Johnstone Strait: 6 Days
Kayaking with abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Experience the waters that draw Orcas and Humpbacks to feed.
All Experience Levels
Johnstone Strait: 6 Day Kayak Journey
The Johnstone Strait is an exceptional area to explore and to seek out wildlife viewing opportunities. The deep upwelling of cold water and currents offer plenty of food to our larger marine mammals including the Northern Resident Orcas, Humpback whales and Stellar Sea Lions. Knowing the times of the currents and having local knowledge is incredibly valuable to maximize our flow with these currents and to position ourselves to view wildlife without interfering in their behaviours.
We will meet up the evening prior to our trip to introduce ourselves, discuss further information and to hand out additional gear. The following morning, we will paddle out of Telegraph Cove and make our way to our first camp. We often move camps 3-4 times depending on the trip to allow for a greater variety of scenery. Highlights in the area are most definitely the high probability of whale sighting and exploring parts of the Broughton Archipelago.
Where We Paddle
We will start the trip in Telegraph Cove. A kayak instructional will be delivered to assure the group has a good understanding of paddling techniques and group travel. The first day will include a short morning paddle, lunch and then another 2-3 hour paddle in the afternoon, before making our way to our first camp.
These will be full paddling days unless the weather tells us otherwise. Our days will include 2-3 hours of paddling before lunch and another 2-3 hours of paddling post lunch. The routes will vary on group, weather, water conditions and guides decisions. We will switch camps at least 3 times to give the group a greater chance to see more of the islands.
The final day will include a full morning paddle back to Telegraph Cove. After sorting our gear we will explore the Whale Interpretive Centre and exchange emails for photos. It is always nice to meet in the evening at a local restaurant given everyone's schedule to share in our experiences and round the trip out.
When & Where We Meet
We will meet at in Telegraph Cove the night before at 7pm at a given restaurant. This meeting will take about 1 hour.
At this time we will review all pre-trip information, including morning departure - meeting place and time, appropriate clothing, itinerary, etc. We will also distribute dry bags, paddle jackets and water bottles for personal packing.
It is important for all participants to be present for the meeting. We find it very beneficial to the organization of the trip. We will also at this time fill out waivers and review any other medical concerns.
What is Included
- All kayaking and safety equipment
- Paddling jacket
- Camp chair
- Three dry bags for your personal belongings
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- All kitchen and fire gear
- All meals and snacks
Please ask about any extra rentals if needed
What to Bring
Clothing should include:
- 1 pair of shoes that can get wet and most importantly have grip. They need to have ankle support. I recommend runners, water shoes, Keen or Croc sandals. Closed toed shoes help against stubbing toes on rocks.
- A pair of rubber boots are optional. Perks include your feet staying dry entering and exiting the kayaks. Downside they can flood if a wave fills them. They can also be bulky to wear in a kayak or to store.
- 1 pair of shoes for land, after kayaking.
- 2-4 warm socks
- 2 shorts
- 1-2 pants
- 1 thermal underwear – like the underlays you might wear skiing.
- 3-4 shirts, short and long
- 1-2 sweaters, at least one very warm sweater recommended
- Rain jacket and rain pants
- Gloves if you easily get cold fingers
- 2 wool hats
- Sun hat
No cotton/jeans. They become heavy and cold when wet. Synthetics are a better option such as fleece or polyester. These will warm with your body if wet.
Other Items Include:
- Sun glasses
- Glasses and Contacts. Consider a back up if one becomes lost or breaks.
- Toiletries – biodegradable soaps please.
- Baby wipes and a few band aids
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- Personal medications. Bring extra doses medication if is critical to you. Separate and duplicate, storing one set with a partner or guide. A trip can be cut short if there is not enough medication to keep a client safe.
- Water bottle. It nice to have a clip attached.
- Book. Keep in waterproof/sealable bag
- Spirits. Alcohol may be consumed after the days kayaking only.
- Camera. Small waterproof cameras are great. If you have a larger SL camera a pelican case is a great way to keep it protected. Alternatively, a camera can be wrapped in a sweater and kept in a dry bag for protection.
- Extra batteries
- Ziplock bags
- Sleeping bag and/or mat if you prefer your own over ours.
Leave your watches and phones behind
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