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Family Sea Kayaking Tours in British Columbia

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Guided Kayak Excursions for Families on Vancouver Island


For those looking for a family adventure vacation immersed in nature and wilderness, you’ll love these fun-filled 3-day kayak tours along the Johnstone Strait on Vancouver Island.


  • Kayak tours designed for families
  • Visit Johnstone Strait
  • Beachside camping and exploring
  • See marine wildlife and whales
  • Local, experienced guides
  • High-quality gear & paddling instruction


This 3 day kayaking tour along Johnstone Strait off northern Vancouver Island is designed with families in mind. Johnstone Strait is home to some of the highest levels of biodiversity in Canada.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability June - Sept
Duration 3 days
Difficulty Moderate
Minimum age 9 years
Group maximum 12 people
Region British Columbia
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


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  • International number: +1 778 348 1676

Availability (2024):

2 people minimum

3 day Johnstone Strait: $1399/person

    Mon-Wed or Fri-Sun
  • June 1-Sept 22

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What's Included

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  • Meals, snacks and soft drinks
  • All camping and cooking gear
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Double or single fibreglass sea kayaks
  • Paddles
  • PFD’s (designed for kayaking)
  • Paddling jackets
  • Spray skirts
  • Dry bags
  • Kayak booties and gloves

What to bring

  • A complete packing list will be provided
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Water bottle with strap
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses with neck cord
  • Clothing suited to a variety of temperatures and weather conditions
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece jacket and windbreaker
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun hat or ball cap
  • Wet shoes for kayaking, such as Tevas or Aqua socks
  • Sturdy shoes for around camp and hiking

Not Included

  • Transportation from your home city to Telegraph Cove, BC
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Overnight accommodations before and after your trip

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Find out more details about the tour and its highlights


For three days, you and your family will embark on a kayak adventure exploring the wonderful ecosystem and look for a myriad of animals large and small — from microscopic plankton to the northern resident killer whale. You may come across Steller sea lions, harbour seals, Dall’s porpoises, minke whales, humpback whales, and river and sea otters too. Johnstone Strait also boasts over fifty bird species living and migrating through the area, so keep your eye on the sky as well as the intertidal zone! There are tons of alien-like marine critters to admire alongside our more familiar birds and mammals. Your kids will love it!

This trip is designed for families and children, so it includes low tide walks to explore intertidal creatures during the day and campfires and smores at night time. We also provide specialized private family tours to focus on a desired topic such as leadership, wilderness navigation, wildlife identification, or any other topic you would like. We offer a range of family-friendly route plans and interpretive programs to encourage fun experiential education while immersed in the natural world.  These tours are the perfect opportunity for families to get away from the hustle of daily life, away from their screens, and enjoy a unique and memorable experience together in nature that will be cherished forever.

Since our campsites are only accessible by watercraft, this journey is the perfect retreat amongst Canada’s most basic yet impressive elements: pure water and fresh air. You and your children will be taken care of by your guides who will make sure you’re well-fed, well-rested, safe, and well-entertained… And of course, enjoying nature!

Your tour begins at 8:30 am and departs from Telegraph Cove on Fridays or Mondays.  And then you return to Telegraph Cove in the late afternoon on the third day.  While no previous kayaking experience is necessary, you should be physically and mentally fit for 3 days of kayaking and camping in a wilderness setting.  We recommend a minimum of age of 9, but younger children can certainly be accommodated on private, custom trips.

Your guides are experienced expedition leaders, with designation in SKGABC sea kayaking leadership and are fully certified in advanced wilderness first aid and CPR.  They take your safety very seriously and always consider your personal comfort zone.  Not only are they leaders in their field, but they are also patient teachers and offer a holistic approach towards safety and learning.  They are the most experienced guides in the region, with over 50+ years of navigating the Johnstone Strait. As full-time residents of the region, they possess an unwavering passion for spotting wildlife and sharing their in-depth knowledge of the area with you. You and your kids are in good hands.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST. 
  • A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation. 
  • Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.

Cancellation Policy & Details

  • 60 days or more notice: full refund less $50 admin fee per person.
  • 31-59 days notice: 50% refund (deposit not refunded).
  • 30 days or less: no refunds issued.

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