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Vancouver Island sea kayaking rental/day tour

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Vancouver Island sea kayaking rental/day tour

Hello everyone,

I'm researching a trip to Vancouver Island in July. We're hoping to either rent a sea kayak for the day or join a kayaking day tour. We do not want to do a lengthy multi-day tour (it sounds wonderful but just too expensive). Does anyone know where we can rent some sea kayaks for the day or a company that runs sea kayaking trips just for the day? I've heard Broughton Archipelago is a good place to sea orca while kayaking. Any pointers?

Thanks :)


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1. Re: Vancouver Island sea kayaking rental/day tour

If you are renting or joining a kayak day trip you will access the Broughton Archipelago from Telegraph Cove . You actually won't make it into the true Broughton Archipelago on just a day trip but will stay within a few miles of Telegraph Cove in Johnstone Strait. The orcas hang out more here anyway.

There are two local companies that offer kayak day trips, Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures, www.kingfisher.ca and North Island Kayak, www.kayakbc.ca . North Island kayak also offers rentals. You will want to have some experience in kayaks before renting due to the tides, currents and quick changing weather. There are also whale watching guidelines that you need to follow, your guide or the rental company will make you aware of these.

Note that you can only go so far in a kayak in a day and even if the orcas are in the general area they need to come your way for you to see them- they swim a lot faster than you can kayak. Success rates of seeing orcas on a kayak day trip are about 50% from early July to mid-September. Whereas multi day trips have much higher success rates. if you can't join a longer trip you may consider also going out with one of the local whale watching companies to increase you chances. Click on my name and look at my inside pages for links to local whale watching companies and other things to do on northern Vancouver Island.

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