Canada Kayaking with Whales

An Overview

This is a phenomenal kayaking tour traveling amid the Great Bear Rainforest being the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world stretching for 400 kilometers along British Columbia’s central coast.  Due to the beautifully rugged coast, adventure travelers are offered extremely diverse kayaking routes, plentiful wildlife, and a rich First Nations culture. Kayaking between the remote coastal village of Klemtu and the isolated wilderness islands to the north of Bella Bella provides unique kayaking conditions, campsites, and scenery.

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Day 1: Arrival in Port McNeill

Arrive in Port McNeill and have a pre-trip meeting with your guides on the trip at 7:00 pm in our office, which is located at 1790A Campbell Way next to the Black Bear Resort, where you will be staying for the night.

Overnight Hotel: The Black Bear Resort

Day 2: Take a Ferry to Klemtu Where We Will Start Our Adventure (D)

This will be an early morning. We will pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotel as we need to be at our ferry port 2 hours before our ferry to Klemtu which departs at 7:30 am. Arriving in Klemtu at approximately 3:00 pm, we will then transfer to the Spirit Bear Lodge for the evening. Where we will have dinner and potentially take a tour of the village’s Big House, if it is available to do so.

Overnight Hotel: Spirit Bear Lodge 

DAY 3 to 10: Kayaking  (B, L, D)

Our itinerary is left fairly open throughout these days, running the trip ‘expedition’ style, to ensure that we our flexible by working with the conditions, through the guide assessing the weather, tides, and sea state each day to determine the best destination. We plan for the trip to begin heading north and west from Klemtu exploring a vast amount of Princess Royal Island. Following a few days of travelling north we will begin to head south crossing both Laredo and Millbanke Sounds along the way.

Throughout kayaking on this trip you can expect a mixture of exposed open coastlines where a salmon, orca (killer whale), humpback whales, sea lion or dolphin may make an appearance, as well as travelling along protected inner passageways. Our camp will usually move each night, yet we may have an opportunity to stay two nights at one camp if the conditions allow. We will typically be paddling for a long amount of time as well as in some challenging conditions that the route has, commonly including swelling, winds and open water crossings being common. There will be a diverse menu of breakfasts, lunch and dinners including fresh fruits and vegetables throughout.

Overnight Camping

DAY 11: End of our adventure (B,L)

We will be picked up by a water taxi in the mid-morning which will transport us to the Shearwater Resort near the village of Bella Bella. Where it is up to you whether you would like to spend the night at Shearwater, or connect on to a flight from Bella Bella to Port Hardy (on Vancouver Island) or Vancouver. There is also an option to take the ferry back from Bella Bella to Port Hardy, and from there take a taxi back to Port McNeill.

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