Orca LiteSea Kayaking Expedition


Enjoy a kayak paddling adventure into orca whale territory in British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait.


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


Paddle from point to point and discover the quiet beauty of this scenic water ‘highway’ for marine life. Groups are limited to 12 total people including guides.


Allow the day to unfold in unexpected ways as you travel past uninhabited islands, evergreen forests, and rugged coastline looking for wildlife.


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.

Orca Lite

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 will be shuttled from either Quadra Island or Campbell River to Telegraph Cove to begin your kayaking adventure. Once in Telegraph Cove, the first stop is the Killer Whale Interpretive Center to learn about marine mammals. Next, you will gear up and have a safety briefing with your guides before heading out onto the waters of Johnstone Strait. On Days 2 and 3, the route and schedule is entirely flexible and the guides will customize your trip depending on weather, campsite availability, group preference, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Some of the wildlife you can expect to see are orcas, sea and shore birds, black bear, and seals. On Day 4, you will paddle back to Telegraph Cove and be shuttled back to Quadra Island or Campbell River.

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.

Washing Up

There is little fresh water in the Johnstone Strait area so seawater is your best 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.


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, 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 the morning of your last day of exploration, you will paddle back to Telegraph Cove and be shuttled back to Campbell River or Quadra Island, British Columbia.

Price Includes

Your trip includes all kayaking equipment; beverages and meals (beginning with lunch on Day 1 lunch through lunch on Day 4); camping equipment, including tents, and Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads; park and land use permits and any necessary water taxi services.


July and August 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

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 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, seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally caught wild salmon, baked breads, and ethically sourced, fresh roasted coffee. The outfitter can also accommodate most dietary requests.

Length: 4 days
Price: $795 per person
Season: July – August
Min. Age: 12 years
Activity: Sea Kayaking
Adventure Level: Moderate

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