Tag Archives: Vancouver Whale Watching

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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  • The Ultimate Orca Encounter

    We’ve been guiding Orca Camp for 40 years now and in all that time, we’ve never had an encounter quite like the one we had on a warm summer day last August.
     
    kayaking BC's Johnstone Strait in the heart of Orca territory
     
    How Orcas see in the Water
    Our group had been out paddling all morning when they noticed a pod of Killer …

    Whale Wild – a Love Letter

    (You may have seen this before over on our Facebook page, but we thought it worth sharing again in this space, for those who don’t follow our social sites)
    We are so fortunate that budding documentary film-maker and poet, Robyn Thomas, joins us at Orca Camp in summer. As passionate about Orcas as they come, Robyn has guided with us for the last three years in between studying and film-making. We always knew she loved this place we play in…we had …

    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.

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    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 …

    Kayaking with Killer Whales – A Not-so-Ordinary Family-Friendly Vacation

    If you’re yearning for a not-so-ordinary, family-friendly vacation, forget theme parks and waterslide resorts, think outside the box and inside a kayak, where whale-watching and wilderness adventures rule the day. Enroll in Orca Camp  our guided two, three, or five-night family kayaking and camping adventure – you’ll be creating warm summer memories for your kids that will last them (and you) a lifetime (plus, there’s whales!).
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  • The Only Mobile Device You’ll Need

    On an Orca Camp Holiday, this is the only mobile device you’ll need:
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    Actually, that’s not entirely true…you also need some paddles. But once you’re kitted out, well, that’s when the magic of Orca Camp really unfolds.
    paddling back to camp, the sun high up

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  • Spring on the Johnstone Strait

    Spring has sprung over here on the Island – oh sure, you can see evidence of spring all over British Columbia – cherry blossoms have put on their usual show causing us to oohhh and ahhh and marvel at every glimpse of their feathery loveliness. Daffodils are smiling their sunny faces in gardens everywhere, and tulips – oh tulips, another true harbinger of spring – pop their pretty pink, ruby red and yellow heads up everywhere.
    But…out here on the Johnstone …

    Orca Camp – Where Time Slows Down (and so do you)

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    We spend a lot of time staring out at the water at Orca Camp. Searching for signs of Orca activity, their slippery dorsal fins slicing the Johnstone Strait’s steely blue waters; hoping to see the unmistakable puff of wet air rising like a small cloud above a mammoth Humpback before it slips below the surface. Deadlines and endless to-do lists seem to just melt away at the coast, leaving you …