4 Days Kayaking and Wilderness Culinary Holiday in Vancouver Island, Canada

4 Days Kayaking and Wilderness Culinary Holiday in Vancouver Island, Canada

  • Eagle Nook Wilderness Resort & Spa, Vernon Bay, Barkley Sound Tofino, British Columbia, Tofino, V9Y 7M9, Canada

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Savoury Destinations offers Eagle Nook Resort and Spa. The luxurious Eagle Nook Resort and Spa is tucked safely into the Effingham Inlet on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. The mighty Pacific Ocean is just around the corner. Effingham Inlet is part of the Pacific Rim National Park known for kayaking, and the West Coast Trail, known for the ultimate eco-tourism experience.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the whale watching tour
  • Kayaking adventure on Broken Group Island
  • Taste the delicious gourmet meals and three-course dinners
  • Experience staying in a beautiful ocean-view resort
  • Round trip water taxi from Ucluelet
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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The Eagle Nook Resorts offer guests a luxury experience in the remote wilderness of Effingham Inlet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The resort is situated on a spit of land; on one side a sheltered bay filled with oysters, and on the other side, Vernon Bay opens to the mighty Pacific Ocean. The remote location offers adventurers a change to venture into the yet untouched wilderness and see firsthand the beauty of this magnificent land.

Your deluxe ocean-view accommodation offers a queen size bed with the softest of sheets and lots of warm, comfy blankets for those chilly west coast nights. There’s a full bar and a games room with a pool table and a card table.

The spa offers the perfect place to pamper yourself and the hot tub is the place to warm up after a full day exploring the surrounds. Breakfast and coffee are ready to go for the early morning travelers or enjoy a later meal on the patio. Appetizers are served each afternoon.

Each night, guests enjoy the multi-course dinner prepared by the resident chef. Wines are offered from around the world with the spotlight on an amazing selection from British Columba. The chef works hard to accommodate special dietary requirements, so please let him know at time of booking.

Day 1

Arrival day. Drive to Ucluelet to board your waiting water taxi. The great staff at Eagle Nook Resort will meet you at the dock and escort you and your luggage to your beautiful room overlooking Vernon Bay. If you arrive in time, you can meet the other guests for the afternoon “happy hour”.

Then later, after exploring your new surroundings, it’s time to enjoy the three-course dinner served in the dining room. Perhaps before turning in for the night a dip in the hot tub would be great. Have a good night!

Day 2

After your breakfast, you’ll embark on the half day eco-adventure whale watching tour, including the picnic lunch prepared earlier by the chef. Don’t forget to bring your camera. Depending on the time you return, you can join the other guests for “happy hour” or perhaps treat yourself to the spa.

The fresh ocean air can create quite an appetite so enjoy the three-course dinner. The evening is yours to enjoy, but don’t stay up too late - tomorrow is another full day!

Day 3

After your breakfast, you and your guide will start the full day guided kayaking adventure. Your destination is the Broken Group, a group of islands in the Pacific Rim National Park. You’ll explore the intricate waterways in this kayaker’s dream destination.

Depending on the time you return to the resort, enjoy the “happy hour”, or a dip in the hot tub if the weather was cold. Then the fabled three-course dinner is yours to enjoy. A dip in the hot tub before bed would feel great for that tired body, then off to a restful sleep. The sounds of the sea play a lullaby in the background as the day drifts away. Sleep well!

Day 4

Departure day. After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to all the new friends you have made on this fabulous adventure holiday. Your water taxi will meet you at the dock to take you back to Ucluelet and civilization. Please plan on returning soon to this magical wilderness destination!

  • Eco-adventure whale watching tour
  • Full day guided kayaking adventure in Broken Group Islands

Your destination is the “wild” west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada. Situated between Bamfield in the south and Ucluelet in the north, Barkley Sound and its famous Pacific Rim National Park are part of the traditional territory of the Nuu-cha-nulth First Nations.

In 1787, Captain Charles William Barkley of the Imperial Eagle, explored the sound and named it after himself. Barkley traveled with his 17-year old bride, Frances Barkley, the first European woman to visit what is now British Columbia.

The Broken Group Islands in Barkley Sound separate this beautiful coastline from the open Pacific Ocean, making the many fjords and inlets the paddlers paradise. Humpback and Gray whale, seals, sea lions, and eagles are home in this isolated community.

Also in this isolated wilderness, the fabled 75-kilometer West Coast Trail tops the bucket list of any serious hiker. It has the reputation of being one of the most grueling treks in North America.

The trail follows the one-time survival route of unlucky shipwreck victims through old-growth forests, crosses deep gullies of fallen trees, negotiates very steep slopes and follows irregular, slippery trails. It is said all hikers should carefully evaluate their individual and group abilities before attempting the route.

The Eagle Nook Resort is perfectly situated in the Pacific Rim National Park, which is the premier adventurer’s destination. This remote location is accessible only by boat or floatplane.

Daily gourmet meals, including breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner, all snacks including afternoon “happy” hour, and all non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Effingham Inlet is famous for many things, but the mighty oyster holds pride of place. It is said that "the flavor of an oyster depends upon several things. First, if it is fresh and sweet and healthy, it will taste good, quite simply… good that is, if the taster likes oyster.”

It is also said that you should only eat oysters during months that have a “r” in them such a September or November. The warmer months bring algae blooms which can cause oysters to be non-eatable. The colder water in months with an “r”, changes the oyster’s metabolism and creates crisper flesh.

Just around the corner from the Eagle Nook Resort is a calm inlet where the best West Coast oysters live. Depending on the time of year you visit the Eagle Nook Resort, this sweet and buttery delicacy could be on the menu.

Chef James creates culinary delights even when oysters aren’t featured on the menu. An appetizer of shrimp, excellently prepared with garlic butter and olive oil with a dash of white wine, paired with a perfectly prepared scallop is a delightful way to whet the appetite for what’s to come. Or try the lamb chops served in a red wine reduction. Yum!

Chef James passion for cooking shines as the Chef de Cuisine at Eagle Nook Resort. When you realize that there are no grocery stores within miles, and you need to take a boat or float plane to get there, you can start to appreciate the time and effort it takes to serve beautiful meals with fresh produce and proteins.

Chef James thoughtfully plans his menus to take advantage of the freshest ingredients he can find because there’s no running to the corner grocery store to replace a head of lettuce. Bon appetite!

You can upgrade this holiday to a privately guided deep sea fishing for additional cost and arranged at time of booking. Upgrade tor privately guided fishing trip is 395 USD.

  • 3 nights ocean view accommodation in resort room
  • All non-alcoholic beverages
  • All snacks including afternoon “happy” hour
  • Daily gourmet meals include breakfast, picnic lunches, and dinners
  • Full-day guided Broken Group Island kayaking adventure
  • Half-day Eco-adventure whale watching tour
  • Round trip water taxi from Ucluelet

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR.

Your holiday starts as you drive Pacific Rim Highway from Nanaimo to Ucluelet, where the water taxi will be ready and waiting for you in the harbor. The 60-minute cruise takes you along the coast to the resort. The Eagle Nook Resort Marina can also accommodate boats and float planes of all sizes and if you would rather, there is even a helipad.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.

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Availability

This vacation is available from June 2018 with arrival on Thursday, departure on Sunday.

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