Johnstone Strait Half Day Guided Sea Kayaking Trip
May to September
May 17th - June 30th
July 1st - September 23rd
A four hour non-intrusive sea kayaking adventure, exploring islands, remote beaches and the rugged coastal shallows of Northern Vancouver Island by our non-intrusive sea kayaks.
Explore islands, remote beaches and the rugged coastal shallows of Northern Vancouver Island by our non-intrusive sea kayaks. See colorful underwater habitats with weird and wonderful creatures. Venture to deeper water and see the Eagles fishing, the seals sunbathing or the porpoises playing. With an emphasis on wildlife encounters, scenery and nature interpretation our professional guides will always be able to find something you have never seen before.
You spend almost four hours kayaking and enjoying the unparalleled scenery and wildlife of the area around Telegraph Cove; long enough for there to be real opportunities for encounters with all sorts of wildlife, especially during mid-July through early September.
The tour route provides our guides with the opportunity to share with you, their knowledge of the area, intertidal creatures, plants and depending on how your luck is running, Orcas or Killer Whales & other whales, Pacific Harbor Seals, sea lions, dolphins & porpoises, deer, mink, river otters, Bald Eagles and Black Bears; All in their natural environment.
We realize that it’s hard not to have high expectations of seeing the Killer Whales or Orcas up close however, it’s important to keep in mind that we can only provide the opportunity. An encounter with these magnificent creatures while in a kayak is a very unique, unforgettable experience. With this in mind our tour will keep you in the areas known to be frequented by these spectacular mammals for as long as we can. Our guides all carry marine VHF radios and monitor the local chatter to ensure that we never miss an opportunity. They also carry hydrophones, an underwater microphone with an external amplifier. Should there be whales nearby, these enable us to hear them as well as see them!
The Johnstone Strait Half Day Guided Sea Kayaking Trip is suitable for you, whether you are new to kayaking or have kayaked before. It is great for both adults and children over 8. It can be a fun and rewarding introduction to the wilderness and the creatures who call it home. No previous experience is required as we use very stable two and three seat, enclosed sea kayaks, provide all paddling equipment, utilize qualified sea kayak guides and conduct a pre-departure training and safety briefing.
With two Johnstone Strait Half Day Guided Sea Kayaking Trips scheduled to depart every day, there is sure to be one that meets your schedule. The morning tour starts at 8am and returns at approximately noon, while the 1pm tour starts at 1pm and returns at approximately 5pm. This allows those interested in taking a trip on the Prince of Whales whale watching boat that departs from just down the boardwalk, to be on either their morning or afternoon departure and kayak in the same day.
As we run these tours with small group sizes it is important that you pre-book in order to avoid disappointment.
A start point like no other.
- There is convenient pay parking right next to our store.
- We launch the kayaks from the heart of Telegraph Cove.
- Paddle for 2 minutes and you are out into Johnstone Strait.
- We frequently see eagles, mink & otters before we even leave the boat ramp.
All Equipment Provided
We provide all of the kayaking equipment. Come with the clothing and personal items noted in ‘What to Bring’ and we do the rest.
We even provide you with quality dry bags to keep your camera and other belongings dry.
What to bring
What to bring on my 2 Hour sea kayaking tour
This is a water sport and you will get a little wet while getting in and out of the kayak.
- Something to drinkl Water works great!
- 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.
- 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.
- Sunscreen; even if the sun is not shining, UV rays get reflected from the water and will burn you.
- A camera or binoculars; We will provide a dry bag to keep them safe and dry.
- A snack,
- If you have allergies that require the use of an EPI Pen - Bring It!
For maximum comfort while kayaking avoid cotton clothing, this includes jeans.