Johnstone Strait Kayaking Expeditions

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Johnstone Strait

Awaken Your Spirit of Adventure

The rugged Johnstone Strait, between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland, is one of the best places to whale watch in all of British Columbia. Humpback whales, 260 Resident and even more Transient Orcas all migrate the channel, feeding on salmon and the abundant marine life found between its rocky shores. It’s here you’ll set off on days of discovery you’ll always remember, kayaking past its raw, rugged shoreline, awakening your spirit of adventure.  This is a trip for your bucket list.  No experience needed.  Ideal for singles, couples, families, groups, and retreats.

Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve

Orca Camp sits amid a landscape that’s purely Canadian: a temperate rainforest of cedar and fir, draped in lichen, on the craggy shores of North-eastern Vancouver Island. Adjacent to the Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve, the area is proclaimed the best place in BC to see Orcas in the wild. This protected habitat provides sanctuary for Killer Whales, and an abundant food source during the summer salmon run, when it’s estimated that 70% of BC’s salmon population pass through these waters en route to the Fraser River.

Researchers have found that when whales are present in the Johnston Strait, there’s an 80% chance the gentle giants will visit Robson Bight, making killer whale sightings right from Orca Camp a frequent and likely occurrence.

Orca Belly Rubbing Beaches

Scientists have also found that Orca behaviour changes when they enter Robson Bight. Feeding is reduced, but there’s plenty of time spent playing with the pod and rubbing their massive frames against the gravel beaches known locally as Rubbing Beaches. With skin akin to that of humans, Orcas use the rocks and pebbles to free their bodies of barnacles. If ever there was a magical sight it’s sitting in your kayak watching the whole show.

Protected Waters

Robson Bight is a protected area, ensuring the killer whale habitat is not endangered. As such, we can paddle past Robson Bight but are not allowed to enter it – that privilege is reserved exclusively for the Orcas and other marine life.