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Vancouver Island Kayaking Orca Waters Women’s Adventure August 27-September 2, 2024

  Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  7 Days

  August 27, 2024

  September 2, 2024

Female Icon  Women’s Adventure

  Easy Physical Activity

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Journey to the misty green rainforests of Vancouver Island, B.C., where converging waters hug gulf islands, forming a bond that holds together a delicate balance of life below and above the waterline.

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​If you love cool coastal environments, you will love our Vancouver Island Kayaking Orca Waters Women’s Adventure and wildlife tour. Experience wilderness in comfort at a remote island base camp across from the Robson Bight Ecology Reserve in the heart of whale waters, and venture into the Great Bear Rainforest.

The Vancouver Island Kayaking Orca Waters Women’s Adventure begins at the municipal airport in Vancouver, BC. As a group, we fly to beautiful Vancouver Island to the town of Port Hardy. In the afternoon we will take a 3 hour wildlife watching RHIB boat tour to look for orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, and other wildlife.

The following day we embark on an exciting full day boat ride (8-9 hours) into Knight Inlet in search of Grizzly Bears. Journeying into the Great Bear Rainforest with Indigenous guides, we spend our time searching for grizzly bears.Granted unrivalled access to villages where our owners and guides are honoured members of the community, we share the cultural significance and stories behind the scenery as we travel towards our bear viewing areas, enjoying Vancouver Island’s whale watching opportunities as we navigate waters favored by migrating orcas.

On day three of Vancouver Island Kayaking Orca Waters Women’s Adventure we take a water taxi across Johnstone Strait for three amazing nights at our private wilderness whale watching and kayaking basecamp.Experience two full days of guided kayaking by local naturalists along the beautiful and wild shores of the temperate rainforest. Learn about the wildlife, keep your eyes peeled for whales with special emphasis on Southern Resident Orcas who hunt salmon in the rich emerald, green sea. The kelp forests are home to many colorful invertebrates that can be seen in the intertidal zone and through the clear shallow water. Mega fauna is abundant and you could see bears, eagles, and dolphins, but banana slugs are guaranteed.

Camp amenities include wood-framed canvas tents on platforms, each with two twin beds on frames with mattresses. The camp has a dining areas with small library, a viewing deck with lounge furniture, and a kitchen where hot breakfast and dinners are made. Lunches are packed, picnic lunches in the field. There is solar power, hot showers, and each person gets her own private composting toilet. The camp will be just our group! Sheets and pillows are provided. Participants need to bring their own sleeping bag or rent one.

The Vancouver Island Kayaking Orca Waters Women’s Adventure is open to all women and is in partnership with International Becoming an Outdoors Woman. No previous experience required. Join us as a solo traveler, with a partner, or with a friend. There are no forced single supplements. On our fun and active women’s adventure, you will have instant travel buddies, lots of belly laughs and future-lifelong friends. The Vancouver Island Kayaking Orca Waters Women’s Adventure will be a positive life-changing adventure you will remember forever.

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Fly from Vancouver to Vancouver Island for quick access to wilderness.
  • Take a RHIB boat tour into Knight Inlet to see Grizzly Bears.
  • Live for 3 nights out at a kayaking base glamping camp.
  • Guided kayaking trips along calm coastal waters in the Johnstone Strait.
  • Whale watching boat trip and wildlife tour.
  • Learn about the ecology and history of the region.
  • Learn about the First Nations and their environmental ethic.
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Inclusions & Exclusions

Included:

  • Roundtrip flight from Vancouver to Vancouver, Island. BC
  • 3 nights Seaside Glamping w/ guides and meals 2 per tent.
  • Water Taxi wilderness camp
  • Full day Grizzlie Bear viewing tour.
  • 1, 3-hour RHIB boat whale watching tour.
  • 3 Nights Lodging in 3-star hotels two per room.
  • Most meals
  • Ground transfers on Vancouver Island, BC.
  • 24/7 Trip Leader

Excluded:

  • Airfare to Vancouver, BC.
  • Beverages.
  • Gratuity ($300 per person)
  • Special travel
  • 1 lunch
  • Travel Insurance

Supplemental Information:

Tour Map

Payments

Package Price: $4735 USD double occupancy.

Deposit: $200 due by February 5, 2024

Installments: 4 installments due January 15 – May 15, 2024.

Spots Available: Min 10 / max 11

Travel Documents: A passport is required.

Travel insurance is available and recommended.

Cancellation Policy
Terms & Conditions

 

Tour Itinerary

►Where Do We Stay?

  • Night 1: Black Bear Hotel, Pt. McNeil
  • Night 2: Black Bear Hotel, Pt. McNeil
  • Night 3: West Cracroft Island Camp
  • Night 4: West Cracroft Island Camp
  • Night 5: West Cracroft Island Camp
  • Night 6: Kwa’lilas Hotel, Port Hardy

Day 0: Travel to Vancouver, B.C, Canada

To ensure you arrive in time for your morning flight tomorrow, participants are encouraged to fly in the day before and overnight at an area hotel. Green Edventures will give you hotel suggestions with your travel parameters with the trip is confirmed. Lodging and meals are not included this day.

