God's Pocket Kayaking Adventure
If you love the thrill of the outdoors but still want a comfy place to put your feet up at the end of an active day, then this lodged-based kayak tour is definitely for you! Located in beautiful British Columbia, God's Pocket Provincial Park is a must-stop for those seeking unforgettable adventure. Not only is the scenery gorgeous, but the ambience of the area is second to none thanks to an incredible display of marine diversity. In fact, the Cousteau Society has rated God's Pocket the best cold water scuba spot in the world because of the vast marine diversity. After a long day of play, the God's Pocket Resort makes for a lovely rest stop, complete with fine food and cozy accommodations.
You'll begin this great adventure by embarking on a cruise past densely forested islands, bird busy waters and a rocky skyline of mountains. As you approach God's Pocket, you'll soon realize how this remarkable place got its name. Explorers from long ago saw how the spot was bordered by other islands, forming a small "pocket" that served as the last opportunity for refuge from the treacherous Pacific Ocean. After the resort was established, sailors would come from all over to enjoy the protection of "God's pocket"... and a pastry. Not a bad deal.
After a day of discovery, you'll be treated to the serene exclusivity that is the God's Pocket Resort. Being that it's the only building in the nearby area, you'll be able to enjoy the quiet and privacy you deserve after a fabulously full day out on the water. The lodge's seven rooms are carefully tailored to provide each guest with the comforts they expect and the views they hope for. All meals served here are prepared from scratch, including a bottomless supply of baked goods you can grab 'n go to fuel you on your journeys.
You'll have the opportunity to drift past the awe-inspiring Browning Wall during low tide, where you're sure to "ooh" and "aah" over the sheer volume and unbelievable diversity of invertebrate sea life just below your boat. Then there's the Millar group of islands, a neat little network of nature known for its resident sea lions and neighborhood humpback whales.
At the close of each exhausting yet exhilarating day, you'll retreat to your private resort for a relaxing, hot shower and delicious dining. Viewing a stellar sunset around the lodge's cozy campfire before climbing into bed for a blissful slumber signifies the perfect end to another incredible day. You may even choose to join the local guides on a moonlit paddle before retiring for the evening!
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Orientation, Water Taxi, and Sea Kayaking
Wake up to the sounds of the quintessential Island port town. Enjoy breakfast and coffee before checking out of your hotel to meet you guides and fellow travel mates at the Government Docs at 9:00 AM for a brief introduction before boarding your water taxi for Hurst Island. You'll have a chance to make quick introductions and receive your wetsuit booties before the boat heads out to God’s Pocket Resort. The 45 minute ride is a thrilling introduction to the Queen Charlotte Strait; keep your eye on the horizon for whales or other marine mammals as you begin your wilderness adventure.
Upon your arrival at the lodge, you'll have a chance to settle into your unique lodging for the week. Once you get settled, you will meet back up with your group for an orientation meeting, followed by your first delicious God’s Pocket meal made by your very own chef! After lunch, your guides will present an introduction to kayaking and safety tips before helping you launch. You'll have a chance to practice your technique with your guides' expert assistance before beginning your first paddling excursion. After your first exploration of the Queen Charlotte Strait by kayak you will return to your home for the week at God’s Pocket to a happy hour hors d'oeuvres and wine celebration before a welcome dinner in the dining hall. Join your guides for a natural history lesson, games, and good conversation around a toasty campfire before retiring into your comfortable bed.
Sea Kayaking, Whale Watching, Hiking, and Relaxing
Rise and shine and get a head start on adventure! Revel in views of whales frolicking by the dock before sitting down to a grand spread that's been freshly cooked just for you.
What's in store for you next depends on what Mother Nature has in store. You'll head out for a hike or begin your kayak journey, depending on the weather report.
Before hitting the open waters, your friendly guides will prepare you to the fullest and utmost when it comes to safety and logistics. You won't be paddling blind when you head out, either; you'll have plenty of time to practice your technique before embarking onwards and outwards.
After a busy day out on the inspiring waters, you'll return to the lodge for all your favorite creature comforts before a hot dinner and fun around the campfire.
Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching
Relax into a rhythm of exciting exploration! Each morning you'll be fueled by a delectable breakfast before heading out onto the intriguing seas for a handful of hours.
Each new day packs plenty of opportunities for discovery. You're sure to encounter a zoo's worth of fascinating wildlife as you traverse over extremely blue waters. Nearby bleach-white beaches make the perfect picnic spots for a well-deserved rest en route, or head back to the lodge for a midday fresh food fiesta. Later, opt for a hike through some of the islands' native trails, uncovering secrets from civilizations long ago.
The majority of the days of this trip will focus on kayak exploration of the local area, with other combinations of activities mixed in as well. Whether it's a short paddle partnered with a long trek, an excursion to go whale watching or a midnight viewing of the pocket's brilliant bioluminescence, you're sure to have a getaway to remember!
If at any time you'd prefer to have a day for yourself, you're welcome to forgo any planned kayaking and spend the day as you see fit. There are plenty of board games, books and nature films on hand at the lodge to entertain you. Don't forget to say hello to the resort's resident octopus!
Return to Port Hardy
Enjoy a leisurely last breakfast and spend the morning reliving your favorite activities from the trip. At 10:30 a.m., you'll travel by boat back to our starting point in order to catch flights after 12 p.m.
NOTE: All kayak tours and other included activities are dependent on wind, waves and weather. We always strive to ensure that each tour is a fabulous one, regardless of any conditions beyond our control.
