Kayaking in Johnstone Strait

Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale’s blow as it swims past your ocean-side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of killer whales, also known as orcas, swim past your kayak as a bald eagles swoops down to catch a salmon. This can all happen on a Kayak With Whales – Orca Waters Base Camp kayak tour.

There is no better place in the world to kayak with both killer whales and humpback whales than Johnstone Strait off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see these great marine mammals and our Orca Waters Base Camp is located right in the heart of these wildlife-rich waters on an island covered in old growth rainforest.

During a four day and three night stay at the base camp you explore the variety of kayaking routes the area has to offer. Killer whales and humpback whales regularly pass by the camp, often while you are enjoying the morning’s first cup of French-pressed organic coffee or a dinner of locally caught salmon around the campfire. The nearby waters are home to harbour seals, porpoises, minke whales, and rich intertidal life. A number of bald eagle nests and a Steller sea lion haul out are all within easily paddling distance of camp and it is not uncommon to see humpback whales lunging through schools of small fish as they fatten up for their migration south.

Our guides are well acquainted with the natural history, whales, and other wildlife of British Columbia’s coast, knowledge which they eagerly share. It is hard to miss a killer whale’s six foot dorsal fin as it passes your kayak, but your guides also help you spot the less obvious sea stars, urchins and anemones in the shallows and educate you about the other whales, seals, porpoises, and dolphins that frequent these waters.

Dates & times:

Kayak with Whales Base Camp Tour Dates – 2018

  • June 12 – 15
  • June 19 – 22
  • June 26 – 29
  • July 3 – 6
  • July 10 – 13
  • July 17 – 20
  • July 24 – 27
  • July 31 – August 3
  • August 7 – 10
  • August 14 – 17
  • August 21 – 24
  • August 28 – 31
  • September 4 – 7
  • September 11 – 14
  • September 18 – 21

Cost:

  • $1,395 CAD per person + 5% GST

Other things to note:

The Orca Waters Base Camp offers a very comfortable camping experience.  Our knowledgeable kayak guides make this tour is suitable for adventurous travellers even if they have little or no kayaking or camping experience. Roomy tents, each raised off the ground on wooden platforms, are situated throughout the forest with views of the ocean. The tents provide standing room for most guests (1.9 metres tall) and are outfitted with wooden beds with the thickest and widest Therm-a-rest mattresses available. Sheets, fleece blankets, full-size pillows, warm barrel-style sleeping bags, and hot water bottles are all provided to ensure a good night’s sleep. A recharging station for digital cameras, an extensive library of natural history books, a safari style bucket shower, and a large covered kitchen and dining area made from locally milled red cedar make for a very comfortable camping experience.

Prerequisites:

  • No Experience Necessary

Trip Details:

  • 4 days (4 on water)
  • Start & Finish in Port McNeill, BC
  • Luxurious Base Camp

Grizzly Bear Viewing Day Trips: Many of our guests add a grizzly bear watching day trip before or after they join us kayaking. Let us know if you would like to add this activity and we will make all the arrangements.

Booking & Cancellation:

  • $350 due immediately to confirm spot
  • Full payment due 60 days prior to departure
  • No Refunds 60 days prior to departure
  • Cancellation insurance highly recommended