MERS 2019 Fundraising Trip - Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures Two-Day Kayak Tour

  • 21 Sep 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 22 Sep 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • Telegraph Cove

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures and the MERS have teamed up to bring you to the heart of Johnstone Strait off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see humpback whales and killer whales (orcas) in their natural habitat.

This fundraising trip brings you to Kingfisher’s Hanson Island base camp. The camp is where Weynton Passage connects Johnstone and Queen Charlotte Straits – a humpback whale hot spot. From the comfort of the base camp we explore the variety of kayaking routes the area has to offer. Humpback whales regularly feed in the waters surrounding the camp. Not only do we hope to see whales while kayaking, but we often see them right from camp while enjoying the morning’s first cup of French-pressed organic coffee or a dinner of locally caught salmon around the campfire.


  • Departure by water taxi from Telegraph Cove to the base camp near Weynton Pass at 9 am on Saturday, Sept .21.
  • Guided kayaking with two Kingfisher Wilderness Adventure guides one of which is owner and highly knowledgeable, Andrew Jones.
  • Christie and I will join I the evening after our day of fieldwork and will also be giving some on-the-water interpretation.
  • Transport back to Telegraph Cove by water taxi at 4 pm on Sunday, Sept. 22.
  • Maximum group size 10 people + 2 guides + 2 MERS researchers.
  • Cost is $750 per person and includes all meals and accommodation in large comfortable canvas wall tents (2 people / tent). 

For more information and to reserve spots directly with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures, please see

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