Galiano Kayaks Day Tours
Join us for a 3-6 hr day paddle exploring the calm, protected waters surrounding Montague Harbour.
We specialize in small tour groups of 2-6 that allow us to provide each client with individual attention and instruction, ensuring a memorable experience! Our guides are not only skilled kayaking instructors, but also keen naturalists knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, and geology of the region.
Please call or email in advance to ensure a place for yourself on the tour.
All tours include a ~30 min dock-side orientation, customized to your experience level. Topics covered include: how to adjust your seat and foot pedals; how to use your rudder; basic paddle stroke; how to wet exit; how to perform an assisted-rescue.
Prices assume a group size of 3 or more clients, and are subject to change without notice. **Tours of two people are subject to a $10+GST "private tour" surcharge if no other paddlers join. Prices are listed in Canadian dollars and do not include tax (5% GST).
Paddle the Pass! Currents and Wildlife Tour
$95 (5HRS - Start time varies with tides) A tour for intermediate and experienced paddlers who wish to explore the pleasures and excitement of currents and eddies in Active Pass (standard tour) or Porlier Pass (custom tour), both frequented by the Southern Gulf Island's Resident Orca pods. Higher currents in the passes allow for more complex food webs, providing greater intertidal diversity and more frequent wildlife sightings than surrounding areas. If you don't see otters, seals, or eagles, your next tour is free!
Early Bird Tour
$60 (3HRS - 9am to Noon) Enjoy a quiet morning paddle in calm, sheltered waters, exploring the diverse intertidal life and coastline of Montague Harbour Provincial Marine Park and its environs. Perfect for paddlers of all skill levels, and those with an interest in ecology, this tour includes hands-on learning experiences facilitated by our passionate and knowledgeable local guides.
Seals & Sandstone Afternoon Tour
$65 (3HRS - 1pm to 4pm) Kayak in sheltered waters surrounded by islands, honeycombed sandstone cliffs and sunning seals. Learn how wave action and salt weathering sculpt the soft sandstone bedrock, resulting in the dramatic tafoni formations that riddle the shoreline. Afternoon is when seals take their siesta, and are often found asleep on the rocks, camouflaged amongst the sandstone. Otters, eagles, herons, and other wildlife are also regularly encountered. No experience necessary! Our passionate guides have a keen interest in local ecology, and are happy to share their knowledge.
$75 (4HRS - 1pm to 5pm) Much like our 3hr afternoon tour, but the extra hour allows us to explore farther from Montague and split our time on the water with a beach break to stretch our legs and have a snack (not included). A popular destination is the Ballingall Islets, a nature preserve frequented by cormorants, black oystercatchers, and other sea birds and a popular haulout for harbour seals. Our guides customize the route and pace to fit your energy level. Frequent wildlife sightings and learning opportunities facilitate a leisurely pace -- Beginner's welcome!
Experience Galiano Day Tour
$95 (6HRS - 11am to 5pm) Our full day tour is for those who want to see it all -- five to six hours on the water allow us to explore both the islands and the cliffs of Galiano, visiting bird and seal sanctuaries and sculpted sandstone galleries. Bring your camera, as close encounters with eagles, otters, seals, herons and more are the rule, rather than the exception. Ideal for intermediates or adventurous beginners. Our guides are passionate naturalists who are happy to share their knowledge of the local ecology, geology, and island culture. Small groups of 2 - 6 allow us to provide each client with individual attention and instruction, ensuring a memorable experience! (Lunch is not included).
$65 (3HRS - Start time varies with sunset) Enjoy the stillness of the evening as you paddle in the warmth of the setting sun. Summer nights are typically windless, providing glass-still water at sunset and crimson colours above and below the horizon. Accessible to all skill levels. A wonderful end to the day.
Bioluminescence Night Tour
$65 (2.5HRS - Start time varies with sunset) Join us for a memorable evening experiencing and learning about bioluminescence -- the production and emission of light by organisms. Bioluminescence occurs in the Gulf Islands seasonally as warmer temperatures allow dinoflagellates -- single celled plant-like organisms to flourish. When disturbed, dinoflagellates emit light as a defense mechanism. As the light fades and your paddle becomes harder to see, its movement through the water is soon illuminated as it agitates the living ocean. Although wildlife is difficult to see above the water in darkness, movements of other creatures below the surface are illuminated as well. Schools of fish that remain elusive during the day reveal their presence by the comet's tail of sparkling light they trail behind them. This unique tour is accessible to all paddlers (provided you have no fear of the dark!).
We tailor trips according to experience and interest. Beginners are welcome to request these tours. We can tailor trip routes according to experience or sightseeing interests. Our guides are skilled paddlers and passionate naturalists who are happy to help you hone your paddling skills and share their knowledge of the local ecology, geography, and history. Small groups of 2 - 6 allow us to provide each client with individual attention and instruction, ensuring a memorable experience!
Two-day Gulf Islands Getaway Kayak Tour
(2 days, 1 night)
Escape the city to Galiano and the Gulf Islands for an overnight two day guided tour to Wallace Island Provincial Park! Experience Galiano's dramatic western shore and abundant wildlife your first day, and the diversity of the adjacent island chain that extends north from Wallace Island the second. Enjoy backcountry gourmet meals prepared by our multi-talented guides, or choose an unprovisioned option and organize meals independently.
Three-day Gulf Islands Adventurer Kayak Tour
(3 days, 2 nights)
This three day, two night guided adventure allows you to explore the full length of Galiano's rugged western shore and includes challenging paddling in the currents and eddies of Porlier Pass, a bottleneck where the migrating salmon and herring draw seals and eagles in large numbers. Evenings will be spent in Dionisio Point and Wallace Island Provincial Marine Parks, where dramatic sunsets are standard and other campers are few. Enjoy backcountry gourmet meals prepared by our multi-talented guides, or choose an unprovisioned option and organize meals independently.
Four-day Gulf Islands Explorer Kayak Tour
(4 days, 3 nights)
Explore the remote Northern Gulf Islands with our diverse four day, three night guided tour. Departing from the north end of Galiano to maximize our range and minimize repetition, this tour takes you to the stunning sandstone galleries of Valdes and De Courcy Islands. On the afternoon of the first day there is time to hike Valdes' Mexicana Hill for a different perspective on the next day's paddle, and learn about the history and legends of the area. Enjoy backcountry gourmet meals prepared by our multi-talented guides, or choose an unprovisioned option and organize meals independently.
Tell us about your dream trip -- As one of the premiere outfitters in the province, we've got the experience to help you realize it! We can paddle in Barclay Sound, Clayoquot Sound, Esperanza Inlet, Lasqueti, Texada Islands and BC's newest Marine Park, or anywhere else in BC that interests you and your group. Just ask!