KAYAK SALT SPRING
Create your adventure!
Customized, private kayak tours for 2 to 6 people, starting at $150 per group. Kayak Salt Spring's mission is to provide family-oriented, educational, and environmentally friendly kayaking adventures that promote the natural beauty and preservation of Salt Spring Island's wilderness. We use Canadian made Delta 14s and 20Ts on all of our tours.
Private Day Tours
WALKER HOOK TOUR
2 - 3 HRS.
Walker Hook Beach, accessible only by boat, is the largest sandy beach on Salt Spring Island. After a leisurely 45 minute paddle past eagles nests and picturesque shoreline, we stop for snacks and drinks (provided).
Private 2 person tour starting at $150 per group (additional people $50 per person, maximum group size 6 people)
ELEANOR POINT TOURS
3 HR or 4 HR
Starting from Kingfisher Cove, we paddle past pretty bays before rounding Eleanor Point. From there the coastline changes to kelp beds and sandstone cliffs. After a 1 hour paddle we select one of several sandy bays to stop for snacks and drinks (provided). With spectacular shoreline, the return trip provides opportunities to explore nooks and crannies that were were missed on the way out. This is a good tour for anyone who likes geology.
Private 2 person tours
3 hour $175 per group
4 hour $225 per group
(additional people $50 per person, maximum group size 6 people)
TENT ISLAND TOUR 4.5 HRS.
Spend a day with John learning natural history while you circumnavigate this beautiful island. Wildlife sightings may include otters, nesting cormorants, seals and intertidal life. Best paddled on a low tide. This trip requires us to do two crossing of just over one nautical mile each. Previous paddling experience is recommended.
Private 2 person tour starting at $225 per group (additional people $50/person, maximum group size 6)
SANSUM NARROWS TOUR
Situated between Maple Mountain and Mt. Maxwell, this tour offers beautiful scenery. The northern section of Sansum Narrows is somewhat protected from the southeast winds and is often our best option on windy days. The combination of non-turbulent currents up to 3 knots and wind can make this trip either a challenging paddle or an easy flat water tour.
Private 2 person tour starting at $200 per group (additional people $50/person, maximum group size 6)
CUSTOM KAYAK TOURS
As a locally owned, family based sea kayaking business, we are always open to creating the kayak adventure you've always dreamed of.
Some ideas to get you thinking:
Honeymoon picnic & kayak tour
Home school educational tour
Chocolate Beach kayak tour
If you're interested in creating a fully customized kayak tour package please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd love to hear from you!
Pricing will depend on your kayak tour plans, length of the tour, group size, etc.
Please request a quote
PADDLE CANADA BASIC SKILLS (CERTIFICATION)
8 - 9 HRS.
This program teaches the basic strokes and rescues that are the foundation for higher levels. We focus on maneuvering your boat without the rudder, giving you greater control.
The rescues in the Basic Skills course give you the ability to put someone back in their boat in calm conditions. Self-rescue, a condition of many outfitters for kayak rental, is optional. Limited to 3 students. Snacks provided.
We also offer this course in two 4 - 5 hour sessions on different days. (Certification course, available July and August.)
Private classes for 2-3 people
($150 per person)
MEET YOUR GUIDE & HOST
John and Caroline Topham are the owners of Kayak Salt Spring, a family based kayak guiding company with a focus on natural history and marine biology education.
Your Kayak Guide: John grew-up playing on the shores of the Salish Sea then earned degrees in biology and education from the University of Victoria. He is a cofounder of Oak and Orca Bioregional School in Victoria, where he worked for 8 years as Science Teacher and Field Trip Coordinator. He is certified as a guide by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. and as an instructor by Paddle Canada.
Host & Co-ordinator: Caroline, who has a background in education and small business management, is coordinating the trips from home. We have a small fleet of kayaks that include Delta 14s for singles and Delta 20 Tandems for families and couples