Powell River Sea Kayak | Price Sheet and Policies

 

Powell River Sea Kayak and Cabana Desolation Eco-Resort

Before reading the prices below, please have a look at the following notes for complete pricing details and to see if discount prices apply to you.

 

Multi-Day Camping Tours

Off-Peak Prices

  • Apply September 11 to June 24 inclusive

Peak Prices

  • Apply June 25 to September 10 inclusive

Group Discount

  • Off-Peak minimum is 4 in a group to receive discount (7 in a group for our expedition-style tours)
  • Peak minimum is 8 in a group to receive discount
  • To receive the group discount, all participants must know one another (or know of one another) prior to the tour

Child Discount

  • For children 16 and under only during Peak time
  • If a family has the minimum number for group discounting, the children will receive the best price and the parents will receive the group price

Private Tours

  • Private tours are available for groups of 8+ only and must be requested at time of booking and subject to availability

Prices for Overlapping Peak and Off-Peak

  • Tour dates that overlap peak and off-peak will be averaged on a per day basis (ie: Off-peak prices will apply to only those days that fall during Off-peak times)

Minimum Number of Guests 

  • Minimum group size to run 4 & 5 day Desolation Sound Vacation tours is 4 (solo, double, triple welcome to join).
  • Minimum group size to run 5 & 7 day Expedition-style tours is 8 (groups less than this welcome to join).
  • Minimum group size to run a 3 day Desolation Sound Vacation tour is 8.
  • For all above tour durations:
    • If the tour fails to reach the minimum group size 7 days before the scheduled start date, your deposit will be refunded and the tour will be cancelled.
    • At any time before the tour reaches the minimum group size, you may ask for a full refund and forfeit your reserved space on the tour.
    • Furthermore, PRSK can at any time cancel any tour that hasn't reached the minimum guest threshold for any reason and will completely refund the deposits of all guests.
    • Once the required number of people have booked for a particular tour, the tour is confirmed and our normal cancellation policy is in effect.
    • If looking to book into a tour with less than the required number of people, we will accept your deposit and notify you to confirm the tour will run once this minimum number has been reached.
    • Please note: reservations are considered temporary until the minimum requirement has been reached. If PRSK receives a large group enquiry for these dates or over similar but conflicting dates, we reserve the right to cancel the temporary booking and refund guests their deposit at any time before the temporary reservation has received final confirmation.

Backup Options for Expedition Style Tours

  • If our expedition style tours do not reach the required group size sixty (60) days before the start date of the tour, these tours will be replaced by a regular 5-day Desolation Sound Vacation camping tour.
    • Guests previously booked into the expedition-style tour can either join the new tour or receive a full refund and be removed from the tour.
    • Any price differences between the tours will be taken into account when paying the final balance on arrival.
    • In the circumstances of a 7-day tour becoming a 5-day tour, the new tour will retain the start date of the previous tour. 

Additional Costs

  • Powell River Sea Kayak tours are all-inclusive
  • The 5% GST tax is the only additional cost on kayak camping tour prices
  • Tour prices are per person
  • Discount cannot be combined

Cancellation Policy​

Cancelling a trip is the last thing one thinks about when planning a vacation. However, circumstances can and do occur that result in an unplanned need to cancel. Although we have empathy for events that may result in needing to cancel, we operate during a very short season and with a very limited number of tours each year, and this policy is in effect under all circumstances.

When traveling, it is only prudent to ensure you are appropriately insured for all eventualities.  All our guests are prompted to look into trip cancellation insurance through a travel agent or your insurance provider. Another good way to ensure you are covered for any unforeseen circumstances is through your credit card company. Check whether your credit card has the option to include travel insurance for all cancellations if you use the card to pay for your trip. 

If you need to cancel, please understand our cancellation policy belowThank you for your understanding.

The following states our cancellation policy. If you need to cancel:

  • More than 60 days before the start date of the tour --- Full deposit returned less a $50 handling fee per person cancelled.
  • 60 days or less before the start date of the tour --- Deposit will be retained.

We will naturally endeavour to find replacement guests to fill your position, but please understand that unless all spots are eventually filled a cancellation during such a short season has significant financial consequences on a local, family-run business. However, if all the spots on the tour are eventually filled after your cancellation, we will happily charge just the handling fee above.

Insurance

In addition to cancellation insurance, be sure your personal insurance is adequate to cover expenses caused by accidents in remote locations.  Any costs arising from an unscheduled evacuation will be the responsibility of the client. 

Weather and Environmental Considerations

Summer in coastal British Columbia is generally a time of relatively clear skies and light winds. However, it is important for our guests to understand that at any time of year Desolation Sound and its surrounding waterways can experience extended periods of rain, high winds that can make sea kayaking dangerous for multiple days at a time, and in recent years periods of smoke in the atmosphere that reduces visibility and air quality for undetermined periods of time.

