Sea Kayak Tours | Desolation Sound & Toba Inlet, BC
At Powell River Sea Kayak we have been running guided sea kayak trips into Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and Toba Inlet for over 20 years. While many of our guests enjoy the peace and relaxation of Desolation Sound itself, with its idyllic island campsites 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.
For these adventurous souls, our ‘Desolation, Islands and Mountains Loop’ expedition-style tours are the perfect way to experience the full immensity of the incredible landscape of coastal British Columbia in the comfort and security of our fully-inclusive guided trips.
“The scenery is rugged and beautiful ... silence but for the sound of paddles dipping into the water. I felt totally blessed to have this experience with this group of people in this beautiful place.”
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While Desolation Sound itself is still a key component of this trip, and our guests will definitely have the opportunity to soak in the unique and relaxed atmosphere of our regular tours, the ‘Loop’ is designed to satisfy the appetite of those who are craving a more adventurous immersion into this rugged coastal environment.
As you paddle up these passages north of Desolation Sound, relative civilization is left behind and replaced by the remote and the wild. Granite cliffs rise sheer out of the deep glacially fed ocean to icy peaks thousands of feet above. A welcoming pebble beach flanked by seemingly impenetrable rainforest suddenly opens up to reveal cosy wooded campsites at the mouth of wide mountain valleys.
Numerous passages link around West and East Redonda Island and provide access to these mountains, offering endless opportunities to explore an incredible variation of landscapes. 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 in the highest trees. Seals and sea lions aggregate in huge colonies and attract larger marine predators, such as transient killer whales as they pass through on their way up and down the coast. Deer, wolves, cougars and black bears roam the forest. And in the remotest regions, Grizzly bears feed on fish and vegetation along river banks and estuaries, far away from human contact.
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. Waking in the morning and sipping coffee beneath these towering mountains and ancient trees is a truly humbling experience, and the best way to experience this feeling is with qualified and certified professionals looking after your every need.
Here at Powell River Sea Kayak we understand that, apart from potential physical limitations, it is often the associated questions of safety, planning and logistics that present barriers for people who are truly interested in exploring these remote waterways.
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 a tent (or tents) and spend the night. With 20 years of experience in this area, however, 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 Desolation Sound and its surrounding areas for all group sizes, guaranteeing the most comfortable camps in the most convenient locations, exclusively for our guests.
At the heart of our guided trips in Desolation - be they for 6 hours or 10 days - 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.
Comfort on water and on land go hand-in-hand, and our equipment - from the kayaks to the safety gear - are all of the highest quality. Our tents and Thermarest sleeping pads are of equally comfortable standards, ensuring that each of our guests is well rested (as well and well fed and well treated) for each day of exploration. After all, that is why we are here!
The outstanding natural scenery of Desolation Sound and the Coast Mountains provide a stunning backdrop, but scratch the surface and you will discover a richer story of Desolation Sound and the British Columbia coast is waiting to be told.
Not only are our guides safe, excellent route planners and great wilderness chefs ... we live here, and are all deeply knowledgable and passionate about all diverse facets of this beautiful part of the world.
Desolation Sound has an immense historical and geographical past - from the carving of the landscape, to its Native people and their beliefs, through to European exploration and the present day. Each cove and bay has a story to tell, as well as a whole world of marine and terrestrial wildlife to discover, from the microscopic to the very, very large.
Our guided trips place special emphasis on the interpretation of this rich and diverse landscape. Our guests have plenty to ponder as they explore each unique ecosystem, from the ocean below to the peaks far above, providing a far deeper understanding of this unique and special part of the British Columbia coast.
Come paddle with us this summer and experience it for yourself!
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We only run a few of these expedition style tours each summer. We suggest booking early!
Our 5-day Desolation & Islands tours generally aim to loop through Desolation Sound and circumnavigate West or East Redonda Island north of Desolation, before returning to our Okeover Inlet base.
Our 7-day Desolation & Mountains tours generally have a little more time in the remote passages north of Desolation, potentially exploring the turquoise waters of magnificent Toba Inlet, and may complete a full circumnavigation of both East and West Redonda Islands.
Guests on both of these 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 5-6 hours (or 10-14 nautical miles) a day, with breaks for lunch and snacks - as well as to stretch the legs - to break up the kayaking.
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.
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At Powell River Sea Kayak we understand that cancelling a trip is the last thing one thinks about when planning a vacation, and the circumstances that result in unplanned cancellations are seldom trivial. However, being a small, family-operated company with a short operating season, we do need to enforce a firm cancellation policy under all circumstances.
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