Desolation Sound Kayak Trip

This kayak trip destination information is excerpted from “Best of the West” in Adventure Kayak magazine. 

Desolation Sound, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

5 days

This labyrinth of passages and islands is
the perfect recipe for easy-access paddling. Anything but desolate, this protected sound provides safe paddling options for almost any weather, plus tidal rapids and exposed waters for the more adventurous. Aprés-paddling adventures abound, with hikes to nearby summits and lakes, and incredible warm water snorkelling beneath towering cliff gardens of red-barked arbutus trees. In fact, the sound is home to some of the warmest Pacific waters north of California, with sea temperatures reaching a positively tropical 72°F (22°C).

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This article originally appeared in Adventure Kayak, Spring 2011. Download our free iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch App or Android App or read it here.


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