Please note that Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd. is not to be held responsible for any environmental factors that may cause a tour or portion thereof to be cancelled due to safety concerns, or any perceived reductions in quality of a tour due to rain, wind, smoke, fog, cold, heat, or any other environmental phenomenon during the tour.

 

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 Tour Name

 Prices

Canadian $, tax extra

 Desolation Sound Kayak Vacations 

 Peak
Adult Price
Peak
Child Price
Peak
Group of 8+
Off-Peak
Child/Adult Price

Off-Peak
Groups 4+
 3-day Desolation Sound Camping Tour
 $755  $655  $715  $715 $655
 4-day Desolation Sound Camping Tour
 $895  $795  $825  $825 $795
 5-day Desolation Sound Camping Tour $1055 
$925 
$955
$955 
$925

 Desolation, Islands & Mountains Expeditions

Peak
Adult Price

Peak
Child Price

Peak
Group of 8+

 Off-Peak
Child/Adult Pric
e
Off-Peak
Groups 7+

 5-day Desolation & Islands Camping Tour $1055 $925 $955 $955 $925
 7-day Desolation & Mountains Loop Camping Tour
$1475 $1295 $1335 $1335 $1295

Prices in Canadian $, Tax is additional
Peak:
June 25 - September 9       Off-peak: September 10 - June 24
             Children discount: 16 years and under 

 

Cabana Desolation Eco-Resort

Off-Peak Prices

  • Apply September 11 to June 24 inclusive.

Peak Prices

  • Apply June 25 to September 10 inclusive.

Group Discount

  • Minimum is 8 in a group during Peak time (6 in a group during Off-Peak time) to receive discount.
  • To receive the group discount, all participants must know one another (or know of one another) prior to the tour. 

Family Discount

  • For children 16 and under only during Peak time.
  • If a family has the minimum number for group discounting, the children will receive the best price and the parents will receive the group price.

Child Policy

  • Families of more than 2 people cannot occupy the same cabana (max 2 persons per cabana).
    • For this reason, children younger than 12 are generally not suitable for this experience.
    • Exceptions may be made to the above if you book the whole resort (i.e. as a group), please contact us for further information.

Arrival and Departure Days

  • 8 day packages run Thursday-Thursday or Sunday-Sunday. 
  • 5 day packages run Sunday-Thursday.
  • 4 day packages run Thursday-Sunday.
  • 3 day packages must start on either a Thursday or Friday. 
  • Guided packages are strictly set to the above conditions.
    • If you wish to have a rest day or return unguided on the last day, the package prices are not discountable.
  • Chill and Immerse guests may choose to return earlier than stated above (for example, a 4 day package starting on Sunday and returning on Wednesday).
    • Minimum stay of 2 nights for Chill and Immerse guests (for trips starting Thursday or Friday only).
  • Due to our remote location, our changeover days are Sunday and Thursday. These days are effectively 'reset' days for packages. If you are a Chill and Immerse guest and wish to stay for 6 or 7 days, you can, but you will need to book two separate packages that 'reset' on either the Thursday or the Sunday.
    • For example, guests may complete a 5 day package Sunday-Thursday, and then a second 3 day package Thursday-Saturday for a 7 day trip.
    • To book this at the booking screen, choose the original 5 day package, then click 'Add to Booking' and select the second 3 day package immediately after these dates.
  • Guided or Chill and Immerse guests who wish to choose the 8 day package should email or call us to make the booking.

Prices for Overlapping Peak and Off-Peak

  • Tour dates that overlap peak and off-peak will be averaged on a per day basis (ie: Off-peak prices will apply to only those days that fall during Off-peak times).

Single Travellers in Double Occupancy Cabanas 

  • While we have limited single occupancy cabanas available for single travellers at an additional per person rate of $50/night, if there is no availability or a single guest wishes to stay in a double occupancy cabana themselves:
    • For Guided Cabana packages, add $175 per night during Peak time or $150 per night during Off-Peak time.
    • For Chill & Immerse packages, add $150 per night during Peak time or $125 per night during Off-Peak time.

8 Day Guided Packages

  • Due to the availability of our guides and the probability of other guests staying at Cabana on a 4 or 5 day guided package at the same time, during the change-over days (Thursdays and Sundays) it is highly likely that your guide will be paddling back to Okeover with these other guests on this day, while the next guide will be paddling out to Cabana with new guests.
  • 8 day guided packages therefore will have one 'unguided' day during the stay.
  • Guests are free to enjoy the resort and the island on this day as they see fit - however if they choose to paddle kayaks unguided they will need to be familiar with wet-exits and self- and assisted rescue techniques.

