Johnstone Strait

Port McNeill, British Columbia V0N 2R0

Johnstone Strait

Johnstone Strait Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A number of day trips are possible from Telegraph Cove, including visits to Bauza Islet, the Wastell Islets and the Blinkhorn Peninsula. If you have a couple of nights to spend in the area, however, consider paddling down to Kaikash Creek and exploring the south side of the strait and the waters outside the Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve. If you are able to spend several nights in the area, it is worth crossing the strait and exploring Harbledown Island, Village Island and Blackfish Sound.

Each summer, pods of resident orcas and lone transients congregate in the waters of Johnstone Strait to feed on salmon, socialize and rub on the pebble beaches of Robson Bight. Similarly, each summer thousands of boaters, kayakers and whale watchers congregate to watch these magnificent mammals in the wild. As paddling experiences go, nothing rivals paddling with the orcas—an awesome event that mixes inspiration, exhilaration and even fear. The area, however, offers a lot more for the true explorer, and a journey into the protected waters north of Johnstone Strait will unleash a world of small bays, protected coves and ancient village sites. It is an area rich in history, wildlife and, above all, beauty."

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Trail Information

Port McNeill
Nearby City
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 - 14 days
Best spring through fall
3515: Knight Inlet; 3545: Johnstone Strait -- Port Neville to Robson Bight; 3546: Broughton Strait; 3547: Queen Charlotte Strait, Eastern Portion
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Dec 2018