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Work up an Appetite Kayaking with Whales

There’s nothing like spending your day kayaking with whales along British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait to work up a killer appetite! Have no fear, our guides know just how hungry you can get paddling all day, which is why they spend their off-season perfecting the campfire culinary skills. Here’s what you can look forward to eating when you join us at Orca Camp!
The Most Important Meal of the Day
Didn’t your mother always tell you breakfast is the most important meal of …

Wild Whales — The Way They’re Meant to be Seen

If you’re yearning for a not-so-ordinary, family-friendly vacation, forget theme parks and waterslide resorts…this year, think outside of the box and inside a kayak. Join us at Orca Camp to kayak with whales in their natural, wild habitat, the way they were meant to be seen.
40 Years of Orca Camp
Sisters celebrate crossing the Strait for the first timeSisters celebrate crossing the Strait …

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 …

Orca Camp – Where Kids can Still be Kids

Do you remember those days — they may be long ago — those days when you’d be sent outside to play and told not to come back until your mom called you? Or, do you remember the first time you ate marshmallows off a stick, fresh out of the campfire, their charred exterior giving way to an ooey-gooey soft centre? Or do you recall heading off to explore a deserted beach or forest trail, searching for ancient treasure? Did you …

The Best Kayaking in BC

You may wonder, just where is the best place to go kayaking in BC? Well, the entire coast is a pretty remarkable what, with its rugged, rocky shores, and countless islands, inlets and bays. Our robust populations of whales and sea lions, seals and dolphins only add to the pleasure of kayaking in British Columbia. We may be biased, then, when we answer the question: The best place to kayak in British Columbia is none other than the Johnstone Strait, …

When is the best time to Kayak with Killer Whales?

It’s one of the most frequently asked questions we get about Orca Camp: when is the best time to go kayaking to see Killer Whales? The short answer is this: if you join us at Orca Camp on North Vancouver Island anytime between July and September, chances are you’ll be kayaking with Killer Whales. Here’s why:
Kayaking with Killer Whales moves you in ways you seldom imagineKayaking with Killer Whales moves you in ways you …

The Ultimate Orca Encounter

We’ve been guiding Orca Camp for 40 years now and in all that time, we’ve never had an encounter quite like the one we had on a warm summer day last August.
 
kayaking BC's Johnstone Strait in the heart of Orca territory
 
How Orcas see in the Water
Our group had been out paddling all morning when they noticed a pod of Killer …

Whale Wild – a Love Letter

(You may have seen this before over on our Facebook page, but we thought it worth sharing again in this space, for those who don’t follow our social sites)
We are so fortunate that budding documentary film-maker and poet, Robyn Thomas, joins us at Orca Camp in summer. As passionate about Orcas as they come, Robyn has guided with us for the last three years in between studying and film-making. We always knew she loved this place we play in…we had …

40 Years of Orca Camp

All these years after we first dipped our paddles into the secluded coves of north Vancouver Island, we are on the cusp of celebrating a milestone no other can top: 40 years of adventures; 40 years of Orca Camp.

#Ecosummer40
That’s 40 years of memorable moments shared with thousands of guests (families, friends and entire clans) we’ve kayaked with over the years. That’s countless opportunities for people to connect over something as simple as unplugging from their busy lives to watch Orcas …