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Orca Camp - Johnstone Strait
Departs Port McNeill (Tour Code: KANOC) 2019 Season Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 Sep 1, 8 2020 Season Jul 12, 19, 26 Aug 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Sep 06
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14 Jul - 08 Sep, 2019
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Few camping experiences will match the fascination and beauty of this sea kayaking adventure in Johnstone Strait.
Situated on the beautiful shoreline and beach adjacent to old growth forest, the base camp is the perfect place for an interpretive hike, to photograph wildlife, go tide-pooling or fish right off the shore.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 Arrival
Meet your trip companions at 08:00am in the lobby of the Haida Way Motor Inn for an approximate 30-minute drive to Telegraph Cove where you will visit the Whale Interpretive Centre (admission included). In Telegraph Cove, the water taxi will pick up the group at approximately 10:00am and take you to the craggy shores adjacent to Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, home of the Orca Camp base camp (30 minute water taxi ride). Guides will brief you on the base camp set up, sea kayaking procedures and safety precautions before you head out for an afternoon of kayaking the quiet coves and inlets of the Johnstone Strait, keeping a watchful eye out for signs of whales in the area. When you return to camp, tuck into a hearty home-cooked dinner served oceanside!
Days 2 - 3 Orca Base Camp Exploring
You will spend your days kayaking the traditional territorial waters of Orcas, picnicking on deserted islands, enjoying short hikes and interpretive walks as well as beach-combing. Your experienced guides will take group composition, weather, ocean currents, the Orca’s travel patterns and the tides into account to make the most of your daily outings that could include: paddling west along the Vancouver Island shoreline; across the Johnstone Strait to Blackney Passage; around Hanson Island, or east for a full view of Robson Bight. Enjoy well balanced, nutritious and great tasting meals and barbecues—they taste best while watching wildlife right from the outdoor kitchen or from your folding chair on the beach, perhaps with a glass of BC wine or a steaming cup of organic coffee in your hand.
Day 4 Departure
After a last night in the tent surrounded by idyllic rainforest, the last breakfast at camp will be served. A short morning hike (quite steep in places) then leads through old-growth forest to some of Canada's biggest and oldest trees. The group gets to see a massive Cedar that's hundreds of years old and some even go as far to say it's over 1,000 years old! It's a memorable impression before leaving camp. The water taxi is scheduled to arrive at 1:30pm and the return transfer to Port McNeill is approximately 1 hour long. Arrival in Port McNeill at approximately 2:30pm.
- 3 nights tent camping
- All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4
- Water Taxi between Port McNeill and Base Camp
- Luxury cedar shower house with on-demand hot water
- All group & kayak equipment, tents, hydrophone, life jackets, paddling gloves/ pogies, booties, use of dry bag
- Transfer from/to Port McNeill
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Any extra expenses incurred because of weather and logistical delays, delayed departures of chartered or scheduled flights
- All guests are required to sign a liability waiver, registration and medical forms
- Clients need to have valid tetanus protection
- Minimum age 8 yrs
- Daily activities may be modified due to weather or to accommodate other trip logistics
What to Bring:
Don’t worry about what type of bag to pack your clothing in, as your clothes will be repacked in canoe packs.
- Rain Gear - A jacket with hood and separate pants work best
- Foot Wear - water sandals or neoprene shoes, booties are provided. A second pair of sturdy walking shoes is necessary for camp and walks.
- Warm Clothes - wind proof shell/ jacket, warm sweater (wool or fleece), warm wool/ thermal socks, long pants, and long sleeved shirt. Synthetic long underwear like polypropylene, a hat/toque and gloves for spring and fall trips.
- Sun Protection - water bottle, sun hat, sunglasses, sun screen, and shorts.
- Bug Dope - spring (May 20 to July 10) is bug season, bogs and portages can be buggy in August! Bring along insect repellent, Deet level over 25% will be effective.
- Other Important Items - Bathing suit (for a swim), towel, T-shirt(s), bandanna, camera and batteries, day pack (to hold rain gear, water bottle with strap to fasten to kayak during hikes and canoeing), headlamp or flash light (with spare battery and bulb), pocketknife, 1 duffel bag for carrying gear to base camp location, small personal first aid kit, large garbage bags for waterproofing gear.