Johnstone Strait Expedition (30.262)

Location: Johnstone Strait
Price: $1595.00
Duration: 6 days/5 nights

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Departs from/arrives at: Quadra Island
Accomodations: Camping
Tour Type: Leisure Tour
Activity Level: Novice
Nearest Town/Village: Telegraph Cove
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sheets
  • Thermarest
  • Paddling Jacket
  • Dry bags
  • Group hydrophone
  • Parking
  • Gateway Accommodation
  • Van transportation and water taxi ride on day 1 and 6, as well as a one night's stay at Paddlers Inn, a remote wilderness lodge.
Exclusions: GST, Travel/medical insurance, rain gear, sleeping bags, alcohol
Guest Parking: Yes Details: Safe parking is available free of charge on Quadra Island or in Campbell River throughout the duration of the tour.
First Nations: Guests get the opportunity to visit the remains of historic Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations villages in the area.
Additional Information:
Our 6-day Johnstone Strait Kayaking Expedition offers you a chance to paddle one of the most amazing kayak routes in North America. After travelling from our base on Quadra Island, the Johnstone Strait Expedition begins in Telegraph Cove with a water taxi ride to our first night in the wilderness. We begin this tour from the Broughton Archipelago Paddlers’ Inn set in the Broughton Archipelago where we will spend our first night prior to starting our kayak tour. We will then traverse the entire Broughton Archipelago, one of the most stunning seascapes on earth, before entering Johnstone Strait and the realm of the killer whales. The diversity of both paddling environment and wildlife, from tiny intertidal life up to humpback whales, makes this a trip not to be missed. Please see us for discounts for trips offered before July 16 or after August 25.


  • Day

    At the pre-trip meeting, your guides will go over the logistics of the tour and answer any questions or concerns you may have. This meeting will be held in the lounge at the Heriot Bay Inn on Quadra Island at 6pm the day prior to departure. If you cannot make it to the meeting just be sure to call in the day before departure to confirm your arrival. This allows us to confirm the exact departure time and location, or to alert you if there are have been any last minute changes.

    The next day, on Day 1 - you can meet either on Quadra Island, in Campbell River or in Telegraph Cove. If meeting in Campbell River or Telegraph Cove, please call our office to let us know. Our office is on Quadra Island and this is where our tour starts.

    Good Morning! After picking you up at your Quadra Island accommodation we will depart the island by ferry and then travel together in our van the 2.5 hours to historic Telegraph Cove. Once in Telegraph Cove we will enjoy a picnic lunch.

    We'll then transfer ourselves and equipment aboard our water taxi, and journey out to either our Hanson Island campsite or to the Paddler’s Inn Eco-lodge. If time and weather allow we will get out for our first introductory paddle after a kayak briefing from your guides.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    After breakfast we will pack our kayaks and head off on our expedition. Our first day will be spent exploring the islands of the Broughton Archipelago or the orca waters of Johnstone Strait (depending on your starting point), and enjoying the stunning views and wildlife while en route to camp for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    Paddle amongst the enchanting islands of the Broughton Archipelago. The Broughton Archipelago is a network of forested islands and protected passageways that offers both scenic paddling as well as intriguing history. We will go back in time as we visit the ancient village site of Mamalilaculla, and learn about the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations people. We will keep our eyes and ears on the lookout for the many marine and land animals that call this area home.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    Our one-way journey takes us through the uncrowded northern Broughton Archipelago, through secret paddling spots few have ever been. The remainder of the tour will be spent in Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait and the realm of the killer whale.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day

    After three days of paddling we start to see other kayaking groups as we enter the areas where most shore-based companies depart from. The remainder of the tour will be spent in Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait and the realm of the killer whale.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Float Lodge

  • Day

    This is our last day to enjoy the marine environment of Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago. Our boat transport will pick us up in the afternoon and bring us back to Telegraph Cove. From Telegraph Cove we drive back to Campbell River and Quadra Island, arriving between 5pm and 7pm. Our arrival times are both weather and wildlife dependent.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

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From Our Blog

"One of the Best Holidays of My Life"

Tuesday, February 9 2016

Here's a fantastic comment we received from Ann after her kayak vacation last August, her second Vancouver Island Kayak tour.

Scott, As we spoke earlier I can't thank you enough for being the facilitator in what truly has to be the best or at at least one of the best holidays of my life.  I only say one as my husband is not here and I wish he could have experienced the wonders of British Columbia nature first hand.

I had two wonderful but very different kayak trips.  The first to the Broken Island Group and the second up here in Port Mc Neil.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  Different geographies. Wildlife and also fellow travellers on the trip but both wonderfully well organised and the natural beauty of this place speaks for itself. more