Kyuquot Sound, Vancouver Island


Sea Kayak - Kyuquot Sound, Vancouver Island

Launch from Fair Harbour and explore Rugged Point Provincial Park, the Mission Group, Bunsby Islands, Acous Peninsula, and the south side of the Brooks Peninsula, conditions permitting.

  • Wed, Aug 16, 2023 — Sat, Aug 26, 2023
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 85.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3.0 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 kts

Launch the morning of Thursday, August 17th from Fair Harbour.  We'll book BC ferry reservations  for August 16th @ 10:15 AM.

We’ll spend 10 days exploring the Kyuquot area. I’m not planning on breaking camp daily but we will stay at multiple locations throughout the trip. Each day's launch time, distance, and paddling hours will be dependent on our route and conditions. You can expect a combination of protected paddles within the islands as well as open coastal paddling in swell however, wind may be encountered anywhere we will paddle. For most locations we will be beach camping on either small gravel or sand. Prior multi-day kayak/camping trips a must as well as recent experience paddling a loaded boat in conditions. Dry suit and helmet required.

In addition to the border crossing, getting to the Fair Harbour launch site requires taking a BC ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo and driving several hours north, including approximately 47 miles on an unpaved logging road.  We'll share any ferry, gas, hostel, camping, and parking fees.

In order to make this trip a success for everyone please think about your own goals and skills before committing to ensure we are all on the same page. We’ll be together for 10+ days and will need to rely on each other throughout.

My goals for this trip are to:

  • Make good group/individual decisions that reduce risk and keep us safe
  • Enjoy our time together and come back with good memories
  • Explore the cultural and heritage sites of the area (Acous Peninsula, etc)

Expectations for all participants:

  • Participate in group decisions and proactively communicate concerns
  • Abide by all trip leader decisions and support each other throughout the trip
  • Be respectful of others and willing to put the group before self
  • Raise issues/concerns in a thoughtful and constructive manner
  • Show up with the appropriate equipment and skills for kayak/wilderness camping, a positive attitude, and physical fitness to handle anything we may encounter

Kyuquot Sound, Vancouver Island

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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