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Spirit of the West Adventures

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Heriot Bay, Canada
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About Spirit of the West Adventures
Spirit of the West kayaking Adventures has been offering sea kayaking tours and trips around Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, since 1996. Our most popular tours travel to the orca waters of Johnstone Strait, British Columbia to kayak in the realm of the whales. We also offer trips to Desolation Sound, the Broughton Archipelago, Nuchatlitz Marine Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island and the Great Bear Rainforest on the Central Coast. We also offer tours to the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas and Chilean Patagonia during the North American winter.
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L H wrote a review Aug. 2020
Burnaby, Canada16 contributions3 helpful votes
We loved this trip so much, it is hard to choose what to put into a review. We had booked before Covid closures but luckily were able to re-book a modified version as a private tour for two couples upon reopening. Staying in the camp was a dream. We had the joy of camping but with a comfortable bed, lovely meals and a hot tub. The humpback whales and orcas put on a good show for us right from shore. Covid changes meant that we did not have the whale watching tour nor the scenic boat ride up from Quadra but we did have more time in camp and more paddling time which was equally good. Through choice of routes, local knowledge and timing the guides made each paddling outing unique and wonderful. Anyone of any age would enjoy the beauty and solitude of this trip but it was especially good for mature campers or groups of mixed abilities as each person could do as much or as little paddling as they chose. We live in British Columbia and are a little bit accustomed to glorious scenery, but this trip is something special. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures
Responded Aug. 29, 2020
This is so wonderful to hear! We are so glad you had such a great trip and were able to get out and enjoy especially in these stressful times. We are a little spoiled for sure with this incredible location, our super team who really do love what they do and guests such as yourselves who are up for fun, kind and up for adventure. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience and review, we really appreciate it. We hope to have you join us again one day.
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binderdundat wrote a review Aug. 2020
Vancouver306 contributions148 helpful votes
This was my third trip with Spirit of theWest and the experience once again exceeded my expectations. We had booked back in January, before COVID was on the radar. While our original trip was canceled, the team at Spirit of the West created an amazing 5-day custom expedition through the beautiful Discovery Islands for our group of 6 friends. Same outstanding service, guiding, paddling, scenery and food as on my previous trips, with the addition this year of well-thought out and executed COVID precautions. It was comforting to see that Spirit of the West have done everything possible to keep their guests, guides, staff and communities safe. Paddling in the Discovery Islands is lovely ...wild and beautiful and peaceful with eagles flying overhead and plenty of seals, otters and porpoises in the scenic channels. It was wonderful to get away during these challenging times. This trip has given me a whole new appreciation for the natural beauty of British Columbia. Thank you Rick, Breanne, Victoria, Rebecca, Brandon, Beverley and everyone behind the scenes who made this trip possible. I look forward to paddling with you again.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures
Responded Aug. 24, 2020
This is what makes all it all worth it! We are so thrilled to hear that you had another great trip (yeah for your 3rd trip with us!). COVID sure threw some curveballs (to put it mildly) at us all and we are so thankful that you were able to join us and that you could relax knowing we were doing everything in our power to keep everyone safe. We are so glad that you were able to get away, into nature, and relax and recharge. We are so fortunate to have such a great team, wonderful guests, and an awesome place to adventure together in. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us and others. We look forward to our next adventure together. Ps 10th trip is free ;) The 10th trip-free offer started as a bit of a joke and we have had a few people take us up on it now!
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Ananda Tremblay wrote a review Mar. 2020
Salt Spring Island, Canada14 contributions2 helpful votes
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This was our 3rd trip with Spirit of the West Adventures. I'm so happy we did this trip, it so worthwhile. Such a rare opportunity to not only have the most unbelievable beaches all to yourself, but even to camp out on them, under the stars, and feel so warm, safe and comfortable. The famous crystal clear turquoise waters are very shallow all throughout the Bahamas bank and in addition to being great for swimming, it is awesome for spotting interesting wildlife from the kayak or beach. for me this was an extremely relaxing holiday, with plenty of opportunity to kick back, but also an opportunity to be very active and challenged in the kayaks, within the safety net of our super knowledgeable guides. Who also happened to be excellent cooks! The food was delicious healthy and plentiful.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures
Responded Mar. 12, 2020
We are so happy to hear that you had another great trip with us. We always enjoy traveling with you two! The Bahamas and in particular the Exuma Cays really is a special place and so different from where we paddle in Canada. We are delighted to hear that you found that perfect mix of relaxation and active vacation. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to the whole team that put these tours together. We look forward to adventuring with you again soon.
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Jotaro Kujo wrote a review Oct. 2019
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Wonderful trip with tons of wildlife and beautiful scenery, big thanks to Marty and Brendon for taking great care of me and my mates for 4 days and cooking for us all the way all the while teaching us idiots how to actually set up a tent.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from SOWAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of the West Adventures
Responded Oct. 30, 2019
We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us! Thank you for taking the time to review us online. We hope to see you out on the water again in the future!
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SereneOlive wrote a review Oct. 2019
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Delicious food! Amazing guides! Lots of wildlife animals! This is a must try experience. I've never went camping before because the idea of mysterious creatures lying in the sea and the presence of insects was revolting to me but I was completely distracted by my fantastic guides Brendon and Marty who were hilarious, attentive and good-natured. Food was great with us all being able to collaborate in the cooking process and we were able to see humpback whales and sealions whilst kayaking! Kayaking was not tiresome at all with the guides being so considerate as they even observed the wind to make sure the speed and direction would not drag us down. We were provided with good camping and kayaking gear that drove this fantastic adventure and I highly recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from SOWAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of the West Adventures
Responded Oct. 25, 2019
This review is truly a great testament to what we strive for here at Spirit of the West! We want people to leave our tours feeling inspired and in awe of the natural world. We want to show guests-of all experience levels-the incredible biodiversity and ecosystems BC's coast has to offer. We don't want novice kayakers or campers to feel intimidated by the prospect of a multi-day tour. Our guides are skilled, kind, and provide excellent environmental interpretation. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and took the time to write us such a lovely review! We hope to see you out on the water in the future!
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