Orca Camp Wildlife Photography Trip

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Guided Multi-Day Whale Watching and Sea Kayaking Photography Workshop with Brendan van Son


Join Canadian travel and wildlife photographer, Brendan van Son on a once-in-a-lifetime photography workshop in the heart of Orca waters!

This is no ordinary photography workshop - it's a full immersion experience in the traditional centre of Orca and Humpback whale territory - in a pristine wilderness setting at the ocean's edge.

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Spend your mornings learning Brendan's best techniques to capture inspired landscape and wildlife photos, then put your lessons into practice kayaking the tranquil inlets and quiet sounds of the Johnstone Strait, seeking out perfect subjects to shoot. Picnic lunches on deserted islands, whale-watching from the seat of a kayak and gourmet meals served around a blazing campfire round out your five-day experience.

This unique guided kayak/photography tour inspires budding and accomplished photographers alike. No previous photography or kayaking experience is necessary, but a love of outdoor adventure and a DSL-R camera are required.


5 Days / 4 Nights

SEPTEMBER 10 - 14, 2016

CAN$ 2,915.00 (+5% GST) per person


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  • whale-watching trip aboard the Naiad Explorer
  • 5 days of expert instruction by one of Canada's leading photographers
  • 5 days Orca Camp with qualified guide/assistant kayak guide
  • water-taxi between Port McNeill and Base Camp
  • sleeping bag, mattress & full-size pillow
  • Luxury cedar shower house with on-demand hot water
  • all group & kayak equipment, tents, hydrophone, life jackets, paddling gloves/ pogies, booties, use of dry bag
  • all meals as outlined


  • transfer from/to Port McNeill from home city
  • personal expenses and equipment
  • any extra expenses incurred because of weather and logistical delays, delayed departures of chartered or scheduled flights



About Orca Base Camp

Orca Camp Base Camp is located on a pristine stretch of craggy beach, right at the ocean's edge on northeast Vancouver Island. An old-growth rainforest with towering trees that are hundreds of years old provide the backdrop for your slumber. This area is perfect for spending time on the trail as part of an interpretive hike or for capturing photos of resident wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions and the occasional glimpse of otters.

Orca Camp is your staging ground for adventure, and perhaps no better place to see Canada's iconic wildlife in their natural habitat. View Humpbacks and Killer whales in comfort and safety from shore, or from the seat of a tandem kayak with professional guides leading the way. Our Base Camp is in prime Orca habitat, adjacent to the protected rubbing beaches at Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve, the world's only designated Killer Whale habitat. 


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Day 1

Meals: L / D
Meet your trip companions for a guided whale watch cruise deep into the heart of Blackfish Sound and the Broken Islands Group affording you myriad opportunities to photograph the abundant wildlife found here, including Humpback whales, Minke whales, Pacific White-sided dolphins, Dall's porpoises, Harbour seals and Stellar sea lions and more. Afterward, a private watertaxi transfers you to the craggy shores of Orca Base Camp, near Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, the world's only protected Killer Whale habitat. Guides will brief you on the base camp set up, sea kayaking procedures and safety precautions before you tuck into dinner served oceanside! Sunset is the perfect lighting to capture magical landscape imagery. Brendan will lead a workshop introducing the subject of lighting and composition and then you'll have the rest of the available light to put his lesson into practice.

Day 2, 3, 4

Meals: B / L / D
Each morning begins with guided photography instruction followed by kayak outings in the traditional territorial waters of Orcas. Picnic on deserted islands, enjoying short hikes and interpretive walks as well as beach-combing, and of course, personal instruction on wildlife photography.

Day 5

Meals: B / L
Your last day is again spent exploring the surrounding areas in the hope of seeing Orcas and other marine wildlife. In the late afternoon, the watertaxi will return you to Port McNeill.


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