Where does the name “Hurricane Jack” Come From? The vessel that was purchased was one of the most stable and reliable boats built, a Hurricane 733. (Think Coast Guard Zodiac). Over the following 6 years Jack averaged 1200 hours per season traveling from Painter’s Lodge to destinations such Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay on daily Whale Watching expeditions, a round trip distance of over 200 miles. Places such as Quadra Island, Cortez, Marina, Hernando, Savery, Senora, Stuart, Maurelle, Thurlow, and Hardwick Islands became what is called his “back yard”.
The bright orange coloured Hurricane 733 was the first Zodiac tour boat in the area and from March through October, became a common sight on the water. Jack relied on local fishing guides concerning the Pacific White sided Dolphins, Porpoise and Orca sightings and in return Jack was able to give them weather, wind, and wave conditions in the areas the fishermen were headed. Jack communicated to the local fisherman via a VFH radio coloured zodiac traveling by at what seemed like neck breaking speeds, became known as “Hurricane Jack”.
For over 30 years Jack has been exploring the waters of Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait. It is an area of incredible beauty and home to some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Jack wants to share with you and your families, Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Bald Eagles and of course the magnificent Orca.
Jack has a Bachelor of Education, University of Victoria and Majors in Outdoor Education & Physical Education. He also has Professional Development / Training, MED 3A – Marine Emergency Duties (current), Emergency First Aid- Industry, BC (current), CPR Certification Level A & C (current), Naturalist Certification, University of Victoria and a VHF Radio Operators License (current). S.V.O.P. (current).
Jennifer’s love for the outdoors and working with people provide her with the desire to ensure that she provides our guests with outstanding experiences. Jen has been a leader, programmer and manager within the outdoor recreation and adventure-based tourism field for 15 years and has gained experience and respect for the ocean and its wonder through a variety of experiences; 4 years of which she has the privilege of guiding, in the most spectacular place in the world… here!!! The Discovery Islands and Johnstone Strait. Jen also has extensive experience facilitating recreation and leadership based programs along with a strong educational background. She loves being on the water and wants to be able to provide her guests with the opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime.
Jennifer has an MA in leadership and training from Royal Roads University, a B.SC degree in natural resources management for the University of Northern British Columbia, a MED 3 A Marine Emergency duties, VHF radio operators license, emergency first aid certificates, CPR certification, Project Wild education and Canadian Outdoor Leadership training. S.V.O.P. (current)
For the past ten years he has spent the spring and summer seasons as a wildlife naturalist and adventure guide in and around the waters of the Discovery Islands and the mainland inlets. Trained ten years ago by “Hurricane Jack” at Painters Lodge, Aaron has developed a reputation in our area as one of the premier wildlife guides, known for his extensive knowledge, excellent skills as a mariner, and his entertaining manner with his guests. In the past two years he has also had the opportunity to explore similar passions during the winter months, working as a mariner aboard private yachts, traveling to such places as Panama, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand,and the Mediterranean. Traveling and working with people from many different parts of the globe has allowed him to realize that Campbell River has the scenic beauty and wildlife opportunities that are the envy of the world. Aaron looks forward to sharing his knowledge and expertise with you when you arrive in Campbell River.
Aaron’s training and qualification include; Marine Fire Fighting, Marine First Aid, Marine Sea Survival, Restricted Operators Certificate, Restricted Radio License, Small Watercraft Certificate, Naturalist Interpretation Certificate as well a Pilots License. S.V.O.P. (current).
Quality Equipment and Qualified Staff
Zodiac Style Boats
Latest generation of Zodiac style boats similar to those used by the Coast Guard. Private roomy stand-up washrooms. Dry storage for each passenger under the generously padded seats.
New twin 250 hp engines exceed current EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards.
Up-to-date electronic communication and navigation equipment, cellular telephones, GPS (global positioning system) and electronic charting. New full length thermal survival floater suits that keep you warm, dry and safe!
Each vessel is equipped with specifically designed underwater microphones enabling guests to listen to vocalizations of the Orca.
Each boat is equipped with a 400 watt sound system with 6 speakers allowing the Driver / Naturalist to draw the attenti0on of the guests to points of interest and to historical details as we travel.
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We provide the use of binoculars for those that are traveling without. We also provide sunscreen on hot days and gloves, touques (hats) and goggles on the cooler days.
NIMMSA North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association.
Campbell River Whale Watching and Wildlife Adventure Tours is committed to responsible wildlife viewing practices and is an active member of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.