Our Hanson Island Kayak Camp is located in Johnstone Strait, home to one of the largest resident Orca (killer whale) populations in the world. We specifically chose our Hanson Island Kayak Camp location because it is situated along one of the most consistently traveled routes used by these magnificent creatures. The Orcas, or Killer Whales as they are commonly known, regularly traverse right past our kayak camp on the coast of Hanson Island as they forage, sleep and play.
Do I have to pack all of my gear in a kayak when we change camps? Absolutely not!
From experience we know it takes at least 2-3 hours to pack up a group of kayaks. We are confident that you would rather spend this time kayaking. On the day we switch camps your guides will have you gather your personal belongings and place them on the beach in the morning; our camp attendants will arrive in our aluminum power skiff and move your gear to the new camp while you are out enjoying your kayaking day. When you arrive at the new camp your gear will be there waiting for you inside your tent!
Day 0: This is the day you need to arrive in the town of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island. Our friendly guides will meet you this evening to answer any questions you may have. This is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and the guides. You can either fly or drive to Port McNeill. If you are unsure, please call our office (1.800.434.9346) and we will happily provide you with all of the options that are available to you. Included Meals: None.
Day 1: We will leave from Port McNeill via water taxi in the morning and be delivered to our first base camp. After lunch and a camp and kayak orientation, we will head off to do some kayaking. The remainder of the day will be spent exploring the area by kayak and observing the abundant wildlife that inhabits the area. Our camps are situated in areas inhabited by Orcas, Minke and Humpback whales as well as eagles, harbour and Dall’s porpoises, Pacific White Sided dolphins, seals and otters. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meals: Lunch, dinner and snacks.
Day 2: Today our route will be planned to experience the numerous islands and inlets as we explore the Inside Passage. Our daily route is designed to offer the best chances for wildlife viewing and whale watching. Our guides will also take time to share information on intertidal zones and the amazing sea creatures that exist within them as we explore the low tide beaches of the area. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Days 3: After an early rise and hearty breakfast we will move our gear to the beach where it will be collected by our camp mangers and moved to our new camp. From there the remainder of the day will be spent exploring the Inside Passage and wildlife viewing as we paddle our way to the next base camp. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Day 4: Having arrived at our new camp there is many new areas to explore. After breakfast we enter our kayaks and set off for another exciting day of adventure in our new surroundings. The day will be spent peacefully kayaking throughout the area encountering whales and the other wildlife that we come across. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Day 5: The day will be spent viewing whales and wildlife in it's natural environment as well as exploring the coastlines of the Inside Passage. We will board our water taxi and return to Port McNeill in the afternoon. Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
Group booking discounts available, Guaranteed departures. Price does not include 7% GST (3.5% for non-canadians). No experience required
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