We rent high quality, Canadian made, fiberglass (GRP) and thermoform (TX) sea kayaks. These kayaks have been chosen for the reliability, stability, performance and volume required for an enjoyable ocean expedition in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). Our kayaks come outfitted with the following gear: PFD, paddle, spare paddle, paddle float, neoprene spray skirt, hand pump, sponge and buoyant throw bag.
We advise groups to include a double in their plans as trips can be spoiled due to injuries or illness that may prevent a person from traveling in a single. We try to provide as much local information as our time permits. Although we try to provide as much useful information as possible, we are not responsible for mishaps to the kayaker due to weather, tides, kayaker inexperience or their lack of preparation.
Because of the way our transportation and rentals work together, we cannot specify which style of double or single kayak renters will end up with.
Kayak Rental Rates
All prices are quoted in Canadian funds.
All kayaks are of fiberglass or thermoform construction and are outfitted with the following gear
VHF Radio Rental
The VHF radio is a must for weather and safety in remote ocean waters. We rent VHF radios exclusively to people renting our kayaks. All radios are programmed with Canadian Coast Guard and weather frequencies for use in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Radios are also programmed with the frequency of our own repeater (located above Crescent Inlet). From many areas north of Burnaby Narrows, you can trigger the repeater and reach our office in Sandspit, adding to the safety of your expedition. Remember that handheld radios are dependent on line of sight and can reach fair distances on open water but are less effective when trees or hills are in the way.
Treatment of our rental kayaks
Our rental kayaks are high quality, expensive, boats. When you are on a paddling expedition your life and the lives of subsequent renters depend on your careful treatment of our boats.
Landing and Launching - When coming to a beach, exit your kayak before it touches the beach. Do not run the bow of your kayak into the beach. When launching, be sure your kayak is in deep enough water that it is still floating when you get in.
Moving your kayak on land - Always empty your kayak before trying to move it. Carrying a loaded kayak can cause the bulkheads to seperate and cause stress fractures. Always pick up and carry your kayak; never drag a kayak, even on a sandy beach.
Returning your kayak - Before returning your kayak at the end of your trip be sure all the gear it came with is in the kayak, except the PFD which you will wear on the transport back (PFDs are fitted to the person not the kayak). Please make sure the kayak is clean and in full working order. If anything is broken be sure to tell us as soon as possible, preferably before your transport day. We often re-rent our kayaks from the location of your transport, so the next renter is relying on you to leave them with a fully geared un-damaged kayak.
In order to prepare for a kayak trip in the Gwaii Haanas area, be sure to read the information on our Kayak Rentals, Transportation and Outfitting page.
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