Category: Johnstone Strait

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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  • 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 …

    Spending Time in Nature Essential to Childhood Development

    We were eating our Wheaties yesterday, watching the morning new show, CBS This Morning, when they aired a story about a school outside of Atlanta, Georgia where the classrooms are literally outdoors. The reason the students spend their school days outdoors? Studies have shown that spending time out in nature is essential to childhood development. The Chatahoochee Charter School may only be a couple of years old, but standardized testing of their students shows reading scores of third graders are …

    Ecosummer’s 40th Year Kayaking with Whales

    Where does time fly? It seems like only yesterday we dipped our paddles into the calm waters of Johnstone Strait and set off on this great adventure now 40 years in the making. Who could have guessed that sharing our love of kayaking with whales would evolve into one of the greatest experiences we’ve ever had? Certainly not us.
     
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    Kayaking with Whales — on the Radio?

    It happened last week. A good friend of Ecosummer’s called me up to say she thought the story of kayaking with whales at Orca Camp would make a really great segment on radio. She also said she knew just who she wanted us to talk to: Randy Sharman, also known as the Informed Traveler, of CHRQ NewsTalk 770 in Calgary, Alberta.
    Orcas socializing just off-shore of our base camp

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  • Killer Whale’s Unique Culture and Behaviour

    “Do you speak whale?” asked Dory the Clownfish in Finding Nemo. And the answer, we know from all our years kayaking among the Northern Resident Killer whales  in British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait, is, “Maybe.”
    We say, “maybe,” because, according to researchers who study the resident Killer Whale communities off Vancouver Island, each clan of Orcas that populate our waters have their own distinct dialect that are as different from each other as Greek is to Russian.
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  • Wild Whales — The Way They’re Meant to be Seen

    If you’re yearning for a not-so-ordinary, family-friendly vacation, forget theme parks and waterslide resorts…this year, think outside of the box and inside a kayak. Join us at Orca Camp to kayak with whales in their natural, wild habitat, the way they were meant to be seen.
    40 Years of Orca Camp
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    The Best Kayaking in BC

    You may wonder, just where is the best place to go kayaking in BC? Well, the entire coast is a pretty remarkable what, with its rugged, rocky shores, and countless islands, inlets and bays. Our robust populations of whales and sea lions, seals and dolphins only add to the pleasure of kayaking in British Columbia. We may be biased, then, when we answer the question: The best place to kayak in British Columbia is none other than the Johnstone Strait, …

    When is the best time to Kayak with Killer Whales?

    It’s one of the most frequently asked questions we get about Orca Camp: when is the best time to go kayaking to see Killer Whales? The short answer is this: if you join us at Orca Camp on North Vancouver Island anytime between July and September, chances are you’ll be kayaking with Killer Whales. Here’s why:
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