At the Water’s Edge Adventures was created from a love and passion for the Johnstone Strait, Broughton Archipelago and North Vancouver Island as a whole. Founded by Wesley Gibson, a Level 3 SKGABC (Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia) guide who has paddled the Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago extensively for work and pleasure since 2013. We are the back-to-nature kayaking company, prioritizing adventure over luxury. AWE Adventures is excited to facilitate experiences in one of the most diverse and incredible kayaking destinations in the world.

Although we operate in the home of the killer whale, our team at AWE Adventures loves this area for the entire ecosystem — from the 40-ton humpback whale to the imperceptible microscopic plankton. The northern resident orca population lives on top of a food chain rivaling tropical jungles in biodiversity. Come and discover the diversity that supports this environment and explore the entire cast, not just the celebrity orca. With cold, oxygenated Pacific water, the prolific bald eagle, the hooded nudibranchs and the bull kelp, this unique ecosystem has helped shape who we are today and we believe it can do the same for you.

We aim to help people appreciate the entire harmonious ecosystem of the area. As much as we would like to promise you the sighting of killer whales, their movement varies with the seasons. No one has control over any natural wildlife, no matter how much we try. We prefer to be honest and let you know now that we cannot guarantee any wildlife encounters. We like to let nature take its course rather than trying to chase the whales, who sometimes prefer not to be seen. That said, we will try our best to take you to the ideal spots and patiently observe.

Let us share our passion for this magical area with you on an adventure that will leave you changed forever.

Wesley Gibson, Owner/Guide

Wesley is a Level 3 Sea Kayak guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. Growing up near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada, Wesley sought out the alluring west coast after completing his schooling in adventure tourism.

After cutting his guiding teeth on the Sunshine Coast of BC, Wesley spent the following years paddling extensively through the Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago for both work—as he guided and managed one of the largest kayaking operators on Vancouver Island—and play, of course.

In 2019, Wesley opened At the Water’s Edge Adventures to share his passion and dream to facilitate experiences in this paradigm-shifting environment.

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