Escape to the orca waters of Canada’s west coast.
Escape to orca country with an eight-day kayaking expedition in Canada’s Wildcoast wilderness. Launching from the pristine Quadra Island, take an adventure on the glacial waters of Johnstone Strait to Wildcoast’s Orca Camp: prime killer whale territory, alongside porpoises, dolphins and humpbacks. Be encapsulated by misty forests lining the banks of northern Vancouver Island to the east, and mainland Canada to the west. After each day of exploring, nestle in a cedar hot tub and relax in your oceanfront glamping site. This is a nature lover’s dream to the remote Discovery Passage, without leaving any creature comforts behind.
Orca whales are a sight to behold. Witness the huge mammals breaching while you paddle on the Johnstone Strait, and hear their calls with underwater microphones on your Zodiac experience.
The largely untouched Canadian wilderness provides an unforgettable backdrop to your water adventure. Paddle past inlets and uninhabited islands to the sight of bear cubs scurrying along the rocky shores.
See the Discovery Passage in style with waterfront lodging on Quadra Island and a unique orca glamping experience, with safari-style tents, hot tubs and a native-style sauna.
Kayaking is the best way to explore Canada’s Wildcoast, and with the ability to do as much or as little paddling as you’d like, your expedition is as free as the wild porpoises and orcas that’ll pass you by.
Explore the pristine Quadra Island before and after your sea life exploration, hiking through coastal rain forest and visiting the site of the historic Ripple Rock explosion.
No experience is required to participate in our kayaking tours. We recommend that you enjoy a challenge, have a positive mindset and that you are in good physical shape. Our kayaks are stable and safe to paddle. Wildcoast guides provide kayak instruction and safety procedures prior to your first launch, and assist during your kayak tour with tweaking your technique.
At Orca Camp, kayaking is the primary activity, next to always keeping your eyes out for orca, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to paddle. The advantage of basecamp is that you can paddle as much or as little as you would like. Kayaking is daily, and you’ll enjoy a shore lunch on a beach you’ve paddled to. Guides tailor all paddling excursions to the group’s ability, dynamic, and of course weather conditions, so paddle itineraries vary. Guests looking to do more whale watching from the beach are welcome to opt out of any paddling excursion, and guests wishing for more time on the water are encouraged to arrange with guides a sunset or sunrise paddle!
Travellers on this tour stay in Wildcoast’s spacious safari tents. You also will have use of our 10L durable dry bags for storing any day-bag items needed during kayak excursions.
The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so bring your warm clothes. Camping can be especially cold at the start and end of the season. Even in the warmer months the temperature can be low.
Trip departures are unavailable.
There are currently no scheduled departures on our Discovery Islands & Orca Camp Expedition trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
TRAVEL TO CAMPBELL RIVER & QUADRA ISLAND
Getting here is simple: Campbell River Regional Airport (YBL) is approximately 40-minute’s flight from Vancouver (YVR) and is serviced by Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air multiple times daily. An airport shuttle meets every incoming flight to Campbell River and is easy to locate in the small terminal. The shuttle charges around CAD 20 per person to take you to the ferry for Quadra Island. The ferry ride to Quadra Island is approximately CAD 10 per person.
If you wish to arrive a day early we suggest staying in Campbell River which is central to shops and restaurants. We recommend Comfort Inn hotel located in Campbell River on the waterfront in downtown Campbell River. The Comfort Inn offers comfort in distinctive, West Coast style. The hotel offers a free breakfast and free wifi.
QUADRA ISLAND ARRIVAL TIME
Please advise your arrival time to Quadra Island prior to travel for pick up transfer to hotel.
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 4, 5, & 6 (Orca Camp Glamping) where you will be in shared accommodation.
MINIMUM GROUP SIZE
This Trip require a minimum of 4 passengers to be Guaranteed
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