Tag Archives: Kayaking with Orcas

Put the Gift of Experience Under the Tree This Christmas

Oh, the holidays! One glance at the calendar tells you they’re approaching faster than an Orca chasing Chinook Salmon. Indeed, once we turn the page on today’s calendar, the holidays are less than three weeks away (and counting). If you’re still stymied about great gift ideas, may we suggest you give the give of a great experience this year?
Recent studies find that people derive more happiness from experiential gifts (vacations, theatre tickets, dining out) than they do material ones. If …

Our Guests say it Best

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Imagine you’ve just spent a week with perfect strangers kayaking with whales on Vancouver Island. You’ve entrusted your entire vacation, or at least a good portion of it, to these people, whom you’ve never met before, hoping to have a good time. You love being outdoors. You want to learn to kayak, or at the very least, want to spend …

Playing Peek-a-boo with an Apex Predator

We almost hate to use the phrase apex predator when referring to BC’s Northern Resident Killer Whales, but, it’s an apt description — these animals are the top of the food chain, which is why so many folks arrive at Orca Camp just a little bit jittery at the prospect of kayaking with whales in Orca waters. They need not be.
 
Even if we see no wildlife the views from here are inspired

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  • Early Season at Orca Camp

    We have been incredibly fortunate this year to have a strong start to the season. After 40 years of kayaking with whales on the Johnstone Strait we know the earliest part of the season can be a bit unpredictable. Weather plays a part in that, for sure, but so do the animals. We are now two weeks in…and so far so good! We’ve had some incredible wildlife sightings, we’ve welcomed guests from across Canada and as far away as Australia …

    Count Down to Orca Camp

    We’ve been busy counting down the days until our 40th season of kayaking with whales on BC’s Johnstone Strait.
    3, 2, 1…we’re off! We’ve loaded up our gear, strapped everything we need for a season of paddling onto a barge and have begun the process of building out our camp.
    Everything we have at Orca Camp gets shipped in from the mainland at the beginning of each season

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  • Vancouver — the Gateway to Orca Camp

    People come from around the globe to kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca Camp in the remote northeast coast of Vancouver Island. It’s a long way to go for vacation, we know, so for travellers coming from points east and beyond, we always recommend breaking up the trip and exploring other parts of British Columbia before or after Orca Camp. One of our favourite destinations? Vancouver.
    Vancouver — the Gateway to the Pacific (and Orca Camp)
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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 …