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Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tour areas include Johnstone Strait and Nuchatlitz Inlet on Vancouver Island, Gwaii Haanas National Park on Haida Gwaii, and the Great Bear Rainforest on BC's central coast. No experience is necessary for most tours and family friendly departures available.
Reviewed November 29, 2011

We joined a Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures sea kayaking expedition in Gwaii Haanas last August. A truly spectacular and wonderful trip from start to finish. Our thanks and appreciation to Andrew Jones, the owner, who provided prompt feedback and excellent advice as we were preparing for our trip. Andrew also served as one of the guides on the expedition, demonstrating a superb understanding of the amazing intertidal life we saw over the course of the eight days. Our other guide, Angela, was equally knowledgeable and experienced, and with her terrific sense of humor succeeded in putting the less experienced kayakers quickly at ease. Close attention was paid to safety as well as ensuring that meals were on a par with those served by fine restaurants. What with the breathtaking scenery and the wonderful camaraderie that formed quickly amongst the group, our trip with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures will never be forgotten.

Date of experience: August 2011
Thank DiscerningToronto
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2011

Thank you for your kind review and mentioning the meals we serve. Guests are often surprised by the great meals we can prepare in the wilderness as well as the quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables available on even our most remote tours.

We hope to see you on another adventure soon.

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Reviewed October 30, 2011

our trip was one that we will not forget.. the whole experience was great right from the start to the finish.. the food,the people and the guides were fantastic!!!

Date of experience: August 2011
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review and sharing one of your photos from your trip. We hope to see you on one of our other adventures sometime soon.

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Reviewed October 15, 2011

Our trip to Nuchatlitz island, at the end Aug, had almost perfect weather.

Kingfisher took us part time kayakers out into the wilderness in a safe, comfortable, and respective way that allows us to experience the wonders of the world. This was my second trip with Kingfisher, and I hope to do more. I took my 14 year-old son, and we both had a blast.

Date of experience: August 2011
Thank MatthewKSeattle
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2011

I am happy to hear you and your son had such a great time. It was a great trip for me too with so many familiar faces of past guests. I look forward to seeing you both again soon on another one of our adventures.

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Reviewed October 13, 2011

If you enjoy unspoilt wilderness and wildlife, then this is a must do holiday. We had a fantastic holday, kayaking around the islands, safely guided by Andrew and Mackenzie, who looked after us so well. The kayaking was pitched to match our fitness and expertise and we all had a great time. We camped on pristine islands, watching Orcas dolphins and sea lions from land and sea. We camped with wolves and cougar and visited old indian reserves. The food was fabulous. There were stunning sunrises and sunsets and ok, there was the odd shower. However the warmth and fun we had on that trip soon banished the dampness. I would recommend it to anyone .

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank alison K
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2011

Hi alison K, Thank you for your nice review. It was great kayaking with you and your family. Hope to see you again on your next visit to Canada.

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Reviewed October 11, 2011

My husband and I joined Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures on an 8 day trip in Haida Gwaii. The location is utterly spectacular. The sea life, especially in Burnaby Narrows, is abundant and beautiful, and was made all the more wonderful by our knowledgeable and friendly guides. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by Andrew, the owner of Kingfisher Tours, who provided so much fascinating information regarding the briny inhabitants of this beautiful part of the world. Angela, our fearless leader, was enthusiastic beyond belief, and ensured that everyone had a good time.
We saw humpback whales, and spent most of a morning watching them breach and dive, which was the highlight of the trip for me.
The trip to Gwaii Hanaas was the other magical day. We had a wonderful Haida Watchman explain to us what life would have been like in the village in the 1800s, and he showed us the remains of the long house and the mortuary poles.
A word needs to be said about the food. That word is DELICIOUS! We ate flavourful, nutritious, varied meals every day. As someone accustomed to preparing my own meals for camping trips, I was very impressed with the variety and freshness of the food, even on day 8.
I can't say enough about the trip. Haida Gwaii is a must-do for anyone who loves to kayak, and Kingfisher provides a fabulous trip to get you there. GO SOON!

Date of experience: August 2011
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2011

Thanks for such a positive review. I enjoyed meeting you and the rest of our group for our Haida Gwaii adventure. Who would have thought we could spend 8 days in BC's rainforest without a drop of rain or wind!

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