Individual Guided Days in Chill & Immerse Packages

  • When setting the prices for our guided and unguided Cabana Desolation packages, we deliberately kept the guided price close to the unguided option as we feel that guided Cabana packages are safer and provide a better overall experience for most guests, and many of our guests agree. We therefore suggest that if you are on the fence concerning a guided or unguided package, selecting the guided option gives you the most flexibility to choose what you wish to do each day while at Cabana. You do not have to join the guided group each day just because you selected the guided option.
  • However, if you still wish to add a guided day or two to a Chill & Immerse package, you can do so for the following surcharges:
    • First Guided Day added: $125 per person.
    • Second Guided Day added: an additional $75 per person.
    • Three or more Guided Days: at this point, it becomes financially advantageous to simply choose the guided package.
  • Please note: 'Guided Days' are days in which you join the scheduled guided day excursion with other guided guests, and does not mean you will have your own 'personal guide' for these days.
  • These 'Guided Days' must be booked in advance due to industry restrictions on client to guide sea kayaking ratios. The exact day(s) that you choose to join the guided excursion can be flexible, with the exception of the first day of the package, which we will need to know about in advance so the guide can prepare adequate lunches for all guests.

Additional Costs

  • Cabana Desolation Eco-Resort is all-inclusive
  • The 5% GST tax and 1.2% hotel tax and 0.3% MRDT is additional to Cabana Eco Resort prices.
    • Why 1.2% hotel tax? In BC, hotel tax is normally 8%. However, since Cabana Eco Resort is all-inclusive, the hotel tax (PST) drops to 1.2%.
    • Why 0.3% MRDT (regional marketing tax)? The MRDT is normally 2%, however, since Cabana is all-inclusive, the MRDT drops to 0.3%.
  • Tour prices are per person
  • Cabana Desolation prices are based on double occupancy and include kayaks for access to/from the resort.
  • Motor vessel transport options are additional $50 per person, each way. (Minimum 2 guests required). 
  • Discounts cannot be combined.

Cancellation Policy​

Cancelling a trip is the last thing one thinks about when planning a vacation. However, circumstances can and do occur that result in an unplanned need to cancel. Although we have empathy for events that may result in needing to cancel, we operate during a very short season and with a very limited capacity each year, and this policy is in effect under all circumstances.

When traveling, it is only prudent to ensure you are appropriately insured for all eventualities.  All our guests are prompted to look into trip cancellation insurance through a travel agent or your insurance provider. Another good way to ensure you are covered for any unforeseen circumstances is through your credit card company. Check whether your credit card has the option to include travel insurance for all cancellations if you use the card to pay for your trip. 

If you need to cancel, please understand our cancellation policy belowThank you for your understanding.

The following states our cancellation policy. If you need to cancel:

  • More than 60 days before the start date of the package --- Full deposit returned less a $50 handling fee per person cancelled.
  • 60 days or less before the start date of the package --- Deposit will be retained.

We will naturally endeavour to find replacement guests to fill your position, but please understand that unless all spots are eventually filled a cancellation during such a short season has significant financial consequences on a local, family-run business. However, if all the spots on the package dates are eventually filled after your cancellation, we will happily charge just the handling fee above.

Insurance

In addition to cancellation insurance, be sure your personal insurance is adequate to cover expenses caused by accidents in remote locations.  Any costs arising from an unscheduled evacuation will be the responsibility of the client. 

Weather and Environmental Considerations

Summer in coastal British Columbia is generally a time of relatively clear skies and light winds. However, it is important for our guests to understand that at any time of year Desolation Sound and its surrounding waterways can experience extended periods of rain, high winds that can make sea kayaking dangerous for multiple days at a time, and in recent years periods of smoke in the atmosphere that reduces visibility and air quality for undetermined periods of time.

Please note that Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd. is not to be held responsible for any environmental factors that may cause a package or portion thereof to be cancelled due to safety concerns, or any perceived reductions in quality of a tour due to rain, wind, smoke, fog, cold, heat, or any other environmental phenomenon during the package.

Cabana Eco Resort

Guided Packages

Peak
Adult Price

Peak
Group of 6+

Off-Peak
Child/Adult Price

Off-Peak
Groups 4+

4 days (3 nights)
$1475 $1345 $1345 $1195
5 days (4 nights)
$1725 $1625 $1625 $1495
8 days (7 nights)
$2575 $2365 $2365 $2175

Cabana Eco Resort

Non-Guided Packages

Peak
Adult Price
Peak
Group of 6+

Off-Peak
Child/Adult Price

Off-Peak
Groups 4+

3 days (2 nights)
$1055 $975 $975 $925
days (3 nights)
$1325 $1255 $1255 $1155
days (4 nights)
$1575 $1445 $1445 $1345
8 days (7 nights)
$2325 $2195 $2195 $2025
 Prices in Canadian $, Tax is additional
Peak:
 June 25 - September 9       Off-peak: September 10 - June 24
             Children discount: 16 years and under

 

Day Tours

Group Discount

  • Groups of 8 or more receive 15% discount (all must be booked and paid under one credit card).

