Experience the Gulf Islands by landing craft, kayak, and hiking. Meet at the Saturna Kayak Shack – next to the BC Ferry Terminal Dock, Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island, BC. Pickups can also be arranged at Maine Island (Horton Bay) or Pender Island (Hope Bay). Other options are available, as well, making this tour an ideal outing for residents and visitors to the Gulf Islands. Contact us to arrange other pickup locations in the Gulf Islands!
On this tour, you’ll board the specially-equipped 36’ landing craft, the Salish Sea Explorer, that will carry 8 clients, guides, boats, and gear to beautiful locations around the Gulf Islands.
The area is rich in marine life and cultural history—a paddler’s and hiker’s paradise dotted with secluded coves, beaches, and rock bluffs scraped and shaped by the passage of glaciers. We may encounter seals, river otters, herons, and bald eagles, which thrive on the rich intertidal marine life. The islands hold evidence of thousands of years of habitation by First Nations in the shell midden beaches. Evidence of more recent habitation lies in the weathered remains of barns and buildings that we see along the way. This trip is designed for kayakers of all levels and is appropriate for first-time paddlers. We provide lunch, kayaks, paddling equipment, and guides. We use high quality single and double kayaks made by top manufacturers. Our safety-conscious guides are among the most highly-trained and versatile on the coast.
This tour leaves from our Saturna Kayak Shack, next to the BC Ferry Terminal Dock, Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island in the Gulf Islands. Alternately, we can pick you up at Maine Island (Horton Bay), Pender Island (Hope Bay), or another location in the Gulf Islands. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. BC Ferries offers multiple sailings each day to Saturna Island, Maine Island, and Pender Island.
Depending on the weather and interests of the group, we will travel to amazing paddling locations in the Gulf Islands, such as East Point, Cabbage Island, or Narvaez Bay. Once at our location, we’ll launch our kayaks to explore the windswept shoreline, stunning reefs and sculpted islets in the area. After deciding upon the best beach for lunch (determined by the conditions that day), we will enjoy a delicious shore lunch. Be ready to do some exploring on land, as well, where we may explore inviting forests, with tall west coast trees swaying overhead, historic lighthouses, or majestic views of the Boundary Pass and Strait of Georgia.
Please read the following equipment list carefully, as it indicates what you will need to bring with you to help ensure you enjoy a comfortable tour.
Ocean River Sports stocks many of the items listed below. If you need advice or would like to purchase gear, please visit us or check out our online store!
Cotton keeps you cold when it’s wet, and takes a long time to dry. If possible, bring clothing designed for outdoor wear and made from Merino (wool), silk, or synthetic materials, such as Capilene™, polyester, polypropylene, or nylon.
- Eyeglass retainer strap if you wear glasses
- Sunglasses, sunscreen
- A broad-brimmed sun/rain hat
- Clothing like you might wear for a short hike (dress in appropriate layers depending, on the weather). Bring a light rain jacket on days when there is a chance of rain. If you don’t have one, we can provide you with a waterproof paddling jacket.
- Low-heeled shoes
- Water and snack (optional)
- A watertight plastic bag for electronics (optional)
- A camera (optional)
We cannot be responsible for damage to or loss of your items, so please ensure valuables are stored securely in watertight plastic bags or dry bags and placed in the watertight storage compartments of your kayak. Secure storage is available for personal items you choose not to take on the water!
Please review the following form prior to your program. Please sign/initial the form in the presence of your instructor/guide, who will act as your witness.
Ocean River Sports Waiver (PDF)