Four-Day Whale Watching and Kayaking Tour along Blackfish Sound, Discovery IslandsSwanson Island, British Columbia (Canada)
Four-Day Whale Watching and Kayaking Tour along Blackfish Sound, Discovery Islands
"Beautiful scenery, expert guides, great equipment and DELICIOUS food. I can't rate this place enough - and what a beautiful are of the world to explo…"
Set in the Broughton Archipelago, this private cove on Swanson Island offers a four-day/three-night whale watching and kayaking tour of Blackfish Sound, Discovery Islands. The premier way to experience the best of Canada’s west coast! Glampers can travel by boat to this exclusive camp, kayak each day to experience the coastal beauty up close and get out there with a motorized whale watching tour, all the while enjoying these luxury safari tents.
These safari tents are large—10-by-12-feet in size—with bright and spacious cotton canvas and made right on Vancouver Island. They are eight feet high at their peak, allowing ample room for standing up and moving around with ease. The screened windows and front door provide sweeping views of the forest and ocean. The tents are perched off the ground on cedar platforms, helping to protect the delicate ecosystem below.
Inside the tents are two singles beds which can be pushed together to make a king-size bed if desired. These beds are handmade by the crew on-site with locally milled red cedar and beach driftwood accents. The beds each have a six-inch thick soya foam mattress, two pillows, crisp white linens, a warm duvet and fleece blankets for cooler nights. Furthermore, guests will enjoy having bedside tables, crafted from local wood, a lamp for reading and a hot water bottle to help take the chill off when guests crawl into bed.
Guests will have a professional guiding service, all kayaking equipment including, kayaks, PFDs, paddles, pumps, ropes, dry bags and sponges, a hydrophone for listening to the whales and meals. Additional amenities include bath towels, flashlights, headlamps, a hot water bottle, a water bottle and a library of natural history books and camp binoculars.
The base camp offers a well-established kitchen for the fantastic guides to prepare daily meals. Guests will enjoy having mostly organic fresh fruits and vegetables to prepare gourmet meals, topped off with home baking. This site will provide 24-hour snacks just in case guests get a hankering for something late at night.
Here, guests will never go hungry, even after a day’s paddle in the fresh air. On the first evening, guests will enjoy a traditional wild salmon barbecue, and, from thereon, the creative, tasty and hearty meals keep coming. This is not one's typical camping food!
- 1 King-size bed
- 2 Twin/Single beds
- Jacuzzi/Hot tub
ENHANCED CLEANING & HYGIENE MANAGERS Sanitation and hygiene are always important in a group setting. In addition to our usual thorough hygiene measures, we have added additional precautions, further cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of surfaces and equipment. We have scheduled tours to allow for deep and extensive cleaning between groups. Guests are issued a set of kayaking/camping gear to use for the duration of their journey. All gear used is also in a rotation system that after a thorough cleaning it is also left for multiple days before being used. On our glamping tours (Whales & Wilderness Glamping and Johnstone Strait Ultimate) we have also added a full-time dedicated camp hygiene manager who will be responsible for enhanced cleaning protocols. EXTENDED PERSONAL HYGIENE & SANITATION We have made even more opportunities for ensuring good hygiene practices, including the installation of additional sinks with touch-free faucets at our basecamps and foot pump handwashing set-ups for our expedition-style tours. Hand sanitizer is also available in various locations. All staff and guests will be reminded to hand wash at various times throughout the day. Our Whales & Wilderness Glamping camp now also has private composting toilets at each tent along with a private hand washing sink. MEAL PREPARATION & OUTDOOR DINING Our guides are FoodSafe certified and follow the recommended health and safety guidelines for food service. Our team will also be wearing masks and maintaining proper hand hygiene including when appropriate wearing gloves while handling, preparing and serving food. We will be serving plated meals rather than any buffet or self-serve – don’t worry you can always come back for more! MASKS & FACE COVERINGS We provide all guests with a buff to wear around their necks when on the water which is then easily pulled up if needed while on the water. While we don’t anticipate needing masks frequently, there will be times when they are required such as on the water taxi or if another occasion arises where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Of course please feel free to bring your preferred face covering(s) as well. We also encourage you to wear your mask in public spaces when traveling to and from your tour.
Check-in: 08:00 AM
Check out: 12:00 PM
No Infants allowed Under 2 years old
No Children allowed 2-12 years old
- Events allowed
Open fires allowed
Minimum age to rent: 12
Some spaces are shared
The departure dates are every four days throughout the summer, beginning on June 19th, with the last tour departing on September 17th.
The tour departure dates are as follows:
June 19th, 22nd, 25th and 28th
July 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 22nd, 25th, 28th, 31st
August 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 27th, 30th
September 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th
Be kind to the environment and take care of the surroundings.
Location and surroundings
Swanson Island, British Columbia (Canada)
Detailed location provided after booking
- Whale watching
- Wildlife watching
Each day hosts and guides will share their love and passion for the coast and kayaking with guests. After a hearty and healthy breakfast, and of course hot coffee and tea, glampers and guides will head off in kayaks to explore the many nooks and crannies of the shoreline. Guests will be sure to encounter the telltale blow of some of the area’s more famous residents, like orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, dolphins, and porpoises. On day three, guests will head out on a three-hour trip in a covered boat to look further afield for wildlife.
Top off these perfect days in an idyllic setting with amazing food, laughter, good company and a soak in the wood-fired hot tub overlooking the ocean. Then head off to a spacious tent and comfortable bed for a good night’s rest. Guests can also roast a few treats over the glowing campfire before they head to bed, borrow a book from our extensive coastal library, play a board game with friends or chat with the friendly, knowledgeable naturalist guides on site.