2019/20 Sea Kayak Adventures

Join us on a “Vacation with a Spirit of Discovery”

Close Encounter with a playful Orca
Kayaking among Humpback Whales
in Johnstone Strait, BC.

2019/20  Johnstone Strait – Orca Explorer: 4 Day Trip

Orca Explorer is our longest running (more than 16 years) and most popular Sea Kayaking trip for couples, families, and groups of friends. Island base camp is a unique location to paddle from or just seat and watch whales pass by the island.

You are comfortably transported to  Sophia Island where our established base camp will provide a base from which to paddle every day and evening. Highlights of our trips include paddling to the beaches outside of Robson Bight, visits with researchers, daily journeys to see wildlife rookeries and just enjoying of the areas beaches with whales and other wildlife.

The researchers and wardens love to enlighten us as to which pods have newborn Orcas or which Humpback Whales they have been watching on a daily basis.

Trip Dates: June – September 2019 (Monday-Thursday, Thursday-Sunday)
Trip Cost: CA$1295 per person
Family Rates: start @ CA$3800 family of four

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Happy Paddlers – Photo: Patrick Hogan.

2019/20  South Broughton Explorer: 4 Day Trip

Broughton Explorer is a four-day sea kayaking trip that explores the clusters of islands that make up the southern portion of the Broughton Archipelago. Our kayaking runs along the edge of areas where both Humpback whales and Steller sea lions live and play. Each day, we venture through remote passages and clusters of islets rich in marine life and perfect for a day of whale watching and sea kayak adventures.

This trip highlights a visit to a native site with visible remains of a past culture and an opportunity to see a variety of land based animals from otters to black bears. Whales are observed just off base camp and along kayaking routes we use daily.

Our adventure travel trips start at a well established basecamp. We also have the option of using other camps hidden amongst the small islands of the South Broughton Marine Park.

Trip Dates: July – September
Trip Cost: CA$1195 per person
Family Rates: Start @ CA$3600 for family of four

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Aerial view of part of the Broughton Archipelago.

2019/20  Broughton Nomad: 6 Day Trip

Broughton Explorer is a six-day sea kayak trip that explores the heart and and entire length of the Marine Park. Our journey takes us through the best parts of the park where the scenery and wildlife sighting will fill everyday of your trip. Our established campsites are surrounded by lush coastal rainforest and provide solid settings for photograph and stretching the legs.

Trips begin with a shuttle boat ride through the realm of whales to a quaint starting point in the North Broughton. The largers passages hold the surprise of sighting of white sided dolphins and occasional swim bear, deer or family of otters. Overall the sheltered waterways allow us perfect waters to explore by kayak.

Trip Dates: Late May – October
Trip Cost: @ CA$1450 per person
Family Rates: Start @ CA$5200 for family of four

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2019/20  Beyond Broughton Nomad: 6 Day Trip

Beyond Broughton Nomad is a six-day sea kayak trip that explores the inlets and waterways North of the Broughton Marine Park. Our trip starts at a scenic float house on a quiet inlet embraced by wilderness. Our route takes us from sheltered waters into the open waters of Queen Charlotte Sound and the edge of the Western islands and islets of the Broughton Marine Park. For five days, we will explore the outside reaches of an exposed coastline with a great variety of wildlife and great fishing.

This is a trip for paddlers and adventurers who wish to venture on a trip that will not see other paddlers but will engage the adventure in your soul. Maximum time to explore waters rich in marine life. Ending at a camp on the outside on an islet where it is hard not to get a photo of a never ending sunset This adventure travel trip is always full of surprises and delightful marine mammal encounters. This trip starts at 8:30 AM the morning of departure and ends upon our return to the office in Port McNeill at 3:00 PM on the final day of our trip.

Trip Dates: Late June – October
Trip Cost: @ CA$1450-$1550 per person
Group Rates: start @ CA$5200

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Cozy cabin accommodation allows you to sleep
in comfort at night and explore by day.

2019/20  Float House Based Trips

Our Float House Based Trips offer you the comfort of quaint cabin accommodation combined with the adventure you seek everyday on a kayaking trip. Booking this trip early would be in your best interest.

This trip offers you a soft bed and a warm place to sleep at night. We believe this helps you keep your energy up to enjoy each day of adventure we have planned for you. Days are filled with a relaxed approach to sea kayaking, whale watching, and other wildlife viewing.

Sea Kayaking on this trip will be a combination of exploring the many passages, lagoons and outer islands of the Broughton Archipelago.  You will be shuttled into this area and shuttled back to Port McNeill on the final day of your trip.

