Sea Kayaking Tours with Killer Whales of Johnstone Sea kayak with killer whales, paddle with Orcas of Robson Bight, sea kayak expeditions to the Broughton Archipelago from Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC) Nomadic sea kayaking expeditions Sea Kayak Rentals Kayaking with killer whales since 1991

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North Island Kayak
Telegraph Cove, BC

Phone +1-250-928-3114
Toll Free 1-877-949-7707

Kayaking with Killer Whales
and other wildlife since 1991

Why choose a Base Camp style kayaking tour?
A base camp is an area in the wilderness that we prepare to host our guests throughout the summer. Each spring we set up the tents, kitchen, tarps, BBQ, picnic tables, hammocks, etc. This provide a level of comfort which is not possible, on an expedition style kayaking trip, when we have to carry everything in the kayak with us. Our base camp kayaking tours typically use the same camp for each night. This reduces the amount of time we have to spend packing and unpacking equipment each day and allows us more time on the water. It is ideal for you if you only have a couple of days to spend with us as it enables us to really explore the area in light kayaks. It is also great if your only previous camping trips have been from ‘the back of a car’ as a base camp can provide a similar level of comfort. First time in a tent, or away from permanent campsites? A base camp trip may be the choice for you.

Base Camp Sea Kayaking Tours of 2, 3 or 4 Days.

Overnight Orca Sea Kayaking Adventure

Overnight Orca Sea Kayaking Adventure

Jun 16
to Jul 5
Jul 6
to Jul 19
Jul 20
to Aug 23
Aug 24
to Sep 22
Adult $450.00 $500.00 $550.00 $500.00
Under 18 $400.00 $450.00 $500.00 $450.00
  • Departures from Telegraph Cove every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 16 until Sept. 22 at 9am. Returns at 3-30pm on day 2.
  • Two full days All Inclusive kayaking Johnstone Strait, the home of the Orcas from our wilderness base camp;
  • Adult and separate family tours available.
  • Non-intrusive wildlife observation and fun for all; No experience necessary.
  • Experienced guides, great food and top quality equipment – Great value for money!

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Three Day Orca Sea Kayaking Safari

Three Day Orca Sea Kayaking Safari

Jun 17
to Jul 5
Jul 6
to Jul 19
Jul 20
to Aug 23
Aug 24
to Sep 20
Adult $675.00 $775.00 $825.00 $775.00
Under 18 $625.00 $725.00 $775.00 $725.00
  • Departures from Telegraph Cove Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from June 17 until Sept. 20 at 9am. Returns at 3-30pm on day 3.
  • Three full days All Inclusive kayaking Johnstone Strait, the home of the Orcas from our wilderness base camp;
  • Adult and separate family tours available.
  • Non-intrusive wildlife observation and fun for all; No experience necessary.
  • Experienced guides, great food and top quality equipment – Best value for money!

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Four Day Orca and the Humpbacks Sea Kayaking

Four Day Orca and the Humpbacks Sea Kayaking

Jun 9
to Jul 5
Jul 6
to Jul 19
Jul 20
to Aug 23
Aug 24
to Sep 20
Adult $900.00 $1000.00 $1100.00 $1000.00

Spring Sale – Save $100 on July 22 & July 25 departures – Now only $1000.00

  • Departs Telegraph Cove every Tuesday and Friday from June 9 until Sept. 20 at 9am. Returns at 3-30pm on day 4
  • Four full days All Inclusive kayaking Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound, using two or more of our wilderness base camps;
  • Adult and separate family tours available.
  • Non-intrusive wildlife observation and fun for all; No experience necessary.
  • Experienced guides, great food and top quality equipment – Unmatched value for money!

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  • 2, 3 and 4 day kayaking tours from our comfortable wilderness base camps.
  • See Orcas, Sea-Lions, Porpoises, Dolphins, Eagles, Seals, Humpback Whales or Bears.
  • No experience necessary. Separate adult and family trips available.
  • Leave direct from our boat ramp in Telegraph Cove.
  • The best location, experienced guides, great food and quality equipment.
  • Spectacular wildlife sightings and unforgettable scenery.

