Why this trip: The best chances of close views of orcas from the newly eco-improved “glamping” basecamp in the HEART of the first and only orca preserve in the world; the best single time and place in the world to paddle with salmon-eating orcas; sheltered waters and base camp perfect for novice paddlers/whale watching buffs; orcas guaranteed each August – or get a free orca watching day cruise!
TELEGRAPH COVE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — Sea Kayak Adventures invites outdoor-minded whale enthusiasts to experience their newly eco-improved fully catered/guided basecamp novice paddling trips July-Sept 2013 in the heart of orca territory in BC’s northern Inside Passage, near northern Vancouver Island. The location doesn’t get any better. Perched right on the heart of the sheltered “orca loop” in Johnstone Strait, the company’s exclusive basecamp site is graced with regular killer whale visits during the summer months, as they herd salmon into the cove. The unique smooth pebble beach even offers an ideal “massage” for the orcas who enjoy rubbing their bellies at this spot. This amazing orca immersion, coupled with newly constructed wall tents and sleeping cots, and the culinary and “glamping” flourishes of all SKA tours means eco-touring at its best.
The company’s “4-day Orca Kayak Eco-Basecamp” is a taste of luxury camping for novice paddlers. This rounds out the company’s offerings, as they also offer more hearty kayakers full six-day kayak classic “orca loop” itineraries as well in the Johnstone Strait area. Johnstone Strait is a narrow “orca freeway” – world renowned for its summer congregations of hundreds of “killer whales” following the salmon runs funneled from the Pacific into this specific area. In fact, Canada is the first and only country in the world to establish and maintain an orca preserve there. The Michael Biggs Robson Bight Orca Preserve is set aside specifically for this unique species called “northern resident orcas.”
Participants will paddle two-person sea kayaks along the shore of northern Vancouver Island, enjoying this glacier-carved waterway between Vancouver Island and the rugged mountains of mainland British Columbia. Along the way, they’ll get close to wild orcas, as well as seeing them from the eco-camp. Guides scan the calm waters for spouts and point out whale behavior. Salmon leap and bald eagles dot the towering trees along the shore, feasting as do the orcas on the prolific salmon runs here.
The group will also explore the area’s rainforest on foot, visit the ancient First Nations sites, visit orca researchers and hopefully glimpse a black bear from their kayaks. Each night, after a wonderful beachside happy hour, bountiful dinner and legends and nature talks given by our naturalist guides, happy guests can even watch orcas from their tents.
Normally trips depart from Port McNeill on Vancouver Island BC Canada – weekly July through mid Sept (four days paddling/three nights at eco-camp; USD $1195/person). The prices includes camping and kayaking equipment, meals, kayaking instruction and guide services. Youth get 10% of the above prices. HST tax and airfare not included.
To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
About All About Travel
Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area. We are a
family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years. Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise. Nothing is out of reach.
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