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Home Adventure Travel Ideas Activities Wildlife Orcas of Johnstone Strait, BC

Orcas of Johnstone Strait, BC

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Make Friends with wild Orcas in the pristine and protected Johnstone Strait between northern Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia with the Orca Project. Dr. Randall Eaton, director of the project and renowned researcher of Orcas has resumed study at his wilderness camp on West Cracroft Island. You and your family can join his research team and help collect data while learning about the ocean’s dominate predator. As pods of resident Orcas swim off shore from the camp, you’ll observe the gentle devotion between adults and adolescents as well as their curiosity and reverence toward man. For a more personal Orca moment, slip on a wet suit and go for a swim with the giant dolphins. When not interacting with the whales, you and the kids can hike the island’s lush woods and striking shoreline to spot eagles, sea birds, sea otters, Dahl porpoise, seals and sea lions, and Gray and Minke whales; explore the colorful tide pools; fish for salmon; dig for clams; dive for abalone; kayak the narrow strait; and snorkel or dive the rocky coves. Learn about the sacred ways of the Kwakwaka’wakw natives and their ancient bond with the Orcas. Enjoy a boat tour of the Johnstone Strait watching pods of Orca hunt fish, spy hop, and breach. After a freshly prepared meal, gather around the campfire under a starry night sky and share your day’s adventures, learn of native legends, or listen to the sounds of the night. Then curl up in your tent in a comfy sleeping bag for a good night’s sleep. You can either fly into Port Hardy, B.C. or take the scenic route from Seattle by car and ferry into Telegraph Cove. Four 6-day expeditions: July 25, August 5, 15, 25. Adults, $900; Students, $700; and Kids ages 12 and under, $500. Family rates available.

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