Seeing Killer Whales (Orcas) in their natural habitat is breathtaking – imagine sea kayaking where they roam! Capturing this remarkable experience and finding the best spot to go kayaking with orcas is what you will discover when you take a trip to Wildcoast’s remote Orca Camp.
Canada’s west coast is know for it’s large population of orcas. As the northern resident killer whales travel down the coast to feed on salmon, you will be right there at Wildcoast’s Orca Camp. Launching your kayak into the waters of Johnstone Strait each day in prime killer whale territory.
Time at camp is an experience not to be missed. Safari sleeping tents, hot tub, gourmet food, and a rambling beach make this Johnstone Strait’s best glamping experience.
- Camp is located in prime killer whale territory
- Great opportunities to see wildlife, whether you are out kayaking or relaxing at camp
- Custom coastal cuisine designed by Quadra Island Gourmet Chef
- Wood-heated common area and dining room
- Spacious safari sleeping tents on wood platforms
- Comfy beds and warm, cozy blankets ALL provided
- Wood-fired Hot Tub and Native Sauna
- Hot water shower
- High staff to guest ratio
- Small group size
MEETING LOCATION: Wildcoast Adventures is located at 685 Heriot Bay Road just a short distance by foot or by car from the BC Ferry Terminal in Quathiaski Cove. The day before heading up to camp, an optional afternoon briefing is held on Quadra Island.
Boat Ride to Camp
Meet the water taxi at Discovery Launch in Campbell River at 8:00am. Your expert guide will brief you about your boat ride to camp. The 2.5 hour journey passes through the Discovery Passage and the infamous ‘Seymour Narrows’ . Sightings of porpoises, dolphins, and whales are common even before reaching camp. Arriving at camp, you’ll be greeted by camp staff and settled into your wilderness accommodations. An afternoon kayak orientation will prepare you for your first paddle.
A Full Day of Kayaking
A full day of exploration along the coast in your kayak awaits. While you paddle in killer whale territory listening for orca blows, your guides will provide details about the resurgence of wildlife in this remote part of the coast as well as the ongoing threats to this critical habitat. Not only is being on the water spectacular, but you will also venture inland to a beautiful waterfall where the brave can go for a dip in the glacial waters.
Crossing the Johnstone Strait
It’s time to venture across Johnstone Strait to the island opposite camp. Kayaking along the shores we will keep a lookout for bears and cubs that often forage on the beach. After the day’s paddling adventures evening will be topped off with a native sauna, a great end to a fantastic day.
Last Day at Camp
One last chance for a sunrise paddle. Soak up the final moments of your wilderness experience while hanging out on the beach awaiting the water taxi. You will arrive back in Campbell River at approximately 3:00 pm.
Pricing & Dates
4 days, 3 nights
Jul 31-Aug 3
Aug 30-Sep 2
Orca Camp Deluxe
Orca Camp + one night at a spectacular Quadra Island Resort prior to departure
5 days, 4 nights
Jul 30-Aug 3
Aug 29-Sep 2
“…the Camp Was Better Than I Could Have Imagined With A Hot Water Shower, Roomy Tents On Platforms And A Large, Wood-heated Cook Tent Where We Gathered For Meals And To Socialize. …a Perfect Place To Slow Down And Leave Your Cares Behind!”
“This Was One of Our Best Holidays Ever. The Highlight Was Seeing Pods Of Orcas On The First And Last Days – From The Beach And Twice From Kayaks.”
“Just Returned From Orca Camp And It Was Fabulous! Seriously Can’t Say Enough Good Things! The Guides Were Wonderful, The Food Was Exceptionally Good, The Camp Was Great. I Would Go Back In A Heartbeat!”