Responsible Wildlife Viewing

With the worldwide increase in wildlife viewing tours it is more important than ever to ensure that wildlife viewing is done responsibly, with little to no impact on the wildlife being viewed. Joining a guided kayak tour can be a low impact and responsible way to view whales and other wildlife.

With some knowledge and respect for wildlife, the slow speed, quiet nature, and ability to access shallow water close to shore make kayaks ideal crafts for viewing wildlife. However, these same characteristics can also cause kayakers to more easily disturb wildlife if not done properly.

The main goal when viewing any wildlife should be to ensure that our actions do not cause the animal to change their normal behaviour.  For example, from a silent kayak it is often easy to surprise sea lions hauled out on rock basking in the sun or to scare an eagle away

A Child’s First Wilderness Experience

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.  A positive first wilderness experience for a child can be the start of a life long passion for wildlife and wilderness. 

Kids are born curious and are usually interested in all wildlife, large and small. The shore crabs hiding under rocks can be just as amazing to children as an orca or humpback whale. Nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and love of animals is a great way to teach kids about the environment, wildlife, and conservation. During a family kayak tour with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures kids are continually learning through their experiences, though they may not realize they are learning when they are having fun. During a shared wilderness experience kids learn to

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