Sea Kayaking in Scotland, Canada, Croatia, Arctic Norway


from £780

Our destination kayak venue is Johnston Strait & the Broughton Archipeligo Marine Park. Way up on the North part of Vancouver Island, starting from the haven of Telegraph cove, we will access a multitude of islands and wildlife habitat.

Trip Only Option


Price Includes
- 7 days sea kayaking
- Qualified, guiding and instruction
- kayak, PFD, deck, paddle
- Note: Great option if you prefer to bring your own cooking gear and self cater

Fully Inclusive Expedition Option


Price Includes
-7 days sea kayaking
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner throughout the expedition
- all cooking and provisioning provided
- Qualified, guiding and instruction
- Kayak, PFD, deck, paddle


"Thanks for an amazing trip to Canada" - R Wilkinson Aug 2011

"What an adventure and thanks to Mike & Lyns from Mountain-and Sea Guides. Trip of a lifetime and still smiling" - P. Fidler 2011

"Mike and was truly amazing and I still smile at the orca experience. Got some fab photies too!" - A. Macleod Sep 2012

"Thanks Mike - the trip exceeded all expectations! You gave us close encounters with humpback whales, orca, stellar sea lions, pacific white sided dolphins, porpoises, bald eagles, kingfishers and even a pilot whale. And all of this surrounded by fabulous scenery, kayaking through channels between islands, past majestic forests and waters rippling with salmon. Mike is a superb guide. Wildlife moves around and Mike knows the area so well he found even the most elusive species and got us close to the wildlife action. He also kept us safe - we didn’t want to be the first of Mike’s clients to get eaten by an orca! Mike runs a tight camp, everything is well organised and Mike is also a good cook. There is something magical about sitting around a campfire after a good meal, sipping a nice malt and watching humpbacks tail slapping and breaching. Well done Mike – 10/10 from us! We will definitely be kayaking with you again" - Willie Macallan & David Nicol Aug 2014

"Difficult to express how much we enjoyed our Vancouver Island kayak expedition with Mountain and Sea Guides. felt so sad when it was over. Looking forward to some winter mountaineering with Mike next year" - Pat & Kerry Brears Aug 2015

2 Kayak camp Double Bay North Vancouver Island Kayak Expedition

Kayak camp Double Bay North Vancouver Island Kayak Expedition

Dinner a team effort

Dinner a team effort


Enjoying the sights as a pod of Orca pass through - Sept 2010

Mother Orca with calf Johnston Strait

Mother Orca with calf Johnston Strait

Orca whales in Fife Sound North ancouver Kayak Expedition Sep 2007

Orca whales in Fife Sound North Vancouver Kayak Expedition Sep 2007

Passing by the mainland mountains

Passing by the mainland mountains

The mainland mountains huge fjord entrance of Knight Inlet

The mainland mountains huge fjord entrance of Knight Inlet


Black bear searching for berries


Calf orca coming to say hello!


Bald Eagle


Group euphoria after hump backs, orca and bears!


Bull Orca investigating


Orca passes by and then under Mike's kayak! Video on You Tube

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Early morning Oracs pass by our camp

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Sheltered woodland camping Vancouver Island

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Everything freshly cooked every night


200 Pacific White Sided Dolphins surround our kayaks

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The gracefull lines of a humpback - 4 metres from our kayaks

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Diving Humpback

Trip Description

Sea Kayaking in Canada can't be beaten! "Everyone who loves paddling and loves wildlife should do this trip" - D. Fisher 2011 expedition

Johnston Strait is famous for its Orca whales, Bald Eagles and numerous Sea Lion colonies. But it’s the Orcas that people really visit this area for. As one of the most studied groups of Orca on the planet much is known about the family groups that live here all year round and sightings from a sea kayak are a unique and special experience. The area is also well known for its Black Bear population and, although a bit shy compared to the Orcas, sightings may be possible.

As part of a weeklong expedition we’ll travel on a self sufficient basis, fully equipped, island hopping through the Broughton Archipeligo Marine National Park. Campsites are wild but comfortable with plenty of driftwood available for those evenings round the fire. It’s a long way to go from the UK but well worth the effort as the wildlife here is intact with natural forests, shorelines and habitats allowing umbrella species, such as Bear, Eagles and Whales, to flourish.

Watch this You Tube video of an Orca whale encounter in September 2011 during our last trip Mountain & Sea Guides Orca encounter

Rob Wilkinson, a participant on our September 2011 trip made a 5 minute movie of the trip -  go to Broughton Archipeligo Sea Kayak Expedition for a superb short film.

Not Included

Any travel or related expenses before or after the kayak expedition. These costs will vary greatly from person to person depending on your home location. This trip normally books up several months in advance when long haul flights are cheapest. Bookings close to the expedition dates will normally mean greater travel expense with air carriers.

Typical Itinerary

Day One: Fly UK to Vancouver (from  your nearest local international airport) to meet at first night accommodation in the city of Vancouver

Day Two: Take the whole day to explore this fantastic city surrounded by mountains before catching a local twin prop aircraft 250 miles North to Port Hardy and transfer to Port McNeil Haida Way motel or campsite. Alternatively catch the Greyhound bus North direct to Port McNeil at half the price.

Days Three to Nine: Spend the morning gathering expedition provisions from Port McNeil stores. On Monday morning pack and prepare for expedition prior to departure mid afternoon to first night wild camp. Further expedition days are all subject to weather with each day being planned accordingly. Return Sunday afternoon to Telegraph Cove and a well deserved slap up meal.

Day Ten: Return to Vancouver and your first night in a real bed for over a week. Night out in the city.

Day Eleven: A day to explore Vancouver and local area - this day also allows a safety margin before the long haul flight in case of any weather difficulties delaying travel yesterday from the North. You can fly this day if you are catching the greyhound on day 10 as the bus is less prone to weather problems. We still advise a days grace though to ensure catching your flight home.

Day Twelve: Fly home -  usually with most of the day to see more of Vancouver before a late PM flight.

Please note: the above itinerary is a guide only as actual plans will be flexible to suit group & prevailing weather.



Day One - Fly in to Vancouver
Day Two - Head north by air or bus and meet at Port Mcneil
Day Three - Transfer to Telegraph Cove, pack n paddle to 1st night wild camp
Days Four to Nine - Further 5 nights out returning to Telegraph Cove on day nine
DayTen - Fly, bus or drive south to Vancouver
Day Eleven - Fly out of Vancouver

(the above schedule represents the minimum amount of time you need to encompass the kayak trip - many people arrive or depart Vancouver with extra days either side to make the best use of time)

Instructor Ratio


Suitable For

Paddlers with very good fitness - regular upper body exercise pre-trip essential.
This is a meet, pack and paddle trip. You need to present yourself with the correct level of self reliant paddle skills so you can meet the demands of the programme . If you wish to have a single kayak then you need to be at 3 star level with roughwater practice and touring time under your belt. (no star certificate required) If you are a fairly basic paddler then you can still join the expedition but you will need to be in a double kayak.

2019 Dates

Aug 28 - 3 Sep 

Sep 5-11 Sep

Note: Actual activity days shown. Arrival & departure travel days are either side of above dates. Other dates may be available with demand. Email first, before booking, to check space as above dates may already be full.

Private Guiding

If you don't want to join an open trip with other people, or have a family/friends group of your own, then private instruction and guiding will meet your goals. Pricing is per person and will depend upon activity, distance travelled, peak or low season. We can email you a quote. Simply let us know where, when, what and for how many people.