Canada Kayak with Orcas

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1. In Brief

Canada is considered to be one of the world’s last frontiers and for good reason. It boasts mile upon mile of untamed wonder and natural splendour from its beautiful white- capped mountains, mysterious, abundant waters, and lush fertile forests to the rich array of wildlife that they provide home to. Arriving in winter will also surely give you an extra treat as you marvel at the magnificence of the northern lights!

The Frontier-Canada Kayak with Orca’s 6 day expedition offers you a chance to paddle amongst the apex predator of the ocean, travelling along one of the greatest kayak routes in North America, visiting ancient native ruins and keeping an eye out for all the incredible wildlife on show. You will traverse the entire Broughton Archipelago and its enchanting islands, experiencing both scenic paddling and intriguing history in one of the most stunning seascapes on earth, before entering the Johnstone Strait. 

The diversity and abundance of wildlife in the Pacific Northwest is unparalleled with river run-off from the mountains, ocean currents, tide rips, eddies and upwelling’s these waters are among the most productive on earth. From the rich and colourful plants and invertebrates to orca’s, seabirds, sea lions, and whales, you are bound to see wildlife that will take your breath away. 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience one of the most diverse wildlife and kayaking environments in British Columbia. 
  • Enjoy local food such as wild sockeye salmon.
  • Encounter orcas, humpbacks, minke whales, dolphins, porpoise, sea lions, eagles, black bears and much more!
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18

FAST FACTS

Location British Columbia, Canada
Activities Kayak in the realm of the Orca
Multi-day kayaking expedition
Explore hundreds of small islands
Observe Humpback whales in their natural habitat
Learn about the First Nations culture and history
Sample delicious fresh local food
Transport In-country transfers from project meeting point
Accommodation Camping and Lodge

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas &equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accomodation (Camping and Lodge)
Food
Kayaking equipment
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
Kayaking equipment (singles and doubles available)
Expert guide service throughout the expedition
Park and land use permits
Transport to and from Quadra island and/or Cambell River to launch point

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING? 

Your 6 day kayaking with Orca’s expedition will take you on an action packed adventure from paddling with pods of Orca to sampling the local delicacy of wild sockeye salmon. Day by day you will take in all Canada has to offer, its abundance in wildlife and majestic beauty. 

Expedition Itinerary

Expedition briefing:

The day before your project start date you will meet up with the team and our guides will go over the logistics of the expedition and answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

Day 1:

After being picked up, you will travel to the historic Telegraph Cove and enjoy a picnic lunch. You will then hop on a water taxi and journey to the first campsite. Weather permitting you will get out for your first introductory paddle after a kayak briefing from your guides. 

Day 2:

After breakfast you will pack your kayaks and begin your expedition. The first day will be spent beginning to explore the islands of Broughton Archipelago and the vastness of the Johnstone Strait. Enjoy the stunning views and wildlife while en route to the camp for the night. 

Day 3-5:

Continue your adventure paddling amongst the majestic scenery of Broughton Archipelago with forested islands and protected passages. You will then go back in time by visiting the ancient village site of Mamalillacula, and learn about the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations people. Make sure you keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for Orca’s and the many other marine and land animals that call this area home. 

Day 6:

This is your last day to enjoy the marine environment of Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago. A taxi boat will pick you up in the afternoon and bring you back to Quadra Island and/or Cambell River. 

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into Vancouver, before making your own way to the project meeting point where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative. 

We recommend that you arrive into Vancouver a couple of days before your project start date. Your Frontier Volunteer Coordinator can help you make any accommodation and transfer arrangements; however, these would be at your own cost.    

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

The 6 day expedition is a true wilderness experience that involves camping in established and un-established sites with minimal facilities and rustic surroundings. However, we will do our best to make sure you are comfortable and feel at home. You will also spend one night off the beaten track at our remote lodge for a night of warm showers and comfortable beds. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 3 meals per day whilst on the expedition. We consider the food to be a very important part of your experience. From our wild sockeye salmon dinner to our chocolate fondue for dessert there are few camp menus that compare. We have a wonderful kitchen crew who ensure all dietary needs are met and provide creative culinary alternatives that will please vegetarians, vegans, gluten and wheat-free diets, in addition to those with various allergies and food sensitivities.  

4. The reviews

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Either before the beginning or after the end of your placement, why not take the chance to explore Canada further. If you should wish to take on this option, one of our in country staff will be more than happy to assist you with planning, finding and booking the right tour for you after you have finished your volunteer project. 

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

Project fee US$1,695

Registration fee US$145

DEPARTURE DATES

Participants should arrive on Quadra Island (where the project base is located) the day before in order to start early on the first day of the trip.

2016 Start Dates: 

26th June 2016

1st July 2016

6th July 2016

11th July 2016

16th July 2016

21st July 2016

26th July 2016

31st July 2016

5th August 2016

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15th August 2016

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30th August 2016

4th September 2016

9th September 2016

14th September 2016

DURATION 

6 days

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Vancouver International Apt (BC) (YVR)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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