Orca Dreams
Dolphin & Whale Watching • Kayaking & Canoeing
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Orca Dreams whale watching on Vancouver Island is Canada's first multi-day whale watching camp. Orca Dreams is located in the beautiful Broughton Archipelago off Northern Vancouver Island a short distance by boat from Telegraph Cove, BC. Orca Dreams whale watching camp offers killer whale watching and humpback whale watching tours daily. This is also your chance to sea kayak with killer whales, humpback whales and dolphins. Our tents are luxury safari style tents offering you the most comfortable camping experience on the coast.
Heriot Bay, British Columbia, Canada
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Kate B
4 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Friends

We had an absolutely fantastic 4 day trip and would highly recommend Orca Dreams to whomever truly wants to experience observing whales at their best in the wild. There are obviously never any guarantees but our host JD’s knowledge and network in the area are the best there is. Luckily Mother Nature was on our side as the weather (mid August) was perfect and whale viewings were abundant. The Orca Dreams friendly staff are knowledgeable ensuring your stay is safe, clean and a whole lot of fun! Not to mention the food is healthy and delicious. Our group was a fun loving perfect mix of families and couples. The schedule is kept light and organized on a daily basis. We liked this laid back approach as it allowed us to choose activities as we pleased. Definitely worth every penny!
Written August 18, 2020
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DeDraven
Vancouver, Canada9 contributions
Aug. 2020
We've wanted to see whales in the wild and have gone on other excursions before but nothing like this. Most "whale watching" tours feel very commercial, but with Orca Dreams it is a much more personal experience. JD and his team did a wonderful job taking care of us. The accommodations were comfortable and the food is excellent. Having JD take you to various spots in his high speed boat to see humpbacks, orcas and porpoises close by is amazing. And then to top it off, getting to kayak with humpbacks, orcas and sea lions up close is the icing on the cake. And that's not even accounting for the other stuff we did like fishing and crabbing. Probably one of the best experiences I've had on any trip.
Written August 17, 2020
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Dale B
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Aug. 2020 • Solo
I went on the four day, three night tour this week. I was traveling solo, but I had an amazing time and incredible experience with the staff, the other guests and of course the Orcas, Humpbacks and other wildlife.

I was pleased to see appropriate covid procedures were in place (masks on the smaller fishing boat, sanitizer available all around camp, social distancing, reduced group sizes).

The trip leader John (JD) is an incredibly interesting guy and experience guide. He was flexible with daily activities that included hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, and crabbing. I appreciated that I could go with the flow based on what I was feeling each day and with what JD though would create a good experience that day.

The camp was beautiful and had great views out into the straight. I could hear Humpbacks surfacing at all hours and could see them from my tent. The tents were comfortable, African Safari Glamping style, on a solid wooden platform, with proper beds and clean sheets inside. I was pleasantly surprised by the hotshower and bath as well.

There were four general staff that worked around the camp and led kayak trips. They were very friendly, helpful, and had some great travel stories themselves. That made for some nice campfire conversation.

The chef Amy was friendly and helpful too. She cooked some great meals and did a great job incorporating fresh seafood with local produce in every meal. Plus fresh baked goods regularly.

The whale watching was beyond expectations. I would estimate 100+ Orca sightings and 100+ Humpbacks too. I also saw Eagles, Seals, Sea Lions, Dahl Porpoises, Deer, and other sea birds. Every trip out resulted in great sightings.

