— Base Camp Kayaking —

WHALES AND GRIZZLY BEARS

— Base Camp Kayaking —

Whales and Grizzly Bears

WHALES AND GRIZZLY BEARS – BASE CAMP KAYAKING

Seeing a humpback whale lunging through a school of bait fish, a grizzly bear chasing salmon in a shallow river, or a pod of killer whale, also known as orcas, surfacing in unison are often considered once in a lifetime experiences and all three are possible on Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures’ “Whales and Grizzly Bear” base camp tour.

There is no better place in the world to kayak with both humpback and killer whales (orcas) than Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see these great marine mammals and Kingfisher’s base camps are located right in the heart of these wildlife rich waters on an island covered in old growth rainforest.

We spend the first three days of this tour viewing the diverse marine life by kayak and late each afternoon return to the comforts of our base camp. Kingfisher’s guides are well acquainted with the natural history, whales, and other wildlife of British Columbia’s coast, knowledge which they eagerly share. It is hard to miss a killer whale’s six foot dorsal fin as it passes your kayak, but your guides also help you spot the less obvious sea stars, urchins and anemones in the shallows and educate you about the other whales, seals, porpoises, and dolphins that frequent these waters. Early on the fourth morning we get picked up by boat for a day of grizzly bear viewing. Your First Nations guides will take you on an intimate and immersive wildlife experience in their traditional territories.

This all in one experience brings you to the natural habitat of Western Canada’s grizzly bears, while looking out for whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, wolves and eagles while you cruise towards the coastal Mainland’s viewing sites. Listen to the guides interpretation of local landscapes, and the ancient villages that were once occupied by the Musg̱a̱makw Dzawada̱’enux̱w people. Viewing is mostly boat based as the grizzlies will be foraging on sedge grass and turning over rocks on the beaches looking crabs and mussels. Later in the season as the salmon return to the rivers we may have viewing opportunities on land.

  • 5 star ratingWhat a trip Wonderfull Kayak trip around basecamp.
    On our 1st day we already saw orcas and humpback whales from basecamp, sitting whit a beer watching the sun go down
    We kayaked every day and met whales and sealions.
    Last day they picked us early, and we went...
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    Ivar1970
    10/24/2018
  • 5 star ratingKingfisher Whales four-day Kayaking trip We went on Kingfisher's four day (3 night) kayaking trip off Port McNeil staying at a base camp on Hansen Island. We were a small group--four young German tourists and my husband and me (both of us over 60 Americans) plus the two (Canadian) guides. ... read more

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    Marilyn M.
    7/31/2019
  • 5 star ratingKayaking with Whales July 23 - 26 My husband and I joined Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures for a Kayaking with Whales Adventure last week. Great weather, awesome food & the best kayaking we have experienced. Loved the base camp on Hanson Island, and the nights spent camping in... read more

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    kartonv
    7/31/2019
  • 5 star ratingKingfisher Whales and Grizzlies four-day excursion a smash hit! I recently experienced this kayaking adventure with nine pals. We unanimously agreed that the experience simply could not have been better. We were graced with good weather and abundant marine and wildlife viewings. From a full breach by a Humpback w... read more

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    Sandra J.
    7/25/2019
  • 5 star ratingOutstanding company with focus on safety and enjoyment - loved it We nearly booked a tour with another company but so glad we went with Kingfisher. We also booked our accommodation (Black bear resort) and the separate grizzly tour through Kingfisher and more than happy with both of those. Kingfisher is very profess... read more

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    NewcastleKiwigirl
    10/06/2018
  • 5 star ratingWhales and Wilderness Expedition I recently participated in the June 2019 whales and wilderness kayak expedition with Kingfisher in the Broughton Archipelago. I attended as a solo, It was a great group of people who all had a background of outdoor adventure experience.

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    kezsherwood
    6/23/2019
  • 5 star ratingWhales and Grizzly Bears Kayak Tour - Base Camp We just returned from Kingfisher's Whales and Grizzlies adventure and it was amazing! From the orientation session provided the evening before the trip, to the final drop-off of our gear back in Port McNeill, everything was exceptional. Our guides, C... read more

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    Cherylnghbr
    7/26/2019
  • 5 star ratingExcellent guiding company! I participated in an 8-day Haida Gwaii tour with Kingfisher and was impressed with their customer service, the quality of the gear provided, the well trained and friendly guides, and the FOOD was amazing as well. Highly recommended.

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    Mary Y.
    9/08/2019
  • 5 star ratingAmazing! I am well traveled and done many different types of adventures and trips. I have only wrote one review on trip advisor before and that was giving a 5/5 rating cage shark diving with Great Whites in New Zealand. This trip deserves my 2nd 5/5 review!... read more

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    Brent A.
    8/03/2019
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