Seat yourself in a unique front row position for spotting whales and exploring pristine marine environments at a pace all your own. There’s something about the air up here. It’s a crispness, a mist laden with salty sea-spray. It’s, unmistakably, a departure from urban living. Morning mist rolls off the ocean and you’re surrounded, not by skyscrapers or urban skylines, but by unfettered, untamed wilderness.

  • 1-2 Day Adventures

    Itinerary

    TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER ISLAND NORTH

    Day 1

    GUIDED KAYAK DAY TRIP

    Paddle out of Telegraph Cove or Alert Bay for 6 – 7 hours on the waters of Johnstone Strait, or Cormorant Island. Killer whale watching from a kayak in Johnstone Strait is top ranked Canadian adventure, likely because this is one of the most predictable places to see killer whales in the wild.

    Vancouver Island North’s largely unpopulated coastline is dotted with critical habitat and the area is frequented by orca and humpback whales. The narrow channels and tidal action concentrate schooling fish, a primary food source for many marine mammals. Kayak day trips provide a chance to see marine mammals, sea birds, and shoreline wildlife from sea level.

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    Day 2

    INTERPRETIVE HIKING TOUR

    Reestablish your connection with nature on this tour through lush temperate rainforest surrounding Telegraph Cove. This area is a living museum flourishing with unique flora and fauna. Learn about the nature and the history as you go. The big finish will bring you to a beautiful lookout point, an excellent whale and bird watching spot.

    Or make your way up to the Quatse Salmon Centre in Port Hardy to learn about the critical role salmon play in nourishing the environment and the continuation of a healthy lifecycle for our forests. Hands on exhibits and hatchery tours tell the hardship of the life of a salmon and their importance to the ecosystem.

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    1-2 Day Adventures - Kayaking

    EQ Traveller Type

    Cultural Explorer
    Authentic Experiencer
    Free Spirit
    Personal History Explorer
    Rejuvenator
    Some aspects for Cultural History Buff
    Some aspects for Gentle Explorer
    No Hassle for the multi-day packaged tours

    EQ Traveller Type Quiz

    Additional Activities

  • 3-5 Day Adventures

    Itinerary

    TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER ISLAND NORTH

    Day 1-4

    MULTI-DAY KAYAK TRIP

    More time on the water means more opportunity to see marine wildlife on a multi-day kayak trip, departures from Telegraph Cove, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, or Alert Bay.

    These tours will journey paddlers into the Broughton Archipelago, home to British Columbia’s largest marine park, or God’s Pocket, known as one of the best cold water scuba diving destinations in the world. The focus will be on sighting orca, humpback whales, and marine life, or Island Archipelago exploration. Wilderness lodge or base camp trips are available. You’re sure to sleep tight listening to the sounds of the ocean and passing whales.

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    Day 5

    SCENIC BOAT & WILDLIFE TOUR

    Experience the wild beauty of British Columbia’s coastal rainforests through the eyes of your First Nations guide as they share their culture, history and traditions. From Port Hardy, get out on the water to view wildlife such as whales, porpoises, stellar sea lions and marine birds. Gain a better perspective of the Port Hardy area and marvel at the beautiful coastal mountains and vastness of the North Island.

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    3-5 Day Adventures - Kayaking

    EQ Traveller Type

    Cultural Explorer
    Authentic Experiencer
    Free Spirit
    Personal History Explorer
    Rejuvenator
    Some aspects for Cultural History Buff
    Some aspects for Gentle Explorer
    No Hassle for the multi-day packaged tours

    EQ Traveller Type Quiz

    Additional Activities

  • 5+ Day Adventures

    Itinerary

    TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER ISLAND NORTH

    Day 1-6

    EXPEDITION GUIDED KAYAK TOUR

    Find yourself surrounded by the pristine marine environment of the Vancouver Island North region on a multi-day expedition guided kayak tour, departing from Telegraph Cove, Port McNeill, Port Hardy, and Alert Bay. You trip will be nomadic and you will campout at different sites, forested sites or right on the beach.

    All options have a similar focus: marine wildlife – orca and humpback whales, Dall’s and harbour porpoise, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Minke whales, Steller sea lions, and Pacific harbour seals.

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    Day 7

    INTERPRETIVE HIKING TOUR

    Reestablish your connection with nature on this tour through lush temperate rainforest surrounding Telegraph Cove. This area is a living museum flourishing with unique flora and fauna. Learn about the nature and the history as you go. The big finish will bring you to a beautiful lookout point, an excellent whale and bird watching spot.

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    Day 8

    NATURAL HISTORY

    The small-but-mighty community of Telegraph Cove is a top-10 winner of ‘best towns to visit’ in a poll of Canadian travel writers. It is among the last surviving boardwalk communities on the west coast and it has built its current identity around its strong connection to the marine environment. Learn about the biology, habitat needs and threats to local marine mammals at the Whale Interpretive Centre. Exhibits include skeletons of killer whale, river otter, Pacific white-sided dolphin, and a 60 foot long fin whale.

    Or make your way up to the Quatse Salmon Centre in Port Hardy to learn about the critical role salmon play in nourishing the environment and the continuation of a healthy lifecycle for our forests. Hands on exhibits and hatchery tours tell the hardship of the life of a salmon and their importance to the ecosystem.

    + More
    5+ Day Adventures - Kayaking

    EQ Traveller Type

    Cultural Explorer
    Authentic Experiencer
    Free Spirit
    Personal History Explorer
    Rejuvenator
    Some aspects for Cultural History Buff
    Some aspects for Gentle Explorer
    No Hassle for the multi-day packaged tours

    EQ Traveller Type Quiz

    Additional Activities