This is a sheltered ocean paddle that takes you into Killer Whale (Orca) territory. It is very likely you will have very close encounters with Orcas. Be sure to tap on your boat as they approach so they know where you are.
This area is also a major shipping route with everything from commercial fishing boats to cruise ships. Care must be taken when crossing Johnstone Strait.
It is advisable to carry a marine radio as storms can blow up fast and stay long.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
Launch from Telegraph Cove on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Follow the coast until you reach signs for Robson Bight. It is forbidden to enter the Bight, but there are plenty of camp spots on beaches along the way, the most popular being Kaikash Beach. Paddle as far as you want, then turn around and paddle back.
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Posted By: Joe O'
- Tue Aug 21 00:41:47 UTC 2007
CommentAccording to rules for the Ecologigical Reserve, you are required to maintain a distance of one half a nautical mile form the shoreline within the park. It is a beautiful area to paddle through and there is a variety of camping locations on either side of the Reserve. The area is very popular with commercial tour operators, some of whom run semi-permanent base camps in the area on either side of the Reserve. The area of Johnstone Strait in general is prone to strong westerly winds. Enjoy the paddling!