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.
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!
British Columbia, Canada
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
In-country transfers from project meeting point
Camping and Lodge
Before you go
Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas &equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Accomodation (Camping and Lodge)
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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The experience was fantastic and beyond my expectations!
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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.
To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.
There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.