Desolation Sound & Toba Inlet Sea Kayak Expeditions

Expedition-style 6 & 7 day kayak tours exploring the remote and awe-inspiring passages beyond Desolation Sound towards majestic Toba Inlet

All-Inclusive Multi-Day Sea Kayak Expeditions paddle beyond Desolation Sound into the Coast Mountains & Stunning Fjord of Toba Inlet

About Our Expedition-Style Tours

A tour group posing with guides at the mouth of Toba Inlet on one of our sea kayak expeditions

About our Expedition Tours

We have been running guided sea kayak trips into Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and Toba Inlet for over 20 years. While all our guests enjoy the peace and relaxation of Desolation Sound, with its idyllic island camps and stunning backdrops, there are always those that look wistfully down the passages and inlets that lead into these distant mountains and wonder what lies beyond.

Our expedition-style tours are a journey through Desolation Sound and into these magnificent passages and fjords that make up some of the most beautiful kayaking destinations in the world!

“In the grandeur of their scenery these inlets surpass all the others within this area and must rival in their magnificence all
examples of the fiord type in the world.”

— J. Austen Bancroft, writing for the Geological Society to Canada in 1911, describing Toba and Bute Inlets.

We offer two enticing options for experiencing the full immensity of this incredible coastal British Columbia landscape – all with the comfort and security of a well-planned, fully-inclusive guided kayak tour:

Option 1: 6-day “Desolation & Redonda Island” Loop Expedition
Launching from our private site on Okeover Inlet, this adventurous 6 day tour aims to circumnavigate West Redonda Island north of Desolation, before returning through Desolation Sound to our Okeover base.

Option 2: 7-day “Epic Toba Inlet & Waterfalls” One-Way Expedition

A one-way journey deep into majestic Toba Inlet, with water taxi return on the final day back to Okeover Inlet.

New for 2022, it’s time to go deeper! We are very excited to launch this new one-way tour that will provide more time to go deeper into this magnificent fjord. With a water taxi pick-up on the 7th day, more time is spent in the remote passages north of Desolation Sound, including the deep turquoise water of Toba, with its towering coastal mountains and its many waterfalls carving, splashing, spraying and thundering into the deep waters below. We are truly excited for this new tour – and we hope you are too!

Picture moment in Toba Inlet

Setting the Scene

While Desolation Sound is still a key component of this trip, our expeditions are designed for those who are craving a more adventurous immersion into the mountains and fjords of this rugged coastal environment.

As you paddle up these remote passages, relative civilization is left behind and replaced by the remote and the wild. Granite cliffs rise sheer out of the ocean to icy peaks and dramatic mountain cirques formed by hidden glaciers hanging thousands of feet above.

The mountains that flank Toba in particular rise more than 7200 feet above your position at sea level, and the water drops more than 1600 feet to the ocean floor – an incredibly sheer drop from peak to valley in such short distance. The extremely rare, welcoming pebble beaches that reveal cosy wooded campsites are surrounded by seemingly impenetrable rainforest.

Torrential waterfalls, warm lakes, soaring peaks, thick forests, protected coves and bays, sandy beaches and salmon-bearing rivers are just some of the ecosystems that provide essential habitat for countless and diverse species of wildlife.

Bald eagles are ever-present, seals and sea lions aggregate in huge colonies, while transient killer whales hunt them up and down the coast. Deer, wolves, cougars and black bears roam the forest, while in the remotest regions Grizzly bears feed on fish and vegetation along river banks and estuaries.

The pinnacle of a trip into the mountains, of course, is paddling the bright blue glacial fed waters of Toba Inlet and Pryce Channel. These waters provide breathtaking scenery at every new turn, from the impossibly high peaks of Toba to the serene forested valleys of Pryce Channel. The dramatic waterfalls of the narrow fjord crash with a tremendous roar from these alpine lakes and glaciers high above straight into the ocean below, and depending on the time of year, sometimes cascading hundreds of feet into the inlet itself!

Waking in the morning and sipping coffee beneath these towering mountains and ancient trees is a truly humbling experience – and one not to be missed.

What to Expect on an Expedition-Style Tour?

Expedition-style trips are a more adventurous-option than our Desolation Sound vacation-style trips. Paddling into a remote region in Coastal British Columbia requires not only a good level of fitness for guests, but also a willing and positive attitude to ‘dig in’ if the conditions require it, and an understanding of the true nature of the trip before you reserve.

The immense, glacially carved landscape creates steep beaches and uneven rocky shorelines that require care to navigate – and good footwear to safely launch and land in our sea kayaks – while longer days on the water can push you much closer to your personal limits than a regular vacation tour.

This is a rugged trip, not for the faint of heart; the reward, of course, is access to some truly incredible landscapes that few get the chance to visit.

No Experience Necessary – But Preparation Highly Recommended!

Although we have a great group of experienced guides who are skilled at working with guests to improve their kayaking skills, those new to sea kayaking should seek to get on the water (wherever you live) and tune-up before arrival.

Guests on our expedition-style trips should expect to break and move camp most days, creating a truly remote and rugged coastal British Columbia adventure.

Expedition-style tours typically paddle from 4-5 hours (or 8-12 nautical miles) a day, with breaks for lunch and snacks – as well as to stretch the legs – to break up the kayaking. In comparison, our vacation-style tours tend to paddle from 3-4 hours a day (6-10 nautical miles).

