Spring on the Johnstone Strait

Spring has sprung over here on the Island – oh sure, you can see evidence of spring all over British Columbia – cherry blossoms have put on their usual show causing us to oohhh and ahhh and marvel at every glimpse of their feathery loveliness. Daffodils are smiling their sunny faces in gardens everywhere, and tulips – oh tulips, another true harbinger of spring – pop their pretty pink, ruby red and yellow heads up everywhere.

But…out here on the Johnstone Strait, do you know how we know it’s truly spring?


Humback whales. That’s right, we know it’s truly spring when the Humpbacks return, migrating the blue/gray slip of water between Vancouver Island and BC’s mainland, en route to their summer feeding grounds in our northern waters.


The Humpbacks are joined by hundreds of Pacific White-sided Dolphins splashing and cavorting, leaping and diving their way to the all-they-can-eat buffet of Herring that return to our waters in spring to spawn in the kelp and seaweed beds lining our coves and inlets. They’re not alone – bears, raptors and shore birds all join in the feeding frenzy that lasts for such a short while.

pod of pacific whitesided dolphins passing by camp


This is also the time of year when we begin prepping for another great season at Orca Camp – filling our expedition departures with eager travellers seeking a vacation experience that goes beyond the ordinary – kayaking with Orcas and Humpbacks in their own wild habitat – no feeding times – no fences.


Have you reserved your spot at Orca Camp this year? Time, like spring, is running out to get in on a trip of a lifetime. Call, or book on-line – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime vacation you will always remember.



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April 24, 2014