Get on the water, literally. There's no more relaxing way to discover Tofino's harbourfront, pristine Inlet and its islands than by slipping on a skirt - a kayak spray skirt, that is - and paddling. This activity does not require previous experience or extensive lessons, and is ideal for a wide range of age groups. A variety of Tofino sea kayaking tours is offered, ideal for paddlers who want to learn or get refresher tips on the basics while exploring the beauty and rich biodiversity of Clayoquot Sound.
Join a leisurely 2.5 hour sunset tour of the Tofino Inlet, or kayak across to Meares Island tribal park, and walk its Big Tree Trail with a guide who can share knowledge about the area's natural and human history. Viewing Tofino from "the inside" - and right on the water - offers a genuine perspective of the area's active seafaring lifestyle, as you share the water with local residents shuttling between their floathouses or boathouses and Tofino and the occasional fish boat heading out to sea. Keep your eyes peeled for the variety of marine wildlife practically at the tip of your paddle, including seals, colourful seastars, anemones, and more wonders to be pointed out by your guide.
Kayakers seeking some one on one time with Mother Nature can take it all in with overnight guided paddles of Clayoquot Sound, some offering gourmet meals or activities like yoga. Kayak rentals are also available for experienced paddlers who want to explore the paddling possibilities of our calm tidal inlets and old growth forest on their own. Returning across the peninsula to the open Pacific Ocean and the Inn, take a walk down Chesterman Beach, and you may see surf kayakers challenging themselves on the ocean's waves.
Broken Group Islands Kayaking
The Broken Group Islands, a collection of over 100 islands, islets, and protected coves located by Ucluelet in Barkley Sound, provides scenic seascapes and is best suited to confident paddlers. You'll find that when you kayak in and around Tofino, peace of mind comes naturally.
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