Prevost Island Circumnavigation Kayak Adventure Tour
Scheduled 2017 Tours:
July 3 – 5, 2017 (3 Days)
July 14 – 16, 2017 (3 Days)
Aug 24 – 26, 2017 (3 Days)
Alternate dates (and tour lengths) available upon request. See prices below.
Prevost Island, or Hwu'eshwum ("Place of Seals") as it is
known by the Hul'q'umi'num First Nation, is a fantastic kayaking destination
offering abundant wildlife (the possibility of Orca sightings if you time it
right), pristine forest wilderness and incredible vistas!
The route options offered are not guaranteed. Our route is determined by wind, weather and other factors our guides take into consideration. There are many gems to explore and every route has amazing things to offer.
Day 1: Chain Islets, Chocolate Beach to Prevost Island
We will launch our packed boats from our private dock at the Salt Spring Marina,
paddle past the Chain Islets, stopping at the beautiful Chocolate Beach for
lunch. After, we will carry on out to James Bay on Prevost Island. We
will set up camp and a kitchen in the old apple orchard in James Bay,
part of the Gulf Islands National Park system. We will then proceed to
enjoy a glass of wine and some delicacies while watching the sunset over the
Coast Mountains, and talk of the discoveries we will make paddling around Prevost
Island on day two.
Day 2: Circumnavigate Prevost Island
Time to circumnavigate the island. We will have a look at the charts and predict
our winds / currents over a serious cup (or three) of Salt Spring organic coffee,
and then head out to do some exploring. Our first destination will be the ecologically
significant Hawkins Islets. Meandering through the kelp beds and shallows
of the islets, we will watch for small fish, crabs, sea stars, otters, seals
and bird life. Next stop, Portluck Point for a gourmet lunch and walk along the
forest trail to the Portlock Point lighthouse, built in 1895 on three
sides, protecting the most visible part of Prevost Island seen by ferry passengers
as they exit Active Pass on the way to Victoria.
Day 3: Mid Channel Islands
After a world-class breakfast, we pack up the boats and head to the Mid
Channel Islands on the opposite side of Ganges Harbour. The Mid Channel
Islands are protected islets deemed of high ecological importance. They are
one of the last places in the region you will find the threatened Prickily
Pear Cactus. Its also a valuable seal haulout and a nesting site for Oystercatchers.
We end the trip at Beddis Beach where our transportation will be waiting.
Meals – opt for fully catered or self-catered
A fully catered tour complete with the best organic, local ingredients and
wines BC has to offer. A typical first night’s meal on the Gulf Islands Explorer tour includes:
- Seared Wild Salmon with mustard-caper butter
- Organic slow roasted garlic, Salt Spring goat cheese on fresh baguettes from a local bakery
- Fresh Salt Spring greens with spicy strawberry vinaigrette
- Wines: Sandhill (VQA) Pinot Gris, Merlot or Cab Franc
- Dessert: ripe BC cherries and chocolate fondue
A self-catered tour where you plan and create your meals. Self-cater
tours cost about 20% less and are a great option for budget-minded paddlers who
want the professional leadership and local knowledge of our guides, but would like to save a few bucks making meals for themselves.
Please alert us of any special dietary concerns when booking your tour.
|PRICES PER PERSON
Children 4 – 6 must be accompanied by 2 adults in one
G3 kayak Children 7 – 11 by at least 1 adult.
Price includes a guide / naturalist, all kayaking gear, tent
and sleeping pad (does not include sleeping bag).
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.
Children & Families
Our Seaward Passat G3 kayaks fit two and a half people! They are very stable boats, equipped with a middle hatch seat designed to carry your 4-9 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
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