2019 Orca Galore, is an intimate three day sea kayaking adventure designed to take in the best in wildlife and kayaking in the Core Area of Johnstone Strait. These trips sometimes are combined with “Orca Explorer.” Your are water taxi in to camp the first day. The fun starts the moment we leave the dock. Trips are designed for adventurers who want to get the maximum out of the three days and two nights camping in a wilderness setting. Many highlights await you and friends. Focus changes daily with lots of kayaking sometime short distance to see wildlife and sometimes longer distances to visit sandy beaches, fresh water and the passage of whales. Highlights include daily kayaking, fishing, whale watching, short walks in the rain forest, camp activities and best of all lots of kayaking in glass bottomed kayaks.
Camp is a unique place on a secluded island with a spectacular view and the possibility of Orca passing close by in daylight or nightfall. Camp is preset for the season and offer composing toilets, beds in large tents, a gazebo for relaxing and a large cooking area to service our guests. Two to three guides provide fun, knowledge and teach you kayak skills. A series of cedar chip trails connect the tent sites and common area on our small island.
Camp is visited regularly by eagles, sea lions, harbour seals, mink, and larger marine mammals. All within the lense of your camera/iphone. At night when everything quiets down we have a small beach fire and listen for the whale passing in the late evening. We monitor whale vocalizations whenever possible. The photo opportunities are endless. You can take photos’ of whales as they pass by our kayaks. Sea kayaking is done during the morning, afternoon and evening.
Our food is fresh and prepared on site. Each night we start two salads, either salmon or pasta option and lots of dessert goodies. Spirits are optional (bring your wine and beer). We tend to snack all day and eat light into the evenings. We maintain a large supply of water on site and even have enough for a shower at the end of the day.
Even though it is just three days, we believe in comfort. It helps us enjoy full days of kayaking the area.
Trip Camping: Island Base Camp Tents on Platforms
Trip Cost: CA$1050 per person
Family/Group Trip Cost: Starts @ CA$3800 for family of (4- 2 adults, 2 teens)
Trip Deposit Required: CA$250.00 per person
TRIP DATES 2019
May 25-26 June o4-06 June 08-10 June 15-17 June 22-24 June 20-01
July 06-08 July 13-15 July 21-23 July 27-29
August o4-06 August 11-13 August 17-19 August 24-26 August 31-02
September 07-09 September 14-16
NOTE: Custom Dates are available upon request.
TRIP ITINERARY ORCA GALORE
Our trips depart exclusively from Port McNeill. Orca Galore is designed to give you the best sea kayaking and wildlife viewing that Johnstone Strait has to offer.
DAY 1: EARLY DEPARTURE
The first morning guides will meet you at our office in Port McNeill, load gear, park vehicles and venture out to enjoy a glimpse of whale activity on our morning shuttle Sophia Island base camp. Guests and guides are dropped off at a nearby beach and paddle along the whale routes to base camp. Wildlife can be seen closeby on the water, in the trees and along the shoreline. Arrival at camp is within a hour of departure unless whales are passing by the island. It is far more than a quaint island. Keep your eyes open for whales passing by, yes, you can see them from camp. Robson Bight is visible just across the Strait. As evening arrives around 8 pm we light a small beach fire, roast marshmallows and chat what tomorrow might bring. Whale sightings are spontaneous and numerous. Orca visit or pass by mid Strait on select evening.
DAY 2: JOHNSTONE STRAIT
DAY 3: JOHNSTONE STRAIT
By the third day, paddling becomes second nature and all the routines of the day will seem easy. Morning sun resolution often offers us a chance to see marine life to forty feet depth. Latter we will take a walk to explore a stand of Old Growth Cedar Trees. And today might be the day to hike or paddle a little further to explore, islets and beaches of distant waters. A few things that make our trip location special include long sunsets, early sunrises and a surrounding of pleasant sounds of local birds, whales and the oceans waters. Back to camp for a bit, a group or family picture by the big root and a return cruise back to our starting point by 3 pm.