2-Day Spring Whale Migration
We are now accepting kayak tour bookings for 2023
2-Day Spring Whale Migration
2-Day Spring Whale Migration Tour Overview:
The herring spawn is one of the most spectacular natural events that occurs annually on the west coast off Vancouver Island. Each year, tens of thousands of herring migrate from the open ocean to coastal areas were they spawn in remarkably large numbers.
This spawning event usually colours the water white and draws an enormous number of predators and scavengers, including Grey whales, sea lions, seals, and sea birds, that take advantage of the feeding frenzy to come inshore and forage, often for weeks at a time.
Private excursions can be arranged for groups of 4 or more guests.
10% discount to groups of 6 or more, kids under 12 and during the off season.
We will meet at Secret Beach Camp Ground and kayak launch at 9 am to load our gear and head out.
We will assist and teach you how to fit everything in to the kayaks. Your guide will do a safety pre-trip talk, explaining and demonstrating the fundamentals of kayaking. You will learn or review how to get in and out, proper sitting position, paddle techniques, what to do in an emergency and of course answer any questions or concerns you might have. Your guide will assist you if needed with launching your kayak.
Never be shy of asking questions, whether about safety, kayaking, the sea and wild life we encounter or the forest ecology. Our guides have been working in this part of the world for many years and are very knowledgeable about kayaking and about the area.
Our itinerary will be determined by group ability and weather. We are aiming to paddle 4-6 hours per day leaving plenty of time for other activities and for relaxing. There will be plenty of opportunity to take photos, have a snack or to go for that washroom break. Our goal is comfort, we believe that fun and adventure shouldn’t be painful or too strenuous. We will stop for a lunch break and your guide will prepare a delicious meal while you kick back, relax and take in the surrounding beauty.
Once we arrive on our chosen site your guide will point out all facilities and campsites and assist you with setting up your tent. Snacks and hot drinks will be served after camp is set up.
Dinner will be served between 6 and 7 pm. After a wholesome meal and dessert, we look forward to bonding through everyone pitching in to cleanup.
All designated campsites permit campfires. Storytelling around the fire or enjoying time alone is your choice but before we all say good night we will have a quick briefing with the whole group regarding the next day's schedule.
On the final kayaking day we aim to have breakfast between 7 and 9 am
We will paddle and enjoy lunch at different locations within the Sound. There will be plenty of opportunity to discover inter-tidal life , explore old-growth forests, and ancient First Nation Village sites.
After paddling for the day, we will arrive back at Secret Beach , unpack kayaks and travel back to Ucluelet for 4-5 pm . We will exchange email addresses and hugs so we can share photos and keep in touch.
Hello Nature Tour Testimonials
The islands are beautiful and the beach campsites are beautifully situated. Wildlife didn't disappoint - seals, a bear and bald eagles before we even got out of Ucluelet harbour, and continued from there. In the final few minutes of paddling, we were lucky enough to see a humpback whale that breached and dove within a few hundred metres of us.
Kayaking was excellent and view breathtaking from first dip of the paddle on day one, to last dip on day three. Unspoilt wilderness as far as the eye could see for 3 days. Nature at her very best. Food was fabulous and well beyond expectations -- healthy, interesting and abundant.
Hello Nature Adventure Tours recognises and supports the indigenous rights and title of the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Ucluelet, Toquaht and Tseshaht - the first peoples of the lands and waters now called Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound.