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Bute Inlet Kayak Expedition with Coast Mountain Expeditions

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Sea kayak tour in the drama of BC’s highest peaks at the southern boundary of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Bute Inlet Kayak Expedition

Bute Inlet_2_lrThe Bute Inlet Expedition is a high energy paddling trip to an immense and dramatically magnificent geological feature of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains. Three thousand metre peaks rise from the glacial turquoise water of the inlet which is home to healthy and abundant wildlife. Bute Inlet also forms a southern boundary of the Great Bear Rainforest, a large conservancy area established to protect the temperate rainforest ecoregion unique to the Pacific Northwest coast.

We begin with a boat from Quadra Island to Coast Mountain Lodge for a first afternoon/evening that includes kayak and safety skills practice, a short excursion, special dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Our route to Bute Inlet is a paddle path north towards the Coast Mountains towering on the horizon. Our kayaking journey along forested shores is punctuated by islets and some channel crossings and tidal passages where we’ll be on the lookout for marine mammals, sea birds, and other wildlife. Wilderness beach camp sites, breathtaking vistas and good wholesome meals round out each day of paddling.

Surrounded by tremendous mountains, Bute Inlet is a rugged place where humans feel small. The glacier-carved shorelines are wildly beautiful, and our camps are located to maximize the experience. On our last paddling day we rendezvous with Coast Mountain’s boat, the Chico Mendes and return to our homestead lodge for a final evening of outer islands hospitality. We return you to the busy world about noon on the last day

Bute Inlet Expedition

Exploring one of Earth’s most beautiful places.

2017 Tour Dates:
July 14 – 20
July 28 – Aug 3
Aug 11 – 17

$1525 Cdn plus 5% GST
Payable by Mastercard, VISA, or cheque

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Kayak Trip Details

• Moderate to Strenuous: for healthy energetic people with a good sense of adventure!
• Paddling: 4 to 6 hours of kayaking per day
• Single and double kayaks
• Average distance: 9-18 km (6-12 mi) per day
• Sea conditions: mostly sheltered but the inlet is subject to inflow (anabatic) winds.
• Beaches: low sloping sandy gravel or medium boulders; may be slippery when wet.
• Weather conditions: usually sunny, sometimes hot. Extended rain unlikely, but possible • Temperature: 12-30 C (50-85 F). Water 8-15 (50-60 F), colder in the inlet.

About this trip

• Trips start with a boat ride from Heriot Bay, Quadra Island to Coast Mountain Lodge on Read Island
• Day 1: kayak skills instruction & practice
• 5 paddling days; 4 nights kayak camping
• 2 lodge nights (first & final) accommodation at Coast Mountain Lodge
• Maximum 10 participants with 2 kayak guidesThank you for visiting our website. We hope you’ll come to British Columbia for a sea kayaking island adventure in British Columbia, Canada!