DURATION

7 DAYS

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TRIP PRICE FROM

$2799

Whales & Bears Kayak Adventure

Tour Overview

Imagine escaping to the heart of British Columbia’s west coast and heading into the wilderness on a Kayaking & Glamping Adventure. This Whales & Bears Kayaking Adventure is an unparalleled, transformative outdoor experience not to be missed.

Your trip starts out at a quaint coastal hotel, your launch point for your first expedition into the wilderness seeking out wildlife. Keeping up the pace, on the third day you will board a water taxi to spend four days glamping in the deep wilderness where you will go kayaking in killer whale territory.

Whales, Bears, Glamping  – this trip has it all.

YOUR TRIP BEGINS AT THE GATEWAY TO VANCOUVER ISLAND’S VAST  WILDERNESS

Upon your arrival, you will be checked in to the Campbell River’s newest hotel for adventurers. Nestled just steps away from the waterfront this is an ideal location to begin your Whales & Bears Kayaking Adventure.

Arrival time on your first day is up to you. Whether you choose to meander your way up to the island from Vancouver or Victoria or arrive early to fit in an additional adventure, there is no wrong way to plan your day.

You will spend both your first two nights and your final night at the coastal hotel. Immersing you into the wilderness quickly, a wildlife tour is planned for your second day.

GLAMPING IN THE CANADIAN WILDERNESS

On your third day you will head to Orca Camp. Boarding a water taxi at nearby Discovery Harbour Marina you will take an exhilarating boat ride deep into the wilderness up to camp.

Orca Camp is situated directly beside the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in Johnstone Strait, and located next to a flowing stream, under a canopy of ancient cedars in the British Columbia rainforest. This is where whales spend their days throughout the summer.

During this part of your Whales & Bears Kayaking Adventure you will kayak, sleep in safari tents, enjoy campfires and eat delicious food.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in wilderness activities such as soaking in a wood-fired hot tub, relaxing in a beachfront sauna, and (for the brave) plunging into the mountain-fed glacial stream.

Wildlife: Orcas, Bears and Humpback Whales

Your Whales & Bears Kayaking Adventure begins with a 6 hour covered boat or zodiac tour with the region’s top rated operator.

June through August is prime time to explore the Discovery Passage and surrounding islands. Home to some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife. Your guide will seek out Dalls Porpoise, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Sea Lions, Eagles and Black Bears.

Fall is Grizzy Bear Season

Trips from August 25th to the end of the season travel aboard a high-speed covered boat into the Orford River Valley. Once you arrive the Holmalco First Nation will invite you onto their traditional territory. Climbing up onto their bear viewing platforms you will have an unobstructed view of Grizzly Bears as they roam the river banks and feed on the spawning salmon.

Orca Camp

Then, it’s onto finding Whales. Departing early in the morning on your third day, you will meet the water taxi at Campbell River Whale Watching to take you north to the Wildcoast Orca Camp in Johnstone Strait.

Camp is ideally located next to the Michael Biggs Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, home to the Orca Rubbing Beaches. It’s an excellent launch point to go kayaking in killer whale territory. Over 500 Orca (Killer Whales) travel through this part of the coast.

In the last few years, Humpback Whales have also made a strong resurgence in Johnstone Strait and have often been seen on our kayak trips. And if you decided you’d like to sit back and relax at camp, the rambling rocky beach often provides spectacular whale watching right from shore.

Given their wild nature, you can never be guaranteed to be kayaking with orcas and humpback whales, however your chances to encounter whales in this area is incredibly high.

Custom Coastal Cuisine

We know an important part of any wilderness adventure is delicious, hearty, and plentiful food.

For our kayaking trips we enlisted a local gourmet chef to design the menu and train our guides to be excellent wilderness cooks!

Fresh meals prepared each day will leave your belly full and ready for all the adventures the new day brings. Local fare, including salmon and locally grown vegetables, are all part of our coastal cuisine.

Top Notch Operators and Quality Gear

We only work with the best of the industry. All hotel, boat and tour operators for this Whales & Bears Kayaking Adventure have been carefully selected for their excellent track records and stellar reviews.

Wildcoast and our partners provide all gear needed for your trip (life vests, kayaks, paddles, tents, & dry bags) and everything is included in the trip price. Our equipment is kept in top-notch condition. From high quality kayaks and safety equipment to keep you comfortable on the water to full height safari tents (sleeps two) on elevated platforms with real mattresses (forget sleeping on the ground!) and warm bedding to keep you cozy at night.

And if you are a solo traveler you get your own room at the hotel and your own tent at camp, we don’t bunk you with anyone else. 

High Staff to Guest Ratio & Small Group Size

Our guides base the kayaking trips each day on the group’s kayaking skills and level of experience. To further enhance your overall sea kayaking experience, guides love to share their wealth of knowledge about Robson Bight and the surrounding area. The maximum number of guests on this trip is 18 and our staff to guest ratio is 1:5 or better.

