Experience Vancouver Island by kayak a stunning marine environment few others experience. Many places in the maze of islands and intricate channels that make up Broughton Archipelago can only be reached by water - and many are too shallow for motorized boats. The shrill call of a bald eagle perched in a treetop, the quiet solitude of paddling into tucked away bays and coves, and vibrant sea stars below the waterline are all frequent spectacles in this magical area. In addition to wildlife and pristine islets, the islands are rich in native history and indigenous culture as well as that of remote British Columbia. Once we reach the southern boundary of the Broughtons, you will paddle into Blackfish Sound and then Johnstone Strait, realms of the humpback whale as well as many other species of wildlife. Here you may experience a Humpback blows and breaches visible from your campsite and kayaks, Pacific white-sided dolphins cruising down the strait, and several species of birds in the treetops and on the shorelines.
The meeting point for our six days of adventure is the northern Vancouver Island town of Port McNeill. The snow-capped mountains of mainland British Columbia create a stunning backdrop as we water taxi into the straits and channels of the Broughtons to island-hop. We know this is more than just a vacation - that you’re looking for an escape that stimulates and enriches your life. With naturalist guides, gourmet meals, high quality equipment, superb whale watching and all the special details we're known for, our Islets & Humpbacks expedition is sure to deliver.
Note on Itinerary: Approximate paddling distances are listed and can vary depending on group size and weather. We will do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above. However, the itinerary may change due to reasons beyond our control such as campsite availability, wind, waves or inclement weather. Although there is a very good chance we'll see whales during the week, the frequency, proximity, and quality of sightings will ultimately be determined by the whales' travel patterns.
Whales & Wildlife Kayaking Expedition Trip Guide
BC Packing List
Port Hardy Travel Guide
Port McNeill Travel Guide
BC Recommended Reading List