This tour can be challenging and therefore requires your have a decent level of physical fitness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
What is included?
All meals and snacks, all kayak related personal / safety / emergency gear, two certified guides, tents, sleeping pads, pillows (sleeping bags $25 extra flat rate), and dry bags.
What about food?
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 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.
How large are the groups?
The maximum group size on our kayak trips is 10. The ratio of guides to clients is 1:5.
What are the sleeping / tent arrangements?
We do ask clients to share a tent with one other group member, 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 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 a 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 upper body strength training 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.
We do provide one healthy glass of wine with your dinner meal, at the end of the day, as we feel it complements the food and setting. Alcohol may 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 a special bottle of wine you would like to share over dinner, we can substitute it for our bottle of wine and share it with the group.
When should we arrive and can you recommend a place to stay?
Most of our customers 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 plan to be in Ganges by 8:30 – 9:00am. If you require pick up at Salt Spring International Airport (Float Plane Dock), please let us know.
What if we are arriving without a car and need a ride to the office on the morning of trip departure?
If you are coming without a car, we recommend the Harbour House Hotel (across the street from our office), the Salt Spring Inn or the Wisteria B&B. Due to the fact that Salt Spring is a large island, we may NOT be able to pick you up if you are staying outside Ganges, due to time constraints on the morning of the trip departure. When booking your accommodations for the night before, please ask your host how far their place is to town. 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).
Where are we meeting?
On the day of the trip departure we will be meeting at our office at #7 – 126 Upper Ganges Rd. Our office is located at the Salt Spring Marina and is adjacent to Moby’s Pub (well known by locals). Our trip will begin at 8 am on the day of departure.
When will the trip end?
The trip will end by 5pm at the latest, on the final day of the trip. If you have ferries or planes to catch please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. If making reservations for ferries and planes please ensure their departure time is no earlier than 5pm.
Where can we leave our cars?
We will arrange a space for your car for the duration of the trip. We show you to safe parking lots, or we leave them at the launch location.