Surge Narrows Lodge Getaway
A fun and relaxing lodge-based kayak Getaway with something for everyone. All the best parts of a multi-day tour but with lodge-cooked meals and a real bed!
June 23 – 26
June 27 – 30
July 3 – 6
July 17 – 20
July 21 – 24
July 25 – 28
Aug 2 – 5
Aug 6 – 9
Aug 17 – 20
Aug 30 – Sept 2
Easy to Moderate
(* Subject to 5% gst and $25 Environmental protection & Indigenous land use fee)
Why We Love This Trip
The Surge Narrows Lodge Getaway has something for everyone! Whether you want to paddle lots, learn new skills, or just take it easy and relax, our certified kayak guides will help you achieve your goals. Varied coastlines offer excellent day paddling opportunities, and a waterfront lodge-based program means delicious, wholesome meals, a soft bed, and excellent views to come home to at the end of each day.
About the Area
Bordered by the shores of Vancouver Island to the west and the snowy peaks of the Coast Mountains to the east, The Discovery Islands offer a paddler’s paradise of maze-like channels and forested islets. The islands are known for rich marine biodiversity, the result of tidal currents that distribute nutrients and offer rich hunting grounds for marine mammals. In the heart of this paddling paradise lies the Surge Narrows Marine Park. Known especially as a kayaking playground, Surge Narrows offers abundant inter-tidal life viewing, as well as opportunities to observe marine life – Seals, porpoises, dolphins, sea birds, and occasionally whales share the waters. The fun doesn’t stop on the water; Discovery Islands Lodge also offers easy access to forest hiking trails, and nearby Main Lakes Provincial Park offers freshwater swimming opportunities.
About the Lodge
Perched on pilings over the ocean, and just a stone’s throw from the Surge Narrows Marine Park, we couldn’t ask for a better base from which to explore the Discovery Islands. Lovingly renovated and just a bit rustic, the lodge has 9 simple, yet comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms, which are allocated based on need and order of booking. A spacious upstairs common area and large covered decks offer ample space for relaxing and taking in terrific water and mountain views. A floating wood-fired sauna offers the ultimate in apres paddle bliss. The lodge is totally off-grid and powered primarily by solar; what it lacks in big-city amenities it makes up for in remote island charm.
About the Food
Wholesome, delicious, and made from scratch, our mainly vegetarian meals feature seasonal produce from our garden, in-house baking, and local seafood. When possible and practical, we source local and organic ingredients. Our experienced cooks have a passion for crafting creative, flavorful meals and treats.
Day 1: Our getaway is based from Discovery Islands Lodge, on remote northern Quadra Island. Upon arrival, we’ll have a chance to settle into rooms, grab a snack, and set our watches to “island time”. Our guides will lead us through a comprehensive kayaking skills and safety lesson before leading an afternoon paddle with a focus on skill development. Afterwards, we’ll have a chance to unwind in the wood-fired sauna before enjoying waterfront views and a delicious meal prepared by one of our talented cooks.
Days 2 & 3: These days offer us a plethora of options. We’ll plan full-day guided paddles to beautiful, sheltered destinations, but travel with flexibility that allows less adventurous paddlers to make it a shorter or easier trip. Our guides will also offer a variety of optional skill & knowledge clinics ranging from safety and rescue to navigation to coastal ecology. Opportunities also exist for one-on-one or group skills coaching, morning, or sunset paddles. Those more focused on relaxing can take advantage of a bright common area, waterfront decks, floating sauna, and wonderful views.
Day 4: One last relaxing morning and delicious breakfast at the lodge and an optional short morning paddle caps off the experience before we say goodbye.
• Trip begins 1:30 pm first day, ends 10:30 am last day.
• Maximum 10-12 participants with 2-3 kayak guides, larger custom groups may sometimes be arranged.
• Single and double kayaks (your choice).
• Easy to moderate: just about everyone will have fun!
• Paddling: 3 to 5 (or more!) hours of kayaking per day.
• Sea conditions: mostly sheltered but can be exposed to moderate wind and waves, and small amounts of ocean current.
• Beaches: low sloping gravel and rocky shorelines; may be slippery when wet.
*Note that we may still operate a small number of kayaking trips for other guests. These use only the dock area, are limited in number, and scheduled to have a minimal impact on the enjoyment of lodge guests.
• Waterfront accommodation
• All meals & snacks
• All kayaking equipment
• Group equipment and tarp shelter
• Dry bags for personal gear
• Professional guiding & skills training
• Personal items (see our packing list)
• Sense of adventure!