Sleep beneath the stars and enjoy the proximity of a natural wilderness on your doorstep. On overnight excursions with A Paddle in the Park, you will be camping or staying on our fabulous sailing ship. You can hire camping equipment for an extra cost however many clients prefer to bring their own camping equipment.
Nestled snugly between the Canadian mainland and the East Coast of Vancouver Island are the glorious Gulf Islands. These sheltered waters with a Mediterranean climate are the ideal spot for experiencing the Canadian wilderness. You will find – sailing, kayaking, fishing, and scuba diving, alongside golden beaches and pristine wilderness.
With more than 200 islands in the group, you will have plenty of nooks, crannies, coves, channels and waterways to explore. Discover unique cultures and histories on the larger islands that have been populated for many generations. Today you will find many artists and artisans who have been drawn to this cultural and climate hot-spot, trading their wares and adding a colorful vibe.
If you can – then fly directly into Victoria International Airport (YYJ) which is on Vancouver Island and very close to Sidney where most of our tours depart. If you cannot fly directly into YYJ then fly to Vancouver international airport, from here you can get connecting flights or rent a car and drive using the ferry crossing.
Enjoy gourmet camp food, as you participate in multi-day excursions with A Paddle in the Park.
You will find plenty of great restaurants on Vancouver Island and throughout British Columbia. Enjoy Canadian and British staples as well as diverse cuisines from around the world.
The Pacific Ocean is the great provider and you will discover fabulous fresh fish and seafood – King Crab, Oysters and of course magnificent Salmon.
If you have a sweet-tooth or a taste for history – then make sure you try a Victoria Cream. Dating back to a recipe from 1885 this is a mouth-watering, tongue-caressing, chocolate delicacy, with raspberry, ginger and maple.
Fantastic scenic kayaking tours through the Gulf Islands National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Expert and entertaining guides with extensive local knowledge. Close encounters with a diverse ecology including - orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, pacific white-sided dolphins, dall’s porpoise, harbour porpoise, seals, sea lions, sea otters, black bears, deer and eagles.