Where’s the Best Place to see Killer Whales in the Wild?

Killer Whales, the largest of all cetaceans, are found in all the world’s oceans from the tropics to the polar regions, but did you know the lick of ocean between the northeast coast of Vancouver Island and the western coast of British Columbia’s mainland is one of the best places in the world to see Killer Whales in the wild?

It’s true.

That lick of ocean is the Johnstone Strait, and our Orca Camp is right smack dab in the middle of all the action.

Warden Beach Morning Glory

That’s because our base camp for all our Orca Camp tours sits just west of Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve – a sanctuary for Killer Whales.

OrcaCampMap

Find yourself standing on the shores of Warden Beach during July, August and September and chances are you’ll see Northern Resident Killer Whales swimming past our pebbled shores en route to the Bight. Robson Bight, established in 1982 for the protection of critical Killer Whale habitat, is also the spawning grounds of  four species of salmon – thus the attraction. When the salmon are running so are the whales…to fill up on Chinook, Pinks and Sockeye salmon and bottom-dwelling halibut, lingcod and Dover sole.

They say you never really forget the first time you see these magnificent marine mammals swimming freely in the wild. We’ve been sharing this prime habitat with our guests since 1976 and we can honestly say, first time or not, seeing a tall, black dorsal fin slice the glassy surface of the ocean still takes our breath away, each and every time.

BigFin

Are you interested in seeing Orcas outside of a marine park…in their own playground? You can, if you sign up for any of our 3, 4, or 6-day guided kayaking tours – all of which begin with a whale-watching cruise to guarantee whale sightings on day one of your trip. If by some fluke (pun intended) you don’t see whales day one we’ll refund the cost  of the whale-watching cruise. You can’t really ask much more than that, now can you? Or can you? If you book your 2015 Orca Camp before Dec. 31, 2014 you can book your trip at 2014 rates, a savings of $200 per couple.

Come along for the adventure…no experience is required…but we promise you the experience you’ll have will stay with you forever.

 

 

 

 

 

Return to: Main Blog

November 24, 2014