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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 …

Do I Need Kayaking Experience to Enjoy Orca Camp?

 sunshine paddle2 Johnstone Strait
The short answer is: No. Non. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.
Kayak at Orca Camp – No Experience Needed
Adventure-seekers of all ages and abilities join us each summer at Orca Camp  – no experience is required. It’s the second most asked question we get and we’re happy to tell you, everyone is welcome at Orca Camp – beginners and …

What are the Odds We’ll see Killer Whales on a Kayak Vacation in BC?

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It’s our most frequently asked question: “What are the odds I’ll see Killer Whales if I come to Orca Camp?”
The answer, quite simply, is: it depends – anything other than that is pure hyperbole.
The first thing we remind people considering coming to Orca Camp is that this is a wildlife viewing experience – emphasis on wild. We don’t operate a marine …

Ecosummer’s Contribution to the Cetacean Sighting Network

Did you know one of the jobs of our guides at Orca Camp is to help log cetacean sightings to the Vancouver Aquarium and Department of Fisheries & Ocean’s Wild Whale program?
Cetacean Sighting Log
Each time we see whales, dolphins and other marine life we make note of the date, the species, their location, behaviour and other observations to help researchers understand the status …

Rest, Relax, Read…There’s More Than Kayaking with Killer Whales at Orca Camp

Who doesn’t love diving into a good book on vacation? It’s one of our favourite things to do during those quiet moments at Orca Camp – before and after paddling, while sitting around the campfire, or tucked into our tents late at night, where the words on the page are illuminated by the light of our Petzels on our heads. With nothing but the night sounds of the rainforest and waves crashing on shore, a good book and a cozy …

Time in Nature at Orca Camp – it’s What the Doctor Ordered

More and more as we live in our hyper-connected world we’re losing touch with the natural world around us. So much so, that Canadian doctors have recently started prescribing “get out in nature” to their patients.
Spend any time outdoors and you’ll immediately begin reaping the benefits: increased creativity, reduced stress, better sleep and cognitive function. It’s true: time spent exploring in …

Find New Connections Kayaking with Killer Whales

We spend a lot of time here on the blog, and over on our Facebook page talking about connections and community – two concepts that remain at the heart of what we do here at Orca Camp.
Friendships Bloom when Kayaking with Orcas on Vancouver Island
We love bringing together a diverse group of strangers, teaching them how to paddle, showing them the …

It was just another day at Orca Camp (until this happened)

The haunting call of a distant foghorn roused us out of our tents yesterday. Stumbling, sleepy-eyed onto the beach we looked out over the water, hoping to see those familiar flukes and fins we’ve been so mesmerized by all season long…instead, we saw only a thick blanket of fog beyond the shoreline, swaddling the Johnstone Strait in a dream-like mist as far as we could see. When morning breaks like this, you can’t help but lean into the day, slowly…starting …

Building Orca Camp

In just a few days we’ll be heading to the Johnstone Strait – the whales are back and we will be too, to set up camp on the shores of Warden Beach, one of the best places in the world to see Orcas in the wild.
Warden BeachWarden Beach at the mouth of Robson Bight Ecological Reserve – the closest base camp to the …