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

Sea Kayaking 2 Hour, Evening, Half & Day Trips

  • Half day, all day, 2 hour & evening guided sea kayaking trips from Telegraph Cove.
  • Eagles, porpoises and great inter-tidal critters on virtually every trip. Real opportunities to see Killer Whales, dolphins and even black bears.
  • Suitable for all ages 5 & up. No experience necessary.
  • Spectacular scenery; explore small coves and islands.
  • Focus on family fun and non-intrusive wildlife observation.
  • The more time you spend, the more we can show you.
  • Safe and stable tandem, enclosed sea kayaks.
Enjoying a sea kayak day trip in Johnstone Strait

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A kayak day trip is probably the best way to really get an introduction to our Northern Vancouver Island wilderness. You glide silently and almost effortlessly along the surface of the water. Some ripples behind, the only trace of your passing. You sit so close to the water that one can see down into the depths, through the crystal clear water to the colorful ecosystems below. A kayak floats in mere inches of water, so we can be close to the shore to see land based animals or out in the deep to see the whales and other marine mammals. Come share a couple of hours or all day with our guides and let them show you a world full of wonder.

2 Hour

2 Hour Family Fun Guided Sea Kayaking Tour

May 17
to Jul 5
Jul 6
to Jul 19
Jul 20
to Aug 23
Aug 24
to Aug 31
Adult $55.00 $60.00 $65.00 $60.00
Under 18 $40.00 $45.00 $50.00 $45.00
Under 12 $35.00 $35.00 $40.00 $35.00
  • Every day at 10am and 2pm from June 14 to August 31
  • Fun for the whole family ages 5 & up. Bring Grandma!
  • No experience necessary – All equipment Included.

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Half Day

Johnstone Strait Half Day Guided Sea Kayaking Trip

May 17
to Jul 5
Jul 6
to Jul 19
Jul 20
to Aug 23
Aug 24
to Sep 5
Adult $80.00 $100.00 $105.00 $100.00
Under 18 $70.00 $80.00 $85.00 $80.00
Under 12 $60.00 $60.00 $65.00 $60.00
  • Available at 8am and 1pm every day from June 14 to September 5.
  • Fun for the whole family ages 8 & up. Bring Grandpa!
  • No experience necessary – All equipment Included.

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Full Day

Johnstone Strait Orca Opportunity Guided Sea Kayaking Day Trip

May 15
to Jul 5
Jul 6
to Jul 19
Jul 20
to Aug 23
Aug 24
to Sep 23
Adult $120.00 $150.00 $155.00 $150.00
Under 18 $110.00 $130.00 $135.00 $130.00
Under 12 $100.00 $110.00 $125.00 $110.00
  • Available at 10am every day from May 19 until September 23.
  • Fun for the whole family ages 10 & up.
  • No experience necessary – All equipment Included.

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Evening

2 Hour Guided Sea Kayaking Evening Trip

June 14
to Jul 5
Jul 6
to Jul 19
Jul 20
to Aug 23
Aug 24
to Aug 31
Adult $55.00 $60.00 $65.00 $60.00
Under 18 $40.00 $45.00 $50.00 $45.00
Under 12 $35.00 $35.00 $40.00 $35.00
  • Every day at 5-30pm from June 14 to August 31
  • Fun for the whole family ages 5 & up.
  • No experience necessary – All equipment Included.

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Day Trip FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions – Day Trips

We know you have questions. Please take a look through these as they respond to those we are most frequently asked. Should your question not be addressed, please contact us so we may address it.

I have never sea kayaked before, how safe is it?

Sea kayaks can be surprisingly stable and comfortable. We have specifically selected our fleet to be suitable for our paddlers and our environment. A pre-launch training session will give you some of the basic skills that will help keep you safe while your guides are well versed in paddling, the area and general safety. They are right there with you the whole time to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

How many people are usually on the trips?

Our average group size is 5 people, however we conduct our tours with as few as 2 and as many as 12.

What should I wear?

For maximum comfort while kayaking avoid cotton clothing. This is a water sport and you will likely get a little wet while getting in and out of the kayak. Bring shoes you do not mind getting soaked as you will get your feet wet. Please do not bring flip-flops or thongs as these have been the cause of many cuts and falls on the boat ramp and beaches. Board shorts or long synthetic pants work well for your lower body, while layers work well for the upper half. Bring a hat or cap; they work great to keep you warm, keep the sun out of your eyes or the rain off your head.

