Using the same established base camp as our regular base camp tours, each day we depart for short paddles where we take the time to interpret nature, explore sheltered bays and spot wildlife. Children are introduced to this fantastic area in a fun, relaxed manner, and the entire family will enjoy the thrill of viewing Orcas from kayaks. The nearby waters are thick with Bald eagles, harbour seals, dolphins, porpoises, and rich inter-tidal life ensuring plenty to see. We also have fairly consistent sightings of Steller sea lions, humpback and Minke whales – all within easily paddling distance of our camp!
Our Base Camp tours add that extra bit of comfort and convenience. Tents are already set up when you arrive, there is no need to pack kayaks during the trip, and we have a covered dining area, propane heated shower, and solar powered camera re-charging station for your convenience. Compared to our Expedition Tours the camping equipment used at our base camp is upgraded to roomier 4 person tents (normal only 2 people per tent but plenty of room for children to share with parents if necessary), thicker and wider sleeping pads, roomier barrel style sleeping bags and larger pillows.
On the last day of the trip, a water taxi picks us up in the morning and we head over to the ‘Bones Project’ in Telegraph Cove. This whale interpretive center provides a special perspective after paddling in the area, and the 60-foot skeleton of a Fin whale will leave you in awe.
Bring your family to Johnstone Strait and share with them the delights of sea kayaking with us. The comforts of our base camp makes introducing your family to kayaking and camping a joy. If thinking of a more adventurous family trip please contact us to customize a private family trip to one of our expedition destinations.
Day 1: Plan to arrive in Port McNeil the night before in time to attend the trip meeting at 8:00 PM at the Haida-Way Inn. We will issue you with dry bags to pack your gear in, provide an overview for the trip, and answer any questions you have.
Day 2: Meeting at 8:30 AM in the lobby of the Haida Way Inn, we’ll head down to the marina to load our water taxi. It’s just a short walk from the hotel, and all your equipment can be transported by our van. Vehicles and extra bags can be left at the Haida Way while you’re on the trip– just ask at the front desk
The 45-minute water taxi ride takes us to our campsite, where we’ll settle in. The guides will provide a site orientation and paddle briefing. We will head out for a paddle before lunch giving you time to get used to the kayaks, the wilderness setting and each other.
Meals Included: Lunch - Dinner
Days 3-4: Each day brings a new journey; our base camp is ideally situated for exploring the area. Close to Orca travel routes, routinely visited by Humpbacks whales, and close to numerous islets thick with sea birds and seals, there is plenty to see.
Orcas regularly pass by our camp, and we’ve enjoyed many dinner shows from around the beach campfire, but if we see the Orcas on the water, we’ll try and drop one of our hydrophones, so you can listen to their beautiful vocalizations.
Your guides will plan each day according to weather conditions, wildlife spotting, and guest interests. Lunches are usually spent on a secluded beach, each night returning to the comforts of our Base Camp.
Every day is different, but rest assured, our goals are the same as yours – exploration, paddling, wildlife viewing, and relaxing. Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5: On the last day of our journey, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and pack up our personal gear before our water taxi pickup at approximately 10:00 AM. This will take us to the village of Telegraph Cove, a historic logging and fishing community. Here, we’ll have a chance to visit the ‘Bones Project” whale interpretive center and walk around one of the last boardwalk communities on eastern Vancouver Island. Our van will transport us back to the Haida-Way Inn in Port McNeil just after lunch.
We usually arrive back in Port McNeil by 2:00 pm giving you enough time for you to fly out of Port Hardy or catch a late ferry back to the mainland, but delays do happen. We suggest that our guests spend the last night in Port McNeil, enjoy the hot showers, and slowly transition out of vacation mode. Most guests choose this, and we often get together for a no-host farewell dinner at the Haida-Way Inn. Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch
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