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Sea Kayaking at its best can be found in the States and Provinces of the Pacific Northwest.
Looking for Orca whales? Multiple pods of Orca whales can be found off the San Juan Islands of Washington and near the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The world's largest resident population of Orca whales can be found in the "Inside Passage" of Johnstone Strait, off of the East coast of Vancouver Island.
Seeking vast stretches of coastline? The Pacific Northwest is unsurpassed in that category. Washington's San Juan County offers more than 375 miles of rocky and sandy waterfront - the most shoreline of any county in the nation. Vancouver Island in British Columbia is the largest island off the Pacific Coast of continental North America.
Seeking an expedition on challenging waters? Consider some of the more exposed shorelines in the San Juan Island group in Washington as well as on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and the exposed shoreline and inlets north of Vancouver Island along British Columbia's mainland. Traveling with an experienced outfitter is advised. Paddling destinations include the outer islands of Washington's San Juan Island group as well as destinations along the west coast of British Columbia's Vancouver Island such as the Pacific Rim National Park (Broken Islands Group) and Clayoquot Sound.
Wanting somewhat sheltered waters to kayak on? Cozy camping, vast stretches of sandy beaches, sightings of whales, seals, and bald eagles are part what draws kayakers of varying skill levels to the more sheltered coastal paddling destinations. From multi-hour trips for novice kayakers to multi-day expeditions for more experienced kayakers there is much to interest paddlers in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Popular destinations include secluded coves and shorelines in the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound in Washington. Sheltered kayaking destinations in British Columbia include the Inside Passage of Johnstone Strait, the Gulf Islands offering sunny Mediterranean paddling, and Desolation Sound's extended inlets and fjords along British Columbia's "sunshine coast."
Traveling inland? Inland waters including lakes, rivers, sloughs and river deltas, offer a range of Sea Kayaking opportunities. Moose, bear, eagles, trout and blue heron are common sights for the inland paddler. Large lakes, such as Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho or Flathead Lake in Montana may seem like a part of the ocean with vast seas, wind and varying weather conditions. Opportunities abound near inland waters for car camping and kayaking or "yak-packing" (packing camping gear and food in a kayak).
No matter if you are young, old, experienced or new to sea kayaking, the Pacific Northwest offers some of the most beautiful water, abundant wildlife, untamed lands and historically rich destinations to be found.
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Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Paddling Pacific Northwest Whitewater by Falcon Guides. This book has over 240 detailed run descriptions from local paddlers to some of the best rivers for rafting and kayaking in Washington and Oregon. Find detailed maps. scouting advice and colorful photographs. Order now...
Hidden Pacific Northwest: Including Oregon, Washington, Vancouver, Victoria, and Coastal British Columbia by Eric Lucas. The ultimate guide with information on over 300 hiking trails, 700 campgrounds, and 200 beaches, parks, and wilderness areas. The book reviews a wide range of unique accommodations, including boutique hotels in Seattle, stone-and-wood lodges in the Cascades, and seaside B&Bs. Order now...
Fodor's Pacific Northwest: with Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, 21st Edition. Written by local experts, this guide has the latest information with expansive insights, illustrations, recommendations, advice and trip planning tools, such as easy to read maps, to plan your exciting adventure in the Pacific Northwest. Order now...
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