Johnstone Strait UltimateBase Camp Sea Kayaking


There’s no reason to sacrifice comfort while camping with a wood-fired hot tub, ocean views, and a gourmet camp kitchen.


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.


Get to know British Columbia’s waterways by kayak as you paddle along protected shorelines looking for resident orca whales and other wildlife.


Cruise beside orca whales at their level and enjoy wildlife viewing from kayak, as you silently travel through Johnstone Strait. Trips are limited to 16 people including guides.


Perfect for families with older kids who want to connect with nature in a comfortable setting.

Johnstone Strait Ultimate

The evening prior to your trip, you will meet your guide and fellow travelers in Heriot Bay, British Columbia to go over trip logistics. On the first day of your trip, you can meet at Quadra Island for a short outfitter shuttle or in Campbell River at Way West Coastal Ventures & Water Taxi, where your kayaking adventure begins. From Campbell River, you will take a water taxi to the remote wilderness base camp near Robson Bight Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve, your accommodations for the next 3 nights and launching point for all your adventures. Over the next several days, you will paddle the area’s many pocket beaches, explore the shoreline, hike pristine forests, visit a marine wildlife research outpost, and still have time to soak in the restorative hot tub at basecamp. On the final morning after a final morning paddle, you will take a water taxi back to Campbell River and on 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. There is no Wi-Fi, electricity, or indoor plumbing. There is plenty of adventure, comradery, good food, and stunning scenery.

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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.


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 the evening prior to your trip launching. On the first day of your trip, you will have the choice to meet at Quadra Island or Campbell River. If you meet on Quadra Island, you will take a short outfitter shuttle to Way West Coastal Ventures & Water Taxi in Campbell River where your adventure begins.


On the morning of your last day, you will have one last paddle before taking a water taxi back to Campbell River and your shuttle back to Quadra Island.

Price Includes

Your trip includes all kayaking equipment; beverages and meals (beginning with lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 4); camping equipment, including tents on wooden platforms, sheets, wool blankets, full size pillows with covers & hot water bottles, and Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads; park and land use permits, and the water taxi service to and from the basecamp.


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 considered the dry season, but rain is always possible.

Johnstone Strait

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. 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 13 people and three 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. Your outfitter provides tents on wooden platforms, sheets, wool blankets, full size pillows with covers, hot water bottles, and Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad for your comfort. There is also an outhouse and on-demand freshwater hot shower available.


One of the perks of basecamp is a well-equipped camp kitchen! The outfitter uses organic fresh fruits and vegetables to prepare gourmet meals, topped off with home baking. They also provide 24-hour snacks just in case you get a hankering for something late at night. You can expect dishes created around and featuring local, organic, seasonal produce, locally caught wild salmon, baked breads, and mornings with ethically sourced, fresh roasted coffee. The outfitter can also accommodate most dietary requests.

Length: 4 days
Price: $1,020 – $1,080 per person; 10% discount for kids
12-16 years
Season: July – September
Min. Age: 12 years
Activity: Sea Kayaking
Adventure Level: Moderate

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