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Join us for a guided nature tour of Discovery Island Marine Provincial Park with an experienced naturalist guide, accessed in the comfort of our purpose-built water taxi, the Discovery Shuttle. Learn about the Pacific Northwest marine wildlife and interesting history, and walk through Discovery Island Marine Park’s rich ecosystem.
An easy and enjoyable trail system runs from the lighthouse on Sea Bird Point to the western shore of the park, where we can walk up Pandora Hill for sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and the surrounding area. In the spring, a colourful array of wildflowers blooms in the woodlands and meadows.
In response to the ongoing presence of a lone wolf on Discovery Island, BC Parks has installed informational signage throughout the park. At this time, the wolf appears healthy and is displaying characteristics consistent with that of a purely wild animal; this lone wolf appears to avoid all human contact. However, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this incredible animal. Discovery Island has an abundance of bird life, sea mammals, and other wildlife. It is truly a special place to experience, and we have managed to make a visit very accessible.
Please arrive to meet your guide at our ‘Oak Bay Paddle Shack‘ on the dock at Oak Bay Marina at 10:15 am. The Oak Bay Marina is located at 1327 Beach Drive. If you are driving, there is free parking in the Oak Bay Marina parking lot.
Our ‘Paddle Shack’ is located on the docks, simply follow the signs through the marina entrance. Your tour will depart Oak Bay at 10:30 am & return to Oak Bay at 2:00 pm.
Your tour includes the following:
• Crossing to Discovery Island – After boarding the Discovery Shuttle at 10:30 am, we depart Oak Bay Marina for Discovery Island. Stopping at locations along the way, we’ll watch for activity in the seabird ‘feeding frenzies’ in the ecological reserve waters. Binoculars are available for use.
• Walking Excursion – Discovery Island’s inviting forest, with tall west coast trees swaying overhead, surrounds us as we follow the trail to the historic lighthouse. Majestic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands present excellent photo opportunities. The trails of Discovery Island are well-groomed with very little inclination.
• Upon returning from our walk, we will be met by the Discovery Shuttle to cross back to Oak Bay. We continue our shallow water explorations through the Chain Islands on the return voyage, and arrive back to the Oak Bay Marina at 2:00 pm.
Full Itinerary – PDF: Itinerary for Discovery Island Wildlife Walk
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 to stand up to any weather we may encounter.
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.
We had a great time kayaking around Discovery Island. Reuben’s knowledge and understanding of the area was very detailed and informative. We saw bald eagles, seals and had a amazing encounter with the ‘lone wolf’. We saw the wolf just off the shore in some bushes. As we slowly kayaked a bit further, the wolf came out of the bushes and watched us intently. We just stopped and watched him as he sat down and began to howl. We moved on a bit further and he walked along the shore following us for 20 minutes or so. It seemed he very content to watch us as we were with him. Once in a life time experience. Thanks Reuben!
Jordie the guide was superb, incredible knowledge of birds, sea life, fauna and flora and a fun easy going way of imparting his knowledge. The kayaking part of the trip was breathtaking with up close and personal views of eagles and sea lions. This trip is great for all level of kayakers as the only way to get safely to Discovery island is by boat. Highly recommend to all.
The discovery island kayak tour was an amazing tour. All the equipment was provided and our two guides, Lee and Rueben were excellent. We were able to see a lot of wildlife up close. The tour is not too physically demanding and is perfect for people with no kayaking experience. We would definitely recommend this tour.
June 1 - Sept 15 (only upon request)
We require 4 guests minimum, 12 maximum, to run this special request tour.If you don't see a time or date that works, contact us to arrange your own time or date!
3.5 Hours: 10:30AM – 2:00PM.
Oak Bay Paddle Shack, at the Oak Bay Marina - 1327 Beach Drive in Oak Bay
Suitable for the entire family
No experience necessary