Restore Your Nature Deficit

“It’s a wild, Waltons-esque wonderland, the most exhilarating outdoorsy playground”
Conde Nast Traveller UK

River and Ocean Kayaking

The estuary is a marine playground for both beginner and expert kayakers.  Ever-changing intertidal waterways frame lush landscapes and rich wildlife habitat.  Ride the tide in and out of the estuary, under the bridge, then paddle out into Bedwell Sound at seal level, watching for foraging bears, otters, spawning salmon, and eagle nests along the way.

Favourite ocean kayak excursions include whale, porpoise and bear watching in Warn Bay, and the day trek to Flores Island’s Wild Side First Nations Interpretive Trail, where hiking and kayaking mix along marked trails of between 5 and 12 kilometres in length.

Kayaking Early Evening Estuary
River Kayaking Little Girl
When river water levels are sufficiently high, generally during May, June and September of the shoulder seasons, guests in river kayaks can ride the small but exciting rapids and gentle emerald shallows of the Bedwell River. Beginning at the junction of the Ursus River, and ending at the Outpost, in the estuary.  Experienced guides lead the way. Instruction and safety gear provided. No experience necessary.

Sea Kayaking (Estuary Paddle)

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 b difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

An individual, group or family activity that may take from one to two hours. Sea kayaking is a great activity to combine with stand-up paddle boarding. Maximum capacity for estuary kayaking is 16 guests using a combination of single-seat, double-seat, and inflatable double-seat kayaks.

Sea Kayaking (Warn Bay, Mosquito Harbour, Herbert Inlet)

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 b difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

An individual, group or family activity that typically takes five hours. Take a gourmet picnic lunch and combine with a wildlife viewing tour. Sea kayaking has a maximum capacity of 12 guests using a combination of single and double-seat kayaks.

River Kayaking

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 b difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

An individual, group, and family activity that typically takes four hours.  Maximum capacity is five guests, plus guide.

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