If you love the thrill of the outdoors but still want a comfy place to put your feet up at the end of an active day, then this lodged-based kayak tour is definitely for you!
Located in beautiful British Columbia, God's Pocket Provincial Park is a must-stop for those seeking unforgettable adventure. Not only is the scenery gorgeous, but the ambience of the area is second to none thanks to an incredible display of marine diversity. In fact, the Cousteau Society has rated God's Pocket the best cold water SCUBA spot in the world because of the vast marine diversity.
After a long day of play, the God's Pocket Resort makes for a lovely rest stop, complete with fine food and cozy accommodations.
Travel to Port Hardy, a working waterfront fishing village a quick taxi ride away from the Port Hardy airport. Check in to a local Inn of your choice and head out to explore this sweet Northern Vancouver Island town on your own for the night. Enjoy some local cuisine and settle in to your hotel for your overnight in anticipation of your adventure to Hurst Island.
Wake up to the sounds of the quintessential Island port town. Enjoy breakfast and coffee before checking out of your hotel to meet you guides and fellow travel mates at the Government Docs at 9:00 AM for a brief introduction before boarding your water taxi for Hurst Island. You'll have a chance to make quick introductions and receive your wetsuit booties before the boat heads out to God’s Pocket Resort. The 45 minute ride is a thrilling introduction to the Queen Charlotte Strait; keep your eye on the horizon for whales or other marine mammals as you begin your wilderness adventure.
Upon your arrival at the lodge, you'll have a chance to settle into your unique lodging for the week. Once you get settled, you will meet back up with your group for an orientation meeting, followed by your first delicious God’s Pocket meal made by your very own chef! After lunch, your guides will present an introduction to kayaking and safety tips before helping you launch. You'll have a chance to practice your technique with your guides' expert assistance before beginning your first paddling excursion. After your first exploration of the Queen Charlotte Strait by kayak you will return to your home for the week at God’s Pocket to a happy hour hors d'oeuvres and wine celebration before a welcome dinner in the dining hall. Join your guides for a natural history lesson, games, and good conversation around a toasty campfire before retiring into your comfortable bed.
Rise and shine and get a head start on adventure! Revel in views of whales frolicking by the dock before sitting down to a grand spread that's been freshly cooked just for you.
What's in store for you next depends on what Mother Nature has in store. You'll head out for a hike or begin your kayak journey, depending on the weather report.
Before hitting the open waters, your friendly guides will prepare you to the fullest and utmost when it comes to safety and logistics. You won't be paddling blind when you head out, either; you'll have plenty of time to practice your technique before embarking onwards and outwards.
After a busy day out on the inspiring waters, you'll return to the lodge for all your favorite creature comforts before a hot dinner and fun around the campfire.
Relax into a rhythm of exciting exploration! Each morning you'll be fueled by a delectable breakfast before heading out onto the intriguing seas for a handful of hours.
Each new day packs plenty of opportunities for discovery. You're sure to encounter a zoo's worth of fascinating wildlife as you traverse over extremely blue waters. Nearby bleach-white beaches make the perfect picnic spots for a well-deserved rest en route, or head back to the lodge for a midday fresh food fiesta. Later, opt for a hike through some of the islands' native trails, uncovering secrets from civilizations long ago.
The majority of the days of this trip will focus on kayak exploration of the local area, with other combinations of activities mixed in as well. Whether it's a short paddle partnered with a long trek, an excursion to go whale watching or a midnight viewing of the pocket's brilliant bioluminescence, you're sure to have a getaway to remember!
If at any time you'd prefer to have a day for yourself, you're welcome to forgo any planned kayaking and spend the day as you see fit. There are plenty of board games, books and nature films on hand at the lodge to entertain you. Don't forget to say hello to the resort's resident octopus!
Enjoy a leisurely last breakfast and spend the morning reliving your favorite activities from the trip. At 10:30 a.m., you'll travel by boat back to our starting point in order to catch flights after 12 p.m.
NOTE: All kayak tours and other included activities are dependent on wind, waves and weather. We always strive to ensure that each tour is a fabulous one, regardless of any conditions beyond our control.
Dates & Rates
*8-9 guests: $3150
10-12 guests: $2950
Prices above reflect the lowest tiered price.
