Culinary adventures aren’t the sole focus of the West Coast Whales & Wilderness tour – but they sure could be! From hearty breakfasts to fuel your days spent outdoors, to beachside lunches and communal campfire dinners while at Orca Camp, we know how to put on a good spread.
The Most Important Meal of the Day
Fuel up each morning with a hearty, and wholesome breakfast before heading out on the trail or off in your kayak. You’ll have all the stamina you’ll need to hike, kayak and whale watch energized with breakfasts of fresh fruits, eggs, pancakes, and granolas.
Breakfasts are included at your hotel in Campbell River; just make your way down to the restaurant on your own schedule. When at Orca Camp breakfast is usually served at the Beach Café around 8 a.m. and features a different menu each morning.
Picnics on the Beach
Lunches are at your leisure in Campbell River, allowing you the flexibility to dine when and where you want. While at Orca Camp lunch is always served surfside, on a quiet shore, a deserted island or pebbly beach while out exploring for whales. Your guides will bring along all the fixings and all you’ll need to do is work up an appetite!
Enjoy a lunchtime break after a morning of kayaking. Stretch your legs, shake out your arms and dive into a European-style picnic of smoked meats and cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink in the rugged beauty of the Johnstone Strait while drinking in plenty of water, re-hydrating for your afternoon paddle. Beach comb for shells and unique rock formations, or have a siesta on the shore while waiting for whales to appear, it’s all about living in sync with nature out here.
You’re encouraged to bring along your own trailside snacks for hiking Strathcona Provincial Park. Shops nearby the hotel provide an assortment of energy-dense snacks just right for a hike.
With the abundant exercise you’ll have at Orca Camp it’s important to keep your energy levels stoked at all times. Indulge in mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack breaks while drifting and bobbing in the water. Granola bars, cookies, biscuits and sweet chocolates all help keep your strength up while out on the water. There will be plenty of breaks to enjoy those treats, while floating in kelp beds, watching sea lions cavort, waiting for fog to recede, or reveling in a passing school of porpoises.
When you return to base camp, relive your day on the water, gathered with others at the Beach Café, sampling a variety of appetizers, steaming hot mugs of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
Campbell River & Pt. McNeill Culinary Scenes
Campbell River’s culinary scene is as colourful as the town. With more than 60 restaurants serving everything from wharf-side fish and chips to more formal (yet still casual) restaurants featuring surf and turf or hand-made pasta – you’ll find whatever you’re craving here. The same holds true in Pt. McNeill where fresh-from the ocean local seafood can be found at restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.
The Campbell River and Pt. McNeill legs of the West Coast Whales & Wilderness expedition leaves dinner at leisure, affording you the flexibility of exploring the local culinary scene on your own.
Orca Camp – Campfire Cuisine
Nothing says “camping” quite like dinner around a campfire. Food just tastes better when cooked over a wood flame. Add in postcard-perfect scenery, spectacular sunsets, a side dish of twinkling stars, and good conversation, and you’ve got the recipe for memorable meals, made the Orca Camp way.
Group consensus determines if you dine at our Beach Café, or right by the shore. Either way, you’ll be in for a treat when our guides call you down for dinner. You can count on an abundant spread, informed and influenced by our guests’ appetites. Grilled steaks and baked potatoes. Indonesian stir-fry. A west-coast staple of salmon planked over cedar. We like to keep things fresh and seasonal here, ensuring you’re experiencing the best of a BC vacation.
Drinking it all in
British Columbia is one of Canada’s premier wine-making regions. Drink it all in - we are happy to showcase some of the best of BC by pairing a glass of wine with your nightly dinner at Orca Camp. You are also welcome to bring along your beverage of choice, or additional wine selections for your personal consumption. Liquor stores located in Pt. McNeill make picking up a bottle before boarding your water-taxi easy, while bear-proof storage is made available for any personal items you may bring.
Gluten-free, lactose intolerant, seafood or nut allergies – we understand dietary restrictions can hamper the best-laid vacation plans. Tell us (contact us) your personal preferences in advance and we will do everything possible to accommodate your dietary needs.
- Each leg of this journey features a different meal plan
- Campbell River & Pt. McNeill: Breakfast is included daily
- Lunches and dinners are at your leisure and your own expense. Our guides are happy to assist you with recommendations on where to dine
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack breaks are included each day
- Meals begin with lunch on arrival and end with lunch on your last day
- A glass of BC wine is included with dinner each night