Seward Winter Kayaking Adventure
- Person Group of 4 or more
Kayak during our shoulder season!
Bundle up and make your way down to Miller’s Landing to have a unique and serene adventure in Resurrection Bay during our shoulder season. We are offering short kayaking tours along the coast so winter travellers can enjoy some time on the water.
Late fall, winter and early spring is a magical time in Seward. The light can be soft all day which makes for some amazing photographic opportunities!
Depart Miller’s Landing’s main office for Tonsina Beach, kayaking along the jagged cliff lines and under our stunning snow-covered mountains. Learn about local and natural history while looking for wildlife with your guide along the way. Continue along the coast or explore the local beaches and trails with your guide for small treasures and memories, almost always found along the Alaskan coast. Let your guide know what you are comfortable with and we will do our best to plan an enjoyable winter kayaking experience for you.
This trip will include snacks, a warm lunch and beverages, poggies for your hands, a dry suit and other kayaking gear, as well as a guide to show you the way. We suggest wearing your warmest layers like wool, fleece, puffer jackets, a beanie, long johns, and gloves and bringing any extra layers you might need. Keep in mind your jacket and pants need to fit into a dry suit, snow pants, ski jackets as well as extra puffed jackets may not fit
This trip is easy and includes a mellow nature walk. Start by kayaking with your guide, hugging the shoreline watching for wildlife. Paddle roughly 2 miles to your destination, there you will get out and go on a short nature walk on a maintained trail. After the walk, return to Miller’s Landing with your guide by kayaking. We provide gear to keep you warm but ask that you layer properly with clothing that fits under a dry suit.
TIPS FOR A GREAT TRIP
When kayaking in the winter, it’s important to wear multiple layers, that are synthetic or wool. Dress as if you were about to go snowboarding, skiing, snow shoeing or walking your dog in cold weather, and make sure your layers fit under the dry suit, which acts like a large shell. So bulky snow pants and massive puffy jackets will not work. Bring gloves, you will wear pogies on the water, but gloves are needed for when we are on land. Make sure to also wear a hat and warm socks.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
We provide lunch, snacks and hot drinks on this trip. All carefully prepared in our own cafe. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, let us know.
We provide drysuits to keep you warm and dry. As well as personal floatation devices, spray skirts that keep your legs nice and dry, light weight paddles, safety gear, stable tandem kayaks, shelters and other gear to keep you safe and comfortable.
WHAT TO BRING
It best to dress warm and in layers so you can add or take away as needed. Be ready for different weather conditions and avoid cotton. Below is a list of important items to bring on this tour.
- A water bottle
- Medical necessities
- Warm synthetic/wool layers
- Neck Gaitor
- If you have sensitive eyes, wearing ski goggles when it snows can help but is not necessary.
Kayak along the coastline towards Tonsina Beach, enjoy the calm waters, low lighting and frozen mountain views. When we arrive at Tonsina we will get out and enjoy warm beverages and meal and can either beach comp or explore the rainforest with your guide. We offer a warm meal on this trip if you have dietary restrictions, please let us know. After enjoying lunch and hot cocoa or coffee, and you have explored all you desire, kayak back to Miller’s Landing where you can enjoy the warm wood stove, or maybe you have a cabin booked along the beach. We can also kayak to Tonsina and up the creek on a high tide, enjoy hot cocoa on the water, and then return to our main facility to enjoy the meal afterwards by our large woodstove.
This trip is flexible and only takes up to 8 clients. We are willing to accommodate all needs whether you don’t want to hike and would instead kayak more, let us know!
- A $10 cancellation fee is imposed for all reservations canceled.
- Cancellations must be received by email only to [email protected]. The cancellation notice date is the date the email was received at [email protected]. Phone cancellations will not be accepted.
- Cancellations received by email 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a refund of 90% of the total amount of the reservation.
- Cancellations received by email 15 to 29 days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation charge and you will receive a 75% refund of the total amount of the reservation.
- Cancellations received by email 14 days to zero days prior to arrival are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a 50% refund only if we are able to rebook your camping, cabin, fishing, kayaking, water taxi, shuttle, lunch, or activity. If we are not able to rebook your reservation, then no refunds will be issued and you will also be charged a $10 cancellation fee to your credit card.
- A 100% refund will be issued for any activity that was canceled due to weather by Miller’s Landing. Miller’s Landing reserves the right to determine weather cancellations. Rain does not constitute a cancellation.
Please note: Miller’s Landing encourages only guaranteed prepaid reservations. Unlike many other states, Alaska has a very short tourist season, which can make it difficult for us to rebook when we have cancellations without ample notice.
If you are booking a charter and lodging and your charter, water taxi, or kayaking is canceled due to weather, you are still responsible for the lodging or camping reservations and the normal cancellation policy applies. All of our activities are possible during rain, so rain does not constitute a cancellation. Miller’s Landing is not responsible for vehicle break downs, personal emergencies, flight delays, health issues or other unforeseen hardships. We will try very hard to work with you, but the cancellation policy will need to be applied if we cannot issue a raincheck or find an alternative solution that appeals to both parties.
Please understand that Miller’s Landing also incurs a hefty financial merchant fee from our bank for the cost of charging your credit card and again for the cost of refunding it, and there is also a cost involved for the time involved in processing and refunding your reservation in employee costs. Our goal when taking your reservation is to have a solid, guaranteed prepaid reservation. We strongly discourage the practice of making reservations without having an airline ticket or making tentative reservations. Thank you for your understanding.
Gratuities are not included in the original sale price. A suggested 20% guide tip is greatly appreciated! Our guides work hard on building their knowledge and creating a memorable experience for you.
About our Guides
Our Guides are all experienced in kayaking and in outdoor leadership before joining our team. They often come from all different backgrounds; from being ski instructors, snowmobile guides, backpacking guides, or passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Which we believe helps build a strong diverse team with many skills who are all able to thrive and learn from each other. Everyone is trained for two weeks to refine their skills together and learn all they need to know to safely guide our clients. We instruct and certify our guides as ACA L2 kayakers, practice cold water rescue techniques, spend 6 amazing but grueling days in the backcountry as a team, and require that all guides have an up-to-date Wilderness First Responder Certification.
Check it out here: Kayak Guide Training Summer 2022 | Miller’s Landing (millerslandingak.com)
Spend a summer outdoors and in the Stunning Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay, teaching, guiding, and enjoying all the amazing experiences Alaska have to offer. Miller’s Landing is a family-run business that started operations shortly after Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980 and the tourism industry began to form in Seward. We work hard to provide every guest with a memorable experience, with a focus on safety, education, stewardship, and fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment.
We begin our hiring process in the winter, between December and January, and suggest you apply in December. Our training begins May 1st and the season runs until September 15th. We ask that guides are able to attend training and can stay until at least mid-August. Learn more about our requirements and the hiring process here: Kayak Instructor / Guide | Miller’s Landing in Seward Alaska (millerslandingak.com)