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Towering cliffs at Desolation Sound. PHOTO: DAVE QUINN


HAIDA GWAII


NORTH COAST BUTZE RAPIDS


HAKAI PASS


Deception Pass


PUGET SOUND, WASHINGTON 1 DAY


Synonymous with strong tidal currents, Deception Pass is a great sea kayak play spot. Hone your skills in eddylines, whirlpools and boils. Then paddle around Deception, Strawberry and Hope islands and along the cliffs to the north. There’s no better place to practice managing tidal currents. The consequences of immersion are few: the current will push you out of the pass into calmer water where rescues are routine, if chilly. It’s part training ground, part amusement park ride. Best of all, camping is right next door. —NS


The Deer Group VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA 5 DAYS


This shy alternative to the nearby, more popular Broken Group is not to be missed. Accessed via a punishing logging road to the town of Bamfield, this delightful island chain is a perfect blend of history and remote West Coast energy. Its rugged shores hold many secrets for those who take the time to look. White sand beaches, sea lion haul-outs and sea arches complement a rich Native history including village sites, middens and burial caves.—Dave Quinn


Desolation Sound THE SUNSHINE COAST, BRITISH COLUMBIA 5 DAYS


This labyrinth of passages and islands is the perfect recipe for easy-access paddling. Anything but desolate, this protected sound provides safe paddling options for almost any weather, plus tidal rapids and exposed waters for the more adventurous. Aprés-paddling adventures abound, with hikes to nearby summits and lakes, and incredible warm water snorkelling beneath towering cliff gardens of red-barked arbutus trees. In fact, the sound is home to some of the warmest Pacific waters north of California, with sea temperatures reaching a positively tropical 72°F (22°C). —DQ


The Bunsby Islands VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA 5 DAYS


A day’s paddle from Fair Harbour, this archipelago sits just south of the mighty Brooks Peninsula. Teaming with wildlife, these islands serve as an excellent home base for day paddles in all directions. White sand beaches, fun rock gardening and small crowds make this one of Vancouver Island’s most idyllic paddling locations. —BS


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LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER


THREE ARCH ROCKS


DESOLATION SOUND


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