This week was amazing from start to finish, with orca encounters to take your breath away! Guests on our Johnstone Strait Base Camp tour Aug 15-18 on northern Vancouver Island were thrilled to view over 60 killer whales!  We observed pods: A30′s, I15′s, A23′s, A35′s & Springer, A36′s, A12, A34′s and the A24 matrilines of fish-eating "northern resident" killer whales feasting on the peak salmon runs. Quite often it seemed like everywhere you turned there were killer whales!

The weather conditions in the strait were superb all week. With calm seas and spectacular lighting we had some great paddling conditions and photo opportunities. One magical day - There is no better start to the day than waking up and seeing killer whales just meters from the beach at our exclusive campsite in Johnstone Strait.  Even our breakfast crew got to whale watch, which made them very happy!  The A30s were foraging in the area, and tour participants got to see some wonderful close encounters near the rocky shore as the orca had their ‘breakfast’ feasting on the prevalent salmon runs. Again in the afternoon we saw the orcas, this time we were paddling towards Robson Bight as they foraged spread out across the strait. They were very active with lots of spy hops and tail slaps.  We had a great look at an eagle on some rock bluffs with a fat fish flapping in its beak!  What an amazing sight!

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