The sleek, beautiful ebony and ivory orcas congregate in Johnstone Strait during the summer to feed, socialize and rub themselves on pebble beaches. We will kayak and be on the lookout for orca pods while exploring the strait. Although there can be no guarantees, our dates represent the most opportune time to sea kayak and have an encounter of the orca kind.
Combine the exhilaration of kayaking beside these breaching, spouting, power swimming orcas, with rugged coastal scenery, magnificent west coast rain forest, and you have the ultimate personal and coastal kayaking experience.
We combine our kayaking trip in Johnstone Strait with an opportunity to sample local native culture. The Kwakwaka'wakw people have inhabited the Johnstone Strait area for centuries. We have arranged with Tom Sewid, the world famous native guardian and historian, to teach you about the history and culture of his people while showing you archeologically significant sites, whales and other wild life.
- Origin: Vancouver, BC;
- Difficulty: Class 1/2 Novice;
Day 0: Arrival in Vancouver. This denotes the day or days spent in Vancouver before the listed start date of the trip.
Day 1: We will take the BC Ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The crossing is about 2 hours. We will drive north along the Island Highway to our put-in point in Johnstone Strait & our first night's campsite.
Day 2 - 7: Several factors, such as weather, tides, current, group ability, group goals, and the distribution of pods will ultimately decide our campsites, paddling time, and route, and as such, a day by day, precise itinerary, is undesirable & impractical.
We have developed an itinerary which focuses on the areas in Johnstone Strait and which present the best chance of viewing orcas. By so doing, we hope to avoid the busier marine traffic around Telegraph Cove and the islands in that area. Along the way, there will be opportunities to explore the many coves, beaches, and marine life that characterize the strait. Different campsites are planned throughout our paddle.
The Kwakwaka'wakw people have inhabited the Johnstone Strait area for centuries. We have arranged with Tom Sewid, the world famous native guardian and historian, to teach you about the history and culture of his people.
We will return to our put-in point on Day 7 and return to Vancouver sometime in the evening.
Included: Sea kayaks, paddles, PFDs [life jacket], spray skirts, dry bags, transportation from the point of origin and return, national or provincial park user fees unless otherwise stated, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides.
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