I would definitely recommend this tour and I hope to come back with my girlfriend next August.
Written August 3, 2020
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Nick north wales
1 contribution
Aug. 2019
Having wanted to see Orcas in the wild my whole life, I can only tell you that Jesus was it worth the wait!
We saw Seals, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles , dozens and dozens of Hump back whales and the great Orcas that make this place their home!
Ryan the guide and all the staff were simply amazing, nothing was too much trouble. We went out on the Teinzing and the kayaks numerous times and even got fairly up close and personal with a Grizzly!
The camp was breath taking, totally wild but it was brilliant to walk around for 4 days without having to carry your wallet or mobile phone.A truly away from it all break that makes you appreciate life and contemplate your future.
This truly was the trip of a life time! When we arrived at a camp a departing guest told us we were going to have the time of our lives... we did and then some! Thank you JD -a totally an utterly outstanding experience I’d love to do again and again! See you soon I hope!
Nick -North Wales
Written September 2, 2019
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Mandyg2011
Woking, UK98 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Couples
Where do I start? This trip was everything I wanted and more. John and team did a brilliant job looking after us. Tents were lovely and real beds which were so comfy. Lovely hot shower. The food was fantastic considering the facilities, chilli, lasagne, pancakes and bacon for a start. We fished one day and the salmon was cooked for dinner. Ryan is just so lovely and funny. Eating dinner around the large table and then a couple of drinks around the campfire. Whales and orcas everywhere plus the bald eagle diving down for the fish heads after our fish were gutted and cleaned. made some lovely friends who we will keep in touch with.
Written August 10, 2019
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Fiona H
Chichester, UK11 contributions
Jul. 2019
What can I say, this place is just the most amazing place ever!!! The people are like family, plenty of laughter, banter and camaraderie. The setting is just so beautiful, the tents are comfortable and warm, the food was as good as home cooking as it gets. As for the wildlife, WOW just WOW, I would highly recommend this place. Thank you all for such a superb time that I and Dave will never ever forget.
Written August 8, 2019
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FAN of orcas
1 contribution
Jul. 2019
Stunning area, good food and never to forget wildlife. Humpback safari area that you cannot imagine how beautiful this part of the world is. Well organised and experienced staff. They have excellnt knowledge of flora and fauna, materials are excellent and very secure guidance during kayaking and very trustworthy. Well done orca team!!
Written August 7, 2019
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Bakes
1 contribution
Jul. 2019 • Couples
We spent 3 nights at Orca Dreams in the Broughton Archipelago in July, 2019...

PROS
- Excellent safari tent accommodations
- Comfy beds
- Tasty and plentiful food
- Knowledgeable and friendly guides and staff
- Wonderful wildlife viewing (whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals, eagles and many other sea birds)
- Well structured daily boat and sea kayaking tours
- Thorough pre-trip information on what to bring

CONS
-Weak coffee

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Orca Dreams. Many thanks to JD, Ryan, Monique, Ray, Jess, and Dan for their efforts in making our stay a memorable one!

Amanda & Neil
Written July 30, 2019
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Hi Amanda and Neil, Thank you for your comment. The coffee situation has been rectified!!! No more week coffee!!!
Written September 10, 2019
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npotter2017
Charlotte, NC145 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Couples
I can't put into words just how amazing this experience was. I have been fortunate enough to experience whale watching tours in Hawaii, California, and Australia and this one experience by far trumps them all. The boats are small, the experience intimate, the hosts (JD and Kelly) are wonderful and clearly passionate about wildlife and in love with their place. We watched from our small boat as a pod of Orcas hunted and killed a sea lion (a rarely witnessed event), listened in on Orcas talking to each other, sat in our small boat while surrounded by humpback whales and watched a bear look for food on a nearby island as sea lions gobbled salmon in the distance. From listening to the humpbacks splash and play at night, to watching eagles soar by, the entire trip was the best that it could be for a nature lover like myself. Few tips: 1) no kids (this is a trip for adults only); 2) follow the packing list -the weather in this part of the world is unpredictable. We used all of the gear we brought. The packing list isn't a suggestion, it is a list of necessities; 3) make sure your toiletries are in a case for safekeeping - the wildlife like all sorts of things; 4) add the cost of a tip of at least 10% to the price to be paid at the end - the guides and staff work hard and it is well deserved 5) come with a relaxed attitude it is camping after all. For best wildlife viewing book a trip in September but beware that it is the start of the rainy season. Although the weather was perfect for us, it had rained for two weeks straight before we got there.
Written October 2, 2018
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Steve Z
New Brunswick, NJ46 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and time at the Orca Dreams camp. The hosts and staff went out of their way to ensure all guests were satisfied and engaged and spending as much time as possible out on the water.

Highlight areas: watching the dolphins play along side our boat; catching fish; kayaking; meeting a great group of guests and staff from all over the world; the food; listening to the sea lions all night; the equipment provided by the camp, which was top notch; all the other animals we saw (Orca, Humpback, Seals, Eagles, Flying Squirrel)

We hope to make it back someday. Several of the guests that were with us were repeat clients.
Written September 24, 2018
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