Nootka Island FAQ

Here are some answers to a few of the frequently asked questions about the Nootka Island trip. If you have not found the information you are looking for, between the main page and this FAQ, contact us.

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Q. How long to get to Gold River from Campbell River Airport.
A. One hour drive through some beautiful valleys and lakes. Taxi is $80.00. We can arrange group transportation if enough people are arriving at Campbell River together.

Q. Do I pay for hotels in Gold River?
A. No, Grand River Kayak pays for the two nights you will stay in the Gold River motel.

Q. How do I know what to bring
A. We will send a complete list of desired items to have on the trip upon receiving your deposit. Essentially we supply everything but your personal clothing and sleeping bags.

Q. I have a bag but is it good enough.
A. You should be able to sleep comfortably in a -10 degree F bag for spring and fall and it MUST be able to compress in a compression bag so to fit in the kayaks. Ideally waterproof outer layer of the bag.

Q. What kind of food do we eat?
A. You will not want for food on our trips as we try to keep your bellies extremely happy. You are supplied at the start with a comprehensive snack bag with an allotment of goodies that is yours for the week so if you want to indulge between meals you're free to do so. Meals are healthy and filling with fresh baked deserts in our selection of Dutch ovens.

Q. Will we paddle long during the day?
A. At the most our daily paddles are 4-5 hours, which by the way are entirely optional as we have found once on the beach clients tend to want to relax a couple days throughout the week we stay there. This is broken up into a morning and lunch and then return trip back to the base camp.

Q. Will we see wildlife?
A. Only the big guy (or girl) up stairs can answer that one but we have on all our trips to be sure.

Q. What are my responsibilities while out at the camp?
A. None, although chipping in to group carry boats is mandatory

Q. Do I need Money on the M.V.Uchuck?
A. Grand River Kayak pays for breakfast and lunch when we travel to Nuchatlitz but you may wish other snacks and or souvenirs that are sold on the boat.

Q. Can I paddle in a tandem?
A. Yes please request it and we will make this provision. We do like to bring at least one tandem. They are super stable and faster than singles so you may find yourself being asked to wait for the gang at times.

Q. What is the best camera to bring?
A. Wide angle will be the topic of discussion when bringing a camera. We use either a Pentax or Fuji waterproof point-and-shoot and I leave it in my vest pocket of PFD. Expensive SLR's and others are probably best left behind unless you have appropriate water and damage protection for your equipment.

Q. Do you supply PFD’s
A. Yes, but if you have your own and it is within 5years old you may use it. Older than that we recommend shooting them in the garbage. We will tell you the Whitewater story around the campfire. Good for a chuckle and a lesson.

Q. How do I pay?
A. We accept cash, debit, cheque, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Paypal. Depending on whether you choose to pay online, over the phone, or in person, your payment option will vary. Please note that any payments made by personal cheque will not be considered confirmed until the cheque has cleared. A minimum of 40% deposit is required to book. Full Payment is required 45 days before the trip.

Q. Can I bring alcohol?
A. We allow you to bring one bottle of wine per client to be consumed at meal times should the client desire. Wine cannot be consumed before or enroute during an on water outing. Note… we personally load all kayaks for the trip, with the client learning how to balance the boat for our journey to base camp.

Q. Uchuck, what does it provide us?
A. The Uchuck takes us to paradise and picks us up. It has home cooked food available to us. Coffee, beverages and fresh cookies. Regular meals are served as we travel the inlets to our destination.

Q. How many persons per tent?
A. We will place one or two persons per tent. Based on a 2 or 3 person, 3-season tent size.

Q. Can I learn anything on the way?
A. Yes, we will polish up your skills enroute. There will be plenty of "free time" at base camp, and we will be happy to set aside some instructional time to help you improve your paddling.

Q. Can I be a rookie and go on the trip.
A. Yes, the only thing required of you is to attend a rescue course and know how to self rescue with foam paddle float.  

Please feel free to contact us with any other questions or concerns you may have. We are here to help you make this YOUR trip of a lifetime!!