Kayaking with Killer Whales
Premium 7-Day Vacation Package!
This spectacular 7-Day kayak vacation package combines Wildcoast’s remote sea kayaking and camping vacation on a remote section of Vancouver Island with accommodation before and after at the beautiful Gowlland Harbour Boutique Resort allowing you to enjoy your kayak holiday from beginning to end without having to worry about missing ferry or flight connections.
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Imagine sea kayaking in remote waters alongside Vancouver Island where killer whales reside and having the privilege of being close to a mammal as beautiful, graceful, and powerful as an Orca (Killer Whale). This vacation provides you with the best opportunity for kayaking with killer whales in the wild.
Begin your trip at beautiful Gowlland Harbour
Upon arrival at the Gowlland Harbour Oceanfront Resort on Quadra Island, you are warmly welcomed and set up to stay in your own private room. While relaxing after the flight from abroad or trip up the coast, on your first full day you can select an adventure from the many activities offered on Quadra Island ranging from paddle boarding in the resort’s harbour to daily fishing charters and artist tours.
Orca Camp awaits your arrival!
On the morning of Day 3, you will board a water taxi and head out to the remote Wildcoast Orca Camp situated directly beside the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve where resident and transient Orcas spend their days throughout the summer. This is the premier spot for viewing Orcas and kayaking with killer whales in their playground as both resident and transient Orca pods frequent this area to enjoy the salmon that feeds off the kelp beds directly in front of our Orca Camp beach. While Orcas are in these waters all year long, only the mild summer temperatures enable camping in this remote region and the best chance of seeing Orcas in their natural environment. During your four days at Orca Camp you will kayak, sleep in safari tents, eat amazing food and participate in wilderness activities such as native style sauna, plunging into the mountain-fed river, & exploratory hikes.
The rambling rocky beach at Orca Camp provides spectacular whale watching right at camp and an excellent launch point to go kayaking 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.
Wildcoast’s Orca Camp boasts:
- Location: best whale viewing, whether you are kayaking or relaxing at camp
- Dedicated camp cook, trained specifically to prepare our 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 paddle 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 are incredibly high.
Back to Civilization (almost)…
Upon return to Gowlland Harbour after the Orca Camp adventure, you return to the luxury of crisp linens and outdoor hot tub in the peaceful beauty of the Resort’s waterfront location for your final night’s stay. We can think of no better way to cap off an amazing wilderness experience! Definitely a bucket list adventure you don’t want to miss!
(Note: costs for activities on Quadra Island are extra and dependant on activity)
Book Your Time Away to Canada’s Wildcoast!
Premium 7-Day Package: $1545 per person
(based on double occupancy)
– or –
Orca Camp Only – 4 days & 3 nights: $1,195 per person
June – September (click BOOK NOW to see trip calendar)
Everything you need to know:
- Life at Orca Camp: relax, eat, explore
- Preparing for your trip: don’t forget your camera
- Kayaking: no experience necessary
- The Magnificent Orca & Robson Bight: facts & figures
- More Orca Camp Pictures: Visit our Gallery