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Sea Kayaking Tours from Telegraph Cove, British Columbia

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Multi-Day Guided Kayak Expeditions on Vancouver Island


Explore the wilderness of the northern coast of Vancouver Island on these remarkable sea kayaking tours. Whether you are new to kayaking or an experienced paddler, there is a trip for you.


  • Multi-day sea kayaking excursions
  • Explore the Broughton Archipelago
  • Visit Blackfish Sound & Johnstone Strait
  • See marine wildlife and whales
  • Local, experienced guides
  • High-quality gear & paddling instruction


Experience the serenity of whale watching from a kayak as humpback, minke, and killer whales roam the rugged waterways of northern Vancouver Island. Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, and acrobatic white-sided dolphins are the locals here. Glide past mist-shrouded islets with bald eagles perched on towering cedars and watch for bears foraging along the shoreline. Commune with nature unplugged and end your day with friends around a beach bonfire as the sun sets on the North Pacific.

These expedition-style kayaking tours are fully nomadic, so we go where the wildlife and conditions are best. No two trips are the same. These small-group kayak tours practice leave-no-trace camping on the many remote islands of the Broughton Archipelago, Blackfish Sound, and Johnstone Strait. This awe-inspiring region will leave you breathless.

Follow the path less traveled into remarkable rainforests, island beaches, quiet bays, and lagoons.  This region of BC is one of the most beautiful and unique ecosystems in the world.  You will have time to slow down and take it all in.  It is a life-changing area.

There are three tours offering 3, 5, and 6 day options, exploring the varied waters, coastlines, and natural wonders of Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound, and the Broughton Archipelago.  There is a trip for everyone, and with low guide-guest ratios, you’ll be well taken care of.  This is simply an amazing part of Canada’s west coast, and once you come here, you will wonder why it took you this long. With expedition-grade gear and some of the most experienced guides in the area, these incredible kayak adventures are second to none!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability June - Sept
Duration 3, 5, or 6 days
Difficulty Moderate
Minimum age 9 or 16 years
Group maximum 10 or 12 people
Region British Columbia
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


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  • International number: +1 778 348 1676

Availability (2024):

2 people minimum for all tours.

3 day Johnstone Strait: $1399/person

    Mon-Wed or Fri-Sun
  • June 1-Sept 22

5 day Blackfish Sound: $2050/person

    Monday departures
  • June 5-Sept 18

6 day Broughton Archipelago: $2199/person

    Sunday departures
  • June-Sept

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What's Included

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  • Meals, snacks and soft drinks
  • Water taxi transfers (Broughton Archipelago tour)
  • All camping and cooking gear
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Double or single fibreglass sea kayaks
  • Paddles
  • PFD’s (designed for kayaking)
  • Paddling jackets
  • Spray skirts
  • Dry bags
  • Kayak booties and gloves

What to bring

  • A complete packing list will be provided
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Water bottle with strap
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses with neck cord
  • Clothing suited to a variety of temperatures and weather conditions
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece jacket and windbreaker
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun hat or ball cap
  • Wet shoes for kayaking, such as Tevas or Aqua socks
  • Sturdy shoes for around camp and hiking

Not Included

  • Transportation from your home city to Telegraph Cove, BC
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Overnight accommodations before and after your trip

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Guide Information:

Your guides are experienced expedition leaders, with designation in SKGABC sea kayaking leadership and are fully certified in advanced wilderness first aid and CPR.  They take your safety very seriously and always consider your personal comfort zone.  Not only are they leaders in their field, but they are also patient teachers and offer a holistic approach towards safety and learning.  They are the most experienced guides in the region, with over 50+ years of navigating the Johnstone Strait. As full-time residents of the region, they possess an unwavering passion for spotting wildlife and sharing their in-depth knowledge of the area with you. You are in good hands.

