Kayak Tour Details
Explore the waters and shoreline surrounding Alder Bay on a three hour guided kayak tour. Using stable double kayaks, these kayak tours are suitable for everyone – even those with no prior kayaking experience. As we quietly kayak along the shore we often see bald eagles dotting the trees and curious harbour seals popping their heads above the water as we pass.
Your guides will be on the lookout for wildlife like deer and black bears along the beaches, sea stars and urchins in the shallows, and seals and whales in the deeper water. Your guides will eagerly share with you their knowledge of the area and wildlife during your tour.
Our kayak tours operate within the unceded traditional territory of the ‘Namgis First Nation. The surrounding lands and waters are important cultural and resource gathering areas for the ‘Namgis and we take special care to minimize our impacts in the areas we visit.
The surrounding waters of Broughton and Johnstone Straits are also home to porpoises, dolphins, orcas, humpback whales and minke whales. It is unlikely we will see these larger marine mammals during a short kayak day tour, but we might get lucky. If hoping to view whales during your visit we recommend joining a multi-day base camp kayak tour or adding a three hour whale watching trip before or after your kayak tour.
What to Bring on Your Kayak Tour
We provide stable double kayaks, all paddling and safety gear – including waterproof paddling jackets. When kayaking, you will get wet. You should bring shoes that you can get wet and synthetic clothing (avoid cotton). Bring a water bottle and any snacks you require. Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are also strongly recommended. We have dry bags that you can keep a few things dry in the cockpit as well as dry bags for any additional clothing you may wish to bring. The mornings can often be cool and overcast. As the day progresses the sun will burn through the clouds and it can warm up quite a bit so dressing in layers is the best way to go.
- Our first tour starts July 1, 2020. This date could change based on directions provided by the Provincial government and Public Health Officer
- All bookings and payments to be made online
- Maximum group size of six guests plus one guide
- We are only using double kayaks for our guests. This minimizes the chances of capsizes and protects our guides from unnecessary close contact if a capsize recovery was needed.
- We are only accepting bookings of even number guests so that a double kayak is used by guests in the same “social-bubble”
- Only welcoming guests who have not been out of Canada for the 14 days prior to the trip (other basic COVID screening questions are being developed)
- Guests to remain in the same kayak and use the same gear for the duration of the trip
- Hard gear like kayaks and paddles are disinfected between trips and soft gear such as spray skirts and PFDs are washed and dried after each trip and not used again until at least the following day.
- Ensure a two metre distance between guests and staff on shore and while kayaking. Guides and guests to wear masks when 2 metre separation is not possible
Tours depart from Alder Bay RV Park and Marina. Alder Bay RV Park and Marina is located between Port McNeill and Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island. Parking is $5.00 per day and is the guests responsibility to pay. Please ensure you arrive early enough to pay for parking at the Alder Bay Resort office before joining your kayak tour.
Alder Bay is easy to reach. Highway 19 stretches the entire length of Vancouver Island and connects Victoria and Nanaimo with Port McNeill. The highway is well maintained and motor-home friendly with breathtaking scenery the entire route.
From Victoria or Nanaimo, follow Hwy 19 North past Campbell River, Sayward and Woss to Beaver Cove Road. Turn right on Beaver Cove Road and the entrance to Alder Bay Resort is 6km on your left. Watch for the signs.
BC Ferries connects to the mainland from several directions. From Vancouver to Victoria and Nanaimo and from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy via the spectacular Inside Passage. Plan your trip on BC Ferries: www.bcferries.com
Please arrive at the kayak shack in Alder Bay at least 15 minutes prior to your tour’s start time to get outfitted for paddling jackets, personal flotation devices, and to sign the tour waiver form. The tour times allow our morning guests to join an afternoon whale watching tour and for the morning whale watching tour guests to join our afternoon kayak tour. Spend an extra day and join Sea Wolf Adventures for a day of grizzly bear viewing.
If spending the day in Alder Bay be sure to check out Roxy’s Diner for a bite of lunch between activities.