Category: Whales & Orcas

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 …

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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  • 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 …

    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 …

    Gear Guide for Kayaking with Whales

    Do I bring my own sleeping bag? What about kayak gear, is it all provided? How much should I pack for Orca Camp? Will my camera stay dry when I’m kayaking with whales? These are just some of the questions we field from excited guests as they get ready to join us sea kayaking the coast of Vancouver Island on our 3, 4 and 6-day Orca Camp kayaking with whales adventure. Great questions, all of them; and here, are the …

    Safe Marine Mammal Viewing Guidelines

    Spring has literally sprung here in British Columbia. The days are getting longer. The cherry blossoms are bursting. The weather is warming up. Which means for us, the water is beckoning. We are itching to get back out there, kayaking the pristine coast of Vancouver Island.
    kayaking BC's Johnstone Strait in the heart of Orca territory
     
    Reminder to Be Whale Wise
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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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