Day Tours | Desolation Sound Marine Park, BC


Sea Kayak Day Tours, Okeover Inlet, Desolation Sound, British Columbia, Canada


Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd is located on Okeover Inlet - 30 kilometres north of Powell River and 5 hours north of Vancouver on the doorstep of Desolation Sound - and is the launch site for intriguing sea kayak day tours into Desolation Sound Marine Park, one of the premier kayaking destinations on the British Columbia coast.

Okeover Inlet is home to a vast array of intertidal marine life. Its warm, nutrient rich waters feed massive Sunflower Stars (at 1.3 m, or 4 feet, in diameter it's the largest Sea Star in the world), spiny Red Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumbers, clusters of Purple and Mottled Stars and Shield Back Kelp Crabs - to name just a few. 

Our guides are experienced and knowledgeable. Each day tour begins with a brief introduction to ensure a safe, enjoyable paddle. While paddling, our guides are there to provide more than safety and route knowledge. Each guide is also your personal interpreter - revealing the hidden treasures of this rich environment.

Book a day tour with Powell River Sea Kayak and let us lead you to the best places to watch spiny red urchins grazing just below the surface, or pull a 20-armed sunflower star out of the depths of the ocean, or regale you with tales of the 'Cougar Queen of Okeover Inlet' and other interesting details about this fascinating area in time long past!

Wildlife on a Desolation Sound kayak day tour



  1. Okeover Day Tours
    1. Shores of Okeover Tour
    2. Desolation Marine Park Tour
    3. Combo Snorkel & Kayak Tour
  2. What's Included?
  3. Paddling Time and Considerations
  4. Rates and Policies
  5. Availability and Reservations
  6. Contact Us
  7. Lund Day Tours


Okeover Day Tours 

Shores of Okeover - "Desolation's Doorstep"

Duration: 3 Hours
Price: $85 CDN per person

This brief tour is a great way to experience the beauty of Okeover Inlet - The Gateway to Desolation Sound. Guests explore the shoreline immediately to the north and south of our launchsite in Penrose Bay, experiencing the unique wildlife and natural beauty of this area while learning about the remarkable local history, from native pictographs to the struggles of the pioneering European settlers. Think of it like a tasty appetizer - it will leave you wanting more.

Please note: Our 3 hour tours cannot be reserved online and are only booked within one week of the tour date. Please call us at 604-483-2160 for information.

Kayaking on a kayak tour in Desolation Sound, British Columbia


Desolation Marine Park - "Our Classic Sea Kayak Day Tour"

Duration: 7 Hours
Price: $139 CDN per person (includes delicious shore lunch - think fresh, creative, tasteful & appealing).

After 20+ years of running this day tour, it is definitely a classic! Experience a wonderful mix of beautiful scenery, marine wildlife, and interesting paddling as you explore the sheltered bays, coves and islets of Desolation Sound Marine Park. Learn about the intriguing history of this area as bald eagles keep vigil in the tree tops above. Paddle over vibrant marine gardens and discover marine life you never knew existed. Experienced guides share their knowledge of all you see and retell remarkable tales from the ancient past to the present day. And to top it all off, enjoy a delicious shore-side lunch - fresh, healthy and creative - will give you all the energy and inspiration you need. Join us on what will undoubtedly be a wonderful day of sea kayaking and exploring!



Combo Snorkel 'n' Kayak - "Okeover's Urchin Alley"

Duration: 7 Hours
Price: $159 CDN per person: minimum age 12 years (includes all kayaking and snorkeling/wetsuit gear).

The sea kayaking is great! The snorkeling is incredible! Why not combine them?! These two wonderful activities come together to create a unique on-water and in-water experience. What better way to access some of the best snorkeling sites on the coast but by sea kayak? First, enjoy a leisurely paddle and soak up the beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife as your guide leads you to the key site for snorkeling. At this island-site, you will don your full 5mm wetsuit and snorkeling paraphernalia for an underwater adventure, where giant sea stars, spiny urchins, colourful anemones and much more are waiting to be found amongst the forests of kelp and along the rocky underwater shore. After the snorkeling, and a relaxing on-shore break, it's time to load back into the kayaks for the paddle home.

Desolation Sound, British Columbia is great for swimming and snorkeling 


Paddling Time and Considerations

These tours are designed to explore this diverse area in a manner that is safe, comfortable, and above all relaxing! Some of our guests are hesitant to commit to a longer tour, worried that 7 hours is a long time to spend sitting in a kayak. Believe us, we understand! Typically our full day tours spend a couple of hours on the water before and after a generous and tasty lunch, with plenty of time to relax and soak in the beauty of the environment both on land and on the water!

Our guides are not only there to make a trip safe and comfortable, but also enjoyable and interesting with their local knowledge, passion for the Desolation Sound area, and their creative and delicious culinary skills! Guests who join our 7hr tours often remark that the day's paddling was far less strenuous than they feared, and that they would never have been so immersed in the local culture, history, and natural environment if they had opted for the shorter duration.

Kayak tours in beautiful Desolation Sound, BC


What's Included?

  • High quality kayaks and equipment for your safety and comfort on the water.
  • Dry bags to store extra clothing or personal belongings while kayaking.
  • A wonderful shore-side lunch (Desolation Marine Park 7 hour tour only) creatively handmade from fresh, local ingredients.
  • Experienced, knowledgeable guides on hand to provide guidance, ensure safety, and comprehensive interpretation of the history, culture and wildlife of this fascinating area.

Quality kayaks and equipment for Desolation Sound kayak tours in British Columbia


 The Desolation Sound Sea Kayak Company -- est. 1995!


Rates and Policies

We are open seasonally from May to September.

Availability and Reservations

Prices in Canadian dollars. Click here for currency converter.

Tour Name

Desolation Marine Park (7hr) $139
Combo Snorkel & Kayak (7hr) $159
Shores of Okeover (3hr) $85

  • Children 10 and under receive 50% off.
  • Groups of 8 or more receive 15% discount (all must be booked and paid under one credit card).
  • Minimum of 4 total participants per tour. 
  • Lunch is included for Desolation Marine Park tours only.
  • Tax (5% GST) and gratuities additional.

It is your responsibility to be familiar with our policies for day tours. Please click here for a complete rundown.  

We also offer day tours from our waterfront Lund location! Click here for information.


Contact Us

Please contact us for reservations or for more information. 

Toll free in North America: 1-866-617-4444

Outside of North America: 604-483-2160


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