Butterfly Tours provides quality equipment, selected specifically for kayak touring on Haida Gwaii. Our kayaking gear and tents are maintained in excellent condition and replaced every few years in order to ensure that our participants enjoy the use of reasonably new equipment.
Seaward Tyee fibreglass kayaks are provided.
The Seaward Tyee kayak is pleasantly responsive, while remaining predictable and forgiving in a wide variety of sea conditions. This fine fibreglass craft is well suited to both inexperienced and accomplished paddlers. We have eight Tyees - more than enough for each tour guest and expedition participant to paddle one.
Our kayaks are strong and seaworthy; they come fully equipped with a foot-operated rudder, two hatches with sealed bulkheads, a paddle and spare paddle, a Transport Canada approved PFD, a neoprene sprayskirt and a bilge pump.
The Tyee's adjustable seat has a padded, pivoting backrest that provides comfort while touring. Our kayaks can properly fit a wide range of people.
Butterfly Tours is the only outfitter in Gwaii Haanas specializing in single kayaks; each person is equipped with a single kayak for the entire trip. With a positive attitude and a reasonable level of fitness and coordination, most paddlers can enjoy touring at optimum cruising speed in our single kayaks.
Many kayakers seek the freedom and rewards of paddling their own craft, yet not everyone prefers to be responsible for the propulsion of their own vessel. If you are interested in our trips and want to invite a friend, please be sure that your friend also seeks the additional rewards and challenges provided by a single kayak. See more information on inviting a friend or partner.
Alternatively, a Seaward Southwind double kayak is available; however, we do not provide a paddling partner for the double. (We provide each person with the opportunity to paddle a single kayak.) If you would prefer paddling the double, please be sure to arrive with a paddling partner.
- Single kayaks are significantly different than double kayaks:
- Single kayaks have one seat, allowing an individual to be responsible for both the propulsion and direction of their own boat. They provide each paddler with greater control and independence, while increasing the opportunity to develop paddling skills. Many people prefer the additional rewards and challenges provided by single kayaks.
For more information, please see: Why choose Butterfly Tours?
- Double kayaks have two seats, requiring two people to paddle in the same boat. Only the person in the stern (rear) seat of a double kayak has directional control of the vessel, through use of the foot-operated rudder. Two people may join a trip and use our double kayak if they prefer to paddle in the same boat.
For more information, please see: Personal Preparation
Each person is provided with the choice of a variety of paddles, including: Lightweight Aqua-Bound carbon straight-shaft paddles, as well as ergonomic wood bent-shaft paddles made by Bending Branches. Our carbon paddles are noticeably lighter than wood paddles, yet some kayakers prefer the aesthetic qualities of wood.
Our paddle selection ranges in length from 210 to 240 cm.
PFDs - Personal Flotation Devices
We provide high quality Salus Ungava personal flotation devices in four different sizes.
Enjoy the benefits of wearing these comfortable, fully adjustable and Transport Canada approved PFDs.
We supply enough tents so that everyone can sleep in their own private shelter if they wish.
Arriving with appropriate outdoor clothing is essential to each guest's comfort and personal well-being during the trip. A detailed clothing and equipment list is provided upon registration.
You are welcome to contact Gord if you have any questions.