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. During your visit to Vancouver Island North we highly recommend a visit to nearby Alert Bay and the U’mista Cultural Centre.
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 with our friends at Seasmoke Whale Watching before your morning kayak tour or a four hour Whale Watching and Cultural Tour with Sea Wolf Adventures.
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.
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 Seasmoke Whale Watching for their afternoon tour and for Seasmoke’s morning guests to join our afternoon kayak tour. Spend an extra day and join Sea Wolf Adventures for a day of grizzly bear viewing or a whale watching and cultural tour. The Seasmoke and Sea Wolf tours have departures right from Alder Bay.
If spending the day in Alder Bay be sure to check our Lata’s Kitchen for a bite of lunch between activities.