Paddling Desolation Sound & the Discovery Islands
Imagine sitting in a kayak, mere inches from the ocean’s sparkling blue waters, surrounded by lush forested slopes and soaring coastal mountains in the distance. The scenery alone is spectacular enough, but then, off to your side, a 6-foot dorsal fin breaks the surface, and you find yourself paddling alongside wild Orca whales – a thrilling experience!
With its clear, sheltered waters, breathtaking scenery, rugged landscapes, and abundant wildlife, is it any wonder that Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands are thought by many to offer the most beautiful and varied paddling opportunities in BC, perhaps even the world? The area offers all that is best about British Columbia’s west coast.
Two complimentary kayaks are included in your rental at Cove Time Retreat. Glide beside forested islands and explore limestone bluffs and sheltered coves. The scenery is temptingly distracting, but be sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife, too. Watch for majestic bald eagles, ancient murrelets, and graceful Great Blue Herons. Sight black bears and First Nation petroglyphs along the shoreline. Travel in the company of mammoth whales, friendly seals, playful dolphins, and shy river otters.
Popular Kayak Routes
Because the Discovery Islands are blessed with a temperate climate, kayaking season in this region stretches out from March to October, though most kayakers arrive in Desolation Sound in the summer months, peaking from mid-July to late August. The waters here are mostly protected and rarely rough, and kayakers enjoy popular waterway routes, such as Waddington Channel, Homfray Channel, Lewis Channel, Pryce Channel, and the challenging Toba Inlet (for experienced kayakers only).
Whether you embark on a self-guided excursion or join a guided sightseeing kayak tour of Desolation Sound’s many different islands and channels, discover for yourself what draws so many paddling enthusiasts to this area.