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Experience an adventure in the Gulf Islands by landing craft, kayak, hiking, learning about natural history, and learn so much from the locals. Our exceptional care and service will make this special adventure one to remember!
We’ll pick you up in Victoria and take you by van and ferry to beautiful Saturna Island—the wildest Gulf Island! (Or, if you’re travelling from Vancouver or other locations, you can meet us on Saturna Island.) Once on Saturna Island, you’ll check in to the coolest B&B, then settle in to ‘island life’ at the famous Wild Time Coffee House—that’s actually a double decker bus!
On the first afternoon, we’ll do a ‘shake down’ kayak tour, where you’ll select your kayaks and gear, then get yourselves comfortable in your kayak. Over the next days, we’ll explore the island by hiking, visiting locals, enjoying great food and having lots of fun!
As a special treat, on day two, you’ll board the specially-equipped 36’ landing craft, the Salish Sea Explorer, that will carry into the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve for a full-day of exploring—with lunch provided. The Gulf Islands are 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. The Gulf Islands presently offer a unique mix of uninhabited and habited islands, with protected ecological areas interspersed among other land-use activities. The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve continues to grow as new lands are acquired and restored to their unique natural state.
Sample Itinerary (we may adjust the itinerary based on group interest, weather, etc):
7:00-7:20am If you’re in Victoria, we offer complimentary pickup by our passenger van from downtown Victoria Hotels or Park & Ride locations en route between Victoria and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Note: if you’re joining us from other locations, you can view the BC Ferry Schedule to Saturna Island here if you’re coming from Vancouver Island, or here if you’re coming from Vancouver (plan your meet us on Saturna Island by 12:00pm)
7:30am Leave downtown Victoria
8:10am Arrive Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal
9:10am Depart Swartz Bay for Saturna Island
10:25am Arrive at Saturna Island.
Check in to Saturna Lodge
12:00 pm: Pick up by van and lunch served at Wild Time Coffee House.
2:00 pm: Kayak tour of the beautiful waters surrounding Saturna Island.
• Paddle to King Islets and beyond.
• Paddle to Winter Cove, experience the currents of Boat Passage currents, play in this area. Paddle around Samuel Island.
4:00 pm: Arrive back at Saturna village and explore the area by foot or relax.
6:00 pm: Dinner at the Pub
7:15 pm: Guest Speaker. A Park Naturalist will inform us of the Gulf Islands National Park, as well as the special aspects of Saturna Island and the surrounding area.
Day Two – A full day of paddling and exploring with a lunch provided.
9:00 am: Breakfast at Saturna Lodge
10:00 am: Depending on wind, currents, weather, and interests, we will decide where we paddle.
• Board the SS Explorer and travel to Cabbage Island. Kayak around Cabbage Island and experience Tumbo Island.
• Paddle to Saturna Beach, then across Plumper Passage to Sea Star Vineyard. Get picked up by the SS Explorer and travel back.
5:00 pm: Arrive back at Saturna Lodge and relax.
6:00 pm: BBQ Social Dinner, followed by an evening walk or enjoy a guest speaker.
9:00 am: Breakfast at Saturna Lodge.
10:30 am: Hike to Warburton Pike, the highest point on Saturna Island!
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Kayak to Saturna Beach and beyond.
4:00* pm Dinner at Saturna Pub (*5:00 pm on Jun 18 and Jun 25)
5:15* pm Arrive at Saturna Island Ferry Terminal (*6:10 pm on Jun 18 and Jun 25)
6:15* pm Depart Saturna Island for Swartz Bay (*7:20 pm on Jun 18 and Jun 25)
7:25* pm Arrive Swartz Bay (*9:00 pm on Jun 18 and Jun 25)
8:30* pm Arrive downtown Victoria (*10:00 pm on Jun 18 and Jun 25)
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!
• Eyeglass retainer strap if you wear glasses
• Lip sunblock
• Small personal first-aid kit
• Personal medications your require
• *Waterproof or disposable camera
• *Moist towelettes
• *Insect repellent
• *Extra car keys in case you lose yours
• Comfortable outdoor pants and/or shorts, such as what you would wear for a light hike
• Long-sleeved, non-cotton shirt or long underwear top
• 2 Warm fleece pullover or Merino (wool) sweater to keep you warm in cooler weather
• Hat (preferably broad-brimmed)
• *Cycling-type gloves to help prevent blistering.
• *wool gloves inside dishwashing gloves, or buy neoprene gloves or pogies
• *Warm gloves (wool or fleece) to wear at lunch or after paddling
• Windbreaker (e.g., nylon jacket that can shed the wind)
• Rain jacket
• Footwear during paddling (sport sandals, running shoes, wetsuit booties, or reef shoes)
• Footwear for camp (trail running shoe, light hiking shoe, or rubber boots.
• 2 pairs of warm, wool socks
• Rain pants
• 1 pair of wind-resistant pants
• 1 pair of shorts
• 1 long underwear top
• 1 pairs of long underwear bottoms
• *Baseball cap
• *Bathing suit
Food and Water
• Water bottle (1L or more)
• *Personal snacks you just can’t do without
• Small towel
• Tampons/sanitary napkins for females
• Additional toiletries of your choice, such as deodorant, dental floss, and hand lotion
• Biodegradable soap to wash
• *Hand sanitizer
• Toilet paper in a waterproof plastic bag – the Marine Provincial Park is equipped with an outhouse, however, it’s worthwhile to bring some extra toilet paper just in case!
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.
“Saturna Island Kayak Trip”
Reviewed 27 August, 2015 “Brian and Bob”
We loved our two day kayak tour of Saturna Island. Brian and Bob payed us special attention by coordinating our meals and even offered us a trip back to Victoria on Brian’s boat – great service!
Saturna is a quaint island — we had a great time paddling to a deserted island nearby to check out the abandoned buildings and swim on a beach there. The paddling was pretty low key, but Brian and Bob were certainly up for a challenge, so you could probably do as much or as little as you want to. If you want to see one of the less-traveled harbor islands, check out some beautiful sights and paddle with local experts, you’ll love this trip.
I’ve just returned from the Saturna Island 3 day adventure and what a good time was had. I felt I was in good hands with Brian’s guiding our day trips.
I loved the playground that Saturna Island area is for us who love kayaking. Yes I was challenged physically but that’s what I signed up for! The new Salish Sea Explorer served us so capably throughout our meanderings with its wonderful versatility. Keep promoting this expedition with a video on your web page. I’ll remember this trip forever!
Jun 23–25, Jul 7–9, Jul 21–23, Aug 11–13, Aug 25–27, Sept 8–10
If you don't see a time or date that works, contact us to arrange your own time or date!
Suitable for the entire family
Transportation by Van and Ferry, Kayak, Paddling Gear, Breakfasts and Lunches
Lodging and dinners are separate as these costs depends on your choice of room occupancy and choice of meals. Accommodations are at Saturna Island Lodge.