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“Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Great Bear Rainforest (15d)”

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 August 11, 2016

Two weeks paddling from Klemtu to BellaBella in Great Bear Rainforest of BC - my third extended trip with Kingfisher (Haida Gwaii in 2011 and Great Bear in 2013). Each trip was amazing in its own right, affording a wide-ranging experience of what each area had to offer: paddling and camping in varied conditions, the wildlife to be found on land and on the waters, First American cultures that have inhabited the region for millennia, extraordinary vistas and sunsets, and fabulous people with hom to share the experience. Our guides on each trip took the trouble to learn each clients' hopes and expectations, and do their best (weather and other conditions permitting) to tailor an experience that would fulfill them. On each trip, I learned a great deal, in a safe environment, while having loads of fun.
As a native of the eastern United States, I have been again and again astounded by the extent and majesty of the wilderness in coastal BC, the scale of the first growth forests in Haida Gwaii to be sure, and in both areas the diversity of life to be found in the forests and waters, and especially the intertidal zones. On this most recent trip, we found wolf and bear tracks, saw deer gamboling at waters edge and swimming between islands, minks scrambling along a white sand beach at sunset, humpback whales feeding in a channel a few yards from our campsite, seals, sea lions, and river otters, eagles, ravens, osprey, herons, harlequin ducks, oystercatchers.... I cannot begin to name all of the stars, jellies, anemones, urchins, crabs, sea cucumbers, and other life in the shallows. Our special treat this trip while paddling on the outer coast was to encounter dozens of sea otters playing in and around kelp forests, some with their babies playfully clinging to their bellies as they swam.
Paddlers should have intermediate skills, have some experience kayak camping and be moderately fit for these expeditions.The boats were top quality expedition kayaks and fully loaded, which made them very stable on the water but also required some heavy lifting by the group to get them up beyond the level of the next high tide when landing to set up camp for the night (tides range about 15-20 feet). Kingfisher provided quality camping equipment (tents and tarps, Thermarests, sleeping bags, etc.) and a fully equiped, well-stocked kitchen--suffice to say our experience of wilderness camping was a pampered one, with a varied menu of breakfasts, lunch, dinner and snacks that incorporated fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the two week journey. We didn't do any fishing this time, but one of the highlights of a previous trip was the fresh-caught salmon Andrew prepared over an open fire on the beach.
Kingfisher is outstanding. Andrew recruits and develops excellent people to lead his trips. He maintains excellent, respectful relationships with the First American peoples in the area. His trips are well planned and respectful of the environments visited.
My trips provided, as several previous posters have noted, many lifetime memories, of a beautiful part of the world, of great people, of personal challenges met. Thank you, Andrew, and Don and Allie, Jeremy, Silke and Darren --you're great!

Thank Oliver B
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2016

Hi Oliver,

Thank you for taking the time to write such an in-depth review highlighting all three tours you have done with over the years. I am happy to know you enjoyed your latest trip with us and hopefully we will have you join us on another adventure some time soon.

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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Reviewed August 11, 2016

I found Kingfisher on line and after having read various reviews, decided to get in touch to see if I would have the necessary abilities to join this tour.
Andrew, the owner of the company, got back to me very quickly and after we spoke about my kayaking experience, I decided to sign up. The trip was all that I hoped and more.
Kingfisher is a wonderful company. Andrew, who also happened to be a guide on this tour, is attuned to customer service and satisfaction. Safety is also a top priority. The ratio of guides to group size is excellent. The equipment is of great quality and if weather is not optimal for kayaking, then staying put at the camp site is part of the program. That's when you see the additional qualities of the amazing guides. Not only are they competent, knowledgeable guides but they are also great cooks and wonderful social convenors when it is raining! Allie, you rock!:)
Gwaii Hanaas is a magical place where human beings are visitors and wildlife are at home. So no trace camping is an integral part of Kingfisher's philosophy.
This trip also has a cultural competent allowing you to visit the Haida Totem Poles at Sgang Gwaii, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, weather permitting.
I would recommend Kingfisher to anyone and look forward to returning and joining other tours in the future.

Thank Carol J
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2016

Hi Carol,

It was great to meet and kayak with you this summer. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am happy to know you enjoyed your trip with us. We look forward to seeing you an another adventure some time soon.

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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Reviewed August 5, 2016

Kingfisher is an amazing company! Guest safety and satisfaction are the top priorities, closely followed by minimal environmental impact (key reason we selected them). Kingfisher succeeds on all three objectives. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly, making efforts all day long to ensure guest happiness. Imagine after a day of paddling you are told to relax and await the soon to be delivered appetizers! Which leads to the food; awesome and all that you could want! Imagine linen and dishware on a rock at lunch watching out for whales and you have it.

Thank Brad C
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2016

Hi Brad,

Thank you for.taking the time to write a review and sharing your humpback whale photo. I am happy to know you enjoyed your trip with us. We look forward to seeing you an another adventure some time soon.

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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Reviewed July 16, 2016

We did the 4 day base camp with Orcas trip for part of our honeymoon in June/July. The experience was excellent. Wildlife all over the place. We saw humpbacks breaching the water on several occasions, loads of seals and sea lions, eagles, Dall porpoise, white sided dolphins.. It was incredible scenery too. Kelly and Kelsey were our guides. They were very experienced and had lots of knowledge. The food was delicious and such a great variety considering we were on an island for 4 days. The equipment was great and camp very well thought out. We can't recommend this company enough. We will be back for the 6 day trip as we must see those Orca. We will come at the right time next time haha.

Thank Jennie T
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2016

Hi Jennie,

I am happy to hear that you had such a good time with us during your honeymoon. I will be sure to pass your comments on to Kelly and Kelsie.

We hope to have you join us on a longer adventure sometime soon (choose a trip in mid-July or later for the best chances of viewing orcas).

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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Reviewed July 15, 2016

What a fantastic experience. Find a way to do this.

We had four days out with Andrew and Lexie on the Orca Waters Tour, base camping on Hansen Island.

The wildlife was amazing - big and small. Humpbacks and Orca right with us in the water. But also a myriad of life in the water (salmon, seals, sea lions) and flying around (eagles, ducks, and others).

And the scenery is spectacular.

Our guides were friendly , helpful and knowledgeable - and the food was delicious.
Campsite was well done - comfortable beds and private tent sites.

All the gear was well suited to the task - double and single kayaks. The paddling was not strenuous, but a good days exercise. Andrew and Lexie know the area very well, so we were always in the right place to see wildlife and not fight the currents.

Tip - follow the gear list - we had warm dry weather in August and it was still cold at night. And even polyprop didn't dry that well.

Another Tip - don't go for a swim, the water is freezing! Even if the top inch has warmed up during the day.

Totally recommend this to anyone who loves nature.

Thank Bruce454
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2016

Hi Bruce,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. It was a pleasure having you join us at the base camp and I will be sure to pass your comments on to Lexie as well

We hope to see you on adventure sometime soon.

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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