Special Kayak Tours

2-Day Birding by Kayak / Camping Tour Copeland Islands

The Copeland Islands Marine Park is a string of beautiful islands just north of Lund, situated in the pristine waters of the Salish Sea. Located approx. 160 km (100 miles) north of Vancouver, this archipelago is directly adjacent to Desolation Sound Marine Park on BC’s Sunshine Coast.

Kayaks are the best way to visit this majestic area, as only kayaks can quietly access all shallow nooks and crannies where wildlife likes to spent most of their time. We’ll settle down in the heart of the Copeland Islands on the first day of this tour. A fantastic new scenery around every corner, rocky islands where seals often haul out and steep cliffs where sea birds nest. We will camp on one of the Copeland Islands as this will be a good base-camp for exploring in different directions. We’ll bring stable- and high volume 2-person sea kayaks on this tour in order to be able to transport extra camera equipment and for creating stability while taking photos.

Many bird species call this area their home, permanent or temporarily. A local birding-expert will join us during this tour and the combined knowledge of area and birds will make this an unforgettable birding-tour. This is the season of longer day-light, we’ll take advantage by going on an evening- and early morning paddle. Birds (and other wildlife) will be more active during dusk and dawn. Birds we might be able to see during this tour could include: a variety of ducks and waterfowl, many shore birds, birds of prey, different gull colonies and hopefully some rare migratory birds. Two days of birding-by-kayak in May hopefully gives us about 40 to 50 different bird species …….

A maximum of 8 – 10 Nautical Miles (approx. 14 – 18km / 9 – 11mi) per paddling day. Distance will also depend on group preferences and goals, weather conditions, currents and tides. It takes some time to complete packing and a pre-tour instruction on the first day of the tour, we aim to be back in Lund Harbour between 3pm and 4pm on the final day. It will speed up the start of a tour if Medical Information Forms and Liability Waivers are filled out and signed prior to the tour.

Paddle routes during this tour are within the sheltered class 2 waters of Desolation Sound. However, during this tour you might be exposed to some wind, waves, mild currents and boat wakes. Your guide will choose the route most appropriate for weather, tides, mild currents and group.

Camping will take place within the marine park on designated campsites. Tent platforms and an outhouse are the facilities that BC Parks has provided for our comfort.

No experience necessary! This guided tour is appropriate for beginners.

What You Bring

  • Yourself in good spirits and ready to go
  • A set of paddling-clothes and camp-clothes (see below)

 

Personal Gear

  • Prescription / over the counter drugs
  • Sunscreen / Lip-balm (high protection factor)
  • Hand sanitizing kit
  • Water bottle (1 liter filled)
  • Waterproof phone case / pouch

 

Paddling clothesQuick drying

  • Comfortable pants (no jeans or cotton)
  • Rain- / Wind-Jacket (rain pants)
  • Sun-protection (hat, glasses etc.)
  • Synthetic shirt(s)
  • Warm fleece sweater
  • Sturdy footwear / neoprene booties (will get wet)

 

Shore Clothes (keep dry)

  • Warm Fleece / Jacket
  • Dry pants (no jeans or cotton)
  • Dry shoes & (wool) socks
  • Warm under layer (aka ‘Long-John’s / -Jane’s)
  • Beanie / toque
 
Camping Gear
 
  • Toiletries / Camp-towel
  • Headlamp or flash-light
  • Bug repellant
  • Kayak / paddle / PFD / spray-skirt / kayak safety gear
  • All Camping equipment
  • All meals during the tour
  • Backcountry Camping Permit
  • Dry-bag(s) for your personal items (1x 20ltr and 1x 10ltr)
  • Extra Dry-bag(s) for photo equipment
  • Neoprene wetsuit (if needed in the off-season)
 
Optional: Camping Upgrade Package

A Camping Upgrade Package contains:

  • A 3-person tent for 2 guests
  • An extra large / wide / thick inflatable mattress
  • A camp-pillow
  • A Helinox Camp Chair
  • Price: $99 + 5% GST per person

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