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Put the Gift of Experience Under the Tree This Christmas

Oh, the holidays! One glance at the calendar tells you they’re approaching faster than an Orca chasing Chinook Salmon. Indeed, once we turn the page on today’s calendar, the holidays are less than three weeks away (and counting). If you’re still stymied about great gift ideas, may we suggest you give the give of a great experience this year?
Recent studies find that people derive more happiness from experiential gifts (vacations, theatre tickets, dining out) than they do material ones. If …

Canada is # 1

Canada is # 1 destination for travel in 2017
Lonely Planet has announced Canada as the # 1 place to visit in 2017 — it appears we are no longer one of the world’s best kept secrets! Spectacular landscapes, our raw, rugged wilderness, abundant wildlife, and a weak Canadian Dollar pushing down prices, are just few of the reasons …

Our Guests say it Best

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Imagine you’ve just spent a week with perfect strangers kayaking with whales on Vancouver Island. You’ve entrusted your entire vacation, or at least a good portion of it, to these people, whom you’ve never met before, hoping to have a good time. You love being outdoors. You want to learn to kayak, or at the very least, want to spend …

Playing Peek-a-boo with an Apex Predator

We almost hate to use the phrase apex predator when referring to BC’s Northern Resident Killer Whales, but, it’s an apt description — these animals are the top of the food chain, which is why so many folks arrive at Orca Camp just a little bit jittery at the prospect of kayaking with whales in Orca waters. They need not be.
 
Even if we see no wildlife the views from here are inspired

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  • “Foggest” at Orca Camp

    It’s hard to believe our kayaking season is coming to a close. Only two more departures before we bid adieu to this marvelous place we are privileged to play in each summer for 40 years now. True to form, the last few weeks have offered us some stellar days, and more than our fair share of low-clinging cloud — which is why around these parts August is affectionately known by our guides as “Foggest”.
     
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  • Dining Out in the Wild

    “We don’t eat this well at home,” So said one of our recent guests after returning from a 4-day Orca Camp kayaking with whales adventure.
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    We figure if you’re going to spend your days paddling the Johnstone Strait then you …

    Early Season at Orca Camp

    We have been incredibly fortunate this year to have a strong start to the season. After 40 years of kayaking with whales on the Johnstone Strait we know the earliest part of the season can be a bit unpredictable. Weather plays a part in that, for sure, but so do the animals. We are now two weeks in…and so far so good! We’ve had some incredible wildlife sightings, we’ve welcomed guests from across Canada and as far away as Australia …

    Orca Camp 2016 — We’ve Arrived!

    We’ve been dreaming of this place since we packed up Orca Camp last September. We couldn’t wait to come back to the northeast coast of Vancouver Island to kayak with whales, as we have for 40 summers now. It took us a solid week of 18-hour days to get the camp set up and ready to welcome our first guests who arrived this week, just in time to witness the Northern Resident Orcas sounding into the Johnstone Strait, a full …

    Count Down to Orca Camp

    We’ve been busy counting down the days until our 40th season of kayaking with whales on BC’s Johnstone Strait.
    3, 2, 1…we’re off! We’ve loaded up our gear, strapped everything we need for a season of paddling onto a barge and have begun the process of building out our camp.
    Everything we have at Orca Camp gets shipped in from the mainland at the beginning of each season

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  • Vancouver — the Gateway to Orca Camp

    People come from around the globe to kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca Camp in the remote northeast coast of Vancouver Island. It’s a long way to go for vacation, we know, so for travellers coming from points east and beyond, we always recommend breaking up the trip and exploring other parts of British Columbia before or after Orca Camp. One of our favourite destinations? Vancouver.
    Vancouver — the Gateway to the Pacific (and Orca Camp)
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