We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with Wildcoast Adventures Ltd. to offer travelers a ‘trip of a lifetime’ experience with a seven-day Premium Orca Camp tour package. The package includes four days at Wildcoast’s Orca Camp, where guests camp and kayak next to the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve in Johnstone Straight — a sanctuary for killer whales — combined with first-class accommodation before and after at Gowlland Harbour Resort.
The opportunity to see Orca whales in their natural habitat is definitely a ‘Top 10′ bucket list adventure for many people and pairing it with a stay at a beautiful boutique retreat like Gowlland Harbour Resort provides an outstanding experience and level of service not offered by other local tour operators.
“This part of Canada offers truly spectacular wildlife, especially whales and other marine life. Paddling the waters deemed a critical habitat for both resident and transient Orca whales provides travelers from all over the world the best opportunity to see these majestic creatures in the wild!” enthuses Wildcoast co-owner and tour operator Valerie Glendenning. “Combining a luxurious stay and sumptuous gourmet meals with rustic outdoor adventure offers the best of both worlds for the discerning adventure traveler."
Killer whales migrate vast distances during the year, feeding abundantly in summer waters off the west coast of Canada. The whale population has been consistent in and around Johnstone Straight for many generations, however, given the increasing threats to their ongoing existence, there is no better time than now to book this ‘bucket list’ trip.
Guests begin and end their Premium Orca Camp vacation at Gowlland Harbour Resort where they are warmly welcomed and settled into their private room with king-sized bed and ensuite bathroom. The peaceful beauty of the Resort’s waterfront location encourages visitors to reconnect with nature by wandering the property, relaxing in the outdoor hot tub or rejuvenating in the cedar sauna. Daily breakfast includes fresh, local ingredients and homemade baking. “We cater to travelers who enjoy the quiet serenity of a small island resort along with top-notch service and amenities. This is the perfect spot to unwind, take in the scenery and delight in delicious food,” says Mariana Gabilondo, manager and executive chef at Gowlland Harbour Resort.
On day three of the adventure, guests take a two-hour trip by water taxi to Wildcoast’s remote Orca Camp where they spend four days camping in safari tents, eating delicious meals and kayaking while watching for whales who often feed in the kelp beds just off the Orca Camp beach. Wilderness activities such as native style sauna, swimming in the mountain-fed river and venturing out on exploratory hikes are also part of the fun. Optional activities can be added during your stay at Gowlland Harbour Resort for an additional fee and range from golf and fishing charters to art studio tours, wine tasting and day hikes.
The Orca Camp Premium 7-Day Tour is offered from June 29th to September 18th. For rates and more information, visit Wildcoast Adventures’ website at wildcoastadventures.com.