Clayoquot Sound is a sea kayaker’s paradise, famous for its long, secluded and spectacular sandy beaches and old growth forests. This temperate coastal rainforest provides important refuge and habitat for a significant number of animals. Bald eagles, wolves, ospreys, humpback whales and gray whales are common in the area.
Also rich in human history, going back more than 5,500 years, signs of First Nations occupation can still be found.
We meet the day before our trip in Tofino and stay at The Paddler’s Inn. Our seven-day Clayoquot Sound kayak trip departs from the beach at the Inn, early the next morning. We have the option to paddle the outside of Vargas Island if the weather is fair or to paddle safely within its protection if we need to. At some point, we will head out onto the beautiful open Pacific coast. Either way, rest assured, your guides are kayaking professionals with extensive experience and training.
Hot Springs Cove
Our paddling route will take us from the town of Tofino heading north to our final destination Hot Springs Cove. These untouched geothermal hot springs are located in the Maquinna Provincial Park. This is an amazing natural place to end our trip and bathe in the warmth of the springs. As the springs drop through a series of pools they are cooled as they flow lower and mix with the sea. We will have a boat pick us up and shuttle back to Tofino with kayaks and gear from our final destination at Hot Springs Cove. We’ll have a fun evening in Tofino and stay at The Paddler’s Inn for our final evening. We usually head out as a group to share stories and laughs over a final dinner together.
The thrill of Clayoquot Sound kayaking
Besides the thrill of paddling crystal waters in the midst of nature’s playground, there’s plenty of time for quiet or active fun. Hike in old growth forests, explore stunning white sand beaches and take your kayak out to play in the surf.
James and Dympna, along with a local guide, will take care of everything for you, preparing gourmet meals and baking daily. Guests can pitch in if they feel like it and can be as active a participant as they feel willing or able.
Trip Start Location
The Paddlers Inn, Tofino
Drive your Car
Drive to Tofino, Paddlers Inn: 320 Main St, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
Take the Bus
Nearest International Airport
Rent a Car
Pre and Post-Trip Accommodation
Pre-trip accommodation is included at Tofino Paddlers Inn.