Arrival in Port McNeill
Today you have quite a long journey to Port McNeill. As you head north, the towns and infrastructure are replaced by wilderness and villages. If you’re arriving from Tofino, take a walk along the Port of Campbell River. The area is known for salmon so you’ll see people fishing on the pier. There are many restaurants and shops in Port McNeill, a nice treat before heading to a secluded bay for the next few days.
Whale Interpretive Centre & arrival to Camp
This morning, your Orca adventure begins! You’ll meet your fellow travellers, explore the area, and visit the Whale Interpretive Centre. Later, a water taxi will take you to Camp, where you’ll spend the next 2 nights. You’ll say hello to the guides and get a brief introduction. The first dinner is served with a view of the water and maybe a view of an orca if you’re lucky!
Sea Kayaking and Hiking
The waters off the coast of British Columbia are home to 250 orcas that spend the summer months in the Johnstone Strait. After breakfast, you’ll board your double kayaks, and head out with your guide. You’ll have the opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat. Depending on the weather conditions and, of course, the whale’s movements, you’ll alternate between sea kayaks and short hikes on shore.
It’s then time to stop for a picnic lunch before approaching the big sea creatures. You’ll paddle south towards the Robson Bight Eco Reserve. It’s a truly unique experience and will get your heart pounding! Throughout the day, you’ll also spot other animals, from eagles to sea lions and otters. In the evening, you can sit by the campfire and exchange your experience with the other travellers whilst winding down with a bottle of wine. Then, all that’s left to do is to fall asleep to the soft sounds of the sea.
Departure from Orca Camp
Today, a hearty breakfast awaits, then it’s time for another whale-watching day. Afterwards you can stroll along the beach with your guide who’ll tell you about the wildlife, the nature and the ecological reserve. In the afternoon you’ll be transferred back to Port McNeill. Take a look across the Johnstone Strait for a last glimpse of the orcas. You’ll stay another night before driving on the next day.
Departure from Port McNeill
After two nights at the camp, you’ll really enjoy the comfort and warmth of a hotel bed. If two nights isn’t enough for you, we can always add an additional night at camp. You’ll likely be heading to back to Vancouver today, or if you want to spend more time on Vancouver Island, then we suggest heading to Quadra Island to kayak at sunset.
A peek at your accommodation