For those who have paddled only in sheltered passages, sea kayaking along the outside waters of Vancouver Island is another world; one where you go big or go home. However, if you pick your time, particularly in summer months, you’ll find that the Pacific can be as well behaved as a sleeping giant.
The 37-mile (60-km) ocean route between Sooke and Port Renfrew, with its string of beaches to touch on can be paddled in a lengthy summer day. Of course, you don’t have to do the entire length of this coast to enjoy an outing, nor do you have to paddle it in one day as you can camp ashore along the way. Pick your launch locations, such as from French Beach, one of the few beaches where you can drive to within a short distance of a launch site. Two other good locations include Jordan River and Pacheedaht Beach in Port San Juan (Port Renfrew).