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 time

Sisters celebrate crossing the Strait for the first time

It’s our 40th year at Orca Camp — our three, four, and six day family kayaking and camping adventure. Join us to kayak the quiet coves and tranquil bays of British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait. Spend your days paddling, scanning the horizon for signs of Orcas, sea lions, dolphins and Humpbacks, and listening to your family’s excited cheers at every marine mammal sighting. Kayak the shoreline in short stretches, stopping for seaside snacks and wholesome picnic lunches on craggy, pebbled beaches. Don’t be surprised if your guide organizes a treasure hunt or two – there’s always something fascinating to uncover in this wild and magical place and there’s no better way to teach your children about the environment, than while out exploring.

Orca Camp Life

A secluded tent tucked into the rain forest at the ocean's edge awaits your return after a day of kayaking

A secluded tent tucked into the rain forest at the ocean’s edge awaits your return after a day of kayaking

We always say that time slows down at Orca Camp, and it’s true. There are no busy schedules to keep out here — we’re completely off the grid, keeping pace with the rhythm of the tides so days are unhurried; you may even say laid-back. All the better to enjoy looking out for whales, watching sunsets and telling stories around the campfire.

Morning begins with a hearty breakfast — eggs, granolas, fresh fruit or pancakes all fuel you for the day ahead. Our guides determine the best course to take to encounter the wildlife found here. Lunches get made and packed into dry-bags and tucked into the hulls of our kayaks and then we’re off for a full day of exploration. Weather and whales dictate where and how long we paddle before rafting up for a snack, then paddling on. We may head over to Eagle Eye to meet up with the whale researchers studying the marine life of the Strait, or we may take it easy, spending time photographing the marine life we see along the way.

Lunch is often staged on a secluded, deserted beach along what was once a First Nation trading route. Tuck into a cold buffet of meats and cheeses, fruit and fresh vegetables, served on a natural, cedar buffet, feeing the warm sun beat down. Afterward, launch off again in search of more sights, and of course whales.

The Comforts of Home

Warm up after a day kayaking in the Wobbly Bear Spa - an on-demand hot water shower tucked into the rain forest

Warm up after a day kayaking in the Wobbly Bear Spa – an on-demand hot water shower tucked into the rain forest

Orca Camp is a rustic camping experience – with just enough indulgences to make your family feel right at home, including a luxurious cedar shower house hidden in the rain forest, complete with on-demand hot water. After a day playing outside, your clan can warm-up with a shower, before a beach-side dinner, and storytelling around the campfire. Afterward, retreat to cozy two and four-person tents tucked into the rain forest. No need for bedtime stories here, the sound of the tide lapping the shore easily lulls you to sleep.

This is What Life Without Laptops Looks Like

Disconnect at Orca Camp and discover the "other" meaning of connection.

Disconnect at Orca Camp and discover the “other” meaning of connection.

Orca Camp gives plugged-in families the best excuse to disconnect their devices and recapture those days before smart phones and Play Stations, I-pads and laptops. Our guests often tell that getting off the grid, connecting the family with the great outdoors is one of the best parts about their visit to Orca Camp. Are you yearning to drink in the salty sea air, to kayak BC’s rugged coast, to whale-watching, beachcomb, and explore tidal pools? Does the idea of hiking a lush temperate rain forest, sharing meals around a campfire, and camping by the ocean’s edge sound heavenly to you?

Book Your Visit

Families with children as young as eight can take part in our guided kayaking trips, and whether you’re an old pro with a paddle, or picking one up for the first time, there’s plenty of room in each itinerary to ensure everyone’s comfortable in their kayaks before heading out. We still have some good availability this summer — book online, or email our office for dates and rates for your family. We hope to see you here!

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March 22, 2016