Active vacations - kayaking
Kayak tours & Trips
Kayaking the Magdalen Islands of Quebec
I am in a kayak beside a breathtakingly dramatic shoreline where rusty red cliffs plunge into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence close to Prince Edward Island, the archipelago of the Magdalen Islands (Iles de la Madeleine) is actually part of Quebec. I’ve only been here a few days but their appeal is obvious and the water, at least on this day are surprisingly calm.
Kayaking the Golf Islands of B.C.
It’s a beautiful sunny morning in April and we’re in a “weather window” on Mayne Island, one of the smallest of the B.C. Gulf Islands. It rained yesterday, the forecast is more rain for tomorrow, but today is perfect for kayaking. Standing on Mayne Island’s pebbled beach, Jen McGuinness of B.C.-based Ecosummer Expeditions and I are attired in our rubber kayaking skirts waiting for “slack tide” – the calm between ebb and flow – to launch.
Kayaking is becoming a great activity for the wellness-minded traveller because it can offer a great fitness workout.
Kayaking Vacation Tips
Planning a kayaking vacation. Here are five tips on what to look for and questions to ask when booking a kayaking tour guide company.
1. Experience & Certification of the Guide(s)
Make sure that you pick a company that has a certified Lead Guide or Full Guide. Some companies save money by hiring Assistant Guides to lead the trip, and calling them the “Lead Guide.” If this is the case you could get a less experienced and knowledgeable guide(s), which could lead to a less enjoyable trip and may even compromise your safety. Guides should also have a valid First Aid certificate. There are 3 organizations that certify guides in Canada: the Canadian Federation of Kayak Educators, the Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides, and the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC; all are unique but offer professional training.