Multi-day tofino kayaking tours
Discover the wild beauty of the West Coast on a guided multi-day kayak camping adventure. Immerse yourself in Clayoquot Sound’s stunning landscapes, paddle along pristine beaches, savour high-quality cuisine, and experience awe-inspiring wildlife encounters. Join us for an unforgettable multi-day kayaking journey in this coastal paradise.
Discover Vargas Island
$1,120 / person
Camp on sprawling white sand beaches beneath the stars or the canopy of the rainforest. Eat delicious, nutritious and fresh meals inspired by the West Coast and prepared by your guide. Watch the sunset as you fall asleep to the sound of gently crashing waves. Wake up as the sunrises over the mountains of Vancouver Island. Explore the rugged coastline of Vargas Island searching for wildlife, big and small. Escape from the routines of every day life and live simply by the tides.
Hot springs cove
Embark on a thrilling 5-day kayak expedition from Tofino to Hot Springs Cove, navigating pristine waters along the white sand shores of Vargas and Flores Islands. Your journey culminates at the enchanting Hot Springs Cove, where natural geothermal springs await to soothe and rejuvenate. Immerse yourself in the rugged allure of the West Coast on this unforgettable expedition.
The Paddling can be customized to suit your experience level and age of your children. You need to come see for yourself the beauty and magic of paddling in Clayoquot Sound. This sea kayak trip is centered around Vargas Island, which is a large Island in the middle of Clayoquot Sound with many large sandy beaches for landing and camping. The East and North side of the Island offers more protection from the elements, while the west side experiences the swell of the Pacific Ocean.
We offer customized day and multi-day sea kayaking tours out of Tofino (Clayoquot Sound) and Ucluelet (Barkley Sound). These tours can be tailored specifically to your groups needs and cater to everyone from families with young children, to experienced kayakers just looking for a local guide to show them the area.
Best paddle experience yet!
We did a multi day paddle out of Tofino. Everything surpassed my expectations! The food with delicious, healthy, fresh and lots of variety and some of the best desserts I’ve had on a paddle trip. Both our guides were professional, personable and went above and beyond to make sure our group was having a great experience. Paddle West equipment was also top notch making it all that much more enjoyable. From the initial contact with Ryan at Paddle West to the final day on the water it all went like a dream. I can’t recommend Ryan and Paddle West highly enough. And you are in the most beautiful area of the world. . .
Great active family vacation
We were a kayaking novice family (kids age 11 and 14). Had an amazing 3 day tour tour around Vargas island. Grey whales, wolves, eagles, humpbacks, otters, tidal zone critters, old growth rainforest, isolated long west coast beaches, starry nights, phosphorescence in the crashing waves, etc… couldn’t ask for more. Lovely, informed guides, tasty food, super nice responsive owner, great safety awareness. We will have memories of vacationing actively with our kids that will last a lifetime. Strongly recommend, even for kayaking novices like us, and even for younger families. Great fun.
paddling around vargas island
We just finished a three day trip with Paddle West around Vargas Island outside of Tofino. Our guides were top-notch, we got excellent instruction and support, wonderful campsites and tasty healthy food, and the wildlife viewing was spectacular! We are in our late sixties and hadn’t really done much kayaking, but our guides were so helpful and encouraging, and we were able to do the kayaking with no trouble. This was a marvelous way to see the beauty of Tofino and Clayoquat Sound and be ups close and personal with all kinds of creatures. So much fun! I totally recommend this trip if you can do it!
Outstanding multi-day kayak trip
7 friends and I did a 5 day 4 night kayak trip with Paddle West. Most of us have been on several multi day kayak trips but this was the first with paddle west. And it was outstanding! The food was fantastic and plentiful. The guides were great – Cam and Morgan worked very hard to keep us happy and safe and they were a lot of fun. And of course, the scenery was great — wolves howling and running on the beach; a gray whale 200 metres from us; otters, eagles etc. Ryan, the owner, was easy to work with and very organized. I highly recommend Paddle West!
MULTI-DAY KAYAKING IN CLAYOQUOT SOUND
If you are looking for the opportunity to escape and explore for longer than a single day, the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound are the place to be — in fact, Clayoquot offers some of the best multi-day kayaking on Vancouver Island. Designed around marine conditions and guest preferences, our tours take place on the white sand shores of Vargas Island, Flores Island, and Vancouver Island. All tour locations offer rugged shorelines, sandy beaches, and sheltered channels — not to mention towering mountains dressed in old growth forest.
Explore the coastline searching for wildlife, big and small. Camp beneath the stars or the canopy of the rainforest. Eat delicious, nutritious and fresh meals inspired by the West Coast and prepared by your guide. Watch the sunset as you fall asleep to the sound of gently crashing waves. Wake up as the sunrises over the mountains of Vancouver Island. A multi-day kayak trop is an incredible way to escape from the routines of every day life and live simply by the tides
The shores of Vargas and Flores Islands are popular places for grey whales to feed — not to mention nearby Cleland Island Ecological Reserve, home to a variety of nesting birds including the Rhinoceros auklet, Pigeon guillemot and plenty of Black oystercatchers. Transient Orcas and the Humpback whale are known to use the waters off of Vargas and Flores as feeding grounds in the summer as well. Land loving mammals like the black bear and the coastal wolf are also scattered around Clayoquot Sound. The opportunities for wildlife on a multi-day kayak trip in Clayoquot are vast.
Required Paddling Experience
Our multi-day tour requires no previous paddling experience but we suggest that you be familiar with camping in a wilderness setting. It is also recommended that you have the physical ability to sit in a kayak and paddle for four to six hours a day. The paddling is often not strenuous but depending on conditions more physical exertion may be required. The tour and the destination campsites will be determined by the group’s experience and abilities.
What to Bring
Paddle West Kayaking provides all the kayaking and safety gear required for the tour, your guide, wilderness camping fees and West Coast inspired meals.
You are responsible for providing your own camping set up which includes a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad, personal clothing and other personal items. If you do not have your own camping set up, Paddle West Kayaking rents such items for a reasonable extra cost.
Additional gear for rent
Guided Multi-Day Tours