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Coast Mountain Expeditions
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mountain vistas, sheltered paddling, stunning campsites, abundant wildlife...the Discovery Islands and Mainland Inlets have it all, and with more than 30 years of kayak expeditions under our belts, we can show you the best of the best! Settle in to our off-grid wilderness lodge for an afternoon of kayak skill and safety training before embarking on your kayaking adventure. Meals (both at the lodge and around the campfire) are prepared with organic produce fresh from our garden, eggs from our chickens, local seafood, and home-baked goods. We offer fun and rewarding adventured for all kayaking and fitness abilities. New kayakers are welcome but we also offer exciting challenges for experienced paddlers. We use high quality equipment and our certified kayak guides are friendly, experienced and professional.
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15 reviews
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“Must do”
Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

We joined Beth and Kate for a great kayaking adventure. The lodge and the start of the trip are a bit remote which only adds to the experience. With the experience level of the group ranging from kids to beginner to experienced white water, I was impressed that the trip was equally enjoyable for all. Though the whales were not around the day we went, we did see seals, eagles, ducks, a mink, hundreds of starfish and sea urchins. A homemade salmon salad lunch, home baked bread, fruits, cheese, vegetables, and lemonade served on a log were perfect. A full day of fun with guides who share their passion for the sport the area and you having a good time make this a very worthwhile adventure. Must do.

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Norwich UK
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450 reviews
150 attraction reviews
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“Wet but warm and dry inside !”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

We went with Albert and Kate on a day drip from the Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed our paddle around Surge Narrows marine park, despite very ominous weather at first and the hairy scary drive to the Lodge. You need a reality check to appreciate the precious location and privilege that is bestowed by the very fact of being here. To become complacent about seeing (more...) Bald Eagles, Porpoises, Seals, Harlequin ducks etc etc... speaks volumes. This unique habitat needs preserving and by coming here and having zero impact (pretty much) is rewarding beyond measure and unforgettable without doubt.

Visited June 2012
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Seattle
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Superb kayak expedition in breathtaking setting”
Reviewed September 1, 2011

We are a mid life couple who just returned from Coast Mountain Expedition's impeccably organized Discovery Island Tour. Our group consisted of two family groups with young adult children, two women friends, an intrepid single woman in her 40's with no wilderness camping experience, and us, and everyone seemed to have a great time. What made this trip especially unique was that it was led by Albert, a recent university grad, accompanied by his father, Ralph, the outfitter, in the co-pilot role. Albert grew up on Reed Island, an island off an island, off an island in the middle of this remote, wilderness area where Ralph and his wife, Lannie, co-outfitter and provider of world class baked goods and wholesome, delicious meals in the bush, still live year round, having honed their skills over the last 30 years. They walk the walk of sustainable, homestead living, with hydro and solar power, organic gardening, and chickens. Albert and Ralph paid great attention to safety issues and the comfort of the group. We camped at awesomely beautiful beach sites with the shallows paved with oysters, swam with four loons in a mountain lake, saw eagles and seals, and ended each day under a vast canopy of stars. The fibreglass kayaks were first rate, the group sympatico, and the quiet grandeur breathtaking. We barely saw any other boats, alone with our thoughts and the graceful rhythm of kayaking.

Visited August 2011
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Scottish Borders
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Stunning secluded lodge, delicious food and world class kayaking”
Reviewed July 10, 2011

Our trip to the Octopus Islands with Coast Mountain including two nights at Coast Mountain Lodge was the stuff that memories are made of. We thoroughly the company of our hosts Lannie and Ralph and the food (a subject dear to my heart) surpassed all expectations. The kayaking was thoroughly enjoyable and our guide, Albert worked very hard to ensure our every need was met.The marine life was abundant and beautiful - we even saw Orca which are not regular visitors to this area. Our next visit can't come soon enough and the Coast Mountain ethos has inspired us to be much more eco-friendly in our everyday lives.

Visited June 2011
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