Category: Vancouver Island

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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 …

Kayak with Whales – the Highlight of a Vancouver Island Vacation

Many of our guests come to Orca Camp exclusively to kayak with whales, and only to kayak with whales. But some savvy travellers know Orca Camp is only part of the Vancouver Island experience. These adept travellers start or end their holidays at Orca Camp, but they also expand their British Columbia vacation to include some of Vancouver Island’s other top experiences. Here are some of our favourites:
Grizzly Bear Watching in the Knight Inlet
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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
    Sisters celebrate crossing the Strait for the first timeSisters celebrate crossing the Strait …

    What to do Before and After Orca Camp

    Traditional First Nation totem found at U'Mista Cultural Centre in Alert BayTraditional First Nation totem found at U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay
    Admittedly, North Vancouver Island is one of British Columbia’s best kept secrets — a short day’s drive, or an even shorter one-hour flight from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver or Victoria, it is unspoiled, untamed, rugged, raw …

    Planning Your Kayak Vacation

    We’ve entered into prime booking season – the time of year when our inbox fills up with requests from travellers from around the world hoping to join us at Orca Camp to kayak with whales.
    When whales are near, paddles are downWhen whales are near, paddles are down and cameras are up to capture the moment!
    Over the years people have learned …

    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:
    Kayaking with Killer Whales moves you in ways you seldom imagineKayaking with Killer Whales moves you in ways you …

    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!
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  • Kayaking with Killer Whales – A Not-so-Ordinary Family-Friendly Vacation

    If you’re yearning for a not-so-ordinary, family-friendly vacation, forget theme parks and waterslide resorts, think outside the box and inside a kayak, where whale-watching and wilderness adventures rule the day. Enroll in Orca Camp  our guided two, three, or five-night family kayaking and camping adventure – you’ll be creating warm summer memories for your kids that will last them (and you) a lifetime (plus, there’s whales!).
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  • Where’s the Best Place to see Killer Whales in the Wild?

    Killer Whales, the largest of all cetaceans, are found in all the world’s oceans from the tropics to the polar regions, but did you know the lick of ocean between the northeast coast of Vancouver Island and the western coast of British Columbia’s mainland is one of the best places in the world to see Killer Whales in the wild?
    It’s true.
    That lick of ocean is the Johnstone Strait, and our Orca Camp is right smack dab in the middle of …