Summer 2014 – It was a Whale of a Time

We’ve just come to the end of the 2014 season here at Orca Camp, and what a season it was!

We Spent our Summer Kayaking with Killer Whales – How ’bout you?

We are eternally grateful for the opportunity to share the wonders and beauty of the Johnstone Strait and our Orca Camp with visitors from near and far. We’ve made some terrific new friends this season, and we’ve welcomed back some familiar faces – fans of BC, fans of Orcas, and fans of our guides. We welcomed guests from throughout Canada, the UK and across Europe.  We’ve had Grandpas and grand kids out paddling together, building warm summer memories along the way. We watched our bay glimmer and glow with bioluminescence. We sat in wonder as the super moon rose over a distant horizon. We gathered around the campfire and told tales long into the night. We laughed and laughed, and laughed some more. We paddled across the Strait and back and then did all over again the next day. And then there were the whales…oh the wonder of the whales! The Orcas may have arrived a bit late (July 7), but once they got there, oh, did they ever put on a show!

Whale Soup

GrabYourCamera

New in 2014

In the past, our tours began with a water taxi transfer from Pt McNeill to Warden Beach, adjacent to Robson Bight Ecological Reserve and the location of our Orca Camp. This year, though, we switched things up a bit by extending that short transfer into a  whale-watching cruise. Everyone is so excited to see whales we thought we might as well get the party started as soon as possible. By touring this way we were able to cover an area far greater than we’d ever be able to do by paddling – increasing the odds of sighting (and photographing) marine mammals in the wild, the way they’re meant to be.

Photographing whales in the wild

The feedback from our guests and guides to this slight change has been phenomenal – so after testing it out in 2014, it’s making a permanent spot on our itineraries beginning with next season.

Making Memories

Some pretty fantastic memories got made at Orca Camp this year…paddling at night among the shimmering light of bioluminescence, witnessing pods of Orcas in their resting lines, watching Orcas spy hop ahead of us, Humpbacks feeding, bull Orcas surfacing just metres away from where we sat bobbing in the water…and more…so much more…

SleepingLine

SpyHopping

(You can tell from the “Oh ho, ho HO!” from that last video our guides were as tickled as our guests that morning)

Thank You!

Of course none of our adventures would have been nearly as much fun without the folks who came from far and wide to experience Orca Camp with us. Looking back at this footage and photography has us looking forward to next year and the exploits we’ll get up to with a whole new group of people.

Why not put Orca Camp on your family vacation wish list? 2015 dates and rates are available and, if you book by February 15, 2015, you can experience Orca Camp at 2014’s rates (that’s a $200 savings per couple). Book five or more spots and we’ll honour 2014 rates and give you a 15% discount. And if you’d like to gather the clan and book all 10 spots on any departure we’ll pick up the cost of one night’s pre-camp accommodations in Port McNeill. Email us, or call our office at 1-800-465-8884 to reserve your spot today.

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October 7, 2014