Based on Spring Island in the Kyuquot area, off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, West Coast Expeditions creates guided kayaking adventures and retreats with a stunning backdrop of old-growth forests, idyllic beaches, diverse wildlife and abundant sea otters.
The variety of personalised kayaking tours will appeal to travellers of all ages — regardless of experience or skill — due to the opportunity to relax and take in the surrounding natural beauty in this secluded part of the world. Tours include return land transport from Comox Valley or Campbell River on Vancouver Island, both easily accessed by plane, and a great base for other outdoor activities while in the area. A scenic boat ride to the camp allows guests to feel immediately connected with this wilderness sanctuary.
West Coast Expeditions is an ecologically-conscious company, recognised for its sustainable and environmentally responsible practices — including a strong reliance on solar power, propane, collection of rainwater and an off-grid outlook.
Among the deluxe camping comforts at this enchanting back country retreat are a hot shower with waterfront views, as well as privately situated safari-style canvas tents — each of which contains snug beds and various home comforts — nestled along a cobblestone beach.
Daily outings offer the chance to explore rugged and serene shorelines, with eagles soaring overhead, the howls of coastal wolves, rich marine life and otters in the waters, towering sea arches and lush ancient rainforests.
Guests can engage in cultural interactions with local families and people from the nearby Aboriginal community of Kyuquot, complete with a traditional salmon dinner, prepared and enjoyed around the campfire under the stars.
For other meals, the camp chef and staff prepare a delicious array of food that’s served up in the spacious dining shelter, where guests can socialise or disappear in a book chosen from the extensive library. After a day on the water, exploring in the kayaks, guests can feel relaxed without having been too rushed to enjoy the moment.
After a day of kayaking with sea otters and sharing beaches with coastal wolves, enjoy a traditional salmon feast
Need to know
• Inclusive adventures with transportation, accommodation, meals and guides
• 7 waterfront safari-style tents
• On-demand propane hot shower
• Dining and activity shelter
• Wood stove
• Solar power system
• Library with natural history collection
• Accessible by boat or float plane