West coast Vancouver Island is one of the greatest sea kayak destinations world wide. For this KLN trip we will explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Clayoquot Sound from the surf town of Tofino to Hot Springs cove visiting along the way the islands of Meares, Vargas and Flores. World class campsites, amazing wildlife, Pacific Ocean swell with the option of inside routes and gourmet meals will add up for a fantastic adventure in one of the most spectacular Canadian destinations.
In our Tofino to Hot springs cove KLN trip we discover Clayoquot Sound which was designated an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000 and for a good reason: the area exemplifies the beautiful, wild, West Coast of BC, with an abundance of whales, sea otters, eagles, sea stars, and other natural wonders. Long, wide, sandy beaches dominate the exposed coastline, while further back from the water’s edge, old growth forests and mountainous terrain fill the vistas. Hot Spring Cove itself is a magical place with amazing natural hot springs and trails through old growth rain forest. Kayaking is the best way, and one of the only ways, to visit the area. Don’t forget that we will also spoil you with delicious gourmet food!
Kayak and kayak related gear, Camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, All meals and snacks, Professional Guiding and Coaching services, Permits, All common camping gear (cooking and eating utensils, tarps, etc…)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
Traveling to Tofino, Accommodations before and after the trip, Personal paddling Clothing (dry suit or neoprene & paddle jacket combination, etc), tips.
Day 1: Meet-up at the kayak launch besides the town dock in Tofino at 8:30. The town dock is located at the base of First Street, and the kayak launch is located to the left of the town dock.
Departure for the trip after a trip briefing and kayak packing.
Day 2 - 6: Travel and explore Clayoquot Sound by sea kayak aiming to make a loop while visiting Meares, Flores, Vargas and Hot Springs Cove.
Day 7: Last day of the trip. Pack camp and paddle back to Tofino.
You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Tofino for the night before the course starts (and optionally after the course finishes). Tofino is a popular tourist destination, so make certain you reserve your accommodation well in advance. The following links may help you in finding accommodation in the Tofino area:
Tofino Chamber of Commerce: www.tofinochamber.org
Pacific Rim Visitor Information Centre: www.pacificrimvisitor.ca
Bella Pacifica Campground: www.bellapacifica.com
Paddler’s Inn: www.tofinopaddlersinn.com
Surf Junction: www.surfjunction.com
You are responsible for transportation to and from the starting location of the tour. Vancouver Island is easily accessed by air, ferry, and bus. Air Canada and WestJet offer regularly scheduled flights. BC Ferries offers ferry service from Canadian departure locations, while Washington State Ferries and the M.V. Coho offer ferry services from American departure locations. Once on Vancouver Island, Tofino can be accessed by car or the Tofino Bus. Following is a list of links to help you plan your transportation.
BC Ferries 1.888.BCFERRY (1.888.223.3779) http://www.bcferries.com
Tofino Bus. 1.866.986.3466. www.tofinobus.com