Sea Kayaking in Scotland, Canada, Croatia, Arctic Norway


from £840

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

£840 6 Day Expedition

£1050 9 Day Expedition

Price Includes
- 6 or 9 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

£920 6 Day Expedition

£1190 9 Day Expedition

Price Includes
- 6 or 9 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


Sea Eagle keeping an eye on us

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Black Bear foraging for crabs


a wee calf surfaces


Dinner on the terrace while watching humpback whales


Superb views from a Broughton Archipelgo wild camp


Heading to camp on Johnston Strait


An Orca family gathering

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Amidst the Broughton Archipelgo islands


Binoculars ready, Whales passing by


Orcas on Johnston Starit

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Just hanging out with the pod !

Mother Orca with calf Johnston Strait

Mother Orca with calf Johnston Strait

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


Calf orca coming to say hello!


Black bear searching for berries


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

Bald Eagle


Group euphoria after hump backs, orca and bears!

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 6 day or a 9 day 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.

A diary of the Broughton Archipeligo & Johnston Strait sea kayak expedition by Will Brown who was on this trip in 2007

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.


Note: we are now offering a 6 day or 9 day expedition - see dates.
Day One - paddle to 1st night wild camp
Days two to seven - Further 4 nights out returning to Telegraph Cove on day 6 .. 0r .. an extra 3 days on expedition if you opt for the 9 day expedition allowing us to get further north during the trip.

(the above schedule represents the actual kayak days so all travel needs to be booked out with the dates shown in the date section)

Instructor Ratio

1:6 average

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.

2022 Dates

9 a day expedition -  31 AUG - 8 Sep - one space left

2023 Dates

9 Day expedition - 30 Aug - 7 Sep

6 day expedition - 9-14 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.