Whether you are joining one of the increasingly popular kayaking tours of our region or exploring on your own, make Cluxewe Resort your base of operations.
If you are an experienced paddler, you will enjoy a trip to Malcolm Island, about 2km away. There you can see the Pultenay Point lighthouse; explore the historic Finnish community of Sointula; or visit the rubbing beach, park, and hiking trail at Bere Point. Keep alert – you may see killer whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, or minke whales!
Kayaking in the Cluxewe estuary at high tide is a pleasant and peaceful paddle. There you can experience the intuiguing changes that occur as fresh water meets salt water. You will see a variety of birds in the estuary and, quite likely, river otters. Note: river otters are at home in salt water, too, so don’t assume these are sea otters. Sea otter sightings are unusual on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, although these animals are well established on the outer, western shores. There may also be seals or sea lions swimming in the tidal areas of the river and black bears feeding along the shoreline. In August and September, pink and coho salmon on their way to spawn will join you in the river mouth.
Kayaking tours of Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago, just southeast of Malcolm Island, are world famous. Each season, more paddlers stay at Cluxewe Resort for their before and after days, finding this “natural wonder” a peaceful and inspiring place to begin or end their trip.