Category: Wildlife

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 …

“Foggest” at Orca Camp

It’s hard to believe our kayaking season is coming to a close. Only two more departures before we bid adieu to this marvelous place we are privileged to play in each summer for 40 years now. True to form, the last few weeks have offered us some stellar days, and more than our fair share of low-clinging cloud — which is why around these parts August is affectionately known by our guides as “Foggest”.
 
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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 …

    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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  • 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 …

    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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  • 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 …

    Wildlife Wednesday

    (Darren Robinson)
    Wildlife Wednesday is a popular day on our Facebook page – where we post images captured by our guests and guides at Orca Camp, on the West Coast Trail and soon, on our new West Coast Whales and Wilderness Tour.
    Spotting animals in the wild is a privileged and exhilarating experience – each, and every, time you spy them…Humpbacks, Orcas, …