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Do I Need Kayaking Experience to Enjoy Orca Camp?

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The short answer is: No. Non. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.
Kayak at Orca Camp – No Experience Needed
Adventure-seekers of all ages and abilities join us each summer at Orca Camp  – no experience is required. It’s the second most asked question we get and we’re happy to tell you, everyone is welcome at Orca Camp – beginners and …

Find New Connections Kayaking with Killer Whales

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We spend a lot of time here on the blog, and over on our Facebook page talking about connections and community – two concepts that remain at the heart of what we do here at Orca Camp.
Friendships Bloom when Kayaking with Orcas on Vancouver Island
We love bringing together a diverse group of strangers, teaching them how to paddle, showing them the …

Adventure Bloggess

July 25, 2014

We’ve just bid adieu to our most recent group of Orca Campers – folks who’ve travelled from around the world and across Canada to the shores of North Vancouver Island, seeking the sort of mild adventures we offer – kayaking with whales, wilderness hikes and exploring the natural wonders of the Johnstone Strait – all in the realm of the Orca. It’s been a hectic and magical first few weeks – the kind that leaves you smiling, content and exhausted at the end of each adventure-filled day.

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Expanding our Horizons

While kayaking with Orcas  is the highlight of every trip, this year we’ve expanded our horizons offering a guided motorized whale-watching expedition at the beginning of each Orca Camp trip. Departing from Port McNeill, our guests take in the wonders of the Johnstone Strait, searching for marine life in a much broader region than we could ever possibly cover by kayak.

We’re just a few trips into the season but we’ve been amazed at the encounters we’ve had with Stellar Sea Lion colonies, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Orcas and Humpback whales. During this week’s outing aboard the Naiad Explorer we sat mesmerized for what seemed like hours (but wasn’t) watching Humpbacks milling about at the surface of the water using their pectoral fins to scoop Sockeye, Coho and Pink Salmon into their gaping, open mouths. We captured it all on video, and just as soon as we can render it down we’ll post it on our Facebook page.

Orca Show

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Meanwhile Back at Camp

Bright, sunny days gave way to overcast and moonless nights last week, creating an inky black so dark it’s impossible to see more than a few feet in front of you – the perfect conditions for a laser light show – this one put on by the phosphorescent organisms found in our local waters. This naturally occurring phenomena makes the ocean glow, casting the waters in a soft, shimmering light. At the stroke of midnight and under the cover of darkness we launched our kayaks from the beach and watched, enchanted, as schools of salmon swam all around us creating arcs of light reminiscent of laser light beams. We were only 200 metres from the shore and it made us wonder: who needs fireworks when Mother Nature puts on such a great show?

Are you Ready to see it for Yourself?

We still have a few select spots open this season – it’s not too late to experience the magic of Orca Camp this year. Book on-line  or give our office a call – we’ll keep a tent open for you!