Tag Archives: Kayaking with Whales

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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  • “Foggest” at Orca Camp

    It’s hard to believe our kayaking season is coming to a close. Only two more departures before we bid adieu to this marvelous place we are privileged to play in each summer for 40 years now. True to form, the last few weeks have offered us some stellar days, and more than our fair share of low-clinging cloud — which is why around these parts August is affectionately known by our guides as “Foggest”.
     
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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 …

    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 …

    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 …

    Safe Marine Mammal Viewing Guidelines

    Spring has literally sprung here in British Columbia. The days are getting longer. The cherry blossoms are bursting. The weather is warming up. Which means for us, the water is beckoning. We are itching to get back out there, kayaking the pristine coast of Vancouver Island.
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    Reminder to Be Whale Wise
    We may only …