In late August I took the 5-day Nuchatlitz Inlet/Nootka Sound trip. This pristine, off-the-beaten-path area is truly an unspoiled slice of wilderness heaven. The chance to view sea otters was one of the main reasons we chose the Nuchatlitz trip and we were not disappointed!
As this was our first wilderness-style kayak trip my girlfriend and I were a bit apprehensive, but Andrew Jones (Kingfisher’s owner and lead guide on this trip) immediately put us at ease with his relaxed, easy-going manner and professional and informative pre-trip briefing.
The wildlife viewing on this trip was incredible. Humpback whales lunge-feeding on schools of herring, sea otters (sometimes in rafts 50 or 60 thick) and black bears foraging on the beach were just some of our daily highlights. We never had a day that we didn’t have some sort of amazing wildlife experience.
If you’ve never been to the west coast of Vancouver Island, the scenery is a perpetual feast for the eyes. We even had some postcard-perfect west coast sunsets.
One of the best things about this trip was the relaxed, easy pace. We were never in a rush; there was always time to stop and enjoy the moment. Each campsite had its own unique characteristics – a log-strewn beach on an exposed outer island or a sheltered sandy peninsula with sand as fine as powder – and always within easy paddling distance. The guides always seemed to know the perfect time to pull in to a beach for lunch and a hot drink.
I have to mention the food - this was not your average campfire cuisine! Meals were fabulous: baked salmon, curry, pasta, fresh fruit, Greek salad with hummus and pita, fresh-baked banana bread (don’t ask me how they pulled this off with just a two-burner propane stove!). The fresh fruit chocolate fondue on our last night was a nice touch, too.
Overall impression: A truly wonderful experience from start to finish. I had high expectations going in and this trip exceeded them in every way. Amazing wildlife, incredible scenery, friendly people, great food – what more could you ask for?
I highly recommend Kingfisher Adventures for anyone looking to take a sea kayak trip in British Columbia.
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