The Best Kayaking in BC

You may wonder, just where is the best place to go kayaking in BC? Well, the entire coast is a pretty remarkable what, with its rugged, rocky shores, and countless islands, inlets and bays. Our robust populations of whales and sea lions, seals and dolphins only add to the pleasure of kayaking in British Columbia. We may be biased, then, when we answer the question: The best place to kayak in British Columbia is none other than the Johnstone Strait, and more specifically off the craggy shore of Warden Beach, home to Orca Camp.

The calm, glassy waters of BC's Johnstone Strait create ideal kayaking conditions for novice and experienced kayakers alike

The calm, glassy waters of BC’s Johnstone Strait create ideal kayaking conditions for novice and experienced kayakers alike

40 Years of Kayaking the Johnstone Strait

We’ve been kayaking this coast for 40 years and as often as we share the Johnstone Strait with our guests, it’s still one of Canada’s best kept secrets. But word is starting to get out. Lonely Planet listed kayaking the protected waters of Johnstone Strait as their #2 of their Top10 Canadian Adventures. Not only that, but kayaking with Killer Whales has been listed by National Geographic as a “bucket list” experience. And here’s one more: kayak whale-watching near the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve made Travel & Leisure’s Top10 Reasons to travel to Canada this summer!

Dad and daughter take a break from paddling the craggy shores of the Johnstone Strait

Dad and daughter take a break from paddling the craggy shores of the Johnstone Strait

Best Whale Watching in British Columbia

That’s quite a statement, we know. And of course we cannot guarantee whale sightings (this isn’t SeaWorld after-all). But, over 260 Northern Resident Killer Whales spend their summers in the Strait and those numbers do not include the Transient Biggs Killer Whales occasionally sighted here. Add to that the ever-growing presence of Humpback whales who have returned our waters in vast numbers after nearly being hunted to extinction, and you’ll understand why the Johnstone Strait is recognized internationally as one of the most predictable locations to see whales, in their natural, wild, habitat...in the world.  Each and every encounter is a privilege to witness silently from the seat of our kayaks; paddles down, cameras poised to capture the moment.

Kayak Vancouver Island at a Leisurely Pace

There are no feeding times or fences here – so no real schedules to keep. Just days spent leisurely paddling the coast, crossing over the Strait to picnic at a once a bustling First Nation’s trading site, now a pristine, deserted beach. We tend to only paddle a couple of hours at a time – and always as fast, or as slow, as our guests are comfortable with. We’ll head out after breakfast, feeling our muscles begin to warm up with each stroke we take, the rising sun warming our faces. Who knows what we’ll find – playful seals diving for fish amongst the kelp forest, a school of Pacific White Sided Dolphins exploding out of the water as though in a race, the magnificent splash of breaching Humpbacks, or the tell-tale sign of Orca activity – when dorsal fins slice the surface of the ocean.

The tell-tale signs of Orca activity - dorsal fins slicing the surface of the ocean

The tell-tale signs of Orca activity – dorsal fins slicing the surface of the ocean

We return to camp toward the late afternoon, sun-kissed and salty from our paddling adventures, just in time to unwind around a roaring campfire, a sun-downer drink in hand. Sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?

Don’t take our word for it. Join us this summer and discover for yourself why the Johnstone Strait is the best place in British Columbia to kayak! Book on-line, or email our office for availability and rates.

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March 2, 2016