Western Educational Adventures Youth Kayaking Trips
Western Educational Adventures

Desolation Sound Kayaking Journey Summer Camp

Looking for a kids kayak camp near Victoria BC or Campbell River BC for your 12 year old or teenager? Have your kid spend 9 days learning to kayak through the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound, one of Coastal BC’s most dynamic natural areas on a Kayaking Summer Camp for youth! Preteens and Teens learn basic and intermediate kayaking skills, kayak safety and rescue skills, how to conduct a westcoast sea kayaking expedition, become a strong leader, work as a part of a team and much more! This is a once in a lifetime summer camp experience in Coastal BC’s warmest kayaking ocean water.


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Victoria BC Youth Kayaking Trips

The warmest ocean water in BC!

Campbell River, Vancouver Island & Victoria BC

12-14 & 15-17 Mixed 14 days 9 days
$2800 + GST $3300 + GST
August 13 - 26, 2023 Waitlisting  


In a Rush or Have Questions Before You Register for a Desolation Sound Kayaking Summer Camp?

Call us now at 250-888-1622 and talk to a real person!! or, if you can't talk now, Email Us and we will get back to you within 2-5 business days.


Vancouver Island Youth Kayak Camp Drop-Off Location

Scheduled transportation from Victoria BC is available. Other pick-up locations along the route may be available such as the Victoria International Airport, Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland or Campbell River BC. If you require one of the list locations or a different pick-up location on Vancouver Island, please Contact Us for options.

Hyacinth Park (Saanich) 08:00 18:35 Marigold Rd in Saanich
West Hills (Langford) 08:40 18:00 Public Lot next to Westhills Stadium on Langford Pkwy

What to bring on a Westcoast kayaking trip

Click here for a detailed packing list. Please contact us if you wish to borrow, rent or purchase equipment.

As we operate our programs 100% outside and often in wilderness environments, it is essential that all families pack all items on our packing list. Failing to do so may compromise your childs safety and experience.

The Sea Kayaking Experience

There aren’t many outdoor experiences for kids that are more fun and exciting than sea kayaking through small channels, tidal rapids and warm water, while getting the chance to see giant trees, prolific marine life, marine mammals including seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises and innumerable species of Vancouver Island birds. The Desolation Sound / Discovery Islands area between Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland is world renowened for its exceptional scenery and spectacular sea kayaking. Youth may even get the chance to paddle through tidal rapids and swim in 25 degree C ocean water! The experience doesn’t stop there! Preteens and teens learn about nature, marine biology, sea kayaking (including safety skills), camping, leadership and more - and they don’t even know it!

Leadership and Personal Growth for Youth

Modern kids and especially teens do not get very many opportunities to learn life skills including how to lead others, manage conflict and think for themselves. WEA’s Victoria BC based kayaking summer camp expetion focuses specifically on these skills.

During the kayak camp, participants are split into pairs. Each day one pair is selected to be responsible for leading the entire group. In the evening, the pair debriefs their experience, talking about what they learned and how it can be applied in the future. In short, youth learn what it means to be an adult!

Kayaking Summer Camp Location - Campbell River BC Area

Outdoor Kayaking Skills for Kids

Aside from learning all about the natural world that surrounds them, inclucing about the sea life, whales, dolphins, seals and birds, kids will acquire most of the skills required to run a successful sea kayaking trip. Everything from making a meal plan to planning a route, to cleaning up after it's all done. Young people will come away from their kayaking camp experience with a serious kayaking and camping skill set.

Some of the skills you will learn

• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Panning • Navigation • Sea Kayak Paddling and Maneuvering • Sea Kayaking Safety • Kayak Rescues • Tides and Currents • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance • Backcountry Safety

Safety and Food on a Kids Kayaking Camp


Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

"Landon took our family on a sea kayak paddle starting out of Victoria. This was our first time sea kayaking but we felt confident in Landon keeping our trip safe and enjoyable. In little time we were safely paddling and navigating the water. It was a great day!"

-Alex Damjanovic

Food and Food Allergies

We believe that a good experience starts with good nutrition. Proper diet and eating habits are lacking in today’s society - a result of readily available fast foods, processed foods and a lack of nutritional education. We strive to provide quality, simple, wholesome meals with limited processed ingredients – in addition to the occasional smores and limited other tasty treats. This is part of why we include our participants in all meal planning, purchasing and cooking.

We are also very experienced in dealing with dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Great care is taken to avoid serious participant food allergens whenever possible. Where this is not possible, we take great care to avoid cross contamination of ingredients.

"Landon guided an overnight trip for our family on the Juan de Fuca trail. Healthy eating is important to us. Landon helped our kids build an outdoor oven and they were soon baking an amazing dinner. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that you can look after yourself in the outdoors."

-Carole Damnjanovic


If you want to sign up for a kids kayaking camp expedition, the process is simple. Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Create an account on our registration software

Fill in your email and create a password

Step 2: Create your profile

Input your information. This is a one time step, your info will be there for the rest of the summer!

Step 3: Sign-Up for the program

Input your child (or children's information), select the program(s) you wish to register for.

Step 4: Submit your registration and payment

Step 5: Let your child (or children) have fun and learn!

**All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**

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