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Adult (USD)||Child (USD)|
|Jul 10, 2023 to Jul 15, 2023 |
|Jul 17, 2023 to Jul 22, 2023 |
|Jul 24, 2023 to Jul 29, 2023 |
|Jul 08, 2024 to Jul 12, 2024 |
Lowest Tier Price
|Jul 15, 2024 to Jul 20, 2024 |
Lowest Tier Price
|Jul 22, 2024 to Jul 27, 2024 |
Lowest Tier Price
6-7 Guests - $3890 per person
8 - 13 Guests - $3490 per person
6-7 Guests - $4195 per person
8 - 13 Guests - $3760 per person
Single Supplement Charge: Due to limited availability at God's Pocket, we prefer to match up solo travelers of the same gender to share rooms. However, we often can accommodate guests in single rooms for an additional charge of $500 USD. Please inquire at the time of booking.
Single Kayaks are available for $100 supplement
Please Note: Our trip minimum at God's Pocket is 6 guests, however we are sometimes able to confirm a tour at 5 guests with a surcharge. Please inquire with our Adventure Consultants for more details.
*our lodge-based tours are all run using high-quality plastic-polymer kayaks.
- All meals while on tour
- Transportation to and from the launch site
- Kayaking instruction
- All kayaking (With the exception of a Single Kayak if requested) and lodging for the duration of the adventure
- Dry bags for your gear
- Neoprene booties
- Service of our certificied professional Guides
- Full service of our Adventure Consultants
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Transportation to and from Port McNeill
- Hotel before and after the tour
- Meals before or after the tour
- Canadian Sales Tax
- Gratuity for guides and lodge staff
- Items of a personal nature
TIERED PRICING EXPLAINED: Our trips are budgeted for full or near full sign-ups which enables us to offer trips at the lowest possible price. Because of numerous fixed costs, it is more expensive to operate a trip for a small group. Therefore, on some of our trips, in order to avoid having to cancel a trip, we have a “tier-pricing” system to avoid canceling a trip with a low number of sign ups. We have found that most people also prefer this alternative to having a trip cancelled. Thus, you will note on our trip prices there may be different price for 6-9 people versus 10-12, etc.
ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.
We may initially invoice you at the higher tier price, and refund the difference depending on the final group size. Trip costs quoted are based on foreign exchange rates current at the time of this printing. We reserve the right to raise the trip fee if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control.
FAQ & More
What are the accommodations at the lodge like?
The resort includes 8 cabins: 6 rooms with 2 beds, and 2 rooms with 1 queen bed each, with breathtaking views of the ocean. Each room has comfortable beds and a bathroom with toilet, sink, and shower. Daily housekeeping is provided. The resort also has a larger common room - we call the Clubhouse - for reading, hanging out, or playing games.
What kind of meals can I expect at God's Pocket Resort?
Three meals are provided each day, all prepared by the lodge's resident chef, served family style in the dining hall. Dinners feature locally caught seafood (try the smoked salmon), fresh baked goods and regional wines. Baked goods and hot drinks are available any time of day if you need a little something. We make every effort to accommodate vegetarians, food preferences and allergies.
What if I require a special diet?
If any of you have any dietary restrictions, please alert us, so we can pass those on to the lodge chef. We do ask that folks with strict vegan or gluten-free diets to bring their own supplements and substitutions (such as rice noodles, etc) or special drinks since the shopping is limited in very rural northern Vancouver Island. We provide 2 glasses of wine per night, so if you need/desire more or different alcoholic beverages, you can plan accordingly and either bring your own, or shop on the Saturday before your trip - NOTE that liquor stores in BC are closed on Sundays and prior to our meeting time on Mondays, so you will not be able to buy before your tour with us if you arrive on a Sunday. The lodge provides unlimited teas, coffee, hot cocoa and lemonade. Feel free to bring your own sodas or diet sodas in addition if you prefer.
Can I bring my own kayak?
Occasionally guests will ask us about bringing their own kayaks to the lodge-based trip. We cannot allow these, due to liability reasons, and due to the guides' focus needing to be on the group as a whole, as our representatives in the field. It is still a guided trip, with everyone needing to kayak at all times with the group and our sea kayak guides as per our itinerary.
Can I bring a pet?
Please note that at times lodge managers/owners have had a well-behaved dog at the lodge. We ask that guests do not bring their pets to the lodge. It is a wilderness environment and pets are never allowed in our kayaks due to potential liability issues. We are happy to answer any questions at all about this.
Can I take a day off from kayaking?
Absolutely! There are no mandatory excursions on this fun-filled adventure, although we do recommend you take advantage of as many of the planned activities as possible for a memorable overall experience.
What if I'm traveling by myself?
If this is your first adventure tour, and you are naturally a little apprehensive about going solo, we will support you each step of the way. We get a mixture of singles, couples, families and friends. Our tour costs are based on double occupancy on any included lodging nights. Solo travelers who would like their own room can pay a single supplement (see "Dates & Rates" above for the single supplement price for this tour), or can be matched up with another solo traveler of the same gender if one is available and willing to share. If we are unable to pair you with another solo traveler, we must apply the single supplement charge to cover our lodging costs.
Single Kayaks are available for $100 supplement.
What should I pack?
Standard luggage is permitted since this is a lodge-based trip. Upon booking your tour, you'll receive a comprehensive booklet that details precisely what is recommended to bring for your active adventure.
What does the trip include?
Our tours are fully-catered, fully-guided, and fully supplied. Besides your stay at the lodge, kayak use, and supplies, your kayak tour includes skilled professional guide services from highly-trained and certified, charismatic, guides. All meals from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day are prepared for you from the on-site chef, as well.
What items are not included?
Any hotel stays before and after your trip, transportation to the launch site, costs of a personal nature (shopping), and tips.
Will My Cell Phone Work at God's Pocket? Is there WiFi?
You will not have cell phone coverage at God's pocket resort.
There is limited WiFi that will allow you to check emails, send the occasional WhatsApp.