Salt Spring Island Circumnavigation Kayak Adventure Tour
6 Days / 5 Nights / $1150pp

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2021 Tours

For 2021, our Multiday Kayak Tours are private group tours only. Minimum 4 people during peak season (June-Sep) and minimum 2 people during shoulder season. Maximum 6 people.

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Kayak Around Salt Spring Island

Our guide will lead your private group to some of the most beautiful camping and paddling destinations in British Columbia. Stunning white shell beaches, amazing sandstone formations, abundant marine wildlife and a Mediterranean-like climate in protected waters make the Southern Gulf Islands a world-class kayaking destination.

At the Salt Spring Adventure Co., we pride ourselves with offering the best possible kayaking experience for our guests — providing excellent customer service, certified and experienced guides, quality equipment, and fantastic meals made from local produce, seafood and meats, cheese and wine.

All multi-day tours can be physically challenging and therefore require that every paddler in your group have a decent level of physical fitness.


Tour Route

Route options are not guaranteed. Obviously, kayaking is susceptible to wind, weather and other factors our guides take into consideration when planning tour routes. Nature-willing, we generally visit the following amazing destinations on this tour. We stay at each campsite for 1-2 nights, depending on weather, currents and your group's needs and desires. During our stay on these islands, we will be able to paddle and explore the amazing things every location has to offer. To start your multiday tour, we will meet at our Adventure Centre and your private kayak tour guide will go over the finer points of expedition kayaking: paddle technique, boat safety, proper packing of a kayak, etc. before launching from the harbour or other launch site.

Baders Beach to Portland Island

We will drive to our launch site at Baders Beach where your guide will go over the finer points of expedition kayaking: paddle technique, boat safety, proper packing of a kayak, etc. After packing, we will launch from Baders Beach on Salt Spring and spend our day paddling through Sansum Narrows, enjoying its remote and gorgeous scenery. We then will paddle around the Southern end of Salt Spring Island and make our crossing over to Portland Island Provincial Marine Park to setup camp. Portland Island offers many beaches, coves and hiking trails to explore. Harbour Seals, river otters, Great Blue Heron and the ever iconic Bald Eagle are just some of the wildlife to see in the area.

Portland Island to Prevost Island

In the morning, we will learn to predict the day’s tides and currents over Salt Spring Organic Coffee and come up with a plan for the day. Our day will be spent paddling over to Prevost Island, making a lunch stop where it suits us on a beautiful beach, and peaking into the many bays teeming with wildlife that Prevost has to offer, as we make our way to our campsite.

Prevost Island to Wallace Island

A wonderful paddle down Trincomali Channel will be in store for you. Sandwiched between Galiano and Salt Spring Islands, this channel is a ton of fun, with big cliffs and stunning beaches. We will make a lunch stop at one of these amazing boat-access-only beaches. Afterwards we will continue on our way to Wallace Island with its personal kayak campsite just for us. Wallace Island offers beaches, coves and offshore islets to explore. Bald eagles, black-tailed deer and mink are common in the park, as well as harbour seals, sea lions and river otters.

Wallace Island to Baders Beach

Our last day on the water will be an exciting one as you finish off your full circumnavigation of the Island! Paddling around the Northern tip of Salt Spring Island, you will see a great view of the many islands North of us, and as you turn South you will paddle past Vesuvius Bay, and head back into Sansum Narrows to finish off the paddle at Baders Beach. We will serve you a great last lunch on a beach along the route and make sure you are back and ready for your next adventure by 5:00 pm.


Meals

Typically, our fully catered tours are complete with fantastic meals made from the best organic, local produce, seafood, meats, cheeses and wines our region has to offer.

* Due to the pandemic, we may not be able to offer fully catered tours. We are continuing to monitor the public health guidelines and will confirm catered/uncatered in the week prior to your booking. If you would like the option of a fully catered tour, please alert us of any special dietary concerns when booking. However, please come prepared to plan and make your own meals.


$1150 per person
$1350 per person fully catered*

Children age 4–6 must be accompanied by two adults in one G3 kayak; children ages 7–11 by at least one adult.

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Safety and Equipment

Safety & Equipment

Our guides are certified in Wilderness First Aid, have been trained by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, and are well-learned nature geeks who know their stuff. All tours prices include use of life jackets, spray skirts (they keep the water out), and paddles. Our guides carry a wide array of safety equipment, including first aid kits, cell phones, VHF radios, spare clothes, and more. Your safety is our highest priority.

