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ABOUT US 2017-04-08T20:18:07+00:00

ABOUT US

 

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures has been running fully outfitted guided kayak tours on the coast of British Columbia since 1999. We are based in Port McNeill and run kayak tours here on northern Vancouver Island but also further north in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

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It is truly our kayak guides that make the company. It is the kayak guides that turn a good trip into a fantastic trip. Most of our kayak guides have been with Kingfisher for years and it is because of them that we have many guests returning year after year.

“It actually felt more like being on a trip with friends than with guides. They were of course great guides, cooks, and paddlers, but it was other things that really made the trip special.” K.A. from USA

All of our kayak guides are certified with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. As a company we encourage and support our guides in continually improving their kayaking, interpretive and leadership skills to in turn offer you the best kayaking vacation possible.

Considering joining the Kingfisher team? Check out our employment opportunities page.

Andrew Jones

Owner and Level 3 Kayak Guide

Andrew Jones - Owner and Level 3 Kayak Guide

With over 30 years of kayaking on both the east and west coasts of Canada, Andrew eagerly shares his passion for kayaking and the wilderness with our guests. As owner of Kingfisher, Andrew’s goal is to ensure all guests have a fantastic time on whichever trip they choose.

Andrew is a past president of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia, is president of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association, chairs the Vancouver Island Tourism Advisory Committee, and is a board member of Tourism Vancouver Island.

Andrew is a Certified Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and a Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor and Level 4 Sea Kayak Skills with the Paddle Canada.

Kayak Guide - Silke Hockemeyer

Silke Hockemeyer

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Silke Hockemeyer - Level 3 Kayak Guide

2017 is Silke’s sixth season guiding with Kingfisher. A level 3 kayak guide with the SKGABC, and fluent in German, Silke has ten years of experience guiding international visitors on kayak tours around BC’s coastlines, including Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest. When she’s not on the ocean you can find her on one of the provinces many mountains exploring the world on snowshoes, a splitboard or simply her hiking boots.

Silke has completed a Diploma in Adventure Tourism and a BA in Tourism Management. Sustainability in tourism has been a focus in her studies and continues to be in her career in tourism. Silke teaches Ocean Kayaking and Natural History at a local college in the fall. She also brings schoolkids through the Vancouver watersheds to talk about  the importance of protecting our forests.

Kayak Guide - Sarah Hauser

Sarah Hauser

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Sarah Hauser - Level 3 Kayak Guide

2017 is Sarah’s sixth season guiding with Kingfisher. Sarah was born and raised in Ontario and arrived on Vancouver Island in 1997 to take the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Program ( COLT ). This is when Sarah’s love of BC began. Sarah loves adventuring in the outdoors whether in her kayak, hiking, or skiing. Sarah started kayak guiding in 1998 while working at Strathcona Park Lodge. Sarah has since worked for a hand full of different companies guiding and instructing along the BC coast and Baja California, Mexico.

Sarah is a Level 3 Kayak Guide and a Guide Trainer with the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC.

Kayak Guide - Dave Sarkany

Dave Sarkany

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Dave Sarkany - Level 3 Kayak Guide

Growing up in the 70’s in Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay Dave was naturally drawn to paddling canoes. Together with family and friends he paddled in Howe Sound, Indian Arm, and the Strait of Georgia. By the 80’s rigid hulled kayaks evolved to replace ocean canoeing so Dave adopted kayaks as a favorite means for explore BC’s coast. Being a climber and ski tourer, Dave kayaked most of Southern BC’s major Inlets in search of big climbable mountain faces, and to access routes into the Coast Mountain’s icecaps. By the late 90’s Dave was kayak guiding for a few months every year. Today Dave lives in Whistler guiding ski touring groups, and Heli /Cat skiing during the winter. He spends much of the summer working for Kingfisher guiding the amazing water ways of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

Dave is a Certified Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia.

Kayak Guide - Peter Wainwright

Peter Wainwright

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Peter Wainwright - Level 3 Kayak Guide

2017 is Peter’s third season guiding with Kingfisher. Peter’s life has followed many paths; the military, an engineering degree, to life in a Tanzanian National Park. The lure of endless white-capped mountains and the pristine ocean enticed Peter to BC where he lives his passions, sharing his love of wild untouched places with others. He spends every possible moment exploring the backcountry on skis, by kayak, trail running, climbing or surfing.

