Sea Kayaking in Tofino

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Oh Kelp!

Having texted a random contact in Tofino, I asked them what was worth seeing while I was in tofino and the reply came back: Scuba, kayak, surf, do anything just make sure you get out on the water! So on Wednesday morning I rushed down from greenpoint campground into Tofino to book myself onto a sea kayaking trip.

I managed to get a space on a 4 hour trip and had just enough time to change into some kayak appropriate attire (in my case this was my K'gool and running trousers) and grab the 'rocket science bag'* and have a quick bite to eat before the session began.

Down at the Tofino Sea Kayaking shop a few minutes later I met up with the instructors and a few other fellow adventurers, among them a Lady Doctor from the UK who I ended up sharing a double kayak with.

the garden tree - itself dead but still abundant with other life
We all had the option of single Kayaks or doubles, but having never tried a double (I've been out in a single many times before) I thought I'd give it a go.

We paddled out across the harbour and past various small islands on our way over to Meares island. Along the way we saw bull kelp (some of the party ventured to eat some, I gauged their reactions and then decided better of it) and a harbour seal too.

At Meares Island we all disembarked and followed our guides along the board walks that lead into the forest. This was no ordinary forest, this was old growth temperate rainforest, with some trees as old as 1000 years! The forest itself purportedly being present here since the last iceage. Tip of the day: don't wear jogging pants when walking through temperate rainforest – at least don't wear ones that are too long when you're also wearing water shoes.
Home again
I ended up rolling the trouser legs up, but being that slippery material they never stayed rolled up despite my protestations.

We carefully made out way around the walkways, observing the various natural wonders pointed out by our guides. Among these: Giant Western Red Cedar, Nurse Logs (where new trees grow using fallen logs as a source of stability) and even Salamander eggs in a nearby stream. Eventually having made a long loop tour we ended back at the kayaks and headed home. All in all a fantastic intro to sea kayaking, even though the water was absolutely freezing cold getting in and out of the kayaks!

*the rocket science bag is actually just a dry bag for boating, but the first time we used it we couldn't figure out how to close it – hence the name.

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Oh Kelp!
Oh Kelp!
the garden tree - itself dead but …
the garden tree - itself dead but…
Home again
Home again
Heading out across Tofino harbour
Heading out across Tofino harbour
Islands!
Islands!
Western red cedar, bark removed in…
Western red cedar, bark removed i…
boardwalk through Meares Island Ra…
boardwalk through Meares Island R…
one of the older trees
one of the older trees
these trees are HUGE!
these trees are HUGE!
Salamander eggs (the blotchy shiny…
Salamander eggs (the blotchy shin…
a salamander tadpole
a salamander tadpole
Tofino
photo by: Vikram