What to Expect

Kayaking With Whales

Planned & Spontaneous Adventures

Go wild. Explore ancient forests and fragile eco systems, one step at a time. Hike alpine meadows awash in a rainbow of colours. Don a wetsuit and snorkel with salmon. Paddle your own kayak in the realm of Orcas. Experience mild and wild adventures in some of British Columbia’s most far-flung reaches where wilderness and whales are the star of the show.

Soft Adventure Defined

Our West Coast and Wilderness expedition features a unique, active itinerary for soft adventurers combining inspiring locations with physical challenge. Escorted by our wilderness guides you’ll experience Vancouver Island’s ancient old-growth forests, alpine flower meadows, and the exhilaration of kayaking with Orcas during a weeklong expedition of discovery.

Freedom to Explore on Your Own

We know some of the best moments in travel occur when you least expect them. So that you can savour these instances and enjoy each place in a way that’s meaningful to you we build free time into our itineraries wherever we can.

Explore the West Coast & Wilderness

Seal

Delve into the rugged outposts of Vancouver Island – one rainforest and alpine meadow at a time. Reconnect with the natural world exploring BC’s vast and diverse eco systems: old-growth forests, where the majesty of 500 year old trees puts your place on this planet into perspective; alpine meadows awash in a rainbow of colour; and our magnificent rivers where salmon are so plentiful, you can’t help but touch them as you snorkel by.

 

 

Active Mornings, Laid Back Afternoons

We like to mix it up on this tour, leaving plenty of time for you to explore Campbell River on your own. Mornings begin with a hearty breakfast, and then it’s off on an adventure through the alpine or on the Campbell River. Afternoons – well, that’s where we like to let you decide how you spend your time – getting in a game of golf, exploring the shops and restaurants of Campbell River on your own, taking an indulgent afternoon nap – tell us what you’re passionate about and we’ll point you in the right direction!

Orca Camp Life

Learn Where Orca's Live

Time slows down at Orca Camp, keeping pace with the rhythm of the tides. Life is unhurried; you may even call it laidback. It’s hard to keep up a hectic schedule here, when you’re disconnected from the wider world, with sunsets to watch, whales to look out for and stories to be told around the campfire.

Orca Camp is a rustic camping experience – with just enough indulgences to make you feel right at home.

A cozy tent tucked into the rainforest is your personal retreat at the end of a day kayaking with Orcas. Spacious, waterproofed and outfitted with Therma-rest sleeping bags, tent pads and pillows, you’ll have the kind of deep, restful sleep you can only have in the great outdoors.

The Beach Café camp kitchen becomes command central for meal preparation. Take a seat at the picnic tables overlooking the bay and the islands beyond. Savour a steaming mug of coffee or tea, while our guides prepare meals that satisfy your hunger for hearty and wholesome foods. You need not lift a finger – they take care of it all for you – right down to dish detail afterward.

The pebbled beach and roaring bonfire is where you’ll gather morning and night, connecting with newfound friends. And, if you’re in the mood – the Wobbly Bear Spa waits for you – right at the shore, full of hot rocks and steam, to soothe tired muscles at the end of the day.

Kayak Johnstone Strait – No Experience Required

Paddlers of all ages and abilities join our expeditions – no experience is required. You can expect four to six hours of exploring the Johnstone Strait, whale watching and kayaking with orcas each day. Most days we put in the water right after breakfast and return in the late afternoon.  Not all of your time will be spent in the kayak – there are plenty of rest stops to stretch your legs, indulging in snack breaks, picnic lunches and plenty of time for beachcombing.

All Your Gear’s Included

We take the work out of kayaking and camping, leaving you to concentrate on the wildlife, and capturing as many memories as you will photographs. An Ecosummer wilderness and whales adventure includes high-end camping and kayaking gear waiting for you right at base camp:

  • Spacious tents for singles, couples and families in the rainforest, overlooking the bay
  • Therma-rest, sleeping bags with liners and pillows
  • Camp chairs to enjoy by the fire
  • An outhouse with a full ocean view
  • Double fibreglass kayaks
  • Lightweight paddles
  • Personal floatation devices (PFDs) made specifically for kayaking
  • Paddling jackets and gloves
  • Booties/Aqua socks
  • 25L dry bag for each kayak
  • Spray skirts

Included Meals

Each leg of this journey features a different meal plan.

Campbell River:

  • Breakfast is included daily
  • Lunches and dinners are at your leisure and your own expense. Our guides are happy to assist you with recommendations on where to dine

Orca Camp:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack breaks are included each day
  • Meals begin with lunch on arrival and end with breakfast on your last day
  • A glass of BC wine is included with dinner each night

Port McNeill:

  • Breakfast is included

Included Activities

  • Interpretive tour of Cathedral Grove rainforest
  • Half day hike in Strathcona Park near Campbell River
  • Snorkel (or raft) with the Salmon in Campbell River
  • All transportation from Vancouver to Vancouver Island
  • Full-day whale watching sightseeing tour before transferring to Orca Camp
  • Round-trip water-taxi transfers from Pt. McNeill to Orca Camp
  • Four to six hours of kayaking each day at camp, weather & whales permitting
  • Interpretive rainforest and/or waterfall hikes at Orca Camp

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners in Campbell River and Port McNeill
  • Optional excursions in Campbell River
  • Gratuities (never mandatory but always appreciated)
  • Any item of a personal nature such as laundry, valet, long-distance phone calls, etc.