One word: Orcas. If you're traveling any part of the Pacific Northwest next to sounds, straits or any other killer-whale-friendly bodies, your job -- nay, your obligation -- is to find a pod of orcas post-haste and fill a memory card with pictures. Sea Kayak Adventures wants to make this happen for you and is running a three-day Labor Day weekend outing Sept. 3-5 that includes a guided sea kayak tour with camping along the Johnstone Strait off northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The package is $995 per adult and $889 per child and includes kayaks, camping accommodations, meals, instruction and guides. It also takes visitors to one of the few places where they are guaranteed to see orcas without watching them do backflips into steel tanks with wetsuit-clad trainers on their backs. Johnstone Strait is home to the world's only Orca preserve - Robson Bight.

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The scientific name for orca whales, Orcinus orca, literally translates to “Demon of the Deep.” In English, they are most commonly known as killer whales. Both names suggest that they are dangerous animals, to be feared, and kept at a safe distance.