Killer whales from North Island Kayak base camp

“…food, company, camp fire was excellent but Orca display from campsite topped it all!”

Kaikash Creek Orca Camp – Johnstone Strait

Kaikash Creek base camp orca from water with camp in backgroundKaikash Creek base camp hammock on the beach

Kaikash Creek base camp killer whale seen from beach

Kaikash Creek base camp view from hammock

kaikash creek base camp orca seen from beach

Kaikash Creek base camp at dusk

Kaikash Creek base camp tents in the forest - North Island Kayak

Kaikash Creek base camp picnic tables - North Island Kayak

kaikash creek base camp kitchen

We specifically selected this beach in Johnstone Strait for the home of the Kaikash Creek Orca Camp because it has so many benefits over other beaches in this area. We believe it offers the best possible location to conduct sea kayaking tours of 2 or 3 days, when your goal is too see Wild Killer Whales and other local marine wildlife, in their natural environment.

Location – It’s everything!

The beach is situated on the shoreline of Vancouver Island approximately a 11km paddle from Telegraph Cove. This allows us to leave Telegraph Cove in the morning and take a leisurely paddle down the coast towards camp. Much further and we would not have time to explore the coastline, looking for bears and intertidal life or spend time drifting while we watch the Dall’s Porpoises feeding, Eagles fishing or the Orca hunting for salmon in the kelp forests.

It is the longest beach in the area, which allows you plenty of room to explore when not kayaking; Go find a quiet area away from others on the trip with you, or just explore the inter-tidal area for the plethora of critters who call it home.

From camp it is a mere 6km to the boundary of the spectacular vista of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. A paddle to there from camp makes a great day trip, with lunch taken on a small beach en-route and an opportunity to explore a trail to a waterfall.

The amazing wildlife

It is right in the heart of the Northern Resident Killer Whale summer range. This area is protected by the Federal Government of Canada under the Species At Risk Act (SARA) as ‘critical habitat’ for these spectacular animals.

The Resident, salmon eating Killer Whales tend to hunt for their prey in and among the forests of Bull Kelp which grows below the high tide line. There is such a kelp forest running the entire length of this beach approximately 25 meters offshore at high tide. The Orcas, seals and Stellar sea-lions will come and hunt this forest on a very regular basis. Dinner is frequently interrupted by the sound of whale ‘blows’ and the resulting photo opportunities.

Eagles abound, soaring above and over the water; super intelligent Ravens search the shoreline; Mink slink the waters edge searching for crabs and other shellfish while squirrels chatter from the trees above

The spectacular view

We are treated to spectacular moonrise, sunrise and sunsets. See the sun or the moon rise twice, once over the coastal BC mountains in the distance and again as it is reflected in the water across the width of the Strait. The sun sets over the distant ‘namgis first nation home on Cormorant Island. There is no light pollution, except maybe our camp-fire so star gazing is a great evening pastime.

Sit on the beach and watch the distant fog banks roll in from the north and slowly hide the snowy mountains of mainland BC over 120km away. Archipelago.

Blackney Passage, directly opposite Kaikash Creek Orca base camp is part of the famed ‘inside passage’ and is traveled by the Alaska cruise ships. Laze in a hammock and watch them go by.

Great Facilities

Our camp is located on land we lease from the ‘namgis first nation whose ancestors have lived in this area for countless thousands of years. Our agreement with them includes that should we leave tomorrow, the forest could reclaim our site as if we had never been there. This does not mean that we cannot provide great facilities, just that we need to be very aware of our impact. You will find,

  • Spacious tents you can stand up in, already pitched on prepared platforms.
  • Large covered area used for dining and lounging.
  • Established camp kitchen with stove, BBQ & picnic tables.
  • Hammocks strung at the edge of the beach – Ideal for just hanging.
  • Beach fire pit for evening campfires.
  • Composting toilets.
  • Driftwood benches to sit and relax.
  • A library containing books on local plants, animals, insects and local history.