Peter spent four summers in Scotland and Norway, guiding on land and sea for companies including National Geographic Adventures. His down to earth, relaxed demeanour and wealth of experience make him a great companion in the mountains or on the sea.

Peter is certified through the British Canoe Union as a 5 star sea kayak Leader and a Level 3 Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.

Kayak Guide - Laurel Archer

Laurel Archer

Level 3 Kayak Guide

Laurel Archer - Level 3 Kayak Guide

2017 will be Laurel’s second season guiding with Kingfisher in partnership with Wild Women Expeditions. She’s super excited to head to the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii again to share her favourite BC trips! Currently living on Vancouver Island, Laurel’s paddled rivers and coasts from Central America to Asia, and the Arctic and South Pacific over the past three decades. Besides writing a thesis for her Masters degree in Education, she’s penned three guidebooks. She’s a member of the International Explorers Club and Royal Canadian Geographical Society, inducted for her work exploring and documenting historic and lesser-known waterways and promoting their conservation.

A SKGABC Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide (with a class 4 waters endorsement) and Guide Trainer and Paddle Canada Basic Sea Kayak Instructor, Laurel also works as a river guide in the NWT and teaches canoeing and kayaking for a number of adventure guide programs.

Kayak Guide - Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Wendy Walker - Level 2 Kayak Guide

2017 is Wendy’s fifth season with Kingfisher. With 10 years experience exploring the waters of Vancouver Island and 18 years of outdoor experience, guiding for companies in British Columbia, Belize, and California.

As a professional photographer for five years, it opened the doors to kayaking. She decided to move from Ontario to Vancouver Island and wishes she moved here sooner. Having lived in many places here on the island, she knows some amazing local places. "I come back to Johnstone Strait because simply it is an amazing place for wildlife, I love it more every year!"

Wendy is a Level 2 Kayak Guide with Sea Kayaks Guide Alliance of BC, a graduate & alumni member of National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Other certifications; NOLS Alaska Outdoor Educator/ Leader, Wilderness Medical Instructor/Emergency Medical Responder.

Kayak Guide - Allie Carroll

Allie Carroll

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Allie Carroll - Level 2 Kayak Guide

2017 is Allie’s fourth season guiding with Kingfisher. Allie is BC-born & bred. She has travelled extensively for over ten years and still insists BC is her favourite place in the world, for all its rugged and remote beauty. She readily shares this great enthusiasm of the outdoors and a passion for nature-based living. In her off-season you can find Allie organic farming in Hawaii to road tripping through New Zealand to working on her tan in the Baja - wherever it’s sunny and warm!

Allie is certified as a Level 2 Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC and teaches newcomers to kayaking as a Paddle Canada Level One Instructor.

Kayak Guide - Renée Baron

Renée Baron

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Renée Baron - Level 2 Kayak Guide

2017 is Renée’s third season with Kingfisher. Renée is passionate for education and the outdoors. A school teacher with specialties in foreign languages, Montessori and Outdoor Education, Renée believes strongly in experiential learning. Since graduating from Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training in 2009, she has guided on Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Renée loves to facilitate and participate in the team building process that occurs during wilderness trips. It is in the context of the natural world that one can truly become connected and discover the beauty of human connection.

The outdoors is where she is most at home with passions for gardening, mushroom picking, hiking, climbing and paddling. She loves sharing these passions with her partner and two step-children.

Renée is a Level 2 guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC

Kayak Guide - Kelsie Maas

Kelsie Maas

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Kelsie Maas - Level 2 Kayak Guide

2017 is Kelsie’s second season with Kingfisher. Born and raised in Alberta, Kelsie came to British Columbia in 2010, exchanging seas of wheat for the cold, dark seas. For the past five summers Kelsie could be found exploring the waters of Tofino and Ucluelet and is looking forward to exploring the Johnstone Strait with the Kingfisher team this upcoming season. What draws Kelsie to paddling on the British Columbian coast is the incredible life that is found here. From the depths of the oceans to the overgrown forests to the people, both past and present, life is rich and abundant. When the season changes, Kelsie can be found in Revelstoke, British Columbia, enjoying life in the mountains.

Kelsie is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University’s Adventure Studies Program and is a certified Level 2 guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.

