3, 4 & 5 day tours into Desolation Sound and the Strait of Georgia
Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd. is located on Okeover Inlet – 30 kilometers north of Powell River and adjacent to Desolation Sound Marine Park. This historic waterfront site is Powell River Sea Kayak’s private stage for kayak tours into Desolation Sound, a premier destination for British Columbia kayak tours!
From Vancouver, Powell River is a relatively easy 5 hour drive and ferry sailings north along British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Make the scenic and leisurely drive the day before your tour and relax in Powell River’s coastal ambiance, or fly directly into Powell River via Pacific Coastal Airlines and be on the ground within 30 minutes of leaving the city!
Once you arrive, there is no travelling to and from the launch site with minivans and kayak trailers – simply pull in to our Okeover location, meet your guides and fellow travellers, and paddle off towards the horizon.
Whether you are drawn into the fjords of the Coast Mountains, the warm waters and idyllic islands of Desolation Sound, or the sandy beaches of the northern straight of Georgia, we welcome you to join us for a well organized, thoughtful and wonderful experience.
Our equipment is of the highest quality: fibreglass Nimbus, Seaward and Current Designs touring kayaks, fibreglass paddles, MSR tents, Thermarest sleeping pads, Kokatat PFDs, 20L and 10L dry-bags, even paddling jackets in case of rain.
We aim to make your tour with us as comfortable and convenient at possible, and provide all the added details so you don’t have to.
For those things you do need to bring yourself – such as clothing and personal items – we even provide a detailed packing list that will have you covered in all conditions, yet still ensure you’ll have enough room in the hatches of your kayak!
We understand the importance of healthy, appetizing food (and good coffee) on active vacations, and we take pride in our ability to create fresh, appealing and hearty meals from local ingredients, even from our remote wilderness camps.
Our guides create unique menus for each tour, and for many the unexpected delight of freshly harvested seafood, a hearty breakfast to start the day, or just one more bite of dessert, becomes a stand-out feature of a truly memorable experience.
Our guides are all fully certified and experienced expedition leaders; let them take care of all the hassles and fully immerse yourself in the experience. Planning and preparing food, choosing routes and camps, reading tides and currents, assessing weather hazards and natural and historical interpretation, we do it all – and more – with confidence, professionalism, experience, and a great sense of humour as well. Foremost, our guides are trained to ensure your safety and to increase your confidence paddling in a multi-day environment, removing much of the stress associated with a wilderness kayak vacation.
Additionally, Powell River Sea Kayak has exclusive access to private tenured sites throughout Desolation Sound and its surrounding areas for all group sizes, guaranteeing comfortable campsites in picture-perfect locations, exclusively for you.
Finally, our tours are all inclusive: that means the meals, the gear, and the know-how are on us. Click here to view our packing lists and what we provide before you book!
Since 1995 Powell River Sea Kayak and our staff have been – and continue to be – the kayak company for Desolation Sound. From the humble beginnings of eco-tourism in the wild-west of coastal British Columbia to today, we have a long and proud history of environmental stewardship, sustainability planning, and community association as a business, as owners, and as individual staff.
Our tours follow strict leave-no-trace principles regarding both waste and our physical impact on the delicate ecosystems found in the Desolation area, ranging from moist rainforest to delicate dune ecology and everything in between. We also place a strong emphasis on natural and historical interpretation of the Desolation Sound area, bringing our guests ever deeper into the fascinating environment in which we paddle and explore.
Many present and past members of our staff continue to live in the Powell River area, spearheading local initiatives as varied as sustainable waste management, trail building and maintaining, outdoor education, and the development of further recreational activities for the region.
Select from an immersive kayak vacation or an adventurous kayak expedition!
Warm ocean waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling & exploration
Local, fresh, creative & inspiring meals
Certified, professional guides to ensure group safety and cohesion
Private campsites in out-of-the-way locations for maximum seclusion and relaxation
Approximately 3-4 hours of paddling each day, with plenty of time to relax and immerse in the stunning scenery and warm waters of Desolation Sound
5 & 7 day guided tours into Desolation Sound, Toba Inlet and the Discovery Islands
Expedition-style kayaking includes breaking camp most days and paddling deep into the towering Coast Mountains of British Columbia
Creative and delicious camp meals in remote & inspiring surroundings
Experienced, professional guides look after all logistics and create a safe environment for exploration
Approximately 5-6 hours of paddling each day allows us to access remote & untouched private campsites