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.