Kayak Adventures: Premium 7-Day vacations on Vancouver Island
Go Kayaking with Killer Whales on our Premium Kayak Vacations!
7 days & 6 nights
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Imagine sea kayaking in remote waters alongside Vancouver Island where killer whales reside. Have the privilege of waking one morning and hearing the sounds of a mammal as beautiful, graceful, and powerful as an Orca (also known as the ‘killer whale’). This spectacular 7-day vacation package (4-days at Orca Camp combined with 3 days luxury boutique coastal resort accommodation) provides you with the unique opportunity for kayaking with killer whales in the wild.
Your kayak adventure vacation package includes accommodation before and after your Orca Camp adventure at the beautiful Gowlland Harbour Boutique Resort on Quadra Island. This allows you to enjoy your kayak holiday from beginning to end without having to worry about missing ferry or flight connections.
Begin your trip at beautiful Gowlland Harbour Resort
Coming from a long flight abroad or a trip up the coast? Upon arrival at the Gowlland Harbour Oceanfront Resort on Quadra Island BC, you are warmly welcomed and set up to stay in your own private room or if you are with a larger group in your own private guest house.
Nestled on acres of lush coastal landscape on spectacular Quadra Island, B.C., Gowlland Harbour Resort, where guests stay prior to the boat trip up to Wildcoast’s remote Orca Camp, is a hidden gem. Recently featured for its outstanding cuisine in National Geographic Travel’s ’50 Places of a Lifetime: Canada this little known Discovery Islands boutique resort is a hidden paradise on the West Coast of Canada.
While relaxing on your first full day, consider adding a local adventure from the many activities offered on Quadra Island. Whether you want to spend time mountain biking, hanging out on the beach or visiting the aboriginal cultural centre, there’s lots to explore.
Orca Camp awaits your arrival!
During the 4-day expedition portion of this trip, you will stay in a remote camping spot (Orca Camp) on Vancouver Island specially designed for our kayak vacation tours and adventures. You will be immersed in the wilderness right next to the beautiful wildlife on the West Coast of BC. All this while having the amenities that will keep you comfortable during the week.
After your first two days at the beautiful Gowlland Harbour Resort, to get to ‘Orca Camp’ on the morning of Day 3, you will board a water taxi taking you to our scenic spot with accommodation and safari tents situated directly beside the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. This is where Orca and humpback whales spend their days throughout the summer. It is also the premier spot for viewing Orcas and kayaking with killer whales in their playground. Orca Camp gives you the best chance of seeing Orcas in their natural environment, while not disturbing the everyday activities of their lives.
During the four-day portion of this kayak adventure you will not only kayak, you’ll sleep in safari tents, eat amazing food and participate in wilderness activities such as a native style sauna, plunging into the mountain-fed river, and exploratory hikes.
The rambling rocky beach at Wildcoast Adventure’s Orca Camp provides spectacular whale watching right where you sleep! It’s 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 Adventure’s Orca Camp boasts:
Ideal location: best whale viewing, whether you are kayaking or relaxing at camp
Custom coastal cuisine designed by Gowlland Harbour Resort’s Gourmet Chef
Large wood-heated, common area and dining tent
Spacious safari sleeping tents on platforms
Comfy cots and warm 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, BC. 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.
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.
Back to Civilization (almost)…
Upon return to Gowlland Harbour after your kayak adventure, you’ll return to the luxury of crisp linens and an outdoor hot tub in the peaceful beauty of the Resort’s waterfront location for your final night’s stay. There is no better way to cap off an amazing wilderness experience! 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
June – September (click BOOK NOW to see trip calendar)
from $1595 per person, 7 days & 6 nights
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