We spend a lot of time staring out at the water at Orca Camp. Searching for signs of Orca activity, their slippery dorsal fins slicing the Johnstone Strait’s steely blue waters; hoping to see the unmistakable puff of wet air rising like a small cloud above a mammoth Humpback before it slips below the surface. Deadlines and endless to-do lists seem to just melt away at the coast, leaving you plenty of time and space to contemplate life, grounded firmly in the present.
The rhythm of the tides rushing in and pulling out lulls you into a state of complete and utter relaxation, standing on the pebbled water’s edge watching the water lap your feet; listening, looking, searching the distant horizon, and when the moment arrives, having your camera at the ready to capture the show playing out before you.
Sunset is especially magical here. And with no TV or computers to tune into, we live-stream sunset – a different show every night. It’s hard not to be dazzled watching the sky become painted with shades of gold and purple, and calm waters become even more still. The lush rainforest, alive with the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves in the daytime begins to quiet, and a stillness takes over Orca Camp. That’s when we head to the campfire, to warm ourselves in its glow, share a fireside dinner with newfound friends, and recall stories of our day on the water.
A Living, Breathing Ocean
Some people forget the ocean is a living, breathing space – home to a robust population of sea creatures. But when darkness falls and you hear the rush of the tide creeping up the craggy beach, lapping the blown down logs, you’re reminded just how alive it really is – especially when the salmon are running – or jumping actually, leaping into the air and then landing, plunk, plunk, plunk! If you listen carefully, you might even hear the sigh of Humpbacks as they linger overnight in our protective cove; their rhythmic inhalations drifting you to sleep.
Have Your Own Whale & Water-watching Odyssey
Ready to get unplugged and experience the raw, ruggedness of coastal BC? It’s as easy as heading on over to our bookings page to sign-up for your own whale, and water-watching odyssey.
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