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“Thank you for an experience we will always remember and cherish.” David & Patty, Colorado

Hanson Hide-Away Base Camp featuring the ‘Orca Lounge’

View from the Orca Lounge at North Island Kayak Hanson Hideaway base camp
The kitchen area at North Island Kayak Hanson Hideaway Base Camp
Lounging area at North Island Kayak Hanson Hideaway Base Camp
View towards Telegraph Cove from North Island Kayak Hanson Hideaway Base Camp
View towards Robson Bight from North Island Kayak Hanson Hideaway Base Camp
View looking south from North Island Kayak Hanson Hideaway Base Camp
View of North Island Kayak Hanson Hideaway Base Camp
Watching the sun go down in Johnstone Strait

We chose the location of our Hanson Hide-Away base camp to serve as the best home for our four day base camp tours and as an occasional one night stop on our longer nomadic trips. It is ideally located to explore the northern coastline of Johnstone strait, Blackfish Sound, allow easy access to areas of high tidal flows of Weynton Passage and Blackney Passage, and act as a gateway to the Broughton Archipelago.

Location – Its everything!

The base camp is beautifully located between two small beaches on Hanson Island, on the far side of Johnstone Strait about a 10km paddle from Telegraph Cove. The camp area is hidden and protected from the wind behind a rock bluff which provides a naturally elevated ‘look out’ where we have created the ‘Orca Lounge’. This is the ideal spot to sit on the simple driftwood benches and take some afternoon sun while you gaze out over the water. The rocks provide a great platform and easy access to deep water should you wish to take a shot at fishing. Remember to get a fishing license, they are available in Telegraph Cove prior to departure. There are also some great rock-pools to poke around in.

Our route to, or from, camp is an ideal day paddle away from Telegraph Cove as we can explore either the Vancouver Island or Hanson Island coastline, looking for bears and intertidal life, spending time drifting while we watch the Dalls Porpoises feeding, Eagles fishing or the Orca hunting for salmon in the kelp forests. Paddling choices from camp are plentiful, from a short half day excursion to a trail head where we can go hiking to a long day circumnavigating Hanson Island and everything in between.

The amazing wildlife

Hanson Island sits as the heart of the Northern Resident Killer Whale summer range. This area is protected by the Federal Government of Canada under the Species At Risk Act (SARA) as ‘critical habitat’ for these spectacular mammals.

The camp provides easy access to the high tidal flow areas of Blackney and Weynton Passage that border Hanson Island. High tidal flows tend to create concentrations of food and this in turn causes high concentrations of hungry wildlife. It is not uncommon to see Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, dolphins, porpoises, eagles or sea-lions from the benches that form the ‘Orca Lounge’.

The spectacular view

We look out over the Strait to the rugged coast of Vancouver Island in the distance. From our elevated position we can see over to Robson Bight or back up towards Telegraph Cove and everything in between. There is always something to look at when you are by the water, be it gulls floating by, resting on a log, or a cruise ship heading to Alaska. The spectacularly clear deep water just off shore means that we frequently look down on the Killer Whales or Humpback Whales from above. This provides an incredible, non-disruptive way to enjoy these animals.

It also has spectacular moonrise, sunrises and sunsets. There is no light pollution, except maybe our camp-fire so star gazing is a great evening pastime.

Great Facilities

Our camp is located on land we lease from the ‘namgis first nation whose ancestors have lived in this area for countless thousands of years. Our agreement with them includes that should we leave tomorrow, the forest could reclaim our site as if we had never been there. This does not mean that we cannot provide great facilities, just that we need to be very aware of our impact. You will find,

  • Spacious tents you can stand up in, already pitched on prepared platforms.
  • Large covered area used for dining and lounging.
  • Established camp kitchen with stove, BBQ & picnic tables.
  • Beach fire pit for evening campfires.
  • Composting toilet.
  • Driftwood benches to sit and relax.
  • A library containing books on local plants, animals, insects and local history.
  • Various games and pass-times.

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“…outstanding experience. The camping environment is beautiful.” Chelsea