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Sea kayaking tours on Vancouver Island to view orcas


Paddle with the orcas on this kayaking adventure in Johnstone Strait. Johnstone Strait off Vancouver Island, BC is the ideal location 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. On this kayaking with orca whales trip you will be on the lookout for orca pods while exploring the strait. Although there can be no guarantees, our dates represent the most opportune time to sea kayak and have an encounter of the orca kind.

Combine the exhilaration of kayaking beside these breaching, spouting, power swimming orcas, with rugged coastal scenery, magnificent west coast rainforest, and you have the ultimate personal and coastal kayaking experience.

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$1595.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Kayaking
SEASON

July to September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Two guides per tour, each with wilderness first aid certification.  Your guides have many years of experience in the outdoors and are experts in the activity they lead.  They are also familiar with the natural and cultural history of the area and committed to your satisfaction and safety.

RESTRICTIONS

Moderate level of fitness is recommended. No kayaking experience is required. Ocean kayaking is easy to learn. The kayaks have a rudder system controlled by foot pedals allowing easy maneuvering. Your guides will give you instruction basic paddling techniques to enable you to paddle with confidence and ease. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Warm sleeping bag, sleeping pad.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Transportation to and from the kayaking area in Johnstone Strait is included.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Vancouver Island & Southern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Sea kayaks, paddles, PFDs [life jacket], spray skirts, dry bags, national or provincial park user fees unless otherwise stated, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing suited to a variety of temperatures and weather conditions, rain gear, hat, warm socks, hiking boots, sneakers, swim suit, towel.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, daypack, water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses.

ACCOMMODATIONS

In tent campsites on the beach.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition are included.

6 day tour, available July - September
$1595.00 / per person - CAD
2018 departures: July 28-August 2, August 5-10, August 13-18, August 24-29, September 8-13.
7 day tour, available July - September
$1795.00 / per person - CAD
2018 departures: July 22-28, August 8-14, August 30-September 5, September 17-23.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. We will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing.

6 day tour, available July - September

Day 1

Arrival in Vancouver the night before. 

Morning of Day 1: We will take the BC Ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The crossing is about 2 hours. We will drive north along the Island Highway to our put-in point in Johnstone Strait & our first night's campsite.

Day 2

Days 2-6: 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 & impractical. 

We have developed an itinerary which focuses on the areas in Johnstone Strait and which present 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. 

We will return to our put-in point on Day 6 and return to Vancouver sometime in the evening.

 

7 day tour, available July - September

Day 1

Arrive in Vancouver the night before.

 Morning of Day 1: We will take the BC Ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The crossing is about 2 hours. We will drive north along the Island Highway to our put-in point in Johnstone Strait & our first night’s campsite for this kayaking bc trip.

Day 2

Day 2-7

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 & impractical. We have developed an itinerary which focuses on the areas in Johnstone Strait and which present 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. We will return to our put-in point on Day 6 and return to Vancouver sometime in the evening.