The 2013 kayak and paddleboard season has been spectacular. The great weather received from late June through to August has provided awesome conditions for going on dream vacations full of kayaking, paddleboarding, camping, and wildlife viewing.
Dream Vacations in the Desolation Sound
Wildcoast Adventures started off the season with Desolation Sound kayaking expeditions where guests were treated to their dream vacations full of crystal water days and star filled nights all under the canopy of the dramatic Coast Mountain Range. To quote our guests, “The trip was Epic!” Jeremy & Rachel.
Wildcoast Adventures takes a hiatus from this trip during the months of July and August as there is too much motor boat traffic to really enjoy and appreciate the area, but our Desolation Sound expedition resumes in September. You can check out all the details on our Desolation Sound kayak expedition trip page.
July prompted the opening of our Orca Camp in Johnstone Strait and this year our major upgrades have received rave reviews. From platforms under standing height safari tents to the new communal tent where everyone gathers for meals, games of Farkel (a dice game introduced by our Swedish guide Fia – thanks Fia!), those features were just the beginning. The new hot water shower is providing a refreshing way to wash off the saltwater after an invigorating paddle out scouting for whales and the woodstove in the communal tent is a great way to dry clothes or warm up on the cooler evenings.
As always, the whales are making appearances along the kelp bed directly in front of the Wildcoast Orca Camp beach. They’ve been seen breaching, tail slapping and spyhopping. While they don’t appear every day, Johnstone Strait’s other sea creatures and mammals have been frequent as well. dolphins, sea lions, starfish, slope jellies, sea urchins, and more are all part of the Orca Camp experience! From guests on a July tour: “The food was simply amazing; beautifully presented, local with lots of variety and plentiful. Orca swam past the camp two of the four days; one was 30 feet from shore…” Kevin & JoAnne
Discovery Islands kayak vacations
July is also the month our Discovery Islands kayaking tours begin. There are so many great campsites to enjoy throughout the Discovery Islands and the seals that pop their heads up out of the water are always a source of entertainment as kayakers paddle from destination to destination. Sea lions, pacific white sided dolphins, otters, colorful birds and some of the largest starfish and clams in the world all call the Discovery Islands home, so the opportunity to see marine life in its natural habitat is pretty much a guarantee.
Quadra Island visitors have been looking for ways to get out on the water, and our daytours as well as kayak and paddleboard rentals have made this quick and easy. Through our partnership with Gowlland Harbour Resort, guests have not only had a great time on the water in that mystical harbour, but also often followed it up with Gourmet Chef Mariana’s fantastic food at the resort (by the way she also provides the meals for our kayak expeditions and Orca Camp!).
It’s been a fabulous season so far and with still more than a month to go, we look forward to more stories and smiles from our intrepid guests! If you are looking for ideas for dream vacations this year, jump to our kayak tours pages (Orca Camp, Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound, Fjordlands) to see all the details and then check out our online Booking Page for available spots.
From All of Us at Wildcoast Adventures
Val, Damon, Kristen, John, Rob, Jason, Fia, Haley, Colin, Kory & James
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