Clayoquot Sound

Sea kayak the west side of British Columbia Canada's Vancouver Island from Tofino to Hot Springs Cove.

launch points

The only launch point is at the Tofino municipal kayak launch at the end of First Street, next to the government dock.

Parking in Tofino

There is long term paid parking in Tofino for up to two (2) weeks.  If you are going to be out for longer than that (and probably longer than one week) it is best to contact Tofino Bylaw Enforcement.  Provide them with information on the dates, vehicles so they can give you parking options.  Email:, Phone: 250-266-1674,  Website:

on the water

Paddlers can choose to paddle in the interior, more protected portions of Clayoquot Sound or on the outer open coastal areas that are exposed to swell and surf. The narrow channel connecting the west coast with Hidden Cove requires a minimum of 7.9 ft of tide level. Rafael Point has no place to land and can have treacherous conditions while going around.  Be prepared to have to wait a day or two for more favorable conditions before attempting to go around this point.


  • There are wolves in this area. Take proper precautions and adhere to safe camping practices.
  • Tour groups can come through and inundate campsites, especially in southern Clayoquot Sound and around Hot Springs Cove.
  • BC Marine Trails members can download the location of marine trails campsites onto their GPS or phone app.
  • Guidebook: The Wild Coast, Vol. 2: A Kayaking, Hiking and Recreational Guide for the North and Central B.C. Coast by John Komantas (Whitecap Books 2006).

information for leaders

  • Difficulty: *Varies*, Sea Kayak III, Sea Kayak V
  • Length: 50.0 nm
  • Wavelength Clayoquot Sound
  • CHS No. 3673 - Clayoquot Sound, Tofino Inlet to Millar Channel
  • CHS No. 3674 - Clayoquot Sound, Millar Channel to Estevan Point
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