Where does time fly? It seems like only yesterday we dipped our paddles into the calm waters of Johnstone Strait and set off on this great adventure now 40 years in the making. Who could have guessed that sharing our love of kayaking with whales would evolve into one of the greatest experiences we’ve ever had? Certainly not us.
From Expedition Kayaking to Base Camp Adventures
In the earliest days of Ecosummer Expeditions we offered expedition-style guided kayaking trips of the Johnstone Strait and Haida Gwaii. Every morning we’d head out exploring the craggy shoreline, watching the whole wild world unfold before our eyes. Eagles soared over our heads. Pacific White-sided Dolphins played in enormous pods. Humpbacks quietly slipped below the surface in graceful, silent, fluke-up dives. We came to know entire families of Orcas by their distinct dorsal fins and saddle patches. Some days, that was all before lunch. Each evening we’d find a quiet cove and a deserted beach to make camp, unpack our gear, set-up our tents and get supper going on a beach bonfire before retiring for the night beneath the darkest sky you can imagine.
Over the years we gave up expedition-style kayaking and instead opted to establish Orca Base Camp, a more permanent setting along the most pristine stretch of rocky beach you can imagine — right beside Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, known far and wide as the best place to see Killer Whales in the wild. What we gave up with expedition-style kayaking we gained in creature comforts, yet still very much a wilderness experience. Our Base Camp offers many comforts of home, just what today’s travellers are seeking: the Beach Cafe, our wilderness kitchen overlooking the Strait where we enjoy breakfast with a view; a cedar shower house tucked into the rainforest with on-demand hot and cold water; a series of private alcoves beneath the canopy of the rainforest where we erect our tents on wide, cedar platforms; and of course our wilderness outhouse is far superior to the options available when camping on a raw, undeveloped stretch of beach.
Special 40th Anniversary Rates for Select Dates
Are we ever glad we opted for this adventure, it’s been one of the greatest gifts in our lives. It may well be our anniversary, but this year, we’ve decided to give you the anniversary gift! On select departures in July and August groups of 4 or more guests receive a $25 per person, per day discount for each decade we’ve been in business. That’s a $100 savings on any 4-day Orca Camp departure in July and August for any bookings with four or more guests.
Travelling solo? Take the last seat on our July 4 – 7 | July 9 – 11 | August 13 – 15 | August 27 – 29 departures and you’ll receive the $100 discount too!
The whales are waiting…don’t wait too long to book your reservations. These special anniversary rates will only be around so long!
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