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Sea kayaking excursions to view orcas from a base camp in Johnstone Strait, BC


Paddle with the orcas at a comfort tent base camp on one of these kayaking excursions in Johnstone Strait. This camp is situated in the heart of orca viewing territory along one of their most frequently transited routes. Without the need to move camp you can maximize your time on the water and then settle into the comforts of the well appointed base for an evening around the campfire.

British Columbia ’s coastal waters are home to a total of about 300 resident orcas, commonly known as killer whales. During the summer, the majority of the northern pods, approximately 200 animals, congregate in the Southern Queen Charlotte Sound and Johnstone Strait areas of Vancouver Island.

Johnstone Strait, due to its concentration of whales, is considered one of the best places in the world to experience orcas in the wild. Possibly no other place on earth boasts such a large number of these beautiful animals and in such stunning scenery.

An extremely rich marine environment, Johnstone Strait supports: salmon, seabirds, bald eagles, bears, and seals. These sea kayaking programs operate in the Strait during the best time to view the orcas, from June through September. Paddling in this area is always a pleasure and to view orcas from this quiet perspective is a rare and intimate wilderness experience.  It is a spectacular setting of islands and steep fjords and its temperate climate results in forests of giant old growth trees. Rich to in cultural history, this region has been occupied by the Northern Kwagiutl people for perhaps several thousand years.

The orca or killer whale is the largest member of the dolphin family, growing up to 9m (30 ft) in length. Orcas are immensely powerful and graceful. You will be enchanted by their spectacular displays when breaching, tail lobbing, finning and spyhopping in the open waters. Orcas are highly developed socially and each pod has it's own distinctive language. You will observe whales at the surface and use a hydrophone (underwater microphone) to listen to their submarine communication while quietly floating in our sea kayaks. There is something mystical about that which cannot be described.

 

 

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TRIP DETAILS
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EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
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TRIP TYPE
Kayaking
SEASON

July to September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Services of a fully qualified  guide and assistant guide are included on every trip.

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, flashlight, daypack.

Comments: $50 per person land user fee applies to all trips.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end from the town of Port McNeill, located on the north end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Port McNeill is accessible by car, bus or plane (Port Hardy) from Vancouver.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures will average 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.  Evenings can be cool with temperatures near 10 degrees Celsius.   Extended periods of rain are unusual but possible and mornings can be foggy.

REGION
Vancouver Island & Southern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Boat transportation from Port McNeill to the base camp, kayaks and equipment, tents, group camping equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, warm fleece or wool underclothes, shorts, t-shirts, hiking boots, water shoes, bathing suit.  Clothing and equipment list available.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, pocketknife, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are at a private permanent base camp located on a remote island in Johnstone Strait.  Sleeping arrangements are in two-person tent at the camp.  There is a main kitchen tent and eating area.

The base camp concept allows for a maximum of time available for the daily activities and offers a suitable level of comfort in a remarkable wilderness setting. It makes this the ideal program for the experienced paddler as well as beginners and families alike - no previous experience is necessary. The base camp, set up amidst an old-growth forest with trees hundreds of years old has a crystal clear stream running right through it. Curled into a pristine half moon shaped bay it is not only beautiful but also provides some of the best whale watching opportunities anywhere, right from shore.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals while at the camp are included.  Meals are wholesome offering a variety of BBQs, salads and 'catch of the day'.

3 day tour, available July - September
$1090.00 / per adult - CAD
2 nights. Trips depart Fridays from July 13-September 14, 2018.

$990.00 / per child 8-15 - CAD
2 nights. Trips depart Saturdays from July 13-September 14, 2018.
4 day tour, available July - September
$1390.00 / per adult - CAD
3 nights. Departs Sundays from July 15-September 9, 2018.

$1290.00 / per child 8-15 - CAD
3 nights. Departs Mondays from July 15-September 9, 2018.
6 day tour, available July - September
$1990.00 / per adult - CAD
5 nights. Departs Fridays from July 13-September 14, 2018.

$1890.00 / per child 8-15 - CAD
5 nights. Departs Saturdays from July 13-September 14, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
West Coast Trail: Cancellation up to 61 days prior is a fee of $500 per person which includes the Park Permit Fee. Cancellation 60-0 days is no refund. Ideally, we would like all guests to have trip cancellation insurance. Kayaking tours: Cancellation up to 61 days prior is a fee of $150 per person which includes the Park Permit Fee. Cancellation 60-0 days is no refund.
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