I very much enjoyed my Johnstone Strait Expedition, a 6 day kayak trip in British Columbia during August, 2013. The staff and accompanying guides from SOTWA were all phenomenal. They took excellent care of myself and the rest of our party. Very good food was prepared and provided several times each day and the kayaking and camping gear was also top-notch. Our kayaking group encountered orcas, humpback whales, porpoises, seals more eagles than I could count over the 6 days. One day we watched a stellar sea lion surface in front of us and then climb onto a rock, very near our kayaks. We later watched and listened to an orca pod, using a portable hydrophone, as they communicated between themselves as we crossed Blackfish Sound. We saw our first orca pod, not 10 minutes after leaving the harbor at Telegraph Cove from our water taxi, as we were being transported to The Paddlers Inn. The boat captain and owner of The Paddlers Inn, stopped the boat and we watched for several minutes as the orca pod swam past us on all sides of the boat. The Paddlers Inn is where we picked up our kayaks and stayed overnight in a great floating lodge run by a very friendly couple. The 6 day Johnstone Strait Expedition trips spend either their first or last night at The Paddlers Inn. One night we camped on a small cluster of islands where we watched humpback whales diving and breaching in every direction. There was a good mix of paddling and leisure time each day, with ample time to wander off and explore on our own. The campsites and daily snack and lunch stops were in very private areas and few other kayakers were seen. Some days we would take an additional shorter paddle in the morning or evening to view the smaller aquatic life such as jellyfish, starfish, crabs, urchins, etc. The knowledgeable guides were always pointing out animal and plant life above and below the surface of the water and educating us about them. The kayak trip routes can vary slightly depending on weather conditions, etc. but they have a solid system of transportation to get you out there and back safely. They also provide a range of trips and amenities to suit every guest. Prepare yourself for beautiful changing scenery every day and don't forget to bring a camera.
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