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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 …

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 …

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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  • At Orca Camp — Experience Life in the Slow Lane

    Do you ever wish you could just slow down time? Modern life takes so darn much of our attention, what with 24-hour news cycle and the blurred lines that exist between home and work, where you’re expected to be available no matter what time your email chimes. Add in the harried pace of life of parents, shuttling kids from school to after-school activities, well…it’s no wonder we all yearn for a restful vacation! That’s what makes Orca Camp such an …

    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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  • 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, …

    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.

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    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:
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