Trip Dates: Custom Dates Available 2019/20
Trip Costs: CA$1250 pp  Echo Bay – CA$1550 pp Jennis Bay
Group Rate: Please Inquire by phone 1-250-756-0094

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2019/20  Desolation Sound Nomad: 4-Day Sea Kayak Trips

Desolation Sound is a great place to start the sea kayak season for 2016. This is a great add on to a fun trip to start the summer. This trip departs from Campbell River, BC. A short, scenic voyage in our support boat quickly takes you into the heart of Desolation Sound and later back to Campbell River. These 4-day trips are designed to provide maximum time to sea kayak and enjoy the abundant wildlife of the early and late summer. Our dates are set to provide you with a trip in which you can enjoy the snow capped peaks of the area along with the warm water paddling.

Trip Dates: June 26-29, July 29-31 (3 day weekend)  Sept 05-08, Sept 08-11, Sept 12-15, Sept 15-18
Trip Cost: CAD$950 Adults, CAD$850 Youth under 16
Family Rates: (2 adults/2 children) start @ CAD$3200

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2019/20    Baja Magdelena Bay Nomad: 4-Day Sea Kayak Trips

The west coast of Baja offers sea kayaking and exploring in a landscape of long sandy beaches with Magdelena Bay on one side and the open Pacific Ocean on the other side.

Our adventure travel trips are unique in the fact that we use established camps on Magdelena Bay. Here, we can experience all that Baja has to offer in sea kayaking and wildlife. Our trips take you from paddling open water to paddling quiet estuaries of mangroves with viewing the birdlife as a treat. Often, Humpback and Gray Whales are seen as we make our way from one camp to another.

Camps are established close to good fishing and within sight of wildlife. Access to the long sandy beaches of the Pacific side are within a few kilometers walk from camps. Hike in the nearby hills for panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Our dates are set for February and March of 2016. We are operating 4-day trips on most weeks and finishing the season on a 6-day trip. Our experience tells us that this is the best time to visit this area of the West Coast of Baja.

Trip Dates: February 21st – March 16th 2020
Trips Costs: US$950 – per person
Group Rates: (group of 4 – US$3400)

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Quick overview of the summer of 2018!

Another dry summer with building numbers of whales and other marine mammals that took advantage of a light salmon run for 2019. The number of humpback whales in the area reached numbers we had no seen since we started kayaking in these area in 1984. The feeding patterns and playful nature of the humpbacks took center stage as the summer produced a record number of spectacular sunsets.

As in 2018, we had a few resident sea otters frequenting the area.  Mostly males were seen and no babies were seen. That being said, the Orcas did not disappoint. Several research outreach locations, kayak groups and Orcalab enjoy see new babies in a few of the subpods. This is always a treat that we do not expect…a pleasant surprise.

The number of species in the larger area of Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound, Entrance to Knight Inlet and the greater Broughton Archipelago has stablized. We have felt fortunate for years to be able to enjoy this wonder place…but now we fill that our community should keep their distance from active wildlife…when playing…foraging…sleeping or resting.

The summer went well into September because the wildlife stayed in the area and the weather stayed warm and predictable. Our hopes are for a similar summer in 2019! Your invited!

A quick look back at the summer of 2017!

Amazing summer for whales and WEATHER!  We experienced many beautiful days with flat calm waters and sunshine. Sunset were remarkable on most nights. And the star shows were equal to the calm and clear skies of the days.

In the early part of the summer, it was the eagle show that got our attention.  Off  Whytecliff Islet that one day, we counted 60 eagles feeding on surfacing schools of herring. Wildlife and marine life took its time showing up in large numbers. But when they did in mid July, they staying around for the following two months until the CHUM salmon run was finished. The humpback show was the highlight of the summer. Many days of feeding, bubbling and open mouth feeding behaviours. Taking pictures and videos was easy with calm waters and sunshine present.

Kayaking days were exciting. Many folks got the best out of the favorable conditions.

Thanks to all the folks who came with us in the summer of 2015!

As the summer of 2015 began, we waited for the fog to roll into Johnstone Strait, but instead we had day after day of flat calm waters with NO FOG. The Sun blessed us just about every morning of July and August. September was a nice surprise with a little precipitation and sun everyday.

It was a light year for salmon runs, but the Chinook run was strong all summer. A large number of chum salmon replaced the other species early in August, and this brought in the sea lions in large numbers. The favored Orca pods were A42, A24 and A25‘s, although we did see the I-15 pods, and enjoyed “G” calls one evening as we sat around the campfire listening to the hydrophones via radio.

The sea kayaking in 2015 was promoted by calm waters down deep the Chinook numbers were strong. We had bluebird skies. Many thanks to all who ventured north to take our excursions in past seasons.

Changes are in the works for the 2016 season with the restoration of a six day trip through the heart of the Broughton Marine Park and a trip called, ” 6 Day Beyond Broughton Trip .” Also, our “3 day Float House Based Trips” will be staged from a new quaint Float House location offering more sheltered sea kayaking for all of us. We are going to revisit the ” 4 day Baja Magdelena Bay Trips” departing from the small town of San Carlos.

Have a great winter and take a look at our Baja Escape in Feb – March 2016 & 2017.