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.
Warden Beach – A Magical Setting
Our guests often describe our location at the entrance to Robson Bight Ecological Reserve as magical and we have to agree. We’ve got 1,000 feet of pristine shoreline, in the shadow of an old-growth rainforest. A burbling creek runs adjacent to our camp providing us with all the fresh water we need. The rainforest, where our sleeping tents are set up, wraps around the beach, hugging the shoreline, and our Beach Café perches above it all, providing expansive views to all the action on the water.
Right now, our beach is deserted…
But, in just a few days, though, it will look like this as our guests begin arriving from all over the world, learning how to paddle, then heading out for a day of discoveries:
Robson Bight – Orca Feeding Grounds
The mouth of the world’s only Killer Whale sanctuary, the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve is right next door, so we get a front row seat to watch Orcas coming in and out of their traditional feeding grounds. We’re lucky – our base camp is the closest to this marine preserve, and we’ve spent countless hours over the years watching Orcas, Pacific White-sided dolphins, sea lions and others put on a show right at our doorstep.
Once the kitchen is set up we take to the sleeping area – we inspect all of our wooden tent platforms and rebuild where time and the elements have taken their toll. Tents get erected, sleeping pads unfurled, waiting for the arrival of our first guests.
Then, we hit the beach – cleaning up deadfall and other treasures that have floated onto our shores over the winter, making room for the kayaks and paddles.
These are long days, and nothing feels quite so good at the end of the day than a cold beer and a nice hot shower. Nice hot shower, you say? In the middle of the wilderness? Indeed. Last year we unveiled the Wobbly Bear Spa — an on-demand hot water shower house — one of the greatest indulgences we have at camp (and the perfect place to warm up and wind down at the end of a day on the water).
Once our work is done building platforms, setting up the kitchen, cleaning and storing our kayaks and paddles…we sit by the fire and listen to the sound of the ocean, knowing that we’ll soon be sharing this magical place with this season’s guests. Once we’re back we’ll share some behind-the-scenes photos of the gang getting camp organized this year.
Want to Come? There’s Still Space
Why not? We still have a few slots open for this season – if you’d like to experience the magic of Orca Camp for yourself call, or book on-line – we promise, it’ll be an adventure you’ll long remember.
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