Be captivated by a nearby raft of gregarious sea otters as osprey and bald eagles soar overhead. From your kayak, watch black bears foraging for food along the shoreline while keeping your eyes peeled for coveted tufted puffins, orca, or humpback whales. Visit historic and current village sites of the local First Nations People; hear coastal wolves howl, then fall asleep lulled by the lapping of waves on the shore.
For more than 45 years, West Coast Expeditions has operated in the territory of the Kyuquot (Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’)/Checleset (Che:k:tles7et’h’) First Nations. We welcome you to our wilderness base camp on the western edge of Canada for a unique multi-day sea-kayaking adventure. Paddle through spectacular seascapes bordered by lush temperate rainforest. Learn about the rich wildlife of the west coast and the Indigenous Peoples who have always called this place home.
Our sea kayaking expeditions paddle through the outer coast of Kyuquot Sound, Checleset Bay, the Bunsby Islands, and the Brooks Peninsula – exploring one of our planet’s richest coastal areas. Come feel the power of the open Pacific while meeting its diverse marine life and learning about its storied Indigenous Culture.
Owners, Bev Michel (a proud Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ woman), David Pinel and Caroline Fisher (adopted into the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ Nations) share and appreciate truly close bonds with our friends and family in nearby Kyuquot, and we collaborate to support local community aspirations, Cultural protocols, and ecological stewardship.
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Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N 6Z8
Learn about diverse and living Indigenous cultures
Indigenous culture and heritage are as rich and diverse as the Canadian landscape. Despite years of oppression, Indigenous Peoples are proud to show visitors our vibrant, living history.Learn More
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture
Join us for genuine cultural experiences and build meaningful connections between our past, present and future. Hear stories, songs and legends that have been passed down through countless generations, take part in a cultural tour or workshop, and witness the intricate beauty of Indigenous arts and crafts.
See nature and wildlife through Indigenous eyes
Step out into the wild and take in the beauty of the natural world through an Indigenous lens. From the seas, mountains and rainforest to the prairies and the tundra, explore unique landscapes and experience the wonder of respectful animal encounters with your Indigenous hosts and guides.
Welcome to the heart of Indigenous hospitality
From rustic camping and upscale glamping to lakeside cabins, luxurious resort spas, casinos and golf courses, authentic Indigenous accommodation and relaxation options offer something for every vacation. No matter whether you want to get away from it all or be at the heart of the action, you’ll feel at home with your Indigenous hosts.
TAKE A DELICIOUS JOURNEY INTO INDIGENOUS CULTURE
Pull up a seat at one of the many Indigenous owned eateries from sea to sea to sea. All across the country, authentic Indigenous chefs and culinary experts are cooking up delicacies that infuse modern recipes with traditional techniques and flair. Here, you’ll find everything from cozy bistros and premade spice mixes to large catering operations and upscale restaurants.
UNIQUE PRODUCTS, AUTHENTIC INDIGENOUS QUALITY
Find everything from unique gifts, treasured keepsakes to modern art pieces of epic proportions—lovingly crafted by Indigenous makers and artisans across the country. Every piece, from the smallest bracelets to the largest sculpture, tells a story that transcends generations and the ages. Every purchase you make helps to keep those stories alive.