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“incredible experience”

Wildcoast Adventures - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 9 Tours in Quadra Island
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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
Redmond, Oregon
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108 reviews
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“incredible experience”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

it was an outstanding trip, guides make or break kayak trips like this and our guides Justin and Haley were fantastic. The company has great customer service that starts with Valarie in their office and extends all through company. only two complaints they tell you they provide pillows BRING YOUR OWN they are tiny and frankly worthless and the bathroom smells and I mean it is up high and you can smell from the beach and it had flies.....other than that the camp is great and the food quite good. stay at Gowlland Harbor Resort and book with Wild Coast and you will have a great time

Visited August 2013
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Hydrovalouria, Manager at Wildcoast Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Hi airportcarrie n! Thanks for the review! I’m glad that you had a fantastic time, and Justin and Haley took good care of you :D I’m happy you enjoyed all the upgrades of Orca Camp, but sorry to hear the issues with the outdoor privy. We've made some immediate changes that ensure the air remains fresh! We'll also take into account your pillow comment and have extra available at camp for guests to double up, in addition to considering some future options for guests.

We strive to provide a top-notch experience so addressing your comments is a top priority. Thank you for your feedback, as it has resulted in fine-tuning the experience for our future guests! We're happy you had an incredible experience!

Warm regards, Wildcoast
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“A terrific adventure”
Reviewed 25 August 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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Brighton
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“Kayaking and wildlife watching at OrcaCamp”
Reviewed 18 August 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!

Visited August 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“We'll be back!”
Reviewed 17 August 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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Zurich
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26 reviews
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“Unforgettable experience”
Reviewed 14 August 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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