My (Manrico) 2019 sea kayaking trip started strangely, at least for me. I had planned on going on an eight day trip with friends but had to cancel because I was sick with a cold. Then I ended up with very little time available and no one to do a trip with. So on a Thursday morning I sent e-mails to kayak companies asking if they had space available on upcoming trips. A few responded although almost all trips were full.
I chose a four day trip offered by North Island Kayak based in Telegraph Cove on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. I signed up on the Friday morning and was paddling with them on Monday morning. That was easy. All I had to do was show up with my sleeping bag and clothes. They even arranged for me to carpool with another couple on the trip. (Thanks again to Scott and Kendra for the ride.)
I chose well; it was a great trip put on by a very professional company. The trip was billed as a humpback whale viewing trip and we did see some. Most were too far away for me to photograph with my little waterproof point and shoot camera. Early one morning a whale came by and displayed itself within about 100 meters of where I was standing on the beach. My camera was in my tent. Lesson learned: always, always have your camera with you when you are on a wildlife viewing trip!
We saw lots of other wildlife on the trip: sea lions, seals, and bald eagles in particular. The wildlife made a great trip even better.
Following are video clips and photos:
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