Alaska kayaking

Winter 2009 Newsletter
Alaska on the Home Shore News
January 2009 Issue
Kayaking B.C.'s Inside Passage
Sitka Conservation Society
B.C. Inside Passage Slide Show
Paddling British Columbia's Inside Passage
Alaska on the Home Shore

The world-renowned Inside Passage, linking Puget Sound to the Gulf of Alaska, is a thousand mile-long sheltered labyrinth winding through ancient rainforests.  Surprisingly, this coast's civilization footprint is shrinking. The few small cities and villages scattered in northern British Columbia and Southeast Alaska are barely holding their own, and the canneries, salteries, sawmills, and hermit cabins are crumbling into the wilderness, victims of changing times and technologies.

This contraction of civilization, in one of the planet's most intriguing paddling environments, is a mixed blessing for kayakers. Paddling solitude is the rule, but the lack of infrastructure makes logistics difficult.  You cannot drAlaska on the Home Shoreive to transportation hubs.  You must deal with great distances and difficult camping conditions. If you have the skills to tour in such an area, the Inside Passage will reward you!
You may instead choose to hire an outfitter.  B.C. and S.E. Alaska have both camp-based and mothership offerings, by numerous fine companies.  Mothership kayaking was pioneered in B.C. by Canadian companies.

Alaska on the Home Shore now offers mothership kayaking in British Columbia (see below).  Whether you choose us, another mothership, a camp-based outfitter, or a self-guided tour, feel free to consult us.  We have made almost one hundred full-length Inside Passage trips, and we will steer you in the right direction. 
Alaska on the Home Shore

Featured Destination: Inside Passage

Our first Ketchikan to Bellingham kayak mothership tour exceeded all expectations. Sept. 1, 2009, Home Shore will again depart Ketchikan, on a second exploratory voyage through British Columbia's remote and world-famous Inside Passage, including the Great Bear Rainforest.

This wilderness tour will extend to twelve days, at the same rate as our 8-day tours.  View a slide show from last fall's tour, then sign up to explore!  

Sitka Conservation Society


Alaska on the Home Shore supports the Sitka Conservation Society,a non-profit organization  which in 1980 helped establish the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness, saving this pristine, labyrinthine kayaking environment from massive logging.  Commercial fishing introduced us to this coast forty years ago, and it remains one of our favorite kayaking destinations.  SCS continues to actively protect wilderness values.  Contributions are tax deductlble.   

Paddling Alaska 2009 and 2010

Space is available as listed below.  Remember, we do maintain a standby list in case available dates do not meet your needs.

2009:  Space is available on these tours:  
           May 15 - 22  (Glacier Bay Tour)  4 berths available
           May 25 - June 1  (Glacier Bay tour)  2 berths available
           June 4 - 11    (Chichagof tour)  2 berths available
           June 24 - July 1   OPEN   6 berths available
           Sept. 1 - 12  (B.C. Inside Passage Tour)   6 berths available

2010:  Space is available on most tours                   

Visit our 2009 and 2010 schedules for more details. 

CANOECOPIA!  Visit us (Ben & Benson) in Madison March 13 - 15. We love to have previous guests in our booth!

Thanks for reading our January 2009 issue of Alaska on the Home Shore News! Be sure to drop us a line with your feedback. We look forward to keeping you updated with helpful information about exploring the Inside Passage.

Happy Paddling,

Captains Jim Kyle, Ben Kyle, and the Home Shore Crew

Alaska on the Home Shore | 4102 Linnell Road | Deming | WA | 98244

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