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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 …

Spending Time in Nature Essential to Childhood Development

We were eating our Wheaties yesterday, watching the morning new show, CBS This Morning, when they aired a story about a school outside of Atlanta, Georgia where the classrooms are literally outdoors. The reason the students spend their school days outdoors? Studies have shown that spending time out in nature is essential to childhood development. The Chatahoochee Charter School may only be a couple of years old, but standardized testing of their students shows reading scores of third graders are …

Ecosummer’s 40th Year Kayaking with Whales

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.
 
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How Adventure Travel can Change you

Adventure travel by its very definition changes you. We know that stretching outside of your boundaries, pushing yourself to your limits gives you a greater appreciation of the world and your place in it. Faced with new experiences, you’re playing in a zone of uncertainty, which ultimately helps you navigate life’s uncertainties when you return home from vacation. For many of the guests who travel to Orca Camp, the idea of kayaking with whales is way outside of their comfort …

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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  • 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.
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    Reminder to Be Whale Wise
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    Adventure Travel Company Offers Ultimate Orca Experience

    Kayaking with Killer whales a one-of-a-kind summer vacation at Ecosummer Expeditions’ Orca Camping BC’s Johnstone Strait
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    At a time when fewer Killer whales are being held in captivity for public display in aquariums, an adventure travel company on Vancouver Island, BC is giving …

    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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