Category: Orca Camp Life

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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  • Work up an Appetite Kayaking with Whales

    There’s nothing like spending your day kayaking with whales along British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait to work up a killer appetite! Have no fear, our guides know just how hungry you can get paddling all day, which is why they spend their off-season perfecting the campfire culinary skills. Here’s what you can look forward to eating when you join us at Orca Camp!
    The Most Important Meal of the Day
    Didn’t your mother always tell you breakfast is the most important meal of …

    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
    Sisters celebrate crossing the Strait for the first timeSisters celebrate crossing the Strait …

    The Ultimate Orca Encounter

    We’ve been guiding Orca Camp for 40 years now and in all that time, we’ve never had an encounter quite like the one we had on a warm summer day last August.
     
    kayaking BC's Johnstone Strait in the heart of Orca territory
     
    How Orcas see in the Water
    Our group had been out paddling all morning when they noticed a pod of Killer …

    Whale Wild – a Love Letter

    (You may have seen this before over on our Facebook page, but we thought it worth sharing again in this space, for those who don’t follow our social sites)
    We are so fortunate that budding documentary film-maker and poet, Robyn Thomas, joins us at Orca Camp in summer. As passionate about Orcas as they come, Robyn has guided with us for the last three years in between studying and film-making. We always knew she loved this place we play in…we had …

    40 Years of Orca Camp

    All these years after we first dipped our paddles into the secluded coves of north Vancouver Island, we are on the cusp of celebrating a milestone no other can top: 40 years of adventures; 40 years of Orca Camp.

    #Ecosummer40
    That’s 40 years of memorable moments shared with thousands of guests (families, friends and entire clans) we’ve kayaked with over the years. That’s countless opportunities for people to connect over something as simple as unplugging from their busy lives to watch Orcas …

    Kayaking with Killer Whales – Right out of the Swiss Family Robinson

    Have you ever wondered what our guests have to say about Orca Camp? Wonder no more…This week’s Field Report comes courtesy of Marsha K., a first-time visitor to Orca Camp – but we suspect, a new-found friend we’ll happily welcome back again. The following is an excerpt published with permission, from Marsha’s online review of Orca Camp:
    Into the Wilderness
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    Just returned …

    Kayaking with Killer Whales and Waiting to Exhale

    It’s been a glorious few days at Orca Camp since our last Field Report. Despite a weather forecast that called for rain, we’ve had beautiful, warm days, and star-filled nights, eclipsed by breathtaking vistas and painted skies, courtesy of Mother Nature.
    Mother nature paints the sky at sunsetMother nature paints the sky at sunset
    We’ve welcomed guests from as far away as Switzerland …

    Field Report # 2 – The Right Place at the Right Time to see Killer Whales in the Wild

    Have you ever had the feeling you’re in the right place at the right time? That moment when all the stars seem to align and you’ve got a front row seat to one of the best shows on earth?
    Right place right time
    No matter how long we’ve been paddling these waters, seeing Orcas approach never gets old. For last …

    Kayak with Killer Whales – Our First Field Report of the 2015 Season

    Wow, this is a busy time of year for us at Orca Camp! Camp is set up, the kayaks got loaded onto a water taxi for delivery to base camp, new staff have arrived and been trained, a new shower house has been built (more on that later) and we’ve finished up with our first two groups of the season. Whew!
    Kayaks arrive

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