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KAYAK WITH WHALES - Orca Waters Base Camp Overview

Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale's blow as it swims past your ocean side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of killer whales, also known as orcas, swim past your kayak as a bald eagles swoops down to catch a salmon. This can all happen on an Orca Waters Base Camp kayak tour with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures.

There is no better place in the world to kayak with both killer whales and humpback whales than Johnstone Strait off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see these great marine mammals and Kingfisher's Orca Waters Base Camp is located right in the heart of these wildlife rich waters on an island covered in old growth rainforest.

During a four day and three night stay at the base camp you explore the variety of kayaking routes the area has to offer. Killer whales and humpback whales regularly pass by the camp, often while you are enjoying the morning's first cup of french pressed organic coffee or a dinner of locally caught salmon around the campfire. The nearby waters are home to harbour seals, porpoises, minke whales, and rich inter-tidal life. A number of bald eagle nests and a Steller sea lion haul out are all within easily paddling distance of camp and it is not uncommon to see humpback whales lunging through schools of small fish as they fatten up for their migration south.

Kingfisher's guides are well acquainted with the natural history, whales, and other wildlife of British Columbia's coast, knowledge which they eagerly share. It is hard to miss a killer whale's six foot dorsal fin as it passes your kayak, but your guides also help you spot the less obvious sea stars, urchins and anemones in the shallows and educate you about the other whales, seals, porpoises, and dolphins that frequent these waters.

The Orca Waters Base Camp offers a very comfortable camping experience and with Kingfisher's knowledgeable kayak guides this tour is suitable for adventurous travellers even if they have no kayaking or camping experience. Roomy tents, raised off the ground on wooden platforms, are situated throughout the forest with views of the ocean. Thick comfortable sleeping pads, warm barrel style sleeping bags, full size pillows, and hot water bottles are all provided to ensure a good nights sleep. A re-charging station for digital cameras, an extensive library of natural history books, a propane heated shower, a rustic beach side sauna, and a large covered kitchen and dining area made from locally milled red cedar makes for a very comfortable camping experience.

On the water we use stable single and double fibreglass kayaks and lightweight carbon/vinyl paddles. Waterproof kayaking jackets and neoprene kayaking mitts are provided to keep you warm and dry while kayaking. On a full trip with eight guests and two guides we use six single and two double kayaks allowing guests to spend time in each type. If you prefer to use a double kayak for the entire trip just let us know in advance and we will ensure one is available for you.

Tours run every Tuesday to Friday from June through September. These kayak tours are limited to a maximum of 8 guests so spaces often fill early. The cost of the tour is $1325 CAD per person plus HST. 

Canadian Signature ExperienceKingfisher's Kayak With Whales - Orca Waters Base Camp tour is a member of the Canadian Tourism Commission's "Canadian Signature Experiences", a unique collection of once-in-a-lifetime high quality travel experiences.


Grizzly Bear Viewing Add-on: Many of our guests add a grizzly bear viewing day trip before or after they join us kayaking. Let us know if you would like to add this activity and we will make all the arrangements.



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