Otters Kayaking

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 Vancouver Island West – One of the last places where a wildland still meets a wild ocean” Bertie Gregory, National Geographic wildlife filmmaker

In the 1960s, close to 100 Alaskan sea otters were released off the west-central coast of Vancouver Island. This colonizing experiment was very successful with over 3000 otters now calling the west coast home. Their favourite habitat is kelp beds. The Nuchatlitz area is an ideal home for these very social animals and it is believed that they are in their greatest numbers here. So, you otter try a sea kayak tour with us to their prime habitat.

Our guided kayaking with Pacific otters base camp trip takes us to the Nuchatlitz Archipelago on the west coast of Vancouver Island. With a myriad of islands, beaches, protected water paddling, rich in culture, nature, and history, it offers the best wilderness kayaking on the west coast.

Our lead guides are members of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. They are a non-profit society that upholds high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC. Through ongoing professional development and certification, the Alliance strives to ensure safe practices on an industry-wide basis.

  • one of the largest sea otter populations in the world.
  • dramatic coastlines, small islets, punctuated with sea caves, arches, bluffs, and sandy beaches
  • the end of each day ends at our base camp, a log cabin with incredible views of British Columbia’s west coast. Nothing compares to a west coast sunset.

Broken Group Islands of Western Vancouver Island
Pacific Orcas of Johnstone Strait


“Beyond all expectations! From your professional guides, wonderful menu, breathtaking scenery, isolation from all urban distractions, coming to terms with personal strengths and limitations – one can not help but come away with a better sense of self and appreciation of this gem.”~ Tom & Julie Hughes, Nottingham, UK

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