Wilderness Kayaking Adventure with Whales and Grizzly Bears
This exciting wilderness package includes all kayaking equipment, including kayaks, paddling jackets and life jacket.
Experience British Columbia's vast wilderness with a comfortable camping experience, whale watching and grizzly bear viewing.
There is no better place in the world to kayak with both humpback and killer whales than Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound off the north eastern 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 Base Camp is located right in the heart of these wildlife rich waters on an island covered in old growth rainforest.
The Base Camp offers a very comfortable camping experience and with Kingfisher’s knowledgeable kayak guides this tour is suitable for adventurous travellers even with little or no kayaking or camping experience. Roomy tents, each raised off the ground on wooden platforms, are situated throughout the forest with views of the ocean. The tents provide standing room for most guests (1.9 metres tall) and are outfitted with wooden beds with the thickest and widest Thermarest mattresses available. Sheets, fleece blankets, full-size pillows, warm barrel-style sleeping bags, and hot water bottles are all provided to ensure a good night’s sleep. A recharging station for digital cameras, an extensive library of natural history books, a safari style bucket shower, and a large covered kitchen and dining area made from locally milled red cedar make for a very comfortable camping experience.
VALID FOR SALE: Now – 30 April 2020
VALID FOR TRAVEL: 2020: July 04, 11, 18, 25 / August 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 / September 05, 12
- Guide gratuities
- Transportation to and from Port McNeill & accommodation in Port McNeill
There is a pre-trip meeting at 8:00 pm with your guides at the office, located at 1790A Campbell Way, across the street from the Haida Way Inn and next to the Black Bear Resort. Your guides will provide you with an overview of your trip, distribute dry bags to pack your clothing, and answer any questions you may have.
You will meet at 8:30 am and head down to the marina to the water taxi to the base camp (45-60 mins). Upon arrival at the base camp, your guides provide a site orientation, plus a kayak and safety briefing. You will kayak for a short time before lunch, giving you time to get used to the kayaks, the wilderness setting, and each other. The afternoon is spent kayaking and viewing the area's diverse wildlife.
The base camp is ideally situated for exploring the area. It is located on killer whale travel routes and humpback whales often feed within sight of camp. The islands and small islets close to the camp are home to numerous sea birds, bald eagles, and seals. There is always plenty to see. Both killer whales and humpback whales regularly pass by the camp. Your kayak guides plan each day according to weather conditions, wildlife viewing opportunities, and guest interests. Lunches are usually spent on a secluded beach, returning late each afternoon to the comforts of the Orca Waters Base Camp.
Today is an early start. You will be picked up around 7:00 am by Sea Wolf Adventures for a boat ride to the bear viewing area. You will hike moderate distances to intimate bear viewing sites, and sit quietly while waiting for the bears to appear. The guides are proud to share the amazing history, wildlife and beauty of their territory, and will sometimes adapt the locations to maximize bear viewing potential. You will arrive back in Port McNeill around 5:00 pm.
Note: It is recommended to stay 1 night pre and post in Port McNeill.
per person, twin share
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For maximum enjoyment and comfort in all types of weather, it is recommended to bring the following:
- Clothing: Shorts, pants, socks, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, sweater or sweatshirt, long underwear, swimsuit, hat, fleece jacket, wool or fleece cap
- Rain gear: Waterproof rain jacket with hood or rain hat, waterproof rain pants
- Personal items: Toiletries, sunglasses with a retainer, spare eyeglasses or contacts, synthetic camp towel, spare medication, book, camera, sun screen, wet wipes, medication, insect repellent, flashlight and batteries, extra digital storage and batteries
- Footwear: Sandals or shoes you can get wet, walking or running shoes (preferably waterproof)
Packages on sale until 30 April 2020 or sold out prior. Price based on travel between 04 July – 12 September 2020. Package prices are subject to availability at the time of booking. Holiday package prices are per person, based on twin share and include services as detailed in the package. Prices are current at time of publication; however, they are subject to currency fluctuations and should be used as a guide only. Please contact us for an exact quote for the dates you wish to travel. Local taxes and extras not included and to be paid direct in local currency upon arrival. Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. All package prices are in Australian Dollars. This package is adult oriented but children as young as 15yrs old may be accepted.
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