Kayak with Killer Whales
Orca Camp Kayak Tour & Vacation
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Kayak with Killer Whales in their natural habitat
Seeing Killer Whales in their natural habitat is breathtaking – imagine sea kayaking amongst them! Wildcoast’s basecamp, next to Johnstone Strait on Vancouver Island, BC, is the premier spot for seeing beautiful, graceful, and powerful Killer Whales.
Imagine being in your sea kayak with killer whales approaching from the distance – your adrenaline starts to pump, an experience that is unforgettable.
“As a avid expedition kayaker and photographer, this experience was phenomenal! …Orca swam past the camp two of the four days; one was 30 feet from shore–one of the closest encounters I’ve had…”
The Wildcoast Orca Camp, where you will stay, is the only camp located next to the Michael Biggs Robson Bight Ecological Reserve (home of the Orca Rubbing Beaches), in the heart of Johnstone Strait on Vancouver Island, BC – making it the premier spot, with the highest success rate to encounter and kayak with killer whales in their natural environment. Both resident and transient Killer Whale pods frequent this area.
Escape into Canada’s Coastal Wild with our Orca Camp vacation package
The trip to camp is a journey taken by charter boat up the Inside Passage alongside Vancouver Island: enjoy mountain views, and the opportunities to see nature before we even reach camp: bald eagles, bears, seals, sea lions, humpback whales, or porpoises. Breathe the fresh coastal air, smell the ocean and cedars.
“…On our very last paddle we were surrounded by at least seven porpoises in the early morning fog: amazing! …Wildlife isn’t the only highlight of Orca Camp; the location is pretty stunning too.”
Explore Wildcoast’s Orca Camp
Located next to a flowing glacial stream directly beside Robson Bight, facing Johnstone Strait, the rambling rocky beach provides spectacular whale watching right at camp and an excellent launch point to kayak with killer whales! Explore the camp trails up to higher view points, over to private nooks by the stream, and into the rainforest to view ancient cedars.
Whether you are up early watching for orcas from the beach or heading out for a sunset paddle, time at Orca Camp is relaxing and magical. There is no better way to escape life’s everyday stresses than to spend time sea kayaking in the wilderness.
Wildcoast’s Orca Camp boasts:
- Location: best whale viewing, whether you are sea kayaking or relaxing at camp
- Custom coastal cuisine designed by Gowlland Harbour Resort’s Gourmet Chef
- Large wood-heated, covered common area and dining room
- Spacious safari sleeping tents on platforms
- Comfy cots and warm new sleeping bags ALL provided
- Hot water showers
- High staff to guest ratio
- Small group size
Every day you will go kayaking in waters deemed a critical habitat for both resident (fish-eating) and transient (mammal-eating) Orca pods who spend their summers in and around the Robson Bight Reserve in Johnstone Strait. Given their wild nature, you can never be guaranteed of seeing an Orca, however your chances to view and kayak with killer whales in this area is incredibly high.
Discover the sound of Orca blows
Amidst misty dawns sitting on the water, or the crackle of the fire – set to a dramatic sunset. Discover the magic of a wild place, where the Orca play, socialize, and maintain a complex culture all their own; part of a balance intricately woven together and precious.
Discover the thrill of hearing the distinct Orca blow, whether you’re out sea kayaking or resting in your tent.
Bring us your spirit of adventure and we will look after everything else! From accommodations to gear, we provide comfort and enjoyment in the midst of the vastly untouched British Columbia wilderness while sea kayaking in Johnstone Strait beside Vancouver Island.
Book Your Time Away to Canada’s Wildcoast!
2014 SEASON: July – September (click BOOK NOW to see trip calendar)
|Orca Camp |
|Orca Camp Deluxe||Orca Camp Premium|
|4 days, 3 nights||5 days, 4 nights||7 days, 6 nights|
|Guest arranges their own accommodations prior to camp||Pre-night stay at spectacular Gowlland Harbour Resort (incl. continental breakfast)||3 nights at spectacular Gowlland Harbour Resort (incl. continental breakfast) + 4 days at Orca Camp|
|-||-||Zodiac Wildlife and Rapids tour or Grizzly Bear tour on day two.|
|Transportation to and from Orca Camp from Quadra Island (you will spend 4 days and 3 nights at Orca Camp!)||Transportation to and from Orca Camp from Quadra Island (you will spend 4 days and 3 nights at Orca Camp!)||Transportation to and from Orca Camp from Quadra Island (you will spend 4 days and 3 nights at Orca Camp!)|
|All Gourmet Orca Camp meals included||All Gourmet Orca Camp meals included||All Gourmet Orca Camp meals included|
|All camping & kayaking gear provided||All camping & kayaking gear provided||All camping & kayaking gear provided|
(per person plus tax)
|from C$1395 |
(per person plus tax)
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Everything else you need to know:
What are the chances of seeing a killer whale?
Both resident (fish-eating) and transient (mammal-eating) Orca pods frequent this area to feed on the abundant summer food sources of Johnstone Strait, which you can witness right from our beach, or even while enjoying a meal! While some Orcas are in these waters all year long, during the summer months all Northern Resident pods congregate in Johnstone Strait to feed on the abundant migration of salmon. Given their wild nature, you can never be guaranteed of seeing an Orca, however your chances to view and kayak with killer whales in this area is incredibly high.
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