Kayak Guide - Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

Level 2 Kayak Guide
Sarah Richardson - Level 2 Kayak Guide

2017 is Sarah's eighth season guiding with Kingfisher. A level 2 guide with the SKGABC, she spent her childhood reading National Geographic and exploring the forests of southern Vancouver Island, fostering a passion for the natural world. Since completing her studies, Sarah has worked in a variety of capacities related to the environment, including whale watching naturalist, bird bander, coastal biomapper, dockside fisheries monitor, municipal kitchen waste program coordinator, and ENGO administrator.

Sarah completed a BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, and as well as certificates in garden design and landscape horticulture. During the off season, you can find her puttering in the gardens of greater Vancouver, attempting to perfect her French skills, or adding more stamps to her passport.

Sarah is a Level 2 guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.

Kayak Guide - Darren Bishop

Darren Bishop

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Darren Bishop - Level 2 Kayak Guide

2016 is Darren’s second season with Kingfisher. An ‘easterner’ by birth, a trip to Clayoquot Sound over 20 years ago sparked a deep connection with the west coast. Darren was eventually lured away from a career in Natural Resource Management and now calls BC home. Darren is passionate about the worlds wild places and creatures. It is his privilege to share in experiencing the natural wonders of this very special place, with fellow travellers.

Darren is certified as a Level 2 Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.

Kayak Guide - Noca Tulloch

Nova Tulloch

Level 2 Kayak Guide

Nova Tulloch - Level 2 Kayak Guide

Nova, BC born and bred loves the outdoors, especially the ocean. She has been kayak guiding for five years along the coast of BC, both the inside and west coast of Vancouver Island.

2017 is Nova's first season with Kingfisher and she is eager to share her passion with the amazing people she meets in this work. When not kayaking Nova is usually found somewhere underwater while diving or in the mountains teaching skiing.

Nova is certified as a Level 2 Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.

Kayak Guide - Jake Pattison

Jake Pattison

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Jake Pattison - Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

2017 is Jake’s third season with Kingfisher. Jake grew up on a small island near Queen Charlotte, Haida Gwaii. Being on the water from a young age gave him a deep appreciation for marine environment, and many skills related to reading the tides and weather of the area.

A biologist by training, Jake has spent many summers working in remote field camps and completing boat based survey work in the waters around Haida Gwaii.
A paddler from an early age, Jake takes every opportunity to get out on the water, and as a new father is looking forward to introducing paddling to the next generation.

Jake is certified as an Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.

Kayak Guide - Agnes Wisden

Agnes Wisden

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Agnes Wisden - Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

2017 is Agnes’ second season guiding with Kingfisher.  She was raised in the rich ecological and cultural environment of Alert Bay, and has a a deep connection to north Vancouver Island. She is always trying to explore the surrounding area, and strives to learn and share her knowledge. When not in the outdoors Agnes also  spends her time on earth traveling the world, creating contemporary indigenous art, and working on community development projects.

Agnes is certified as an Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC

Kayak Guide - Andrew McGillicuddy

Andrew McGillicuddy

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Andrew McGillicuddy - Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

2017 is Andrew's first season with Kingfisher. He was born and raised in rural New Brunswick spending his childhood exploring the lakes and woods of the province. He moved to BC two years ago to continue exploring the country’s many wilderness areas. Andrew attended Thompson Rivers University and graduated this past spring with a Diploma in Adventure Guiding. He fell in love with the BC coast for its rich biodiversity and native culture and wants to share and educate everyone he can about the area. His other interests involve photography, reading, diving, skiing, climbing and meeting others who want to surround themselves with nature. Andrew spent last year in Tofino sea kayak guiding after a three-week expedition in the Great Bear Rainforest. He has a strong connection with the outdoors and spends very little time under a roof.

Andrew is certified as an Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC

Kayak Guide - Sabina Hamilton

Sabina Hamilton

Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Sabina Hamilton - Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

2017 is Sabina’s first season guiding with Kingfisher. As a graduate of the Coastal Adventure Tourism program offered at North Island College, she has spent the past four summers guiding in the Discovery Islands area. When the summer season comes to an end she can be found wrapping up a degree in marine ecology and policy at Quest University Canada and exploring the trails around Squamish, BC. Having grown up in various places along the BC coast she can tell you more than you have ever wanted to know about barnacles, and is excited to share what the coast has to offer.

