From Vancouver, head to the city of Nanaimo for a quick overnight. This centrally located ”Hub City” is your gateway to ultra-rugged Vancouver Island. No one chooses this Broadreach trip by accident. There’s a reason why you were drawn here, and a kayak expedition through the Johnstone Strait may provide a few clues. Beach landings. Sea caves. Incredible wildlife. It’s all here. Next, trade paddles for community service projects and research at the Salmon Coast Field Station.
Bamfield is a charming fishing village on the western side of Vancouver Island. It’s also where eager scientists come to dive deep into the study of marine mammals — a sacred place, for those who worship whales, dolphins and seals. From Bamfield, we venture out into the beautiful and calm Deer Group Islands for a final kayaking trip that will bring it all together.
“The small group size was one of the best features of a program of this nature and the group dynamics were perfect!” — Susan Herlong, Sullivans Island, SC
The Johnstone Strait slices through the east coast of Vancouver Island and mainland BC. Beyond the numerous killer whales, keep an eye out for the humpbacks, greys and dolphins that flock here, too. Before we return home, we reflect on how much we’ve grown both personally and as marine scientists.
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Canada’s westernmost, and perhaps most diverse province is ripe for hands-on exploration. Paddle in.
With its remote islands, protected inlets and historic fishing communities, Vancouver Island has all the elements of a marine mammal fantasy.
The Salmon-Fishing Capital of the World!” so the signs say. Also discover museums, hiking trails and much more.
Deer Island Group
A rugged, pristine group of islands and islets off the coast of Bamfield. Bring your kayak, paddle and sense of adventure.
The orcas come for the salmon. You come for the orcas. Its pristine waters are home to over 150 orcas during the summer.
This picturesque fishing community is the stating gate for a BC whale watching adventure.