Our Kayaking Tours are Kid Friendly

Children & Families

Some of our kayaks fit two and a half people! They are very stable boats, equipped with a middle hatch seat designed to carry your 2-3 year old special someone, who then has the important job of being "the look out" for BC wildlife. Your child will have an incredible time, making memories, exploring the natural world with you!
Child Age 4-6 FREE with two adults
Child Age 7-11 10% OFF with one adult

Value Added Tours

Value Added Tours

We do our very best to give every customer their money’s worth, which is why on any Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. Expedition there is the opportunity for you to learn more about the finer points of kayaking such as:

  • Paddle stroke technique
  • How to read nautical charts
  • Weather prediction
  • Calculating currents and tides
  • Wet exits and rescues


FAQ's

What is included?
All kayak-related personal/safety/emergency gear, Certified Guide, tents, sleeping pads, and dry bags.
All meals and snacks, if the tour is fully-catered.*

What is NOT included?
Sleeping bags and pillows.

What about food?
On catered tours*, we provide all kitchen equipment, meals, drinks, and snacks. We do our best to create well-rounded meals containing as much local organic produce, seafood and meats, cheese, eggs and products as possible. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know on your medical form which is due 30 days prior to trip departure.

* Due to the pandemic, we may not be able to offer fully catered tours. We are continuing to monitor the public health guidelines and will confirm catered/uncatered in the week prior to your booking. If you would like the option of a fully catered tour, please alert us of any special dietary concerns when booking. However, please come prepared to plan and make your own meals.

What about alcohol?
On catered tours, we provide one healthy glass of wine per adult with your dinner meal, at the end of the day, as we feel it complements the food and setting. Alcohol can only be consumed at the end of the paddling day, when we have no further plans of heading out on the water. We ask that you do NOT bring alcohol on the trip with you. If you have special wine(s) you would like to share over dinner, we can substitute it for our bottle of wine to be shared with your group.

How large are groups?
UPDATED As all tours are now private tours for your family or household bubble only, tours are a minimum two people in shoulder season (Oct to May) or four people in high season (June to Sep). Our maximum group size is 6 people. Your group will be accompanied by one of our Certified Guides.

What are the sleeping / tent arrangements?
We ask guests to share in tents as doubles, as we can only carry so many tents on a tour. If you wish for your own private tent, you may bring one of your own (must be a strictly single tent only) or we can supply you with one for an additional $20 fee.

What is the difficulty level?
A multiday kayak adventure in the Gulf Islands requires that you have a moderate level of fitness. If you lead an active lifestyle and feel physically up for the challenge of paddling for 4-5 hours per day, you will do just fine. Some upper body exertion is involved, but you do not need to be athletic to enjoy sea kayaking in the Gulf Islands. Hitting the gym for some pre-trip conditioning may make some people’s experience more enjoyable.

How much will we paddle each day?
The amount of paddling each day depends on a number of factors: route, winds, currents, group ability, and daily itinerary requirements, but generally we will paddle no more than 4-5 hours a day.

Where and when do we meet?
Meet at our Adventure Centre at 125 Rainbow Road. Our trip begins at 8:30am on the day of departure; we recommend that you plan to be 15-20 minutes ahead of time.

Where can we park our vehicles?
You cannot park at our office, as we have limited space. We will arrange for a safe parking space nearby in Ganges for your vehicle for the duration of the trip. Still, do not leave valuables in your vehicle; we can provide secure locker space in our office for smaller (purse size) valuables.

When should we arrive and can you recommend a place to stay?
Most guests come to Salt Spring Island the night before the trip departure date. There are a number of great places to stay on Salt Spring Island. If you are arriving the morning of departure, please be in Ganges by 8:30 am.

What if we are arriving without a vehicle?
If you are coming without a vehicle, we recommend the Harbour House Hotel, Salt Spring Inn or the Wisteria B&B. We may, with advance notice, be able to pickup your private group. When booking your accommodations for the night before, please ask your host how far their place is to Ganges. If you need a ride from your place of accommodations to our office, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to coordinate a ride for you (this may mean a taxi at your expense).

When will the trip end?
The trip will end by 5pm at the latest, on the final day. If you have ferries or planes to catch, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. If making ferry or plane reservations, please ensure their departure time is no earlier than 5pm. However, delay due to weather/tides/conditions is always possible. Please keep this in mind when making transportation plans.


DEPOSIT & CANCELLATION POLICY:
A $400 non-refundable deposit per private group tour is required at time of registering. Balance of payment is due no later than 30 Days prior to the trip start date. No refunds will be given for cancellations within one week of trip departure. Payment may be made in cash, credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or cheque. Please make cheques payable to Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd.

MEDICAL & CANCELLATION INSURANCE:
We strongly recommend guests purchase travel insurance, which can include cancellation insurance, medical or non-medical and evacuation insurance. Medical Insurance is especially important for visitors from outside of British Columbia and Canada.

Mandatory Tetanus Vaccination:
Please make sure you have had a tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years; 5 years is recommended. We cannot take you out without an up to date Tetanus vaccination.

Recent Injuries or Illness:
Please make sure you inform us when booking if you have recently had any major injury, surgery or significant illness. We reserve the right to cancel your spot on the trip if we feel your condition is not safe for the trip.

Questions or concerns?

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