Tag Archives: family-friendly vacations

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 …

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 …

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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  • 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 …

    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 …

    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 …

    Dreams of Kayaking with Killer Whales

    “My forgotten dream of an Orca swimming under my kayak came true!!”
    Up Close with OrcasMesmerized, a guest sits in silent wonder watching a pod of Orcas swim past her kayak.
    Those words, written in a TripAdvisor review by a recent visitor to Orca Camp gave us shivers when we read them. It’s not every day you can take credit for …