Kayaking with Orcas Vancouver Island


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    Johnstone Strait off Vancouver Island is internationally renowned as the best place in the world to go kayaking with orca whales and observe and photograph one of nature’s truly magnificent mammals. The sleek, beautiful ebony and ivory orcas congregate in Johnstone Strait during the summer to feed, socialize and rub themselves on pebble beaches. We will be on the lookout for orca pods while exploring the strait and will have our eyes to the skies at our campsites each night, as clear overnight skies and zero light pollution offer incredible star gazing opportunities. Although there can be no guarantees, our dates represent the most opportune time to sea kayak and have an encounter of the orca kind. Each day of our week-long trip presents another opportunity to reach our goal. Breaching, spouting, power-swimming orcas aside, paddling the incredible waters of British Columbia is a fulfilling adventure itself. Rugged coastlines and magnificent west coast rainforest are home to a plethora of wildlife, including black bears and bald eagles. Marine life includes seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises and the occasional humpback, minke or grey Whale. Altogether, the highlights of this adventure make for the ultimate coastal kayaking experience.

    Highlights

    • Be spoiled by endless opportunities to encounter wildlife
    • Stargaze each evening from pristine, remote campsites
    • Disconnect and experience a full immersion in nature
    • Discover the joy of kayaking, or hone your paddling and navigational skills
    • Simply enjoy as our experienced leaders take care of the logistics

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Ferry to Vancouver Island
    We will take the BC Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We will drive north along the Island Highway to our put-in point in at Johnstone Strait and our first night’s campsite for this kayaking trip. (D)

    Days 2-6 Kayaking the Johnstone Strait
    Several factors, such as weather, tides, current, group ability, group goals, and the distribution of pods will ultimately decide our campsites, paddling time, and route, and as such, a day by day, precise itinerary is undesirable and impractical. We have developed an itinerary which focuses on the areas in Johnstone Strait and which presents the best chance of viewing orcas. By so doing, we hope to avoid the busier marine traffic around Telegraph Cove and the islands in that area. Along the way, there will be opportunities to explore the many coves, beaches, and marine life that characterize the strait. Different campsites are planned throughout our paddle. (B, L, D daily)

    Day 7 Tour ends upon return to Vancouver
    We will return to our put-in point, drive to the ferry terminal, and be back in Vancouver sometime in the evening. (B)

    Inclusions

    • All meals while camping and kayaking
    • Experienced, wilderness first aid certified sea kayaking guide(s)
    • All group camping and first aid equipment, plus emergency radio or satellite phone
    • Return ferry ticket from Vancouver to Vancouver Island
    • All transportation while on Vancouver Island
    • Transfer from/return to Accent Inn in Vancouver
    • The use of all sea kayaking equipment during tour (kayak, paddles, PFD, spray skirt, dry bags)
    • Camping fees