Tour Highlights

  • Boat tour to find bears & other wildlife
  • Kayaking in killer whale territory
  • Glamping in the wilderness
  • Start and end at a coastal hotel
  • Custom coastal cuisine
  • High staff to guest ratio
  • Small group size
  • Hot tub and Sauna
  • Prime Location for Killer Whale viewing in Johnstone Strait
  • Hot Water Shower, Real Mattresses, Warm Bedding all provided

Whales and Bears Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights

2023 Trip Dates

Jun 29-Jul 5

Jul 2-8

Jul 5-11

Jul 8-14

Jul 11-17

Jul 14-20

Jul 17-23

Jul 20-26

Jul 23-29

Jul 26-Aug 1

Jul 29-Aug 4

Aug 1-7

Aug 4-10

Aug 7-13

Aug 10-16

Aug 13-19

Aug 16-22

Aug 19-25

Aug 22-28

Aug 25-31

Aug 28-Sep 3

Aug 31-Sep 6

Sep 3-9

Sep 6-12

Sep 9-15

Sep 12-18

2023 Trip Prices
Jun 29 - Aug 22

$2799 (CDN)

Aug 25 - Sep 15

$3099 (CDN)

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Solo Traveler fee of $500 applies from July 13th – August 30th.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrival in Campbell River, BC

Make your way to the quaint coastal town of Campbell River. Check-in time at your hotel is 3:00 pm. If you arrive early, take a stroll along the waterfront or check out Elk Falls for a hike.

Day 2

WILDLIFE TOUR

A delicious continental breakfast is provided at your hotel. Your first venture into the wilderness with be a motorized boat wildlife tour.

Guests arriving in June-August 22nd, enjoy a 6 hour wildlife tour on a zodiac or covered boat. August 25th through September packages include a full-day grizzly bear wildlife tour.

Day 3

BOAT RIDE TO ORCA CAMP

The boat ride to camp passes through the Discovery Passage and the infamous ‘Seymour Narrows’. Sightings of porpoises, dolphins, and whales are common even before reaching camp. Arriving at camp, you’ll be greeted by camp staff and settled into your wilderness accommodations. An afternoon kayak orientation will prepare you for your first paddle.

Day 4

A FULL DAY OF KAYAKING

A full day of exploration along the coast in your kayak awaits. While you paddle in killer whale territory listening for orca blows, your guides will provide details about the resurgence of wildlife in this remote part of the coast as well as the ongoing threats to this critical habitat. Not only is being on the water spectacular, but you will also venture inland to a beautiful waterfall where the brave can go for a dip in the glacial waters.

Day 5

Crossing the Johnstone Strait

It’s time to venture across Johnstone Strait to the island opposite camp. Kayaking along the shores we will keep a lookout for bears and cubs that often forage on the beach. After the day’s paddling adventures evening will be topped off with a native sauna, a great end to a fantastic day.

Day 6

One Last Sunrise Paddle

One last chance for a sunrise paddle. Soak up the final moments of your wilderness experience while hanging out on the beach. You will arrive back at your hotel in the afternoon.

Day 7

Final Day

After waking up in the comfort of the coastal hotel, it’s time to wrap up your adventure. Check out time on this last day is 11:00am.

Testimonials

From the minute we walked in to check-in to the time we left the dock on the final day, the services was exceptional! Our guides were knowledgeable, fun and attentive. Food was great and the facilities were comfortable. The wood fired hot tub was a bonus and an excellent view for spotting whales. The kayaking was great fun and we saw, bears, dolphins, humpbacks and orcas! Plus many more sea creatures. I would definitely recommend this company for your kayak vacation and I can’t wait to go back next summer.

5 Star Google Review

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Overview

Imagine escaping to a Boutique Wilderness Resort then heading further into the wilderness on a Kayaking & Glamping Adventure. This Whales and Bears Kayaking Adventure is an unparalleled, transformative outdoor experience not to be missed.

Your trip starts out at a boutique wilderness resort, your launch point for your first expedition into the wilderness seeking out wildlife. Keeping up the pace, on the third day you will board a water taxi to spend four days glamping in the deep wilderness where you will go kayaking in killer whale territory.

Whales, Bears, Glamping, Boutique Wilderness Resort – this trip has it all.

Highlights

  • Camp is located in prime killer whale territory
  • Great opportunities to see wildlife, whether you are out kayaking or relaxing at camp
  • Custom coastal cuisine designed by Quadra Island Gourmet Chef
  • Large wood-heated, covered common area and dining room
  • Spacious safari sleeping tents on wood platforms
  • Comfy beds and warm, cozy blankets ALL provided
  • Wood-fired Hot Tub
  • Hot water showers
  • High staff to guest ratio
  • Small group size

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Itinerary

Itinerary

MEETING LOCATION: Wildcoast Adventures is located at 685 Heriot Bay Road just a short distance by foot or by car from the BC Ferry Terminal in Quathiaski Cove. The day before heading up to camp, an optional  afternoon briefing is held on Quadra Island.

Pricing & Dates

Whales & Bears Adventure

7 days, 6 nights
Trip Dates

Jun 29-Jul 5

Jul 2-8

Jul 5-11

Jul 8-14

Jul 11-17

Jul 14-20

Jul 17-23

Jul 20-26

Jul 23-29

Jul 26-Aug 1

Jul 29-Aug 4

Aug 1-7

Aug 4-10

Aug 7-13

Aug 10-16

Aug 13-19

Aug 16-22

Aug 19-25

Aug 22-28

Aug 25-31

Aug 28-Sep 3

Aug 31-Sep 6

Sep 3-6

Sep 6-12

Sep 9-15

Sep 12-18

Trip Prices
Jun 29 - Aug 28

$2099 (CDN)

Aug 31 - Sep 12

$2199 (CDN)