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Spirit of the West Adventures

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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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Stuart F wrote a review Jul. 2022
Ashford, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
We took part in the Johnstone Strait Ultimate trip. it was amazing! The staff were so helpful and made you feel like friends immediately, they were informative and so warm and welcoming. The pre-trip arrangements were so smooth and the trip itself exceeded our expectations. We were lucky with the wildlife we saw but the camp site was amazing. We loved the trip and the ethos behind all the that team did to promote the care for the environment and a love and appreciation of the spectacular location and opportunity to share it with others.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Andrew W wrote a review Sep. 2021
Lions Bay, Canada24 contributions27 helpful votes
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We had an incredible experience. The staff were absolutely delightful and very professional and Spirit of the West did so much to make the trip special. Gifts and Prosecco to two people celebrating their joint 60th, lovely appetizer platters when we returned from our day of kayaking right down to hot water bottles to take to bed :) Aleah was a great cook and Alex and Thomas wonderful guides. Alex was up long before daylight with her flashlight on our last day to bring us a whole selection of marine life for a talk she gave over breakfast. There was not a detail left out. We would highly recommend Spirit of the West.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures
Responded Mar. 12, 2022
Thank you for your kind words! We pride ourselves on personalizing aspects of our tours and ensuring no details are forgotten. It means the world to us hearing how special this experience was for you and hope to see you again in the future.
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mmmeghan wrote a review Sep. 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
I just returned from the 6-day Johnstone Straight Expedition and I can't stop talking about it. This tour was such a great experience and so well organized. Customer service with Spirit of the West was fantastic from the beginning. The guides, Kali and Jenna were amazing- they worked hard from sunrise to sunset to make us comfortable and meet all of our needs- including delicious meals cooked from scratch! Our group was lucky to see many whales and other wildlife- and we were guided to understand the animal's movements and treat them with respect. Overall we were lucky with great weather, but when some wind and rain started up on the final day, the guides ensured our safety by changing course and communicated with the base crew to make an alternate plan- which was equally enjoyable as the original plan! I am definitely recommending this tour to anyone, no matter your ability level. What a great way to get immersed in nature in this beautiful part of the world.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures
Responded Mar. 12, 2022
Thank you for such a thoughtful and kind review! We appreciate you taking the time to share what made this trip so special for you. We are happy to hear that you felt safe and supported by guides Kali and Jenna, even when unexpected weather (which keeps us on our toes sometimes!) changed plans. We hope you see you on the water again in the future.
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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 contributions165 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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