Kayak in Killer Whale Territory

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Kayak British Columbia and Search for Orcas in the Wild!

orca-camp-595-kayaking-johnstone-strait-bc circleSeeing Killer Whales in their natural habitat is breathtaking – imagine sea kayaking where they roam! Wildcoast’s Orca Camp, next to Johnstone Strait on Vancouver Island, Canada, is the premier spot to  kayak British Columbia and see Killer Whales (also known as Orca).

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 basecamp, where you will stay, is the only camp located next to the Michael Biggs Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. The reserve is home to the Orca Rubbing Beaches  – making it the premier spot, with a high success rate to encounter orcas in the wild.

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 all call this area home. Breathe the fresh coastal air, smell the ocean and cedar trees.

“…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, the rambling rocky beach provides spectacular whale watching right at camp.

This is an excellent point to kayak british columbia and launch into killer whale territory!  

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: excellent 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 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. These killer whales 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 orcas in the wild in this area is incredibly high.

Discover the sound of Orca blows

Discover the thrill of hearing the distinct Orca blow, whether you’re out sea kayaking or resting in your tent.   The sounds of killer whales can often be heard amidst misty dawns sitting on the water, or by the crackle of the evening fire.

Discover the magic of a wild place, where the Orca play, socialize, and maintain a complex culture all their own. All part of a balance intricately woven together and precious.  

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. Come sea kayaking in Johnstone Strait beside Vancouver Island!

Book Your Time Away to Canada’s Wildcoast!

 
3 Great Trip Options:

Orca Camp Basic
4 days, 3 nightsJul 1 - Jul 16 &
Aug 30 - Sep 14
Jul 19 - Aug 27
4 days camping and kayaking in Johnstone Strait in search of killer whales and other wildlife
- water taxi to Orca Camp from Gowlland Harbour or Campbell River (9:00am departure)
- all camping & kayaking gear provided
- all gourmet Orca Camp meals included
- guest arranges own accommodation prior to camp
C$1399
(per person plus tax)
C$1499
(per person plus tax)
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Orca Camp Deluxe
5 days, 4 nightsJun 30 - Jul 15 &
Sep 2 - Sep 14
Jul 18 - Aug 29
1 day at Gowlland Harbour Resort & 4 days camping and kayaking in Johnstone Strait in search of whales
- water taxi to Orca Camp from Gowlland Harbour dock (9:00am departure)
- all camping & kayaking gear provided
- all gourmet Orca Camp meals included
- pre- Orca Camp trip departure accommodation (incl. continental breakfast) at Gowlland Harbour Resort
C$1499
(per person plus tax)
C$1599
(per person plus tax)
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Orca Camp Premium
7 days, 6 nightsJun 29 - Aug 28Aug 31 - Sep 12
7 day package tour including camping, kayaking, & wilderness tours in search of whales
- 3 nights at spectacular Gowlland Harbour Resort (incl. continental breakfast) + 4 days at Orca Camp.
- zodiac wildlife tour or grizzly bear tour on day two
- water taxi to Orca Camp from Gowlland Harbour dock
- all camping & kayaking gear provided
- all gourmet Orca Camp meals included
Read full 7-day Premium package details here.
C$1899
(per person plus tax)
C$1999
(per person plus tax)
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7 day Orca Kayak Vacation Package

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.  You can often witness whales feeding by the kelp right from our beach, or even while enjoying a meal! 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 killer whales in this area is incredibly high. “Above quotes are from Wildcoast Tripadvisor and Facebook review pages. Read more reviews.”

 

 

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