Johnstone Strait Sea Kayaking Expedition


Experience one of the most scenic kayak routes in North America – Broughton Archipelago to Johnstone Strait, a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Groups are limited to 12 total people including guides.


Our partner outfitter is committed to environmental stewardship, practices minimal impact camping, and donates a percentage of their proceeds annually to organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment.


This trip includes one night’s stay at a remote, family owned lodge amidst forest wilderness and perched upon a huge raft of logs on the ocean.


Paddle along remote islands and passageways as you discover the quiet beauty of this stunning seascape and visit new territory each day in search of orcas and other wildlife.


Visit pods of resident orca whales by kayak and listen to their song using a portable underwater hydrophone as you paddle nearby.

Johnstone Strait Expedition

The evening prior to your trip, you will meet your guide and fellow travelers in Heriot Bay, British Columbia, Canada to go over trip logistics. On the first day of your trip, you will be shuttled from either Quadra Island or Campbell River to Telegraph Cove to begin your kayaking adventure. Once in Telegraph Cove, you will journey via water taxi to either Hanson Island or Paddler’s Inn Eco-lodge deep within the Broughton Archipelago. On Days 2-5, you will paddle among the enchanting islands and protected passageways with intriguing scenery and cultural history. You will also visit an ancient village site of one of the First Nations people and keep a watch out for wildlife. On your final day, you will have time for a morning paddle before taking a water taxi back to Telegraph Cove and a shuttle back to Quadra Island.

Active Trip!

Participants should be able to perform several hours of moderate exercise each day without becoming overly fatigued to ensure you get the most from this trip. Paddling time will vary depending on your destination and the group’s abilities and desires, but generally you will travel between 3-5 hours a day.

Stay Flexible

Each trip is unique and the itinerary is only the launching point for this adventure to unfold. A flexible, open attitude is a necessity. You will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. For most of the trip, there will be no Wi-Fi, electricity, or indoor plumbing. There will be plenty of adventure, comradery, good food, and stunning scenery.

Washing Up

There is little fresh water in the Johnstone Strait area so seawater is your best for cleaning off. Please bring biodegradable, environmentally friendly soap brands if you plan on washing during the trip.

Adventure Specialists

We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.


The evening before your trip, you will have a pre-trip meeting at the Heriot Bay Inn on Quadra Island British Columbia, Canada where you will meet your guides and go over trip logistics. On the first day of your trip, you will have the choice to meet at Quadra Island, Campbell River, or at Telegraph Cove, British Columbia. If you choose to meet at Quadra Island or Campbell River, you will be shuttled overland to Telegraph Cove to begin your adventure.


On your final day of paddling, you will be picked up in the afternoon by boat and brought back to Telegraph Cove for your shuttle back to Quadra Island.

Price Includes

Your trip includes all kayaking equipment; beverages and meals (beginning with lunch on Day 1 lunch through lunch on Day 6); camping equipment, including tents, and Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads; one-night’s stay at Paddler’s Inn; park and land use permits and all land and water shuttle service.


July – September in British Columbia are typically warm in the daytime with temperatures ranging from
60 – 75°F, with evenings slightly cooler 45 – 55°F. This time of year is also considered to be the dry season, but rain is always possible.

Johnstone Strait & Broughton Archipelago

Nearly all British Columbia’s 300 resident orcas return to the Johnstone Strait area for the summer season to play, eat, sleep, and rub their bodies underwater on the area’s unique, small pebble beaches. Broughton Archipelago consists of hundreds of small islands, which are surrounded by channels. The water in this area is rich in marine life and in addition to the orca whales, you may see river otters, dolphins, and porpoise. You will spend your days paddling beside old-growth forests, the perfect habitat for an abundance of wildlife and exploration.

Group Size

For this trip, the group size is kept intimate with a maximum of 10 people and two guides for each of your adventures.

Camp Life

Whether you’re an experienced camper or it’s your first time, our outfitter makes sure your camping experience is easy and comfortable. The itinerary for the trip remains flexible and based on the group’s preferences, the guides will either choose one campsite for several nights or move from camp to camp. Outfitters provide a tent and Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad for your comfort and everyone participates in setting up and breaking down camp. At campsites where a pit toilet is not available, a clean, private camp toilet is set up first thing upon arrival at camp and it is the last thing to be dismantled the next morning.


The menu for this trip is kept hearty and healthy with simplicity in mind so there is more time to spend on fun activities. You can expect dishes created around and featuring local, organic, and seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally caught wild salmon and baked breads, and mornings with ethically sourced, fresh roasted coffee. The outfitter can also accommodate most dietary requests.

Length: 6 days
Price: $1,195 – $1,275 per person
Season: July – September
Min. Age: 12 years
Activity: Sea Kayaking
Adventure Level: Moderate

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