Kayaking in the Johnstone Strait
Last July we adventured out to participate in a 3 night camping experience in the Johnstone Strait with Spirit of the West Adventures. This is a definite for your bucket list should you enjoy camping, kayaking and being outdoors.You will be amazed at the experience even if you don’t see whales.
This was the best tour and they were amazing hosts and guides right from the start. Not once did we feel like we were not welcomed or accepted. From the first meeting at the Heriot Bay Inn on Quadra Island the night before the trip through the drop off after the tour back at Heriot Bay.
In case you are wondering. Quadra island is an incredibly gorgeous place as well. The sunsets linger long into the evening and the sounds of nature just appear to calm the body and soul.
The morning after the prep meeting you are picked up by the guides, take to a dock, load up 2 boats then taxied two hours north to the Johnstone Strait basecamp. This would now our home for the next 3 nights. Each group of 2 were assigned a tent (all of which had stunning views of the water), were prepped on how to be safe and the types of animals we could encounter. All of the tents faced the water where you could see over to the Robson Bight.
It Was All About the Kayaking
From the first paddle the afternoon we got there until the last paddle each moment was a peaceful experience in nature. There were bald eagles flying around the camp, tales of wolves and cougars as well as the hope we would see the mammal we all came for… the orca. Afterall, this was their favorite place to shop for groceries. Salmon that is, Chinook, spawning in the local waters. This is also what brings the grizzly bears down to the pebbly waters edge.
Whether you are an expert or novice kayaker, this tour can accommodate you easily. The guides are there to show you how to handle the boat, what to do if you tip and most importantly to ensure you move at a pace that works for you. This is a terrific workout that will leave you sore and exhausted. Ready for bed long before the late sunset of the BC north.
The tour company provides all the food and even take into consideration any dietary preferences for the individuals in the group. The guides cook up fantastic meals and snacks for all. While out kayaking the half way point if marked by a picnic along the shores edge.
If this is an excursion you have wanted to try?
Queer Compass highly recommends Spirit of the West Johnstone Strait Ultimate for a chance to ocean kayak in the norther parts of Vancouver Island for a chance to see dolphins, humpbacks and orcas.
Are you interested in this type of tour? Let us know in the comments below.
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