This spectacular trip is perfect to sandwich into your gap year in Canada, offering you the chance to spend 6 days kayaking in Canada with the beautiful orcas, aka killer whales. And how many people do you know who have managed to do this? The answer is probably none, as this is a truly unique gap year experience! This is probably a gap year experience for the more adventurous among you, but the effort is all worth it once you spot the beautiful whales for the first time…
Don’t think that this trip is solely about seeing some whales though, as it is much more than this. You’ll see loads of other amazing wildlife, get to marvel at the stunning Canadian scenery, and there’s even the small matter of glimpsing the Northern Lights if you go in winter. You might not have heard of the Broughton Archipelago before, but you’ll never forget it once you’ve left.
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- Share the water with beautiful orcas
- See some of Canada’s famous wildlife, like bears, moose and sea eagles
- Kayak through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world
- Camp under the stars in the Canadian wilderness
- Visit an ancient First Nations village and learn about the Kwakwaka’wakw people
This trip is also perfect for those who want to continue to explore Canada once it is over. The experience finishes about 5 hours by car from Vancouver, so many travellers decide to head there, before then spreading out across the whole of the country.
It might only last 6 days, but this amazing Canadian experiences manages to cram in a lot! Below you’ll find the itinerary, although certain aspects are subject to change.
Day 1 – Telegraph Cove
On the first day you’ll be picked up and taken to the world famous Telegraph Cove, where you’ll relax with a picnic lunch. Then the real fun starts, as you are introduced to kayaking and get out for your first paddle in the pristine Canadian water.
Day 2 – The Adventure Begins
On day 2 you’ll paddle out and explore the islands of the Broughton Archipelago, as well as venture into the massive Johnstone Strait. All the time you’ll be keeping your eyes open for orcas, as well as the many other types of marine life found in the area. You’ll finish up at the campsite where you can bed down for the night.
Days 3-5 – Orcas and Indians
Over these days you’ll continue your epic exploration of the Broughton Archipelago and your search for the beautiful orca. While the orcas aren’t around, you can feast your eyes on the scenery instead, as you paddle past beautiful forests and into some of Canada’s protected passages. A highlight for many over these days is the visit to Mamalillacula, an ancient village, where you learn all about the Kwakwaka’wakw people, who are one of the First Nations people of Canada.
Day 6 – Back to Civilisation
Day 6 brings the expedition to an end, and hopefully by now you’ll have seen loads of jaw-dropping sights – including the star of the show, the orca! You’ll do some more exploring of the area today, before you are picked up by a water taxi and taken back to civilisation.
What is the accommodation like?
For all but one night you’ll be camping, giving you the real Canadian wilderness experience. Camping equipment is provided, so you won’t need to haul a tent all the way to Canada! On one night you can recuperate, as you’ll be staying in a remote lodge, complete with beds and a warm shower!
Is food included in the price?
All meals during the trip are included within the price. There is a dedicated cooking team throughout the tour, who create some amazing meals from some local produce, such as fantastic sock-eye salmon. All dietary and religious requirements can be catered for.
Are flights included?
Flights are not including within this trip. You will need to fly into Vancouver, where you will then be met by a project representative. You will also need to arrange for transport once you have been dropped off at the end of your trip, either in Campbell River or on Quadra Island.
When should I arrive?
You’ll be told the exact time your experience starts when you book, although there are loads of different dates for you to choose from. Most people arrive in Vancouver a few days early though, so they can relax for a bit and enjoy the sights and sounds of this amazing city.
What should I bring?
As this is a primarily outdoor experience, you will need to bring loads of clothes suitable for keeping you both warm and comfortable. You don’t need to bring any kayaking equipment though, as these are supplied as part of the trip’s price. Also, bring some mosquito spray – they can become a real nuisance in this part of the world, so you’ll be glad if you do!