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Johnstone Strait Trips

3 day Johnstone Orca Trip

If you want to kayak with orcas, this is the expedition for you. Located on the Northeast coast of Vancouver Island, our kayaking trips in Johnstone Strait offer an amazing opportunity to view and paddle with Orca whales (Killer Whales) in a pristine environment.

Kayaking with orcas is a thrilling experience. With the largest concentration of orca whales on the coast, the waters of Johnstone Strait offer unsurpassed adventure. The shear thrill of viewing these noble and magnificent whales only metre’s away from your kayak is truly awe-inspiring and memorable. Whale “rubbing beaches”, waters teeming with salmon, the nature-rich estuary and watershed of The Tsitika River foreshadowed by the snowcapped peaks of Vancouver Island. Kayak with orcas and join us for a unique adventure holiday kayaking Johnstone Strait as we paddle in the best location in North America in which to view wild Orca whales in their natural habitat. This trip is exciting, fun and will make you want to return to this amazing area.



Max of ONLY 12 guests with 2 guides;

Transportation: We can arrange transport for an added fee, otherwise me meet at Telegraph Cove Marina Boat ramp on far side of Cove

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“Fees”: a booking fee of 3% applies per reservation, regardless of whether for 1 or more people; this is not per person”, but “per booking”.


Rates & Details

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50% deposit reserves seat; full payment is due 75 days before trip start

Groups of 4 or more can request custom dates for private trips (custom pricing will apply).



See calendar to the right to see availability of currently offered dates.

If no dates work for you and you have four or more people, Get in touch to see what we may be able to create for you.

Contact us to be first to hear, or to let us know your preferred dates so that we can make it work for you or your group of family and friends.


DAY #1:
All participants meet at the lawn in front of the Telegraph Cove Marina and RV Resort office (left at the stop sign when entering T.Cove and then follow the signs) at 8:00 am. Please note that this is not the first boat launch you come to when entering Telegraph Cove. Here the guides will assign you to a kayak and help you get your personal gear stowed away. When everyone is ready, we’ll go over some basic paddling fundamentals and a safety orientation and then launch into the pristine waters of Johnstone Strait.

With helpful advice and instruction from your guides, it won’t take long till you feel you’re getting the “hang of it” as we paddle along the gorgeous Vancouver Island coastline. These waters are the territorial range of manyresident orca pods, as well as transient orca, and it is not uncommon for us to encounter these magnificent mammals within the first few hours of our day and throughout during your time in this spectacular area.

After a couple of hours, we’ll land on one of beaches and you can sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch the guides will prepare. After lunch we’ll launch the kayaks and make our way to our campsite at Kaikash Creek (one of the rubbing beaches in the area where we’ll be staying for our 2 nights). We’ll then unload kayaks, make camp, set up our tents and you are free to explore the beaches, trails, relax or perhaps join one of the guides fishing (great salmon opportunities in these waters). A sumptuous dinner around a cozy campfire with a canopy of stars above is the evenings entertainment…don’t be too surprised if you hear the whales blowing as they go by during the night.

DAY #2:
With another spectacular day ahead of us, we’ll wake to a hearty breakfast. After everyone has had their fill, we’ll pack for the day (we return to our site in the later afternoon) and launch yet again into the orca waters of Johnstone Strait…bring along your camera today because you’ll need it! Our destination today is a paddle further along the coastline down to the Robson Bight Michael Biggs Ecological Reserve (a no entry zone).

The area around the reserve is home to several well frequented “rubbing beaches” where the orca have displayed a unique behavior only witnessed in this area of swimming right along these beaches and rubbing themselves along the small pebbles on the beaches here. We will stop for lunch on one of these beaches and hopefully witness this very behavior. Some of the other wildlife the area boasts that we may see are bald eagles, deer, bear, porpoise, dolphin, seals and even sometimes the occasional humpback or grey whale that decides to take the inside waters of the Strait as opposed to the outside west coast route around Vancouver Island. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way back to our campsite at Kaikash Creek.

Dependent on weather, we may also venture to an old Whale Research Observation site, high up on one of the bluffs in the area…the hike and the view from above is spectacular. Another delicious meal around a warm campfire to put a great end to another magnificent day!

DAY #3:
We’ll wake to the aroma’s of coffee, cooked breakfast and the sounds of the lapping waves for our final day in Johnstone Strait. After breakfast, we’ll break camp and load up all the kayaks with our gear…”this stuff should all fit, shouldn’t it?”. We’ll take the route back along the Vancouver Island coastline, cameras ready and ever prepared for a final encounter or encounters with the orca along the way.

We should arrive back at our embarkation point of Telegraph Cove between noon and 1:00pm. We’ll then haul the kayaks back up to the launching area where we’ll unload our gear, exchange emails and bid our goodbyes and adieus. It’s a 2 hour drive back down to Campbell River and another 2 hours to the ferries in Nanaimo.

What we Provide:

  • All kayaks, paddling and safety gear.
  • Certified and skilled guides.
  • All meals and snacks while on tour with us
  • Beverages – We supply a wide range of teas and coffee as well as juices. You are welcome to bring along soda pops or alcoholic beverages. Please note however that we do expect our guests to consume alcoholic beverages responsibly and we strictly enforce a no alcohol on the water policy.
  • All cutlery, plates, bowls
  • All Group Kitchen supplies and Group Shelters
  • Re Usable Cup per person for drinks
  • Paddle Jackets with hoods for rainy cold paddling days, lets you save your rain jacket for in camp warmth and comfort.
  • Wilderness Toileting Essentials
  • Deck chart (maps)
  • Gear Haul bags – Ikea bag for hauling all your dry bags, one time, too and from your kayak.
  • Waterproof dry bags