Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. invites guests to join its six-day fully guided paddling trips through the wilds of British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait off northern Vancouver Island. This narrow sheltered orca freeway is world renowned for its summer congregations of hundreds of “killer whales” following the salmon runs funneled from the sea into this specific area. In fact, Canada is the first and only country in the world to establish and maintain an orca preserve there. The Michael Biggs Robson Bight Orca Preserve is set aside specifically for these northern resident orcas. The company is guaranteeing orca sightings. If orcas aren’t sighted, guests receive a free day orca tour.
Participants paddle two-person sea kayaks through the strait, which is a traditional gathering place for orcas. Guides scan the calm waters for spouts and point out whale behavior. The group will also explore the area’s rainforest on foot, visit the ancient First Nations village of Memquimlis to view its totem poles and remains of a traditional longhouse, visit orca researchers and hopefully glimpse a black bear from their kayaks. Each night, they’ll camp on secluded island beaches where they can watch orcas from their tents.
Trips depart from Port McNeill on Vancouver Island weekly throughout July and August. The trip includes 5-6 days paddling and cost $1,295 to $1,395 per person. The price includes camping and kayaking equipment, meals, kayaking instruction and guide services. 5 percent GST tax and airfare not included.