The Johnstone Strait is home to some of the highest levels of biodiversity in Canada. For three days, we will explore the ecosystem and discover a myriad of animals, large and small — from microscopic plankton to the gargantuan humpback whale. These mighty mammals of the sea call Johnstone Strait their summer home, as do Steller sea lions, harbour seals, Dall’s porpoises, minke whales, northern resident killer whales, the Biggs transient killer whales, and river and sea otters.

Johnstone Strait boasts over fifty bird species living and migrating through the area, so keep your eye on the sky as well as the intertidal zone! There are tons of alien-like marine critters to admire alongside our more familiar birds and mammals. Your beachside campsites are totally off-grid and only accessible by watercraft.  You will spend the days paddling and exploring the coastlines in your trusty kayak, always on the lookout for wildlife.

Your tour begins at 8:30 am and departs from Telegraph Cove on Fridays or Mondays.  And then you return to Telegraph Cove in the late afternoon on the third day.  While no previous kayaking experience is necessary, you should be physically and mentally fit for 3 days of kayaking and camping in a wilderness setting.

Venture on a remarkable 5-day kayaking tour from Telegraph Cove, BC.  From Johnstone Strait into Blackfish Sound, you’ll glide through some of BC’s finest spots and through two of the most biodiverse bodies of water on the Pacific Coast. You will camp in a remote wilderness area and enjoy the timelessness of this authentic coastal location. In the capable hands of your exceptional guides, you’ll enjoy unique locations, landscapes, and wildlife exclusive to this secluded tip of the world.

This is a voyage of discovery in two of British Columbia’s most beautiful natural environments: Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound. If we are blessed with good weather, you’ll stay at several campsites and enjoy relaxing in incredibly remote locations—so you can trade the hustle and bustle of the city for the peaceful sounds of BC’s raw wilderness. Blackfish Sound and the surrounding area can be full of wildlife ranging from eagles, porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, birds of prey, humpbacks, orcas, and a variety of different invertebrates hiding under the surface.  Weynton Passage and Blackney Passage, two areas we will paddle in, boast an abundance of wildlife in the area due to the high tidal current speed—why is that, you ask? You’ll just have to come on the tour to find out!

Your tour begins at 8:30 am and departs from Telegraph Cove on Mondays throughout the season.  And then you return to Telegraph Cove in the late afternoon on the following Friday.  While no previous kayaking experience is necessary, you should be physically and mentally fit for 5 days of kayaking and camping in a wilderness setting.

Enjoy this amazing all-inclusive 6-day sea kayak expedition in the Broughton Archipelago. 

On this extended 6-day tour, we will cross both the Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound to delve deep into the Broughton Archipelago. Indulge in the unparalleled tranquility of this majestic place that boasts over 200 islands and stretches all the way to the mainland of British Columbia. Enjoy the best of both worlds by experiencing wildlife hotspots in the Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound before losing yourself in the hushed serenity of the Broughton Archipelago.

This kayaking tour is a complete experience that will take you on an extended journey through the incredible and untamed wilderness of the British Columbia coast. You will cross Johnstone Strait exploring the habitats of minke whales, orcas, and harbor seals. And then paddle across to Blackfish Sound, passing through areas common for humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, and Steller sea lions. Finally, we’ll paddle through the Broughton Archipelago in search of migratory birds, sea lion haul outs, harbor porpoises, and some of the best intertidal life in the area.

This tour involves six days of kayaking, and on some of those days, we paddle as much as 20 km or more and camp in remote areas with very few developed services. It is best for ages 16 years old and above and is especially suitable for adventurers who have experience with remote, self-supported trips.

Your tour begins at 8:30 am and departs from Telegraph Cove on Sundays throughout the season.  You will paddle one way from Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, to the mainland and use a water taxi for the journey back.  This trip can also run in reverse by taking a water taxi on the first morning to the heart of the Archipelago before paddling for the next 6 days back to Telegraph Cove.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST. 
  • A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation. 
  • Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.

Cancellation Policy & Details

  • 60 days or more notice: full refund less $50 admin fee per person.
  • 31-59 days notice: 50% refund (deposit not refunded).
  • 30 days or less: no refunds issued.

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