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Can someone suggest a good 4/5 day canoe trip for novices on Vancouver Island.
posted by: aaronswartz   email this member
Posted Monday, Jun 5 at 10:10 PM
Mon, Jun 5 at 10:10 PM
Regarding trail Vargas Island near Tofino, BC

http://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?con=trail&val=439

Also as we are coming from the UK, we need all the equipment. Where could we get it from? Thanks for all your help.

Aaron


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trailpeak  email this member
Posted Tuesday, Jun 6 at 2:11 PM
Tue, Jun 6 at 02:11 PM
Regarding trail Vargas Island near Tofino, BC

htt p://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?con=trail&val=439

Hi, Canoe route or Kayak?

For sea kayaking, there are plenty -- and if novice -- suggest working with a guide company, who can also provide all equipment. Broken Island Group is fantastic, Deer Group, Tofino area -- all are serviced by sea kayak companies and not as remote / dangerous.

For actual canoe routes -- you would be better off on the mainland (BC) for classic trips like Bowron Lakes, and, on the Sunshine coast, you also have access to both canoe and kayak routes (see powell river) or for sea kayaking, Desolation Sound. You may also check here:

http://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?con=article&val=2574* new

Kurt


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aaronswartz  email this member
Posted Wednesday, Jun 21 at 12:14 PM
Wed, Jun 21 at 12:14 PM
Regarding trail Vargas Island near Tofino, BC

htt p://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?con=trail&val=439

Thanks Kurt!!

Great to get your message!! What a great thing you have set up.

I shouldn't have described our selves as novices. We all have moderate experience.

We are trying to find the best 3/4/5 day canoe trip on ideally Van island or maybe on the mainland coastal area. want a safe challenge!!

We will need to rent all equipment too

1) Powell River Trail or Sayward Trail. Which one would you recommend?

2) If we were to go for Sayward Trail where could we rent all equipment including canoe?

2) Or the Broken Islands (which sounds great!!!!)..For moderate experience....do you you think we could do it?

3) Where could we rent equipment for this area?

Thanks again!!!

All, the best


trails page for trailpeakRe: Can someone suggest a good 4/5 day canoe trip for novices on Vancouver Island.
trailpeak  email this member
Posted Wednesday, Jun 21 at 4:22 PM
Wed, Jun 21 at 04:22 PM
Regarding trail Vargas Island near Tofino, BC

htt p://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?con=trail&val=439

I think for a true BC experience I would do Broken Islands Sea kayak trip (not canoe) with a licensed tour guide operator. BC is all about sea kayaking not so much canoeing unless researching the interior of BC e.g. Bowron Lakes.

For canoe routes -- you've got to look harder, and, in the case of Sunshine coast, it's a lot of driving to get there. There are lakes / canoe routes on Vancouver Island, but many would be a lake tour, not sure about getting 3/4 days out of it without getting on large inlets or lakes with dangerous winds / waters.

So I'd go with a guided sea kayak trip for Vancouver Island. You can rent kayaks (day trip) out of many locations (Nanaimo area) or even Tofino, you can contact a guide company and arrange for Broken Islands or other, basically best bet is google the outfitters and go from there.

Kayaking BC's waters can be dangerous, there are tides, currents, wind and exposure. 3/4 days in Ontario's Algonquin park is one thing, Sea kayaking exposed ocean is another.

Kurt



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