expedition Kayaking
6 days / 5 nights

Begin your adventure - Whales and Wilderness Explorer

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.

CENTRAL GWAII HAANAS
EXPLORER

Expedition Kayaking
5 days / 4 nights

Begin your adventure - Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer

The Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer tour kayaks the central section of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Visit the big house remains and standing memorial poles at K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), and soak in the natural pools at Gandll K’in Gwaayaay (Hot Spring Island)

NORTHERN GWAII
HAANAS EXPLORER

Expedition Kayaking
8 days / 7 nights

Northern Gwaii Haanas Explorer - Begin your adventure

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.

SOUTHERN GWAII
HAANAS EXPLORER

Expedition Kayaking
8 days / 7 nights

Southern Gwaii Haanas Explorer - Begin your adventure

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.

ULTIMATE GWAII
HAANAS EXPLORER

Expedition Kayaking
15 days / 14 nights

Ultimate Gwaii Haanas Explorer - Begin your adventure

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.

GREAT BEAR
RAINFOREST

Expedition Kayaking
10 days / 9 nights

Great Bear Rainforest - Begin your adventure

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.