Kayak camping experiences 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. Designed around marine conditions and guest preferences our multi-day tour takes you into Southern Clayoquot Sound to the shores of Vargas Island. Vargas Island offers a rugged shoreline, sandy beaches, sheltered channels, a lagoon and mudflats to explore.
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. Escape from the routines of every day life and live simply by the tides.
The shores of Vargas Island are a popular place for grey whales to feed and nearby is the Cleland Island Ecological Reserve which is 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 Island as feeding grounds in the summer as well. Land loving mammals like the black bear and the coastal wolf are also scattered around Southern Clayoquot Sound. The opportunities for wildlife on and around Vargas Island are vast.
Planning your Bucket-List Sea Kayak Tour
2023 Tour Dates
3-Day Vargas Island Tour Dates:
Private dates are available and longer trips can be planned if 3 days is not enough.
- June 16-18
- June 23-25
- June 30-July 2
- July 7-9
- July 14-16 – sold
- July 21-23
- July 28-30
- August 4-6
- August 11-13
- August 18-20
- August 25-27
- September 1-3
- September 8-10
- September 15-17
We speak with every guest in person before you book to get the details correct, answer your questions and get you excited to go on a Sea Kayak Expedition in Clayoquot Sound.
Paddle West Kayaking offers a 3 day, 2 night tour. The tour begins, unless otherwise specified, on Friday at 8:00am and ends on Sunday between 12:00pm and 3:00pm (weather dependent). All tours begin and end in Tofino, British Columbia on our docks at Jamie’s Whaling Station.
It is recommended to arrive at least one day prior to the beginning of the tour. This will allow you to meet your guide and to pack so you are ready to paddle away the following morning. Knowing how beautiful Tofino, Ucluelet and the surrounding area is we suggest that you plan to stay and explore once your tour ends.
Private group trips are available. If you have a group of 4 or more, we can often accommodate the dates of your choosing: Want more than 3 days? Let us plan a custom expedition for you
Cancellation Policy: At this time a 50% deposit is applied at the time of booking which will be refundable up to 60 days before the tour.
Final payment is due 30 days before the tour, and is non-refundable.
***See our Terms & Conditions for more details.
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.
Please see the Packing List page for a detailed list of what to bring with you on your tour.
Additional gear for rent
4 person, 2 person or 1 person
Guided Multi-Day Tours