Please note that all trip itineraries are flexible and may be amended by our guides due to weather, group dynamic and paddling experience of the group.

Waterfall deep in Toba Inlet

Which Expedition is Right For Me?

We know Desolation Sound and the remote channels and inlets to the north better than anyone, and have created two distinct expedition-style trips that offer complete immersion in this incredible landscape in unique and interesting ways,.

Our 6-Day ‘Desolation & Redonda Islands’ loop expedition starts and ends with guests launching and landing at our Okeover Inlet launch site in Penrose Bay. This trip typically aims to circumnavigate West Redonda Island, spending the first and last nights in Desolation Sound itself with plenty of time to explore the more remote Lewis, Pryce and Waddington Channels.

Our 7-Day ‘Epic Toba Inlet and Waterfalls’ one-way expedition launches from our Okeover Inlet base and paddles progressively deeper and deeper into the immense coast mountains. Groups will spend a couple of nights in Desolation Sound before departing north up spectacular Homfray Channel, and aim to spend 3 full days exploring the unbelievably turquoise waters, cascading waterfalls, and sheer mountain landscape of Toba. On the final day, guests and guides (and equipment) are picked up by a local water taxi and returned to our Okeover Inlet base.

Both of these amazing adventures offer unique perspectives of this fascinating and memorable part of the British Columbia coast, and complement each other for those that wish to return year after year.

A group of kayakers on one of our sea kayak expeditions approaches a beach for a break during their day on the water

Let Us Take Care of Logistics

Preparing food, setting camps, planning routes, reading charts, interpreting weather; these stressful yet incredibly important activities can often take a casual paddler out of their comfort zone, especially when entering more challenging and remote areas of the coast. Our guided trips into these mountains are designed to take these worries out of your hands and allow you to soak in every sight and sound and truly experience this incredible landscape.

All our lead guides are fully-certified members of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia, and have extensive experience kayaking in these waters – and beyond – over numerous years and in all conditions.

Amongst these mountains it seems impossible at times to find even a rocky beach for lunch, let alone a suitable place to put up tents and spend the night. With over 25 years of experience in this area, we know the best spots, and will lead you to hidden campsites nestled snugly beneath ancient forests.

Furthermore, we have access to private tenured sites throughout this area for all group sizes, guaranteeing the most comfortable camps in the most convenient locations, exclusively for our guests.

A fresh and colourful breakfast served on one of our sea kayak expeditions

Creative Meals in Remote Environments

At the heart of our guided trips is the comfort and satisfaction of our guests. Providing healthy, delicious, creative meals in an inspiring and safe environment has been the cornerstone of our philosophy for two decades, despite the remote locations we sometimes find ourselves in!

In spite of the challenges associated with wilderness kayaking trips, our guides spare no luxury, using local ingredients wherever possible to create healthy and hearty meals far removed from typical camping fare. In season fruits and vegetables, as well as locally sourced meat and seafood – often harvested on the trip itself – provide the backbone of our meals, leaving our guests more than satisfied after a long day of exploration and exercise!

We can even work with you to try and accommodate any food allergies or sensitivities that you may experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy each evening at your own time and pace.

Route Considerations

Our expedition-style tours can be expected to move camp every day and paddle 2.5-3 hours at a time, before and after lunch. Distance covered may be anywhere between 8-12 nautical miles a day.

Our routes are flexible and dependent on many factors, including weather, time of year and group dynamic and abilities.

Typically a 6-day expedition tour will aim to circumnavigate West Redonda Island, while the 7-day one-way expedition paddles deep into Toba Inlet via Homfray Channel, before being picked up for a water taxi return to our Okeover base.

Whether looping or one-way, guests start and return (either via kayak or water taxi) to our private launch site in Okeover Inlet, meaning there are no bus or van transports required. Simply drive in to our launch site just north of Powell River and return once your adventure has concluded!

Book Now & Check Availability

Thank you for your interest in our multi-day Desolation & Mountains kayak expeditions!

To check the availability for certain dates and tours, follow these simple instructions below:

  1. Select a single date in the calendar within the date range that you are interested in.
  2. The individual tours taking place on that date will list themselves below the calendar with their price ranges and spots available.
  3. Click on surrounding dates in the calendar to view other tours taking place around the same timeframe.
  4. Click on the individual tour to be taken to the booking page.
  5. If you can’t find anything that quite fits your needs, please email us and we will be happy to attempt to sort something out for you personally.

Upon submission, we will review your reservation. In rare cases, we may need to suggest an alternate date, and will provide details at that time.

It is your responsibility to be familiar with our policies for multi-day tours before booking. Please read our complete rates and policies page. Our pre-trip planning page is also a great way to help you plan and prepare for your kayaking adventure.

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We only run a handful of our sea kayak expeditions each summer. Book now and start looking forward to your remote and rugged adventure!

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Taxes, rates and policy information.

Expedition Kayak ToursPeak AdultPeak ChildPeak Group (8+)Off-Peak Adult/ChildOff-Peak Group (4+)
6 Day Loop Expedition$1535$1325$1385$1385$1325
7 Day One-Way Expedition$1995$1895$1845$1895$1845