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Sea kayaking in Clayoquot Sound provides kayaking adventurers with isolated paddling conditions, miles of water to explore and sandy beaches to camp upon. Clayoquot Sound is blessed with islands covered with dense rainforests of towering old-growth cedars (some growing over 15 feet in diameter and as old as 1,500 years), migrating grey whales, sea lions, porpoises, a wonderful (multi-day but reachable) paddling destination called "hot springs cove", and a temperate climate.
Sound is located off the west coast of Vancouver Island, northwest of the town of Tofino and west of Meares Island (just north of the Broken Group Islands). Sea kayakers heading into Clayoquot Sound flock to the small town of Tofino to load up on groceries and supplies and then embark on expeditions into the sound (click for Tofino area Google map).
Clayoquot Sound is the largest area of ancient temperate rainforest left on British Columbia's Vancouver Island. First Nations people have depended on this rich area of biodiversity for survival for many thousands of years.
Flores Island Provincial Park and Vargas Island Provincial Park, located within this portion of the west coast preserve, together offer over 30,000 acres (roughly 20,000 hectar) of magnificently preserved coastal landscape and protected ecosystems.
In January 2000, after a coordinated effort by local First Nations people, local communities, and each of the local, provincial, and federal governments, Clayoquot Sound became designated as the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere Reserves are in essence global laboratories for sustainable development.
For experienced sea kayakers who want to kayak in vast, seemingly unexplored lands (and seas), Clayoquot Sound is a "must explore" destination!
Tofino Sea Kayaking Company. 320 Main Street, PO Box 620, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0. Phone: 250-725-4222; Toll-free: 1-800-863-4664; Fax: 250-725-2070.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Sea Kayak Barkley & Clayoquot Sounds by Mary Ann Snowden. This guide covers kayaking on the west coast of Vancouver Island featuring the Barkley and Clayoquot sounds including the the Deer Group, the Broken Group Islands, and Vargas, Flores and Meares islands. Each route description has information on tides, currents, safety, launching, landings, campsites and the natural history. Order now...
Visions of the Wild: A Voyage by Kayak Around Vancouver Island by Maria Coffey and Dag Goering. This book covers and illustrates the journey of Vancouver Island in it's entirety. Colorful photographs and journal entries from this exciting kayaking journey chronicles the kayaking adventure of Canada's west coast. Order now...
Sea Kayak Around Vancouver Island by Doug Alderson. This guidebook has all the information needed for a weekend excursion to a summer tour. Each chapter covers a section of the island covering points of interest, access sites, safe travel routes and comfortable campsites. Order now...
The Wild Coast Volume 1: A Kayaking, Hiking and Recreation Guide for North and West Vancouver Island by John Kimantas. This kayaking and exploring guide is for the west coast of Vancouver Island. Each chapter describes a distinct area of the island and covers the history, geography, ecology, and attractions. Maps and photographs are included. Order now...
Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast: From Northern Oregon to British Columbia's North Coast, 2nd Edition by Peter McGee and John Dowd. This guidebook provides detailed information on more than 30 kayak routes featuring required skill levels, length of trip, hazards, weather, currents, ferry and air travel, rentals and tours. Eighteen regions are explored from Oregon to British Columbia. Order now...
The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook, 2nd Edition by Shelley Johnson. This book is your first step to adventure on the water, with everything you need to know, from buying a kayak to dressing for the water. Order now...
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