Kayaking with Orcas
Wilderness Adventures in British Columbia & Yukon since 1988

Kayaking with Orcas


Our guided orca kayaking adventure to Johnstone Strait, situated between mainland B.C. and Vancouver Island, is the best place in the world to see these magnificent orca whales. Every summer resident orca pods return to the waters of Johnstone Strait to socialize and feed on salmon returning to spawn in various creeks, streams, and rivers.

skgabcOur lead guides are members of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. They are a non-profit society which upholds high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC. Through ongoing professional development and certification, the Alliance strives to ensure safe practices on an industry-wide basis.

  • travel with us from Vancouver at no extra cost.
  • our dates are set for the best chances to see orca whales sometime during your trip.kayaking with orcas
  • all campsites are on the coast which also enhances the chances of seeing orcas from shore.
  • abundant marine wildlife including other whale species, seals/sea lions, porpoises, eagles, cormorants.
  • how impacting is seeing an orca from a kayak? One of our clients describes a memorable meeting with orcas on a kayaking tour in Johnstone Strait – “Khwooff! the blast of his blowhole was as loud as a geyser. The bull orca passed just in front of our kayaks, about 25 meters out, surfacing straight ahead, so close we could see the white patch by his eye, the greyish tinge of his back, and follow the whole graceful black and white curve and arc of him, from nose to tail, as he dove again.”
  • we respect guidelines that have been established to respect privacy for orca viewing.

View a Photo Essay of our Kayaking With Orcas guided adventure.


Just wanted to let you all know what an awesome time we all had on our recent trip with you to Johnstone Strait. The trip was very well organized. Georgia and Janet worked very well together and we all felt safe and comfortable under their care. The food was 
good and plentiful. Len, by now you have probably heard that we saw some whales on each day of our trip! How the girls arranged that I’m not sure, but it sure was exciting. One of the features that made things easier for us was the pickup and dropoff at the hotel. Not having to rent a car was nice, since it would sit for most of the week
anyway, as well as not having to worry about ferry schedules etc.~ Robert Smyth and Family, Ontario

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OrcaLab’s whale research station is located on Hanson Island in British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait at Blackfish Sound. These waters are the summer home to over 150 orca whales and an ideal place to study the whales in their natural habitat. To that end, OrcaLab now adds a visual dimension, streaming a series of live cameras in partnership with explore.org.

You can enter your 10 digit phone number at explore.org and they will text you a notice when whales are on camera.

Trip Dates – Cost – Booking Information

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Origin: Vancouver, BC
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Adventure Rating: Suitable for Beginners
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2019 Cost
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July 14-20 $1875 Cdn+ 5% Tax 10 Deposit Only Full Payment
July 25-31 $1875 Cdn+ 5% Tax 10 Deposit Only Full Payment
Aug 25-31 $1875 Cdn+ 5% Tax 10 Deposit Only Full Payment
Sept 11-17 $1875 Cdn+ 5% Tax 10 Deposit Only Full Payment