5-Day Gulf Island Adventure


The Gulf Islands area has been referred to as the Tuscany of Canada, with each island being unique and special in its own way. The opportunity for adventure in the Gulf Islands is almost endless!

We have collected some of the best experiences and put them altogether in this complete and diverse tour. Interacting and sharing culture with local “Gulf Islanders’ is a central part of this tour, and along the way there will be ample opportunity to learn and experience life in one of the most incredible places in the world.

This trip begins conveniently with transportation from downtown Victoria or Victoria airport by private van and it includes transportation around multiple Gulf Islands aboard our private water taxi, the Salish Sea Explorer.

The agenda is somewhat flexible due to weather or other unforeseen situations, which is part of running tours in the outdoors. However, there will always be something to do or see and our fun, professional and local guides will make sure you experience the best of the Gulf Islands. For your reference, a sample itinerary has been provided.

Some Highlights of this Tour Include
– Kayak along stunning shorelines with a variety of ecosystems and enjoy spectacular scenery.
– Hike, e-bike and explore life like a true ‘Islander’
– See a variety of wildlife, Including seals, otters, eagles, seabirds, inter-tidal life, deer, sheep, feral goats, and possibly whales.
– “Character-comfortable”’ accommodation at a local lodge with hot tub.
– Learn through nature-based and local-based interpretation

– See local artists and markets, far from the tourist trail.
– Enjoy interesting activities including a wine tour, a visit to a marine research centre, a visit to Japanese gardens, lots of funky shops and diners, and spending time learning the culture of the Southern Gulf Islands.
– Meet the friendliest locals that Canada has to offer!

Sample Itinerary

Itinerary is flexible and can change.

Day 1

– From Victoria: Pick up at downtown hotel or Victoria airport and take ferry to Saturna Island
– From Vancouver: Ferry or Float Plane from Vancouver to Saturna Island and meet your guide at the Lyall Harbour ferry terminal. If you need assistance travelling to Saturna Island please contact us.
– Meet at Saturna Island and orientation
– Check in at Saturna Lodge
– Lunch
– Paddle Introduction, short Instructional Kayak tour.
– Dinner
– After dinner – free time, including relaxing in hot tub at Saturna lodge

Day 2

– Breakfast and meet group for the day
– Board Salish Sea Shuttle for day of paddling. Head to Cabbage Island Marine Park, Tumbo Island, and East Point:  The true gems of the Southern Gulf Islands
– Lunch on Cabbage or Tumbo Island
– Options for swimming, and visiting East Point Research Station,
– Cultural dinner
– Free time to explore in evening

Day 3

– Breakfast
– Pick-up with the Salish Sea and head to Mayne Island
– E-Bike tour with local e-bike guide around Mayne
– Lunch @ one of the funky diners on Mayne Island
– Visit Japanese Gardens, great cafes and see various sights
– Pick-up with Salish Sea at Horton Bay/Bennett Bay and head back to Saturna
– Dinner at a local restaurant (paid for on own)
– Sunset paddle along nesting seabird cliffs

Day 4

– Breakfast
– Hike up Brown Ridge (Mt. Warburton Pike)
– Lunch @ Taylor pt overlooking all of the Southern Gulf Islands
– Pick-up with Salish Sea, and drop off at Sea Star Vineyard on Pender Island for a wine tour and tasting
– Local van shuttle around Pender, stopping at various points of interest, including local markets and artists
– Dinner on Pender Island at a local restaurant (paid for on own)
– Pick-up with Salish Sea at Browning Harbour and head back to Saturna Lodge

Day 5

– Breakfast @ Saturna Lodge
– Kayak to Winter Cove or Anniversary Islands, and experience the currents of Boat Passage with options for putting kayaking skills to the test in some more dynamic water
– Lunch
– Van transportation back on ferry to downtown Victoria or Victoria airport.

End of Tour

Equipment List

Provided by Ocean River Sports:
• All transportation
• All breakfasts, lunches and most dinners (as noted)
• Accommodation
• Kayaking, hiking and e-biking equipment
• Professional, fun, knowledgeable and local guides
• Everything you can think of—big and small—that makes your experience with us feel comfortable and complete!

What you need:

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 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.

Medical/Waiver Form

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)

Ocean River Sports Medical Form (PDF)

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