Sabina is certified as an Assistant Overnight Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance, and as a Basic Skills Instructor with Paddle Canada.

Jillian Jones

Jillian Jones

Administrative Coordinator

Jillian Jones - Administrative Coordinator

2017 is Jillian’s fourth season with Kingfisher. She has stepped back temporarily from her role of customer communication since the birth of her and Andrew's daughter in 2016. She continues to work on various administrative tasks as well as supplying homemade baked goods and organically-grown vegetables for the trips.

Jillian has a B.Sc. in wildlife biology and spent over a decade working as an avian field biologist in various locations including the Yukon, Saskatchewan, California, Arizona, Nebraska, Florida, and Costa Rica.

A new project for this summer is raising chicks that will form the basis of a laying flock to provide free-range eggs for next year's trips.

Administrative Assistant - Kimberly Gmyz

Kimberly Gmyz

Administrative Assistant

Kimberly Gmyz - Administrative Assistant

2017 is Kimberly's third season with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures. Kim enjoys all aspects of the business from assisting guests in the office via email and phone, pre-season planning and preparation, or on the water as a guide to ensure their time with us is as enjoyable as possible.

Kimberly is certified as an Assistant Overnight Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance.

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. Our base camp tours have a maximum of ten guests and three guides while our explorer tours have a maximum of eight guests with two guides.

Andrew Jones, the owner of Kingfisher, was on every trip that was offered during the first few years of the company’s existence. As the company has grown Andrew is still passionate about guiding, but also has to spend time in the office ensuring your trip runs seamlessly. Much of his energy is directed towards the hiring, training and retention of some of the best kayak guides on the coast.

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. Most of our guides have been with Kingfisher for a number of seasons and they are one of the reasons that we have many guests returning year after year. All of our kayak guides are certified by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia.

At Kingfisher we are committed to five basic principles to ensure we run a sustainable business and are “doing what is right”. Learn about each of these below and for greater insight on how we operate daily to ensure we meet these principles and to learn what you can do visit our Green Tourism page.

Doing what is right for the environment.
Our business depends on a healthy environment, so how we operate is designed to minimize our impact on the environment. We purchase supplies locally, buy in bulk to minimize packaging and waste, serve only “Ocean Wise” seafood, compost food scraps, and reduce, re-use and recycle as much as we can. It not only helps us run a sustainable business, it’s simply the right thing to do.

We are just a small part of a larger solution, so we try our best to educate our guests about issues that effect our environment. Our belief is that by role modelling a high standard of sustainable environmental and social ethics, we can make a difference.

Doing what is right for the wildlife.
Responsible viewing of wildlife is paramount on all of our tours. We follow the Be Whale Wise Marine Mammal viewing guidelines and are founding members of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association (NIMMSA). Andrew Jones, the owner of Kingfisher, is the current president of NIMMSA.

It is our belief that responsible wildlife viewing starts with having realistic expectations. We follow wildlife viewing protocols that treat the animals with respect, and work towards minimizing our impacts on their behaviour. This includes keeping a safe distance, being conscious of their travel patterns, and monitoring their behaviour for signs of stress.

Some tour operators show imagery of whales in close proximity to their guests, closer than the Be Whale Wise guidelines. While this may occur at the whim of the animals, please don’t expect that this is a regular occurrence. They are wild creatures and need their space.

Doing what is right for our communities.
We believe in supporting the local communities that we operate in. We purchase many of our supplies locally, use local service providers, and support other local tourism operators.

We are also actively involved with many community, tourism, sea kayaking, and marine mammal organizations. For more info visit our Community Involvement page.

Many of our kayak tours take place within traditional territories of many different BC First Nations. We respect these traditional lands and have established protocol use agreements where relevant.

Doing what is right for our staff.
We hire certified guides from the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and support them with continuing professional development.

Each season we conduct a guide training and orientation session to augment our guides training and knowledge. This includes safety protocols, guest relations, camp craft, and wildlife interpretation skills. Our guides often spend years working with our company – and we like to think it’s because we hire only the best, and then treat them right.

Doing what is right for our guests.
If we have done all of the above this comes naturally! We started Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures because of our love of the outdoors and our desire to spend as much time in it as we can. Our choices in how we run our company reflect that – in everything from our choice of equipment, to how we treat our visitors as friends rather than clients. We are driven by quality, not profits. We want the time you spend with us to become a life long memory and will help you find the kayak tour that is right for you.

