Kayaking with Orcas
Few camping experiences will match the fascination and beauty of this sea kayaking adventure in Johnstone Strait.
Situated on the beautiful shoreline and beach adjacent to old growth forest, the base camp is the perfect place to go hiking, to photograph wildlife, to go tide-pooling or to fish right off the shore.
Day 1 Arrival
Meet your trip companions for an approximate 30-minute drive to Telegraph Cove where you will visit the Whale Interpretive Center. In Telegraph Cove, the water taxi will pick up the group and take you to the craggy shores adjacent to Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, home of the Orca Camp base camp (30 minute water taxi ride). Guides will brief you on the base camp set up, sea kayaking procedures and safety precautions before you head out for an afternoon of kayaking the quiet coves and inlets of the Johnstone Strait, keeping a watchful eye out for signs of whales in the area. When you return to camp, tuck into a hearty home-cooked dinner served oceanside!
Day 2-3 Orca Base Camp Exploring
You will spend your days kayaking the traditional territorial waters of Orcas, picnicking on deserted islands, enjoying short hikes and walks as well as beach-combing. Your experienced guides will assist you in making the most of your daily outings that could include: paddling west along the Vancouver Island shoreline; across the Johnstone Strait to Blackney Passage; around Hanson Island, or east for a full view of Robson Bight. Enjoy great tasting meals and barbecues while watching wildlife right from the outdoor kitchen or from your folding chair on the beach, perhaps with a glass of wine or a steaming cup of coffee in your hand.
Day 4 Departure
After a last night in the tent surrounded by idyllic rainforest, the last breakfast at camp will be served. A short morning hike, then through old-growth forest to some of Canada's biggest and oldest trees. You will get to see to see a massive Cedar that's hundreds of years old and some even go as far to say it's over 1,000 years old! The water taxi and the return transfer to Port McNeill is approximately 1 hour long.
When To Go:
July to September