Title: Kayaking Esperanza and Nuchatlitz Inlets, Vancouver Island.

Benson Point, Nuchatlitz Inlet.

Bob proposed to the members of the Hole in the Wall Kayak Club, Skagit County, Washington, that he would lead a kayaking trip to the waters of the Esperanza and Nuchatlitz Inlets, off the northwestern coast of Vancouver Island. This is an area he had paddled many times over a period of several decades. Because much of the paddling would be exposed to the swells and wind waves of the Pacific Ocean, he asked that only experienced paddlers join the trip. My prior kayaking trips in Canada had each been fantastic, and this would be to an even more remote part of Vancouver Island that I had seen before, with a chance to gain experience in open water paddling. I jumped at the opportunity.

Seven of us ended up on the trip. In pairs and one singly, we took our kayaks and gear in cars on the Anacortes or Tsuwassen Ferries to Vancouver Island. We then drove up Vancouver Island past Campbell River, and then another 90 miles to the tiny community of Zeballos, the last 40 miles on gravel road.

Getting There

Friday Harbor

The Anacortes ferry stopped in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island while enroute to Sindey, B.C. on Vancouver Island.



A Kenmore Air seaplane brings travelers from Seattle to Friday Harbor.


Zaballos Road

We turn off Vancouver Island Highway 19 onto the gravel Zeballos Forest Service Road.


Zabellos Road 2

Kaouk Mt. seen from the Zeballos Road.

Zaballos Road 3

Waterfalls spill from a glacier.



A new B&B and pub in Zeballos.


The Zeballos public library.


Zaballos 3

The bridge over the Zeballos River.



Jill in car

We run into our kayak partners, Jill giving the thumbs up.

George in his car.

George meets us coming from the campground. We all go to dinner.


Zaballos River delta.

The Zeballos River has a fertile delta where it feeds into the salt water of Zeballos Inlet.




We all rendezvous at the Blue Heron restaurant and hotel for dinner.




At our Forest Service campground in Zeballos, we get pass down from a group that just returned from the open water.




As the sun goes down, the air quickly cools, and we enjoy a fire. Marianne, Jill, Lisa (sitting), husband George, and Becky.