Looking to see the Sooke Basin in a new light? First-time paddler or experienced paddler with a hunger for learning? Why not join our tours, where our certified guides will show you all the best spots, provide help with paddle strokes and technique and ensure that you’re getting the most out of your time on the beautiful West Coast.
Our tours fill up quickly, so advance booking is required for all our tours. Please contact us by 4pm on the day prior to your desired tour to ensure that you will have a spot.
All tours are priced per person, please call for group pricing:
• 3hr Tour $95
• Full Day Tour $165
• Full Moon Tour $95
• Sunset Tour $95
3 Hour Tour
Leaving at 9am and 1pm, our three hour tours are a great way to explore the beautiful scenery of the Sooke Basin. Our certified guides will show you all the highlights of the area and give you some insight into the wildlife and history. Find out about the mysterious grey ship in Coopers Cove, see where John Wayne used to party and say hello to all the animals that call the basin their home. We often see seals, sea stars and jellyfish, and on occasion even see herons, bald eagles and sea cucumbers (our personal favourites! They’re really weird).
Full Day Tour
Departing at 9am, our full day tour will take you to Whiffin Spit, where the Sooke Basin empties into the open ocean. On top of the sights you would see on the 3 hour tour, you will paddle out past the Sooke Harbour, explore the unique ecosystem of the tidal flats and have a picnic on Whiffin Spit, catered by our neighbours, the Stickleback Eatery.
Full Moon Tour
Paddle out and watch the moon rise, then return by moonlight, and get the chance to see the ocean in a different light. Some animals prefer dusk, and if you are lucky you might even see some bioluminescence. This special 2 hour tour only runs on the day of the full moon or the day before or after, start times will vary depending on the time of year.
Experience the Sooke Basin at dusk on this 2 hour tour, returning to the dock just as the sun sets behind the mountains. We can’t think of a better way to end the day than enjoying the last golden rays of the sun floating out on the water. These tours depart at different times in the year depending on when the sun sets.
Choose Rush Adventures
More people choose Rush Adventures kayaking tours over any other outfitter on the Island. We offer personalized tour packages, our guides are professional and friendly, and we are located on the most beautiful protected waters around! Our tours are always fun and include exploring small islands, coves and beaches.
This protected water region is unparalleled; you’ll come away with a new appreciation not only for sea kayaking but also for the area’s wildlife and natural history. Rush Adventures has built a strong reputation for guiding expertise, and have become well known for providing exciting experiences for all our customers.
Rush also offers a wide variety of trip packages for both beginners and seasoned paddlers. We provide an enjoyable and relaxing way for paddlers to see the area and get a close look at sea life, coastal birds and other wildlife. Each tour is led by registered guides and experienced naturalists who will point out the interesting sites and wildlife throughout the tour.