Whales & Wilderness Family Adventure



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Whales & Wilderness Family Adventure – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
Kayaking with orca whales
Kayaking with orca whales
Bring your family on an unforgettable multi day kayak adventure in search of orca whales.
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Your trip begins in the vibrant city of Vancouver, surrounded by ocean and mountains.
Quadra Island
Quadra Island
Next, fly to relaxing and scenic Quadra Island – the departure point for your kayaking adventure.
Blackfish Sound
Blackfish Sound
Journey up the sheltered inner coast of Vancouver Island to your base camp in Blackfish Sound.
Glamping accommodation
Glamping accommodation
Stay in bright spacious glamping tents with sweeping views of forest and ocean on a private island.
Kayaking Blackfish Sound
Kayaking Blackfish Sound
Explore the Blackfish Sound by kayak with expert guides in search of whales and marine life.
Orca whale tail
Orca whale tail
Tidal currents create a rich environment for marine life – including humpback whales.
Killer whale
Killer whale
Blackfish Sound was named for the distinctive black and white colour of killer whales in the area.
Evening hot tub
Evening hot tub
Warm up after a day of kayaking on the ocean with a soak in the wood burning hot tub.
Add a fishing adventure
Add a fishing adventure
Relax and explore Quadra Island. Ask for our Activity Menu to add on a tour – like fishing!
Zodiac rapids tour
Zodiac rapids tour
Or, ask about adding a thrilling Zodiac Rapids tour.
Departing the Gulf Islands by floatplane
Departing the Gulf Islands by floatplane
Enjoy the views from your window as you soar over the Gulf Islands on our return to Vancouver.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see orcas up close

    • Guided kayaking, suitable for kids and beginners

    • Glamping in style under the stars, with real beds and a hot tub!

    • Magical wilderness of Quadra and Swanson Islands

    • Hassle-free, seamless family vacation

    • A lifetime of memories

    Disconnect from hectic every-day life, then reconnect with your loved ones on this incredible family wilderness adventure. Stay in beautiful safari tents amidst towering fir trees. Hear the ocean lapping at your doorstep and the occasional blow of passing whales. You’ll explore sea creatures great and small by day, then spend the evening around the campfire telling stories and sharing laughter.

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Vancouver 1 night Vancouver 1 night Quadra Island 3 nights Swanson Island 2 nights Quadra Island 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

  • Sample Itinerary
    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
    Welcome to Vancouver – the home of Fresh Tracks Canada! We love it here and we’re sure you will too! One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. Overnight in Vancouver in a conveniently located airport hotel.

    Day 2 – Vancouver to Quadra Island
    Soar over islands, sea and mountains on route to Campbell River. Once in Campbell River, you will be transferred to Quadra Island, one of the northern Gulf Islands. Quadra is home to a lively, close-knit community from all walks of life and all parts of the world. This island is blessed with stunning natural beauty, beaches, parks, wildlife, and endless recreation adventure opportunities.

    Day 3 – Your Kayaking Adventure Begins!
    Rise and shine ready for adventure! Journey up Discovery Passage and safely through the Seymour narrows, renowned for its treacherous tidal flows and whirlpools. Look out for sightings of porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, and whales! Eventually you will arrive in Blackfish Sound and get acquainted with your camp. This evening, indulge in a fresh salmon dinner and enjoy the sunset from the hot tub before heading to bed for your first evening in the wilderness.

    Day 4 – Kayaking Blackfish Sound
    After a hearty camp breakfast, your kayaking adventure continues. Paddle to one of the many pocket beaches for a picnic lunch, along the way there are plenty of opportunities for stretching and snacks, as well as plenty of time to explore the intricate shoreline. For the very brave, there is always the option of a dip into the chilly waters of Blackfish Sound, before a restorative soak in the hot tub!

    Day 5 – Kayaking Blackfish Sound
    Today, a covered vessel takes you further into Blackfish Sound, giving you the opportunity to cover areas beyond the reach of your kayak. Return in time for lunch at basecamp and enjoy a leisurely afternoon kayak.

    Day 6 – Kayaking Blackfish Sound and return to Quadra Island
    Soak it all in on your final day of exploration of Blackfish Sound. After a morning paddle a water taxi takes you back to Quadra Island for the evening.

    Day 7 – Quadra Island at Leisure
    There’s always more time to enjoy your supernatural, beautiful BC surroundings. Quadra Island is yours to explore today – ask your Vacation Advisor for our Quadra Island Activity Menu for optional add-on adventures. Watch grizzly bears, rent a bike, go golfing, or embark on an exhilarating zodiac tour!

    Day 8 – Quadra Island to Vancouver
    You will be flying over the islands, sea and mountains once more as you return to the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver. Staying in a conveniently located airport hotel, you are just a quick ride away from downtown Vancouver. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, there is plenty to explore from historic Gastown to vibrant Granville Island Market, and of course Stanley Park a green oasis on the edge of Vancouver’s bustling West End. There’s no shortage of things to do with your family on the last day of your vacation.

    Day 9 – Depart Vancouver
    With fond memories made, your Canadian adventure comes to an end.
  • What's Included
    5 nights of hotel accommodations
    • 3 nights glamping in walk-in tents on wooden platforms

    West Coast Experiences:
    • 4 days of professional kayak guiding service
    All kayaking equipment (including kayaks, PFDs, paddles, pumps, ropes, dry bags and sponges)
    Hydrophone for listening to the whales
    Whale Watching trip on covered vessel

    Meal Inclusions:
    Meals while on kayaking adventure (from morning snack on day 3 to lunch on day 6)

    Transfer Inclusions:
    Return flights from Vancouver to Campbell River
    • Airport transfers from Campbell River to Quadra Island
    • Return water taxi service from Quadra Island to Swanson Island

    Additional inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.


    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Alcoholic or carbonated beverages
    • Airfare to and from Canada
    (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for hotel, scheduled tour and transfer staff
    • Rain gear (available for rent)
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended, please ask for a quote)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

    • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
    • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
  • Accommodations

    Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Fairmont Vancouver Airport

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a luxury hotel and spa providing the perfect overnight stay before or after a flight. Completely soundproofed and located above the US departures terminal the hotel is only a two minute walk to the luggage carousels.

    April Point Resort & Spa

    An example of our Wilderness Lodge accommodations

    Enjoy a rustic getaway at April Point Resort & Spa located on the shores of Quadra Island, overlooking Discovery Passage and Gowlland Harbour. Enjoy the facilities of this serene location paired with the amenities of Painter's Lodge, only minutes away by water shuttle.


  • Prices & Dates
    2018 Vancouver Start Dates
    June 23, 26, 29
    July 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
    August 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31
    September 3, 6, 9, 12, 15


    Please speak with one of our Canadian travel advisors to receive a personalized quote for this trip.

  • Common Questions

    Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

    What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

    Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

    New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

    When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

    Are your tours escorted?

    No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

  • Customer Reviews (1)

    Everything was well thought out

    Star Rating 5
    August 8, 2018

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    We appreciated the thoughtful and then smooth co-ordination. Everything was well thought out.

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.