PREVOST ISLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION
Multi-Day Kayak Tour
3 Days • 2 Nights • $899 per person
Prevost Island, or Hwuꞌeshwum (“Place of Seals”) as it is known by the Hul’qꞌumi’num First Nation, is a fantastic kayaking destination offering abundant wildlife (with the possibility of Orca sightings at the right time), pristine forest wilderness and incredible vistas.
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.
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 camp site 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 multi-day 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.
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 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. It’s also a valuable seal haul-out and a nesting site for Oystercatchers. We end the trip at Beddis Beach where our transportation will be waiting.
- All multi-day tours can be physically challenging and therefore require that every paddler in your group has a decent level of physical fitness.
- Children ages 4–6 must be accompanied by two adults in one G3 kayak; children ages 7–11 by at least one adult.
- Certified Guide / Naturalist
- All meals and snacks
- All kayak-related personal safety and emergency gear
WHAT TO BRING
- Sleeping Pad & Bag
- Personal items on our packing list (provided upon registration)
- Sense of adventure and sense of humour
BOOKING, DEPOSIT & CANCELLATION
We must have a Minimum 4 people during peak season (June-Sep) and minimum 3 people during shoulder season. Maximum 12 people.
Deposit: $400 per group nonrefundable deposit is required at time of registration. Balance of
Payment: due upon arrival at our office. We accept debit, credit, cheque or cash.
Medical & Cancellation Insurance
We strongly recommend guests purchase travel insurance, which can include trip cancellation insurance, medical or non-medical and evacuation insurance. Medical Insurance is especially important to visitors from outside of British Columbia and Canada.
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