Whale Sanctuary Two-Day Tour
Our Whale Sanctuary Two-Day Overnighter is all about paddling with orca whales in the wild! It offers the best in pristine coastline and easy mileage and spends two days in the orca lanes of Haro Strait’s proposed Federal Whale Sanctuary! With Canada’s Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands as a backdrop, we will ply the waters known as home to our three local pods of orca whales. With guides experienced in orca behavior and natural history, your experience will be safe and educational and a ton of fun! We have been paddling with whales for 34 years, so please join us for a close encounter!
This area also abounds with porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles, otters, mink, fox and an occasional stellar sea lion! If we get our fill of whales, we will paddle back into history with a stop at British Camp National Park. Here we will explore the British garrison built in the 1800’s, marvel at the seventh largest maple tree in the United States and hike to the top of Young Hill with spectacular panoramas of Canada’s Vancouver Island, the Olympic Mountain Range and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Our campsite is a small, cozy island reserved just for San Juan Kayak Expeditions and accessible only by sea kayak! We will enjoy a spectacular sunset paddle, watch the last light of day hide Vancouver Island and its’ capital Victoria then swap stories around the campfire! We will wake to the sound of Black Oystercatchers and Great Blue Herons just outside our tent doors and arise to find breakfast on the table and a steaming mocha ready to jump-start your day!
Cost – $370.00 per person. Full payment is due at time of booking. Thank you.
Duration – two days/one night. Your adventure begins at our Sea Kayak Center kiosk on the corner of Nichols and “A” Streets just two blocks directly up the hill from the ferry dock in front of The Barking Bird pet store and next to Café Demeter.
Dates, 2015 – May 23-24; June 20-21; June 24-25; July 4-5; July 11-12; July 25-26; August 8-9; August 22-23; September 5-6.
Islands explored – 6
Minimum Age – 14(children must be mature for their age, active and experienced in the out-of-doors and able to interact well with adults)
What We Supply – pick-up at ferry and return; quality double sea kayaks and gear; delicious and nutritious breakfast and dinner; two-person tents(singles will have a tent to themselves); nylon hammocks; thorough kayak instruction on the beach; all cooking gear; rain tarps, services of an experienced, fun and friendly guide.
* A detailed information packet and equipment list of the things you need to bring will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration form. One is also available by clicking “Details” on our on-line Booking page.
*Sleeping bags and ThermaRest sleeping pads are available to rent for a nominal fee, if you don’t wish to bring your own.
Cancellations: 60 – 45 days prior to departure date a 100% refund less a $50.00 handling fee. 45 – 30 days prior to departure date we will retain a 50% cancellation fee unless the space is filled, in which case a $50.00 handling fee is charged. Within 30 days of departure date full payment is retained unless space is filled. I suggest you obtain cancellation insurance just in case.