Johnstone Strait is rich in marine life and is also a very diverse paddling environment. We will meet you at Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) on September 4th and shuttle you for the four-hour journey up to Telegraph Cove for a pre-trip briefing. We will stay the night before our first day on-trip in a heritage building on the pier in Telegraph Cove which is included in the cost of your trip. Departing from Telegraph Cove on the morning of September 5th we will start our exploration of Johnstone Strait.

Johnstone Strait is renowned for its resident and transient Orca, Humpback Whales, Bald Eagles, Seals, and a plethora of other marine life. The biodiversity in the area is a sight to see as we paddle and experience life below us, around us, on the shore, and flying overhead. This temperate rainforest is one of the most biodiverse areas in North America where we will see signs of the areas indigenous inhabitants, and paddle in areas most sea kayak tour companies never get to.

During our trip, all meals and group equipment are included as we show you the best sites in the area. We will paddle all the way through the Broughton group exploring the stunning archipelago as we go. On our final day, we will get picked up by a boat and shuttled back to Telegraph Cove. Using a boat shuttle for our return trip allows us the opportunity to travel as far as possible while kayaking, without retracing any of our strokes. In previous years, we paddled from Vancouver Island all the way to the mainland through a map of beautiful islands!

Once back in town, we will head out for a final meal together as a group and stay with our local accommodation provider again. Our final day on September 12th we will shuttle you back to Comox airport to start your homeward journey or to head out on your own to explore beautiful Vancouver Island.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from:

$2,750 

plus taxes

Dates

September 5–11, 2021

This trip is sold out.

Participant Skill Level

Please contact us with any question related to these trip prerequisites.

  • Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills or equivalent knowledge
  • Experience with wet-exits and rescues

 Trip Route Map

Here’s a map of our travel route, to help put things in perspective.

 Trip Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey ahead. Just keep in mind that it may change due to weather or group needs.

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Fly to Comox Valley Airport

Fly into Comox Valley Airport and meet your guides. Shuttle to Telegraph Cove. Stay in accommodation (included)

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Start trip

Head off into Johnstone Strait to explore the islands and wildlife.

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Exploring the Islands

Once on trip, we will explore the many islands, paddling through channels looking for interesting areas and wildlife.

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Looking for whales!

If we are lucky we might spot some Orca or Humpback whales swimming, lung feeding for bait-balls, or even breaching. This is never guaranteed and always a gift when it happens.

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End trip

Finish your trip after paddling through Johnstone Strait and up into the Broughton Archipelago. Boat shuttle back to Telegraph Cove and stay in accommodation (included)

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Shuttle back to Comox

We will shuttle you back to Comox Valley Airport.

  Meet Your Guides

Dympna Hayes

Dympna is co-owner and operator, of Ontario Sea Kayak Centre along with her partner and husband James. She loves sharing her craft with others through her coaching on skills courses and through her guiding while on kayaking trips.

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James Roberts

James started kayaking at 18. Since then his paddling career has taken him all over the world as an expedition leader and senior kayak instructor.

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 What's Included

Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.

Included

  • Shuttles to and from Comox Airport direct to Telegraph Cove
  • Accommodation in Telegraph Cove Sept 4th and 11th Pre and Post Trip
  • Sea Kayaks and all safety gear
  • All group camping gear including Expedition first aid kit
  • Boat shuttle return from the Broughton Archipelago to Telegraph Cove
  • Local Guide to share local knowledge, history and the best camping sites.
  • OSKC guides, James and Dympna, are Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia trained, they are also senior level Paddle Canada Instructor Trainers.
  • Land use fees and park fees
  • All meals, snacks and hot drinks while on trip from snack day 1 morning to snack day 7 afternoon

What's Not Included

  • Flights to and from Comox Airport
  • Personal camping gear. (Tent, Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Mat)
  • Travel, Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance. (Recommended)
  • Meals in town before and after the trip

What You Should Bring

A detailed gear list is sent before the start of the trip but this can get you started.

  • Tent, Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Mat
  • Max 15 Litre Drybags for your gear
  • On-Water clothing and layers. (Drysuit or Wetsuit)
  • On-Land clothing, layers and rain gear
  • Detailed gear-list provided
7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from:

$2,750 

plus taxes

Dates

September 5–11, 2021

This trip is sold out.

The trip was great. I appreciated the attention paid to making sure that our experience was safe as well as fun.

Kathy P.

 Drive your Car

If you choose to drive or you already live on Vancouver Island we will meet you at Telegraph Cove, BC

 Nearest International Airport

If you are flying in to Vancouver Island we will meet you at Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) on Sept 4th 2021.

 Pre and Post-Trip Accommodation

Pre and Post-trip accommodation is included with this trip. We will also bring you to and from Comox Valley Airport to the accommodation provider in Telegraph Cove at the start and finish of the trip.

The Small Print

20% Deposit due when booking. 50% of remainder due May 1st, final payment August 1st.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this trip or about any of our other trips or courses.

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