Ultimate Island Camping in the Realm of the Whales in Beautiful BC, Canada
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We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our unique coast, and our passion shows in everything we do.
Enjoy our eco-friendly all-inclusive ‘glamping’ style tour - The Johnstone Strait Ultimate. This tour is based from a beautiful, established camp overlooking the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by old growth forest and wild beaches in the heart of Johnstone Strait- our prime orca viewing area.
Highlights include plentiful wildlife, a hot shower, unique wood-fired hot tub overlooking the ocean, large tents on platforms, thick Therm-a-rest mattresses, sheets, wool blankets, full-size pillows, hot water bottles, gourmet camp food prepared by your guides, a bright covered dining area and so much more to help make this a true ‘bucket list’ tour for travellers. 4 days full of paddling, relaxing and hiking. Your knowledgeable guides will share their passion for the area and its inhabitants allowing you to truly connect with this stunning area. We visit a orca research station which is a unique experience allowing you new insight to the world of the orcas.
Our adventures are suitable for everyone and are designed to cater to all levels of experience and fitness. For those new to kayaking and or camping we help to introduce you to the sport in a fun and safe manner. All that we ask is that you welcome adventure with an open mind and are able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected.
Our groups are small, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Our guides, who have extensive training and experience, are experts at helping you to experience the natural and cultural history of the area, all the while ensuring your fun and safety. We provide everything you need for the adventure including high-quality kayaks, paddling and camping equipment. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime kayaking adventure.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
LOW SEASON: CAD $1275 (BEFORE JULY 16 & AFTER AUGUST 25)
HIGH SEASON: CAD $1350 (JULY 16 TO AUGUST 25)
Day 1: Water Taxi To Spirit Of The West Adventures Orca CampJohnstone Strait, British Columbia, Canada
Rise and shine ready for fun and adventure. After meeting our water taxi and a safety briefing in Campbell River or on Quadra Island, our captain takes us up Discovery Passage and safely through the infamous ‘Seymour Narrows’, renowned for its treacherous tidal flows and whirlpools. En route, sightings of marine life such as porpoises, dolphins, sea lions and whales are common. After the 2 1/2 hour journey we arrive at our remote wilderness base camp, situated across from the pristine Tsitika River Valley and the Robson Bight Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve. After settling into our new surroundings and lunch, we will have a kayak orientation and discuss safety procedures before setting off on an afternoon paddle. We will return in time for a fresh wild salmon dinner (alternatives of course for those who do not eat fish). Enjoy the sunset from the hot tub before retiring to rest for more fun in the morning.
Day 2-3: Explore The Sea And Beaches, Relaxe And Enjoy The Beautiful CampJohnstone Strait, British Columbia, Canada
After a hearty camp breakfast, we will meet to discuss our plans for each day. Our route and schedule for these days will depend on weather conditions, wildlife viewing opportunities and group preferences. Generally, we set out in our kayaks after breakfast and paddle to one of the area’s many pocket beaches for a picnic lunch before paddling ‘home’ again in time for some relaxation time before dinner. On our way, we take breaks for stretching and snacks, and we always take lots of time to explore the intricate shoreline. Our days may also include skill instruction, hiking and a visit to a marine wildlife research outpost located nearby. For the very brave, there is always the option of a dip into the chilly waters of Johnstone Strait before a restorative soak in the hot tub!
Day 4: More Adventures Before Traveling Back To Quadra IslandJohnstone Stait, British Columbia, Canada
This is our last day of exploration. After a magical early morning paddle and a hearty last breakfast at the camp we will pack up our things and soak up the last bit of tranquility before the water taxi arrives to transport us back to Quadra Island. A great opportunity again to view all the wildlife in Johnstone Strait and eventually end this trip with unique memories to remember.
Our approx. return time to Campbell River and Quadra Island is between 4 and 6pm. However, due to the high number of variables with wilderness travel, we recommend that you plan to stay in the area for this night to avoid unnecessarily stressful complications should our return be delayed by something out of our control. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your travel plans in more detail.
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