What kind of physical condition do I need to be in?

People of all ages enjoy ocean kayaking and fitness levels as it can be a very low impact activity. You need only be in average physical condition. If you can walk around a shopping mall for half a day, you can manage a half day sea kayaking trip. We have kayaks that can accommodate all shapes and sizes and have yet to find somebody we have not been able to accommodate. Should you have any concerns about kayaking and your personal physical or mental situation, please contact us and let us find a way to get you on the water.

Does anyone ever tip over?

It can happen – but it is not likely on a guided trip. Part of your pre-launch training session is instruction and demonstration of what to do in the event of capsize. Should it happen, our qualified guides have had extensive training in rescue and have the skills to deal with any situation that may arise. Their focus is on prevention rather than cure.

Will the whales bother the kayaks?

There have been no incidents involving wild whales and humans or kayaks. On occasion they have come very close and even under our kayaks but we have never had one actually touch us.

What about children?

We welcome children on the day trips and our multi-day tours. We can accommodate your children in a number of ways; triple kayaks or paired up in a double with a strong paddler. It is a safe and wonderful experience for kids and as family! We offer discounted rates for children on all day trips. Should your children fall outside our minimum age requirements, we can typically still accommodate you however will likely suggest a private trip for your family. Please contact us and we will try to get you on the water.

What will my kayak be like?

It will be a fully enclosed Sea Kayak from one of a variety of manufacturers including Seaward Kayaks, Necky Kayaks and Current Designs. We generally use kayaks with two seats for our day trips as they provide maximum speed and stability. We have some kayaks that have a third seat which are ideal for younger children. If odd numbers dictate, we will occasionally add a single seat kayak to a day trip. Single seat kayaks may available, by prior arrangement, for experienced kayakers and subject to a supplementary charge.

Can I bring my own kayak?

Of course you may. We do require it be an appropriate kayak for the type of trip you are undertaking. Contact us, identifying kayak make and model and we will see what we can do. We do reserve the right to inspect the kayak prior to departure and have you paddle one of our kayaks if necessary.

Should I tip the guides?

Our guides work very hard to ensure you enjoy your trip with us. Tipping is appropriate and forms an integral part of the guides earnings. As a general guidline a tip of 10-15% is the industry norm and will be very much appreciated.

How do you choose your guides

We choose guides based on many variables. Naturally they must be appropriately qualified and able to kayak, provide instruction and keep you safe on the water, but we demand much more than this. We employ guides from Canada; Many of them have grown up around our coast or have migrated to BC as they have grown up. We employ guides who can interpret our environment; They need to be able to identify our local fauna and flora and communicate their knowledge to you. We look for language skills; Many of our guides speak both English and French.

Who will be on the trip with me?

Our customers come from all over the world. They may be younger or older than you but you can be sure they are just as excited to be here as you are.

Has North Island Kayak been providing these trips for many years?

North Island Kayak on northern Vancouver Island has been providing kayak tours since 1991. The current owners took over in 2006.

Do you have insurance and all appropriate permits?

Yes! To legally conduct these kayak tours, one needs permits from many different organizations including BC Parks, to operate in any of the local marine parks; The BC Minestry of Natural Resource Operations, to utilize any of the government owned lands, Private Individuals and businesses to utilize launch sites, water, etc. and our many North Island First Nations in order to utilize their lands and traditional homes. You can be assured that we have covered all bases.

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Will I see Killer Whales on a Day Trip?

As Killer whales, sea lions and bears are the top predators in their environment, the chances of seeing them are mostly a factor of how long you spend in their world and when you choose to come to Telegraph Cove.

The best time to see killer whales on a day trip is August, but we see them mid-July through mid-September. Bears and Sea Lions are usually seen more often in June, early July and mid to late September .

Fortunately, while maybe not as exhilarating as the big mammals, there are many other critters and spectacular sights that we can find on every trip.

Three black bears seen on the beach during a kayaking day trip in Johnstone Strait
Three black bears on the beach seen on a kayaking day trip in Johnstone Strait