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“A terrific adventure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wildcoast Adventures - Day Tours

Wildcoast Adventures - Day Tours
685 Heriot Bay Rd | Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia V0P 1N0, Canada
+1 250-204-0420
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Owner description: Providing quality guided kayak tours from Quadra Island, BC. Join our comfortable Orca Base Camp tour in Johnstone Strait, next to Robson Bight Michael Biggs Ecological Reserve. Kayak in waters where Killer Whales play! Spacious Safari tents & cots, close enough to hear the blows of the Orca! Or experience the un-ending channels and wilderness of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands, or the Coastal Inlets on an expedition! Rentals and day tours also available daily at our location
Winnipeg, Canada
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“A terrific adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Our group had a wonderfully terrific adventure exploring the " Discovery Islands". Our guide, Justin, was absolutely terrific and very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. The meals were interesting, filling and very flavorful. The sleeping bags and tents all provided were top notch. First time kayaking but it was absolutely no trouble and length of day was expertly tailored to the group's fitness level. The phosphorescence at Freedom Point was a tremendous highlight. We enjoyed beach fires, great new friendships, clear skies with stars and meteorites. I highly recommend this company and this trip. Hard to imagine how it could be better!

Visited August 2013
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“Kayaking and wildlife watching at OrcaCamp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I recently got back from four days at Wildcoast’s Orca Camp on Vancouver Island. The days were filled with wildlife encounters, great food, ocean kayaking, relaxation and lots of good times. Everything is provided for you as well as some luxuries like the hot shower and beach sauna. It was such a shame that there was a fire ban on while we visited so we couldn’t use the latter! The camp is very well set up with the main communal tent and deck, and I certainly appreciated the hot drinks and snacks that were always available. If you want more time to yourself, there are plenty of beautiful spots around camp (the stream, the beach, the huge cedar tree!) to enjoy some solitude.

We saw Orcas on our third day, during our lunch break after paddling across the Strait. Even with the 4km distance we could see the dorsal fins; imagine how big they were! Although our group was unlucky with Orcas, we saw plenty of other creatures to satisfy us, including Dall's porpoises, dolphins and lots of jumping salmon. The guides said on previous trips the local fishermen have offered the camp fresh salmon for dinner. We spotted porpoises from the beach, as well as on kayak trips. On our very last paddle we were surrounded by at least seven porpoises in the early morning fog: amazing! On every kayak trip our guides took every opportunity they could to show and tell us about the other local wildlife, including crabs, sea stars, jellyfish and sun stars. The kayak instruction was great, with everyone in our group (mixed ages and some absolute beginners included) able to complete the 12km paddle to Naka Point on the second day.

Wildlife isn’t the only highlight of Orca Camp; the location is pretty stunning too. The camp is fairly remote as there is no road access, and it is surprisingly private from the water too. There were gorgeous sunsets every night (sunset paddling available), but I personally enjoyed mornings even more, where the fog would slowly lift off the landscape and mountains. One tip I’d pass on is to definitely bring some warm clothes from the mornings, as it can take a bit of time for the sun to reach camp.

This trip can be as active or relaxing as you want. Either way, there is a still lot to see and experience at Orca Camp. The guides were great, kayaking highly enjoyable and the food was well worth looking forward to every day. Even if you don’t see Orcas at close range, you’re very likely to have a fantastic time regardless. It would be hard not to in a place like this!

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“We'll be back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Just back from an amazing 5-day kayaking/camping trip ("Discovery Islands"). Pretty much perfect - comfortable camping gear (all provided), nice small group of lovely people, great food, and the whole trip tailored to our fitness levels and interests.

Visited August 2013
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“Unforgettable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I spent my second tour in the orca camp. Already two years ago I was overwhelmed by the experience: Pure nature, quietness, the suspense of "Will they pass by? When? Where?", the peaceful location amongst the trees of the rain forest, the distance from "real life" - it is just out of this world.
Now for this year it has even been improved a lot: The tent cabins are standing on platforms, there is a kitchen/"living room" tent with space for everybody and more which can e heated, a "patio" as look-out in front of it and a shower even with hot water.
In addition to the two very good and helpful guides there is a cook, which gives the guides the time to offer early morning and sunset kayakings. This is very important and improves the stay in more than just the quality of the meals: The guides have more time and energy for their real task which is kayaking and caring for the guests' wellbeing as well as for the maintenance of the camp.
There are two things which just can't be planned nor controlled: The weather (with heated "saloon tent" and hot shower not that much of a problem any more) and the appearance of animals. You just have to be ready to enjoy what nature offers - if you are not able to adapt, stay better at home.
Thank you very much for doing a perfect job, everybody of Wildcoast Adventures!
I'm looking forward to my third stay!

Visited August 2013
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“Orca Camp experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We booked the Orca Camp 3 night package. It was a wonderful experience. The 2-hour water taxi to get there was quite bumpy (but much calmer on the return; warning - no bathroom on board!). The guides, Bender and Corey, were great - we really enjoyed their company and expertise, and of course, their cooking. Even had Eggs Benedict one morning! It was also fortunate that our fellow guests were really a pleasure. The camp was set up well. Enjoyed the beach-side hot water shower. The sauna is a great idea, as long as you can handle the heat and the small space. It looked like fun for those who did partake. The days of kayaking were really enjoyable - most of us had very little experience, or none.

Being right beside the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve meant that we weren't allowed to kayak into the reserve so had to just kayak to the south and east. The strange thing is that the commercial fishermen ARE allowed into that area, and frequently were laying their nets right through the reserve. We're not sure, but this may have been a factor in why we saw so few whales (only saw them by the camp the first night when there were no fish boats).

Overall though it was a wonderful experience that we would recommend to anyone wanting to get out into the wilderness for some kayaking, yet with comforts such as prepared meals, nice tents with cots already set up, and a hot-water shower!

Visited June 2013
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