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Vargas Island

The Ahousaht Nation have indicated where paddlers can camp or stop on Vargas Island and other locations nearby. The fee set by this Nation are 15 dollars per day (or an annual pass for $25) whether you are camping or using a rest stop (day use). Recently, we produced a new post, updating some of the Ahousaht information. During the summer months paddlers may be approached by the Ahousaht Guardians’ boat around Vargas Island and asked to pay a fee or you show them your pass. You can also pay afterwards if you cannot attain a pass nor see the Guardians. Passes are picked up in three locations in Tofino:

  1. MHSS Ahousaht Office:    (250) 725-2169, 368 Main Street (In the shore building on the pier next to docks below Ocean Outfitters) – YOU CAN now order your pass online.
  2. Tofino Sea Kayaking: (250) 725-4222, 320 Main Street Tofino
  3. Paddle West Kayaking: (250)725-3232, 606 Campbell Street Tofino
  4. If you would like to buy a pass after the fact, you can email, or I can help you process a payment over the phone. (250)726-5084
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Paul Grey

Paul has been a kayaker for over twenty years and has paddled a number of locations around Vancouver Island, Thailand and Hawaii. He has his Paddle Canada I and II and level 1 kayak guide training and certification. He has worked for the BC Marine Trails as a volunteer for approximately ten years in a number of capacities including being the president of the association. He is also the co-author of Easykayaker: A guide to laid-back paddling and Kayaking Vancouver Island. Paul is a fourth generation islander with his roots in the Nanaimo-Extension area. He also enjoys hiking, traveling and reading. He has received awards in 1993 and 1996 from the Prime Minister of Canada for his work in education; Paul is a recipient of a Royal Bank of Canada fellowship to Queen's University.