British Columbia

Grizzlies, Whales & More: Wildlife Kayaking on the Orca Loop

Search for orcas, bears and bald eagles as you kayak the protected waters of Johnstone Strait alongside local guides, who share traditional songs and stories of their people.
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Program No. 21928RJ
8 days
Starts at
8 days
7 nights
19 meals
7B 5L 7D
Stanley Park Walk, Beaty Museum
Vancouver, British Columbia
Kayaking Field Trips
Hanson Island, British Columbia
Kayaking Field Trips
Hanson Island, British Columbia
Fly to Vancouver, Program Concludes
Vancouver, British Columbia
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At a Glance

A humpback whale lunging through a school of bait fish, a grizzly bear foraging for food along a shallow river and a pod of orcas surfacing in unison are all once-in-a-lifetime sightings — and all three are possible on this unique kayaking adventure at Orca Waters Base Camp. Learn to kayak with experienced, certified instructors while exploring wide, sandy beaches and rocky shorelines, watching for orca and humpback whales in Johnstone Strait. Hands-on paddling instruction ensures a rewarding experience for outdoorspeople of all levels and abilities, all while back-dropped by beautiful old-growth forests and mountainous terrain. Also, spend a full day on a field trip into Knights Inlet, where you observe grizzly bears from the comfort of a flat-bottom boat.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to three miles, uneven terrain. Paddling a kayak for several hours.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Paddle through waters abundant with harbor seals, porpoises and rich intertidal life, and marvel at pods of six-ton orca visible from your kayak and from onshore.
  • Witness the incredible sight of humpback whales feeding on small fish as they fatten up for their migration south.
  • From the safety and comfort of specially designed observation vessels, watch grizzlies feeding in their natural habitat in Knight Inlet.

General Notes

Single rooms available at hotels only, not at the Orca Waters Base Camp.
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Jackie Hildering
Jackie is a biology teacher, cold-water diver, underwater photographer and whale researcher living on Vancouver Island. She is the co-founder of the Marine Education and Research Society and winner of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Murray A. Newman Award for Excellence in Aquatic Conservation. Jackie was recently featured on Animal Planet’s “Wild Obsession” and in the BBC production “New Threat to Canada’s Pacific Humpback Whales?” She is passionate about telling “the story of mystery, fragility and wonder of the life hidden in the cold, dark Northeast Pacific Ocean.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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