Child Discount

  • Children 10 and under receive 50% discount.

Minimum Number of Guests 7 hour tours

  • For full day tours, the minimum number of total guests needed to run a tour on a particular day is four (4).
    • If the tour fails to reach the minimum group size by 4 pm on the day before the scheduled start date, your deposit will be refunded and the tour will be cancelled.
    • At any time before the tour reaches the minimum group size, you may ask for a full refund and forfeit your reserved space on the tour.
    • Furthermore, PRSK can at any time cancel an unconfirmed tour for any reason and will completely refund the deposits of all guests.
    • Once the minimum group size has been reached, the tour is confirmed and our normal cancellation policy is in effect.
    • If looking to book into a tour with less than this number, we will accept your deposit and notify you when the tour reaches the minimum group size.

Minimum Number of Guests 3 hour tours

  • For 3 hour tours, the minimum number of total guests needed to run a tour on a particular day is four (4).
  • Furthermore, PRSK's ability to run a 3 hour tour is dependant on last minute guide availability and can only be booked within 48 hours of the trip date.

Tour Lunch

  • Lunch is provided on our Desolation Marine Park, Copeland Marine Park, and Savary Island day tours only.
  • Participants on all other day tours are required to bring their own lunch.
  • Drinking water will be provided on all day tours, please bring your own water bottle.

Weather Cancellation Policy

  • If the Marine Forecast for the area 'Strait of Georgia - North of Nanaimo' is calling for strong winds at 4pm the day before the tour and the guide(s) believe that running that particular tour in those conditions poses a risk to guest safety, the tour will be cancelled and the guests will be informed via phone or email as soon as possible.
  • If the guide(s) believe that the tour can go ahead without any undue increase in risk, the guests will not receive a call and the tour will run as planned.
  • The guide(s) may still decide to cancel the tour in the morning of the tour if any circumstances or conditions deteriorate overnight.
  • All guests in cancelled tours will receive a full refund.

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 Day Tours Okeover

 Price

 Shores of Okeover (3 hr)

$85

 Desolation Marine Park (7 hr)

$139

 Combo Snorkel & Kayak (7 hr)

$159

 Day Tours Lund

 Price

 Shores of Lund (3 hr)

$85

 Copeland Islands Marine Park (7 hr)

$139

 Savary Island (7 hr)

$139
 Prices in Canadian $, tax is additional.

 

Kayak Rentals 

Single Day Rentals in July-August

  • Many of our early rental reservations are for kayakers planning multi-day trips in Desolation Sound. Therefore, those who are wishing to book kayaks for a single day in July and August can only do so within 48 hours of the date of the rental. This rental must be made via phone at 604-483-2160, or you can simply drop-in on the day of the rental and see what we have available.
  • Please note: we do have a large fleet and it is very rare that we don't have some type of kayak available for drop-in or last minute reservations. At any time you can check the availability of kayaks by following this link
  • Exceptions apply for recreational kayaks.

Large Group Rentals for a Single Day

  • Even if booking within the above 7 days of the rental date, groups of 6 or more must contact our office before making a booking.

 

Lessons

Instructor Availability

  • Instructor availability is dependant on our multi-day and day tour programs running in the same periods, which take precedence over our ability to run lessons.​ For this reason, instructor availability is often not known until shortly before the date requested.​
  • Therefore, lessons cannot be booked earlier than 7 days in advance of the requested date, and can only be booked with the permission of PRSK. Some exceptions may apply for group lessons of 4+. Please contact us in these circumstances.

 

Gift Certificates

Expiry Date

  • Gift certificates purchased for others through our website or over the phone have no expiry date, and can be redeemed any time after the issuance date.
  • All donated gift certificates will have an expiry date as stated on the certificate.

Cash Value

  • The cash value of the gift certificate purchased represents the cost of the product at the time of purchase.
  • If the product purchased increases in price after the certificate has been purchased, but before the certificate is redeemed, the recipient will need to pay the balance of the price owing at the time of booking.
  • If the recipient wishes to redeem the certificate for a product other than the product gifted, this is permissible.
    • For example, if the certificate is for a multi-day tour, but the recipient wishes to use it for a multi-day rental, this is fine. The promotional code on the certificate can be used for any product, including retail products.
  • Certificates can be used more than once, as long as there is still money left associated with the promotional code.
    • For example, a $250 rental certificate can be used for multiple rentals up to a total of $250.
  • Certificates cannot be redeemed for cash.