Sea Kayak Trips
from Telegraph Cove, BC
Discovery Expeditions offers a number of quality seakayaking trips to destinations in Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago. All our trips start from the quaint hamlet of Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island, BC.
Invigorate Your Spirit on a Paddling Adventure with us in 2013
A safe and memorable wilderness experience for all levels of paddlers.
Join us for a remarkable summer sea kayaking adventure as you paddle with us in the tidal waterways of Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago.
Every morning we wake up to a new day and plan our day based on what the weather and the wildlife are doing.
Come and absorb the gentle colors of nature in pristine wilderness setting for multiple days.
The active weather, wildlife and awesome scenery of the core area of Johnstone Strait is hard to beat. We enjoy meeting people who embrace the wilderness and we work at preserving it for the next generation.
An Original Operation
Discovery Expeditions is a small company that was here when sea kayaking started in the Northwest and remain today as an operation the embraces the spirit of wilderness adventures even more than we did at the start some twenty-five years ago.
For most of those summers we have enjoyed a unique island basecamp environment accessible from the quaint village of Telegraph Cove on northern Vancouver Island.
Over many summers we developed a strong working relationship with the local whale watching companies and members of the local research community. Both agencies are invaluable to us. If their is a distinction between operations, we have always been running our company based on good common sense.
With our expertise and backups in place we continue to provide safe and fun trips for folks from far and away.
Experience our beautiful BC scenery while Observing Orcas and other local Wildlife Close Up
There is no better way to encounter pods of these friendly Orcas (also known as Killer Whales) than from a safe distance with a seasoned guide in the the British Columbia waters of Johnstone Strait.
Join us on either a three, four, or six-day adventure to Johnstone Strait or the Broughton Archipelago. You have a choice of nomadic, basecamp and lodge based trips.
Our summers have provided us with viewing a great deal of marine mammals over the many years we have been operating our trips.
Every season, we guide new and experienced paddlers on summer trips filled with viewing up close both transient and resident orcas, mature and calf humpback whales, minke whales, white-sided dolphins, harbour porpoise, local seals and their pups and large sea lions. And our island camp is often visited by eagles, kingfishers and constant flow of shorebirds, including gulls, hawks, great blue herons and colorful harlequin ducks.
Orca sightings are daily occurrences on our tours. We are very familiar with the habits of these very intelligent whales, and our network of hydrophones allows us to listen in on their conversations and determine where they are. We cannot guarantee how many times you will see whales–it could be twice or half a dozen times. You may not even have to be on the water to observe the whales, as the Orcas routinely pass very close to our island basecamp.
Paddle into the realm of Pods of Orcas, Humpback Whales, dolphins and porpoises in the waters around Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve.
Watch Black Bear foraging on remote island shorelines. Experience Grizzly Bears feeding on a run of wild salmon. Watch inquisitive Sea Otters and Harbour Seals, Sea Lions, Dolphins and Porpoises. Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and many other seabirds enhance your paddling experience.
Enjoy a Comfortable Island Camping Experience
After a sunset paddle, relax on the beach in front of a warm fire. Listen to the whales via underwater hydrophone. But don’t forget to keep an eye on the water: It’s not uncommon to see whales just feet from camp. (refer to the first video on page)
After dark on warm days you can view the bioluminescent microorganisms in the water, the stars of our Milky Way Galaxy, and at time a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Experienced Sea Kayaker or New to Paddling?
Our remote Island Basecamp location allows us to access both sheltered and challenging open water passages. Weather conditions often change throughout the day. On most days our location works as a great base from which to paddle distances of 5-8 miles. We get the best out of every day we are on the water.
The quiet solitude of our Island Basecamp also accommodates those in your group who prefer to spend more time relaxing and viewing wildlife on the island.