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures is actively involved with sea kayaking, tourism, marine mammal, and community associations. For some organizations we volunteer our time and for others we support with financial and/or in-kind donations (or all of the above). Below are some of the organizations we are most active in and feel most passionate about.

SKGABC

Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC

The SKGABC upholds high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC. The SKGABC is Canada’s largest sea kayak guide certifying organization. All Kingfisher guides are certified by the SKGABC. Andrew Jones, the owner of Kingfisher, is the past President of the SKGABC and currently chairs both the Operators and Standards committees.

NIMMSA

North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association

NIMMSA represents the north island marine based eco-tourism industry and ensures its future as well as that of the many marine species the industry is based on viewing. Andrew Jones, the owner of Kingfisher, is the current president of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association.

WTA

Wilderness Tourism Association

The WTA is an organization of adventure tourism operators. Through involvement with government and public and private enterprise the WTA works to ensure the ongoing viability of nature based tourism by protecting the wilderness tourism land base. Andrew Jones, the owner of Kingfisher, is a past director of the Wilderness Tourism Association.

GHTOA

Gwaii Haanas Tour Operators Association

The GHTOA was formed to foster quality, ethics and communication among Gwaii Haanas tour operators and to represent the interests of the tour operators, their clients and the public to the Haida Nation, the BC government and the Federal government, regarding issues related to Gwaii Haanas.

CBVA

Commercial Bear Viewing Association of British Columbia

The Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC (CBVA) was formed to promote sustainable bear viewing in British Columbia and aid in the protection of wild bears and their ecosystems.

WIC

Whale Interpretive Centre

The Whale Interpretive Centre is located in Telegraph Cove, BC and run by the non-profit Johnstone Strait Killer Whale Interpretive Centre Society (JSKWICS). Our guides have helped recover a rare beaked whale carcass, helped in whale necropsies, and collected invertebrate collections for their exhibits.

MERS

Marine Education and Research Society

The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is a group of dedicated northern Vancouver Island marine biologists and educators. Kingfisher guides often provide whale sighting reports to these researchers and have contributed photos to their humpback whale entanglement study. Prior to the start of every season MERS conducts a naturalist training session with our kayak guides.

Cetacean Sightings Network

Cetacean Sightings Network

The Cetacean Sightings Network collects sightings of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and sea turtles from British Columbia and surrounding waters. Our guides provide sighting reports of whales from our kayak tours, especially in the under reported and less visited areas like the Great Bear Rainforest.

VINT

Vancouver Island North Tourism

Vancouver Island North Tourism focuses on the promotion of tourism on northern Vancouver Island as a whole and represents the communities of Alert Bay, Coal Harbour, Holberg, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Quatsino, Sointula, Telegraph Cove, Winter Harbour and Woss. Kingfisher’s owner, Andrew Jones, is the chair of the Vancouver Island North Tourism Advisory Committee

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. Our base camp tours have a maximum of ten guests and three guides while our explorer tours have a maximum of eight guests with two guides. Our Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Expedition is even smaller with a maximum of six guests led by two guides.

In addition to minimizing our impact on the land we find the smaller group size allows us to better manage our groups around wildlife giving us better viewing opportunities.

All of Kingfisher’s kayak guides are certified with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. Each of our guides are chosen for their ability to lead and instruct, their knowledge of the local area and wildlife, and their ability to ensure everyone fully enjoys their trip. Most of our guides have been with Kingfisher for a number of seasons and it is because of them that we have many guests returning year after year.

Click on “The Team” tab above to learn more about this year’s staff.

Even with little or no kayaking experience, you can join our Base Camp tours. Our Vancouver Island Explorer tours are suitable for beginners with a sense of adventure.

Due to the length of our Haida Gwaii tours and their remote location they are also best suited to people with some previous kayaking experience.

Our Great Bear Rainforest expedition is designed for kayakers with a moderate amount of previous kayaking experience and is our most challenging trip

Yes. If you let us know in advance, we can accommodate special diets including vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, or other allergen-free diets.

While whales are often viewed on all of our kayak tours, the Base Camp and Orca Waters Explorer kayak tours have by far the most reliable sightings of both orcas and humpback whales.

