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Sea Kayaking and Killer Whales in British Columbia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): British Columbia  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 899 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 899 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Johnstone Strait, a narrow body of water separating mainland British Columbia from northeastern Vancouver Island, is summer home of BC's northern resident Killer Whales. Every summer these magnificent marine mammals follow the salmon down the coast, and into Johnstone Strait. They come to feed, socialize, and visit the rubbing beaches of Robson Bight.

The sea kayak, sleek and silent, provides the most exhilarating vantage point from which to observe the Orca whales. Using our ID books and hydrophone, you will learn to identify individual Killer Whales and listen in on their complex vocalization. This is an experience you do not want to miss!

The thrill of viewing Killer whales is matched only by the splendour of the scenery. On one side of Johnstone Strait rising out of the ocean, the mountains of Vancouver Island; on the other, the glaciated mountain tops of the Coastal Range on mainland British Columbia. The temperate rainforest of the area provides habitat for many other wild creatures including the magnificent bald eagle.

Day 1: Departing from Telegraph Cove, British Columbia you will be transfered by motor boat out to our unique basecamp located in the core travel area of British Columbia's northern resident Killer whales. Settle in to your new wilderness home, and spend the afternoon paddling and seeking opportunities for your first wild Orca sightings. (L/D)

Day 2 and 3: You will spend two full exciting days exploring by sea kayak the western section of Johnstone Strait. A visit to the area surronding the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve will be included. Robson Bight is the world's first Orca whale sanctuary and within it's boundries are the pebble rubbing beaches. 'Beach rubbing' is unique to the northern resident Killer whale population.

Although Johnstone Strait is one of the best places in the world to see Orca in their natural environment, it is not limited to these marine mammals. Often Dalls porpoise, the world's fastest small cetacean, jet-propel by. Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Minke whales, Humpback whales, Sea Lions, Seals and otters are just a sampling of wildlife you can frequently encounter in this section of the Inside Passage.

At the day's end we return to our camp for a fireside dinner, which includes (we hope) some freshly caught salmon. Hopefully a big one. Hopefully a sockeye. (fishing = hoping) After the fire has burned down to coals and you're warmly snuggled in your tent, listen for the sounds of Orca passing by. (B/L/D).

Day 4: By midday we will return to Telegraph Cove. Here your guides will tour the Whale Interpretive Centre with you and share a final lunch and bid fond farewells. After this trip, you surely will have had ... a whale of a time!

Afterwards there will be sufficient time to continue on to your next Island adventure, board a ferry back to the Mainland, or connect with flights out of Port Hardy. (B/L).

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

6% Canada GST tax is applied to all tours.

About This Supplier
Location: Canada
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2000

Perfecting the art of adventure sea kayaking. A leading Vancouver Island based sea kayak touring outfitter M08011 offers unique multi-day sea kayaking eco-tours to British Columbia's best paddling and wildlife viewing destinations. Join other active couples, singles, and families who share in common a spirit of...

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