Johnstone Strait is a segment of the Inside Passage, through which cruise ships transit on their journey from Vancouver to Alaska (and back again). It’s a nice place to go on a cruise mostly because its scenery is beautiful and grand, but also because you’re guaranteed a smooth ride as the waters are sheltered by Vancouver Island (and other small islands along the coast). Situated by the northeastern part of Vancouver Island, the Strait is about 100 km long and between 2.5 to 5 km in width.
Johnstone Strait is home to several pods of Orcas, numbering around 150 individual whales, which feast on the rich fish life in these waters, especially salmon. Because of the high concentration of whales it’s become a very popular place to sea kayak and whale-watch, an adventure my oldest son, Bryan, and I shared some years ago (which is a story for another day).
This photo was taken at sunset as we were gathered around a beach campfire while one of our traveling companions headed out for a brief paddle in a kayak. The image was snapped using only using natural light, with no filters. The orange-yellow colors of the setting sun were most memorable!
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