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Kayaking from Tofino, British Columbia

Tofino, B.C. is the launch site for our multi-day explorations of the Clayoquot Sound. Rising Sun returns to Clayoquot every summer to explore the Clayoquot, which is oft nicknamed "Hawaii of the North" or "the Eighth Wonder of the World." Our kayak trips out of Tofino explore the area's pristine temperate rainforests and sheltered ocean inlets.


Tofino kayaking

Custom Kayak Trips to Clayoquot Sound are Available All Year!





Campfire in Clayoquot Sound
The Road to Tofino

As more people discover the raw beauty of Tofino, it is quickly becoming one of Canada's most praised vacation destinations. Situated between Pacific Rim National Park, the open Pacific Ocean and the Clayoquot Sound, Tofino is an ideal launchsite for explorations of all three places. The town itself has a population of around 1,500 residents which include a mixture of Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations people, commercial fisherman and people who have relocated to the area finding jobs in the ever-growing tourism industry. During the summer, Tofino's population can grow to as many as 20,000 people who come to stay in the area's world-class hotels, surf off the sprawling beaches, soak in the nearby Hot Springs and take in some of the last intact temperate rainforest remaining on the planet. There are plenty of places to stay near Rising Sun's Tofino launch site. From public campgrounds, to clean and inexpensive hostels, to B & B's and high-end resorts. There are also several dining options within the town of Tofino making it a nice oasis to stay in after your Clayoquot kayaking adventure!

Our Clayoquot Sound Trip Departs from Tofino:

Tofino is the launchsite for Rising Sun's many kayak trips into the Clayoquot Sound. Clayoquot is one of our favorite Vancouver Island kayak destinations and anyone paddling here will quickly recognize why the area has been nicknamed "the Eighth Wonder of the World" and "Hawaii of the North." Within the Clayoquot Sound, we mainly paddle through sheltered ocean inlets and waters protected from the open ocean by offshore islands. We come to Clayoquot Sound multiple times every summer to celebrate the summer solstice and explore what is one of the most pristine kayak and camping areas on Vancouver Island.

Clayoquot Sound Trips: Photos | Rates | Packing List | Info | Map


Our 2011 Clayoquot Multi-Day Kayak Trips

June 20 to June 23, 2012

August 22 to August 28, 2012


The Clayoquot Sound- UNESCO Biosphere Reserve:

The old-growth forests, rivers, lakes, islands and wildlife the surround Tofino and exist within the Clayoquot Sound are so significant that they have officially been recognized by the United Nations as a United Nations' Educational Scientific Cultural Organization as a biosphere reserve. This recognition basically means that the Clayoquot Sound is perceived as a global laboratory for sustainable development. This designation was awarded to the Sound when Nuu-Chah-Nulth people began working with Tofino community members worked together to develop community conservation models starting in the early 1990's. The U.N. recognition acknowledges the comunity members' shared vision to create social, environmental and economic stability within the Clayoquot Sound. The recognition also was accompanied by a $12 million federal grant going towards the endowment of the communities within the Clayoquot Sound. With the grant, the Tofino and Clayoquot community is continually able to fund research, education and training initiatives that work towards the community's health and the conservation of its pristine landscape.

Getting to Tofino:

When launching from Tofino, your kayak adventure will literally be starting at the end of the road and your journey to get there will be an exciting trip in itself. To make your way from Vancouver to Tofino, take the Nanaimo ferry departing from the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. If it's your first time to British Columbia, then even the ferry ride will be a treat, with spectacular views of the mountains meeting the water. Once in Nanaimo, you will drive north on the Island Highway, also known as the TransCanada or Highway 1. Look for Highway #4 towards Port Alberni. Take the #4 towards Port Alberni and make a right once you get at Ucluelet junction. Between Port Alberni and Tofino you will be driving through Pacific Rim National Park so prepare for fantastic views of the rainforest as well as several mountain lakes and streams.