*Our trip minimum at God's Pocket is 8 guests, however we are sometimes able to confirm a tour at 6 or 7 guests.
Tiered Pricing Explained
Our trips are budgeted for full or near full sign-ups which enables us to offer trips at the lowest possible price. Because of numerousfixed costs, it is more expensive to operate a trip for a small group. Therefore, on some of our trips, in order to avoid having to cancel a trip, we have a “tier-pricing” system to avoid canceling a trip with a low number of sign ups. We have found that most people also prefer this alternative to having a trip cancelled. Thus, you will note on our trip prices there may be different price for 6-8 people versus 9-10, versus 11-12, etc. We may initially invoice you at the higher tier price, and refund the difference depending on the final group size. Trip costs quoted are based on foreign exchange rates current at the time of this printing. We reserve the right to raise the trip fee if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control.
Single Supplement Fee: Due to limited availability at God's Pocket, we prefer to match up solo travelers of the same gender to share rooms. However, we often can accommodate guests in single rooms for an additional charge of $300 USD. Please inquire at the time of booking.
• All meals as indicated on the itinerary
• Transportation to and from the launch site
• All kayaking instruction
• All kayaking and camping equipment
• Full service of our certified professional Guides and Adventure Consultants
• Transportation to and from Port McNeill
• Hotel before and after the tour
• Meals before or after the tour
• Gratuity for guides
• Items of a personal nature.
ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub-contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.
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The lodge consists of two beautiful cabins with four neighboring rooms per building. All include stunning views of the adjacent sea. Each charming unit is equipped with two comfortable beds and a private bathroom, complete with toilet, sink and hot shower. Maid service is included daily. The lodge also features a common room where guests can read, play games or simply unwind.
Three squares a day are included, prepared hot and fresh by our professional chef. Each meal is served family style in our quaint dining hall. Dinners often feature fresh seafood from the nearby area, mouthwatering baked goods and divine wines. Snacks and hot drinks are at the ready 24 hours a day if you're feeling a little peckish. Those with special meal needs are welcomed and accommodated for.
If any member of your group has allergies or other dietary restrictions, simply inform us so we can pass your requirements on to our head chef. If you follow a strict vegan or gluten-free diet, please be sure to pack supplements and substitutions to your taste, as shopping in the local area is extremely limited. Two glasses of wine are included per night, so you'll need to pack accordingly in advance if additional drinking is desired (note that most liquor stores are closed on Sundays and Mondays in British Columbia). The resort offers bottomless teas, hot coffee, cocoa and lemonade, but it does not offer endless sodas, so feel free to bring along your own if desired.
No. Unfortunately due to liability reasons, we cannot permit guests to bring their own kayaks. Not to worry, as the ones the lodge provides are top notch, and you're sure to have a great time.
Due to it being a wilderness environment, pets of any kind are not permitted to accompany you on your travels. Be sure to make arrangements for Fido or Fluffy prior to your tour.
Absolutely! There are no mandatory excursions on this fun-filled adventure, although we do recommend you take advantage of as many of the planned activities as possible for a memorable overall experience.
Each of our tours includes a diverse mix of families, friends and singles. We'll pair you with someone of the same age and gender for your double occupancy cabin. If you perfer your own accomodations you can pay a single supplement fee.
Standard luggage is permitted since this is a lodge-based trip. Upon booking your tour, you'll receive a comprehensive booklet that details precisely what is recommended to bring for your active adventure.
The beauty of this tour is that all of your essential needs are provided for. All meals, guided activities and equipment use are covered by the price of the tour. Excluding airfare and costs of a personal nature, it's an all-expense-paid kind of deal.
Any hotel stays before and after your trip, transportation to the launch site, costs of a personal nature (shopping), and tips.
If this is your first adventure tour, and you are naturally a little apprehensive about going solo, we will support you each step of the way. We get a mixture of singles, couples, families and friends. Our tour costs are based on double occupancy on any included lodging nights. Solo travelers who would like their own room can pay a single supplement (see "Dates & Rates" above for the single supplement price for this tour), or can be matched up with another solo traveler of the same gender if one is available and willing to share. If we are unable to pair you with another solo traveler, we must apply the single supplement charge to cover our lodging costs.