Meares Island

Tofino, British Columbia

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Circumnavigating Meares Island is an excellent 3-day trip, especially if you are a less experienced kayaker and want to ease yourself into West Coast paddling. Home to ancient rain forests and white sand beaches, Clayoquot Sound is a gem on the rugged West Coast. Once known only for its stunning scenery, hot springs and whales, the area was flung into the international spotlight during the infamous summer of 1993. Over 12,000 people attended the Clayoquot Sound Peace Camp that summer to protest the provincial government’s decision to open up 62 per cent of the sound to clear-cut logging. It was the largest civil disobedience action in Canadian history and led to the arrest of 932 people. Although the future of the area is still uncertain, the summer of 1993 highlighted a very clear and important message supported by people around the world: The temperate rain forests of Clayoquot Sound must be protected from industrial logging.
Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

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Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

by Peter McGee (Greystone Books)

Circumnavigating Meares Island is an excellent 3-day trip, especially if you are a less experienced kayaker and want to ease yourself into West Coast paddling. Home to ancient rain forests and white sand beaches, Clayoquot Sound is a gem on the rugged West Coast. Once known only for its stunning scenery, hot springs and whales, the area was flung into the international spotlight during the infamous summer of 1993.

Over 12,000 people attended the Clayoquot Sound Peace Camp that summer to protest the provincial government’s decision to open up 62 per cent of the sound to clear-cut logging. It was the largest civil disobedience action in Canadian history and led to the arrest of 932 people. Although the future of the area is still uncertain, the summer of 1993 highlighted a very clear and important message supported by people around the world: The temperate rain forests of Clayoquot Sound must be protected from industrial logging.

©  Peter McGee/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Tofino
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 3673: Clayoquot Sound, Tofino Inlet to Millar Channel; 3685: Tofino
Driving Directions: Directions to Meares Island

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