Tag Archives: Orca Camp Life

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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  • Dining Out in the Wild

    “We don’t eat this well at home,” So said one of our recent guests after returning from a 4-day Orca Camp kayaking with whales adventure.
    Here's what's on the menu for dinner at Orca CampHere’s what’s on the menu for dinner at Orca Camp
    We figure if you’re going to spend your days paddling the Johnstone Strait then you …

    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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  • 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 …

    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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  • 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 …

    Kayaking with Killer Whales – Right out of the Swiss Family Robinson

    Have you ever wondered what our guests have to say about Orca Camp? Wonder no more…This week’s Field Report comes courtesy of Marsha K., a first-time visitor to Orca Camp – but we suspect, a new-found friend we’ll happily welcome back again. The following is an excerpt published with permission, from Marsha’s online review of Orca Camp:
    Into the Wilderness
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    Just returned …

    Rest, Relax, Read…There’s More Than Kayaking with Killer Whales at Orca Camp

    Who doesn’t love diving into a good book on vacation? It’s one of our favourite things to do during those quiet moments at Orca Camp – before and after paddling, while sitting around the campfire, or tucked into our tents late at night, where the words on the page are illuminated by the light of our Petzels on our heads. With nothing but the night sounds of the rainforest and waves crashing on shore, a good book and a cozy …