kayaking sea otters

From time to time we become aware of new and exciting adventure possibilities. Nuchatlitz, with its beautiful sandy beaches and resident sea otter population is such an adventure.

Join us we explore Nuchatlitz and Esperanza Inlets on Canada’s west coast. Here is an opportunity to view west coast inlets and beaches as they were before development and logging. Dramatic coastlines, small islets, punctuated with sea caves, arches, bluffs, and sandy beaches will highlight our paddle. Rich inter-tidal life with its myriad of colours, marine mammals such as sealions, seals, and whales, along with a varied marine bird presence lend to the specialness of this area. And if this is not enough, Nuchatlitz is home to the greatest concentration of sea otters on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Difficulty: Class 1/2  Novice Cost: Cdn: $1995 + 5% GST [Federal Tax]

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A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. Sea to Sky Expeditions will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing. Please note that all tours in B.C and the Yukon. are subject to a 5% GST federal tax. No one may depart on a trip unless all payments and necessary documents (including medical and liability release forms) are received by Sea to Sky Expeditions. Due to the nature of operating in the wilderness and international destinations, prices are subject to change [rare]. Where necessary to change a price, we will try to provide as much notice as possible, and offer you the choice of another trip, or to cancel, with full refund. Our prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. If you choose to pay by credit card, we have to process the payment in Canadian funds. Your credit card company will automatically change it to your currency based on their exchange rate. If you paid your deposit in Canadian funds, please continue to make all further payments in Canadian funds to avoid any confusion in the daily changing exchange rate. Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to alter itineraries or cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient booking levels or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. A trip cancellation due to insufficient booking levels will generally occur at least 30 days prior to departure. Sea to Sky Expeditions is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (i.e. non refundable airline tickets, visa fees, equipment, etc.).


A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued upon registration.

Includes: sea kayaks, paddles, PFDs [life jacket], spray skirts, dry bags, transportation from the point of origin and return, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, meals/snacks/beverages during kayaking, tents, meal preparations, tarps, major first aid supplies, water taxi, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides.

Not Included: Travel to Vancouver, accommodation in Vancouver, personal gear, meals other than identified in the itinerary.

  • Gratuities are not included. Our guides make every effort to ensure your holiday is all you expected and more. Recognition of a job well done is always appreciated; $10-20/day per guide is recommended. 

Day 0-Arrive in area, prepared for pickup the next morning. A guide will phone you to confirm pickup details.

Day 1-We will take the ferry from Tswassen to Naniamo. The van journey will take us up island to Campbell River for lunch and then we head onwards toward Zeballos. We will spend the night here in Zeballos getting to know each other and preparing for our day on the water tomorrow.

Day 2-We will put in at Little Espinosa Inlet near Zeballos, where guides will go over kayak procedures and skills. We head south along the shoreline then cross Esperanza Inlet to our new home for the next few nights, Flynns Cove. on Nootka Island. This makes a good first days paddling objective.

Day 3-5 From our comfy cabin home at Flynns Cove, we will visit a variety of the many islands in the Nuchatlitz group. Paddling along the Nootka Island shoreline, we arrive at one of these islands. These islands offer us many opportunities; if the winds are too high to paddle the seas on the ‘outside’ then we can explore the hidden lagoons sheltered behind. In favourable conditions Benson Point, or Catala Island can be included in the itinerary. And of course we will keep our eyes open for the floating rafts of sea otters which are often seen amongst these islands.

Day 6-We pack up and begin heading back toward Little Espinosa to our vehicle. Usually back and packed by early afternoon, we then continue the journey south towards the ferry and the mainland.

Vancouver Many of the major North American carriers fly into Vancouver or alternately, Seattle. Check with your travel agent for options. There is a bus service, Quick Shuttle , from Seattle’s airport to hotels in Vancouver. These run daily and are reasonably priced. For more information, in North America, phone 1/800/665-2122 or 1/604/940-4428 – Fax 1/604/940-4429. Check the link regarding shuttles and other airport information.

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