Gods Pocket: 6 DaysKayaking with abundant wildlife viewings. Experience the waters that draw Orcas and Humpbacks to feed
All Experience Levels
July 1-6, 24-29
Gods Pocket is an exceptional area to explore and to seek out wildlife viewing opportunities. The deep upwelling of cold water and currents offer plenty of food to our larger marine mammals including the Northern Resident Orcas, Humpback whales, and Stellar Sea Lions. Knowing the times of the currents and having local knowledge is incredibly valuable to paddle this area and to at times position ourselves to view wildlife without interfering in their behaviors.
The area is known as God Pocket because of its amazing and abundant intertidal and epipelagic zones which are blanketed with a rainbow of colors and species. Exploring these zones at our lowest tide levels will open a world to us that is nothing short of incomparable.
On the trip, all meals are prepared fresh for you and will allow you time to explore the beaches and forests or to find a nice spot to relax with a book. The equipment provided on these trips is high quality, sourced locally, and with your ultimate comfort in mind. Everything from tents, sleeping bags to camp chairs will be supplied to you.
We will meet up the evening prior to our trip to introduce ourselves, discuss further information and hand out additional gear. The following morning, we will paddle out of Port Hardy and make our way to our first camp. We often move camps 3-4 times depending on the trip to allow for a greater variety of scenery. A water taxi will pick us up in God's Pocket on the final day and return us to Port Hardy in the afternoon. Highlights in the area are most definitely the high probability of whale sighting and exploring parts of the Marine Park.
Where We Paddle
We will start the trip in Port Hardy. A kayak instructional will be delivered to assure the group has a good understanding of paddling techniques and group travel. The first day will include a short morning paddle, lunch and then another 2-3 hour paddle in the afternoon, before making our way to our first camp.
These will be full paddling days unless the weather tells us otherwise. Our days will include 2-3 hours of paddling before lunch and another 2-3 hours of paddling post lunch. The routes will vary on group, weather, water conditions and guides decisions. We will switch camps at least 3 times to give the group a greater chance to see more of the islands.
The final day will include a full morning paddle and a water taxi back to Port Hardy. After sorting our gear it is always nice to meet in the evening at a local restaurant given everyone's schedule to share in our experiences and round the trip out.
When & Where We Meet
At this time we will review all pre-trip information, including morning departure - meeting place and time, appropriate clothing, itinerary, etc. We will also distribute dry bags, paddle jackets and water bottles for personal packing.
It is important for all participants to be present for the meeting. We find it very beneficial to the organization of the trip. We will also at this time fill out waivers and review any other medical concerns.
What is Included
- All kayaking and safety equipment
- Paddling jacket
- Camp chair
- Three dry bags for your personal belongings
- Sleeping bag can be rented for 15$
- Sleeping mat
- All kitchen and fire gear
- All meals and snacks
Please ask about any extra rentals if needed
What to Bring
Clothing should include:
- 1 pair of shoes that can get wet and most importantly have grip. They need to have ankle support. I recommend runners, water shoes, Keen or Croc sandals. Closed toed shoes help against stubbing toes on rocks.
- A pair of rubber boots are optional. Perks include your feet staying dry entering and exiting the kayaks. Downside they can flood if a wave fills them. They can also be bulky to wear in a kayak or to store.
- 1 pair of shoes for land, after kayaking.
- 2-4 warm socks
- 2 shorts
- 1-2 pants
- 1 thermal underwear – like the underlays you might wear skiing.
- 3-4 shirts, short and long
- 1-2 sweaters, at least one very warm sweater recommended
- Rain jacket and rain pants
- Gloves if you easily get cold fingers
- 2 wool hats
- Sun hat
- A face mask
No cotton/jeans. They become heavy and cold when wet. Synthetics are a better option such as fleece or polyester. These will warm with your body if wet.
Other Items Include:
- Sun glasses
- Glasses and Contacts. Consider a back up if one becomes lost or breaks.
- Toiletries – biodegradable soaps please.
- Baby wipes and a few band aids
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- SPF Chapstick
- Personal medications. Bring extra doses medication if is critical to you. Separate and duplicate, storing one set with a partner or guide. A trip can be cut short if there is not enough medication to keep a client safe.
- Water bottle. It nice to have a clip attached.
- Book. Keep in waterproof/sealable bag
- Spirits. Alcohol may be consumed after the days kayaking only.
- Camera. Small waterproof cameras are great. If you have a larger SL camera a pelican case is a great way to keep it protected. Alternatively, a camera can be wrapped in a sweater and kept in a dry bag for protection.
- Extra batteries
- Ziplock bags
- Sleeping bag and/or mat if you prefer your own over ours.
Leave your watches and phones behind
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