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.
We’ve welcomed guests from as far away as Switzerland and as close as the Lower Mainland and points in between. We’ve paddled until we couldn’t paddle any more, and then we hoisted our sails.
Seriously, how fun does that look? It had been an exceptionally windy afternoon and we were all feeling a little fatigued, so we thought we’d hoist our sail and come into our cove with a little boost. It took a little teamwork to raft up together and lash the sail to our paddles, but once we lined up, it all came together and we found ourselves landing on our pebbled beach in no time at all.
We went a couple of days without seeing Orcas, so we bided our time, enjoying gourmet meals in the Beach Cafe…
We hung out on the beach, competing in the annual Orca Camp Inukshuk Building Competition…
And then we hit the water again…
And this happened.
Our group had been enjoying their last paddle of the trip, heading back to base camp to pack up and await the water taxi. One minute we’re paddling along in peace and quiet, the next minute the tell-tale SWOOSH! of an Orca surfacing to breathe cut the silence like a dorsal fin slicing the water.
While it looks like we surrounded the Orca, they, in fact surrounded us. With paddles down and cameras up, our guests could not wipe the grins from their faces.
“It’s hard to explain the feeling and emotion you experience when an Orca swims under your kayak,” says Jordan, one of our first-year guides. The A-30s cruised past our guests and, just as this big bull was saying good-bye to our visitors from Ireland, a second pod surrounded us.
A group of show-offs, these were, spy-hopping and beaching so frequently all we could do was sit, holding our collective breath, and watch in quiet amazement. While we were well within view of our beach, we could not move one paddle stroke until the Orcas moved on, some thirty-minutes later.
It was without a doubt, one of the best days we’ve ever had – and it all took place right in front of our base camp. In Orca Camp as in real estate, it really is all about the location. After these pods left us, they headed straight for the Robson Bight adjacent to our camp.
Do you want to experience the spectacle of Orca Camp this summer? We have limited space available within the next three weeks. Call, or email us to book your reservation – or join our growing list for summer 2016.
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