Hotham Sound/Jervis Island

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Close to Vancouver, with great fishing and surreal beauty, this area is quickly becoming known in paddling circles. Exploring Hotham Sound requires 3–4 days. If you have more than a week, you might want to extend your trip to include the majesty of Jervis Inlet and Princess Louisa Inlet. Be forewarned: Although these inlets are beautiful, they are typically steep sided and provide few camping opportunities—you will have to keep your eyes open. The stretch of coastline from Gibsons north to Egmont along the east side of the Strait of Georgia is known as the Sunshine Coast. It is a region with a mild, dry and semi-Mediterranean climate that has proved attractive to settlement and industry. Despite these pressures, the Sunshine Coast continues to provide a number of superb wilderness experiences for paddlers of all abilities. From the ideal learning environment of Sechelt Inlet to the exposed 32-km (20-mi.) coastline between Gibsons and Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast offers some of the best paddling experiences in southwestern British Columbia.

Hotham Sound/Jervis Island Professional Review and Guide

"Close to Vancouver, with great fishing and surreal beauty, this area is quickly becoming known in paddling circles. Exploring Hotham Sound requires 3–4 days. If you have more than a week, you might want to extend your trip to include the majesty of Jervis Inlet and Princess Louisa Inlet. Be forewarned: Although these inlets are beautiful, they are typically steep sided and provide few camping opportunities—you will have to keep your eyes open. The stretch of coastline from Gibsons north to Egmont along the east side of the Strait of Georgia is known as the Sunshine Coast.

It is a region with a mild, dry and semi-Mediterranean climate that has proved attractive to settlement and industry. Despite these pressures, the Sunshine Coast continues to provide a number of superb wilderness experiences for paddlers of all abilities. From the ideal learning environment of Sechelt Inlet to the exposed 32-km (20-mi.) coastline between Gibsons and Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast offers some of the best paddling experiences in southwestern British Columbia."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Vancouver
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 - 10 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 3312: Jervis Inlet and Desolation Sound; 3512: Strait of Georgia, Central Portion; 3414: Jervis Inlet
Driving Directions: Directions to Hotham Sound/Jervis Island

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May 2018