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Kingfisher’s kayak base camps are situated in the heart of the wildlife rich waters of Johnstone Strait off northern Vancouver Island. There is no better place in the world to kayak with both killer whales and humpback whales. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see these great marine mammals.

The base camps offer a very comfortable camping experience and with Kingfisher’s knowledgeable kayak guides these tours are suitable for adventurous travellers even if they have little or no kayaking or camping experience. Roomy tents, each raised off the ground on wooden platforms, are situated throughout the forest with views of the ocean. The tents provide standing room for most guests (1.9 metres tall) and are outfitted with wooden beds with the thickest and widest Therm-a-rest mattresses available. Sheets, fleece blankets, full-size pillows, warm barrel-style sleeping bags, and hot water bottles are all provided to ensure a good night’s sleep. A recharging station for digital cameras, an extensive library of natural history books, a safari style bucket shower, and a large covered kitchen and dining area made from locally milled red cedar make for a very comfortable camping experience.

We offer four base camp tours for you to chose from; three adult oriented tours and one specifically designed for families with children aged six to fourteen.

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Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Kayak With Whales - Begin your adventure

Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale’s blow as it swims past your ocean-side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of killer whales, also known as orcas, swim past your kayak as a bald eagle swoops down to catch a salmon.


Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Whales and Grizzly Bears - Begin your adventure

Seeing a humpback whale lunging through a school of bait fish, a grizzly bear chasing a salmon through a shallow river, or a pod of killer whales surfacing in unison are often considered once in a lifetime experiences and all three are possible on this tour.


Base Camp Kayaking
4 days / 3 nights

Family Kayak With Whales - Begin your adventure

Searching under rocks for crabs, watching humpback whales feed on a school of small fish, or being surprised as a harbour seal pops up right next to their kayak are all memories children cherish for a lifetime. This kayak tour is designed for families with children aged six to fourteen.


Base Camp Kayaking
4 days

Begin your adventure - Whales, Whales, and Grizzly Bears

2018 marks Kingfisher’s 20th season. During the first few years Kingfisher owner Andrew Jones lead every trip the company offered. Over the years, the number of tours we offer, the areas we operate in, and the Kingfisher team of guides has increased significantly. This year Andrew has set aside four special base camp tour dates that he will be guiding to celebrate our 20th season with friends and guests

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