Please keep in mind that while these tours offer great viewing opportunities we are still dealing with wildlife and we cannot guarantee any particular sightings.

The northern resident (fish-eating) orcas are most reliably seen around northern Vancouver Island from mid-July through September. They may be seen in June and early July, along with the transient (mammal-eating) orcas, however, sightings become more consistent later in the summer. As they are wild, we cannot guarantee any particular sightings.

There is a lot of different wildlife along the British Columbia coast year round. However, we find that the greatest and most diverse wildlife is often found off northern Vancouver Island from mid-August through September.

The Base Camps feature roomy tents raised off the ground on wooden platforms and situated throughout the forest with views of the ocean. The tents provide standing room for most guests (1.9 metres tall) and are outfitted with wooden beds with the thickest and widest Therm-a-rest mattresses available. Sheets, fleece blankets, full-size pillows, warm barrel-style sleeping bags, and hot water bottles are all provided. A recharging station for digital cameras, an extensive library of natural history books, a safari style bucket shower, and a large covered kitchen and dining area made from locally milled red cedar make for a very comfortable camping experience.

These tours camp at wilderness locations with little or no improvements; in some cases we may be the only people to camp there all year. These tours require more group participation in setting up and taking down our camps than our base camp tours.

We provide high quality three-season tents. For couples we provide three-person tents and for solo travellers a slightly smaller tent. Therm-a-rest sleeping pads and warm mummy-style sleeping bags with liners are also provided. A library of natural history books is on every trip.

While we enjoy tours with younger children we also recognize that not all our guests want to be spending their vacation around children. At Kingfisher we limit participants to fifteen years or older on most of our tours. For families with children aged six to fourteen we have our Family Kayak With Whales and custom kayak tours.

At Kingfisher we provide premium kayaks and equipment and all equipment is included in the cost of the trip.

We use both single and double kayaks made by Vancouver Island’s Seaward Kayaks. On a full base camp trip with ten guests and three guides we use seven single and three double kayaks. On full Explorer tours with eight guests and two guides we use six single and two double kayaks. The mix of single and doubles allow you to spend time in each type. Our kayak paddles are lightweight carbon/vinyl paddles made by Werner Paddles. A Kokatat paddling jacket and neoprene paddling mitts are provided to keep you warm and dry while kayaking. We also provide personal floatation devices.

We provide all camping and cooking equipment. We also provide dry bags to pack your gear in. All you really need to bring are your clothing and toiletries.

If you prefer to stay in a double kayak for the duration of the trip, that can be arranged. If you prefer a single kayak you will likely be in a single for much of the trip, but we will rotate guests so that everyone who wants to spend time in a single will have the opportunity, so you may have to spend time in a double as well.

A comprehensive list of what you should bring for each tour is included under the “Preparation” tab of each tour. The packing list is also provided in the guest handbook that is emailed to you when you book.

We have a solar-powered charging station for camera batteries at the Base Camps that have both 110v and USB charging outlets. Please bring your chargers with you. For international visitors please bring an appropriate plug adapter. On explorer tour we do not have a charging station, so you will need to pack extra batteries. Visit our blog for more information on kayak photography.

All of our kayak tours take place in wilderness locations with varying degrees of remoteness. Our Haida Gwaii and Great Bear Rainforest kayak tours are the most remote and see the least number of other kayakers and boaters.

Our Haida Gwaii tours take place in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage site that has strict limits on the number of tour companies and visitors enter the area.

In the Great Bear Rainforest we have kayaked for more than a week without seeing any other people or boats!

Each of our kayak tours operate in the traditional territories of many different First Nations and we try to incorporate interpretation of their culture and history into our trips.

Our Haida Gwaii tours have the strongest First Nations aspect as we visit many of the parks Haida cultural sites, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ninstints on most tours.

Our Great Bear Rainforest tours start with a tour of the Klemtu Big House and we may visit an ancient cultural site during the trip.

On our Broughton Archipelago tours we often visit the ancient village of Meem Quam Leese which is slowly being reclaimed by the forest.

For our Base Camp and Orca Waters Explorer tours we work with three local First Nations to lease campsites. These tours include rainforest hikes to view culturally modified trees.

We highly recommend our Vancouver Island guests visit the Umista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay and our guests in Haida Gwaii visit the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate to learn more about the local First Nations culture.

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