Marine Activities

Kayaking, Whale Watching & More on Vancouver Island

Clayoquot Sound is a true marine playground–teeming with wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and unbridled adventure. All of the world-class marine-based activities listed, plus in-shore fishing, are included in all three-, four-, and seven-night packages.

Kayaking & Canoeing

The estuary is a marine playground for both beginner and expert kayakers. Ever-changing intertidal waterways frame lush landscapes and rich wildlife habitat. Ride the tide in and out of the estuary, under the bridge, then paddle out into Bedwell Sound at seal-level, watching for foraging bears, otters, spawning salmon, and eagle nests along the way.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Exploring the lower Bedwell River or estuary by stand-up paddle board is a great way to get up close and personal with nature. Stand, sit, or kneel on hard or inflatable SUPs, and take your time. Look straight down a through the crystal-clear waters and into the sea grass, where herons and common mergansers dive for small fish. River otters, martens, black bears, and many other creatures call the estuary home and can be found wandering, especially early in the morning and late afternoon. Scenery and wildlife opportunities change with the tides.

Surfing

Travel by a scenic 30- to 40-minute boat ride to the charming seaside village of Tofino to surf the world-famous Longbeach, Chesterman Beach, and Cox Bay. Depending on the season, winds, tides, and guest skill level, resort guides will know just where to go to ensure best possible outcomes and biggest smiles.

Whale & Bear Watching

Bear and whale watching often go hand in hand because, during low-tide, black bears can almost always be seen flipping rocks along remote foreshore, in search of tasty crab and other crustaceans. Resort guides know just where to look and how close they can get without getting too close. This type of black bear viewing is a short boat ride away, which often leads the curious further out to sea in search of whales, porpoise, seals, and sea lions.

Canyoning

Our canyon trip was an impromptu adventure that has become one of our most popular excursions! A short stand-up paddle from the top of Bedwell Sound provides access to a glacier fed waterfall channel and some of our favourite hidden water holes. These deep and calm waters, where hundreds of salmon collect in the fall, offer guests the unique chance to swim, jump, float and explore the crystal cool waters and marine life below the surface. Option to pair the excursion with a hike or bike ride. 

Walk the Wild Side Eco-Safari Adventure

The Wild Side First Nations Interpretive Trail is an all-day adventure that delivers a greater range and variety of sights and activity than any other all-inclusive resort offering. Jump into a Zodiac (a hard-bottom inflatable marine vessel) and head out in to the Sound to see black bears, the ancestral village of Ahousaht on Flores Island, lunch,  whale watching, harbor seals, eagles and more.