Day 1: Morning Flights – Afternoon RHIB Boat Whale Watching Tour

Meet at the South Terminal at the Vancouver Airport for our group flight. Time TBA, expect to check in for the flight at 8:00am. We will take a short flight from Vancouver International Airport to Port Hardy, on North Vancouver Island. We check in for our whale watching tour, get our warm floatation suits, and then we set off in search of sea otters, humpback whales, orcas, Dalls’ porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Steller sea lions, bald eagles and a multitude of sea birds in the traditional waters of the Kwakwaka’wakw people in search of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of marine mammals as we fly along the water in our comfortable custom made RHIB vessels

  • Participants are outfitted in floater suits and sign a waiver. At the office, your guide will provide a safety briefing plus an overview of the tour and area we will be exploring. The boat is docked a short one minute walk from the office.
  • The tour is via open RHIB vessels have comfortable seats on shock mitigating platforms and an on-board toilet.
  • RHIBs are not suitable for people with a history of back or neck injuries, recent surgery, or are pregnant.
  • Please dress warmly. You will be provided with two-piece flotation suits, warm hats, and binoculars.

Dinner in Port Hardy. Transfer to Port McNeil. Overnight at the Black Bear Resort, Port McNeil. 

Meals: BD

Day 3: Grizzly Bear Viewing 

Breakfast at the hotel, then 10 min walk to the pier to check in with our partners.

Then the adventure begins via a 3-hour boat ride, journeying into the Great Bear Rainforest with Indigenous guides, we spend our time searching for grizzly bears. As every season and day is different, we will adjust our route to give you the best and optimal grizzly viewing experience, traveling to places such as Knight Inlet, Bond Sound, Thompson Sound, or Hoeya Sound. Pacific white-sided dolphins dance alongside the bow of our boat, Mayumi, as we start our adventure with a two-hour journey from Port McNeill, or the First Nations’ village of Alert Bay, into the beautiful territory of the collective tribes that make up the Kwakwaka‘wakw. Eagles soar overhead and animals roam the shell-strewn beaches where ancient villages were once occupied by our people. Listen to your guide’s Indigenous interpretation of local landscapes as you learn more about the birthplace of our ancestors, from ancient traditions to contemporary culture. 

Tour Length: 8 to 9 hours. Boat has a heated cabin and marine head (toilet).

If the salmon are running there is a chance that we will get off of the boat and hike up the river to see where the bears are fishing. IF this is the case you need to have trail shoes or hiking boots. It is also suggested that you have forest friendly colors. If your rain jacket is bright, bring a poncho to cover to be incognito. 

Overnight at Back Bear Lodge. Dinner in Port Mc Neil (BLD)

Day 4: Johnstone Strait Camp 

Breakfast at the hotel. 
10:30 am taxis arrive 
11:00 am arrive at Alder Bay. 
At 11:30 am, meet our kayaking guides at the grassy area above the dock. After a quick safety briefing, you’ll jump aboard our water taxi for a scenic 30-50 minute boat journey across the Johnstone Strait. Upon arrival at West Cracroft Island, your guides will serve up a delicious lunch for you to enjoy, before showing you around camp and checking you into your tent.

After getting settled, you’ll meet on the beach for a kayak orientation, before an optional late-afternoon paddle. Delicious appetizers will be ready and waiting for you when you get ashore. Spend the rest of your evening relaxing, enjoying dinner and taking in the incredible scenery that surrounds you. Meals (BLD)



 

►Days 4 & 5: A Fluid Adventure

Steaming coffee will be available for you when you’re ready to kickstart your day. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before deciding your optimum recreation-to-relaxation ratio.

There are a few options to choose from as we decide our adventure each day based on wildlife activity, skill levels, and interest. Possible options include hiking to Eagle Eye and an interpretive talk about forest ecology, and of course paddling along the coastlines, learning all about the fascinating intertidal life that clings onto the rocks and headlands. 

As evening sets in, soak in the hottub and watch for wildlife (dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, eagles), share dinner with friends; before watching the sun sink below the horizon and settling in for a peaceful night of sleep. Overnight at camp. Meals (BLD)



 

Day 6: Morning Paddle & Transfer to Port Hardy

Pack your luggage before filling up on a tasty breakfast. Savor your final moments on the water during a magical morning paddle. After a quick lunch and some fond farewells, you’ll be boarding the water taxi back to Alder Bay arriving about 2 pm.

Board the taxi to Port Hardy. 

Evening check into Kwa’lilas Hotel in Port Hardy, followed by a farewell dinner. Meals (BLD)



►Day 7: Morning Flight to Vancouver, YVR

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
8:30am Taxis arrive for airport transfer.
10:25 am flight to Vancouver International Airport South Terminal.



** Please note: The activities, lodging, guides, and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development or onsite. Also, photos and signings of wildlife are often taken with a long lens and viewed through binoculars. Our partners follow strict rules when viewing wildlife which include maintaining 600-1200 ft distance from orcas.

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