Spirit of the West Adventures

Spirit of the West Adventures

Spirit of the West Adventures
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Multi-day ToursEco ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife ToursKayaking & Canoeing
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Heriot Bay, British Columbia, Canada
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retiredtravellerscwd
Collingwood, Canada2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Of course, I'm biased! Our daughter and son-in-law own and run the company. But, that being said, we have done a lot of travelling and this trip is right up there with some pretty special experiences. Over the last few years, we've heard about and seen photos of the creation of the "Glamping " experience but were STILL unprepared for the comfort and beauty we were able to enjoy on a family trip this fall. Photos that I sent to friends didn't even look real the scenery was so spectacular. I wasn't blase about hearing and seeing Humpbacks but there were SO many blows and trumpets, both night and day that not every conversation was interrupted in order to run to the deck. The "tents" with beautiful beds and duvets, were extremely comfortable and the private composting toilet and sinks made for relaxing nights. The showers with hot water and views to die for, were exceptional. The food was wonderful but I wasn't surprised by this, as I have taken other trips with SOW and the food is always outstanding. For anyone who wants whales, amazing scenery and a total feeling of peace, this is a great choice no matter who your kids are!!!
Written October 14, 2023
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Thank you so much for the awesome review! So incredible for you and the whole family to get out there and experience all the effort and hard work Bre and Rick have put into these tours over the years. We can't wait to welcome you back out there many more times in the future.
Written November 8, 2023
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Bridget S
6 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
This 4 day Orca Lite trip was a lifetime dream and it surpassed all expectations. Our guides Lei and PJ made the whole experience a safe and comfortable one. Nothing was too much trouble all done with a smile .
Hot tea awesome scenery gr8 team of mixed ages and abilities all catered for.
Dream team Awesome
4 bucket list days and ORCA
Highly recommended.
Written September 7, 2023
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Thank you so much for the great review! Sounds like you had a phenomenal experience. We hope to see you on the water again in the future.
Written November 8, 2023
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Sally A
5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Wonderful experience. Great guides great camp beautiful location. A memorable family trip - we shared lots of stories with guests at dinner and around the camp fire. Lovely hot tub. Great tents.
Written September 5, 2023
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Thank you so much for the great review!
Written November 8, 2023
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Heather T
London, UK30 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
The Johnstone Strait Expedition was an amazing trip.
The wildlife - the scenery - the water - SPECTACULAR!
We had a really great group and our incredible guides Alex and Christina ensured we had the BEST of trips.
This is a very special part of the world and we were guided across channels and around islands to amazing camp sites, always on the lookout for whales, seals, sea lions and other wildlife. Alex and Christina shared their knowledge of the local area and the wildlife and we all shared many stories and had a lot of laughs.
Spirit of the West are really passionate about their trips and operate in a responsible way in this precious ecosystem
I can't wait to do another trip with them!
Written August 14, 2023
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Thank you so much for the kind words! Sounds like you had an incredible experience with our team. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Written November 8, 2023
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Compass610277
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
August 2023. Just got back from orca lite 3 night 4 day kayaking trip out f telegraph cove. It exceeded all expectations. I highly recommend a night on each end at one of the telegraph cove cabins. So worth it!! Food was plentiful and delicious. Guides were top notch, friendly and informative yet safety conscious. Gear was excellent quality and there were lots of well thought out perks like a travel mug and laminated mini chart for each person and a camp chair and kayak seat pad each. Everything was as it should be. Don’t bother bringing snacks. It really is all provided. Be ready for camp conditions on this tour though. You should be comfortable roughing it in the bathroom category!!
Written August 13, 2023
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Wow, thank you so much for the glowing review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your expedition with us.
Written November 8, 2023
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telemarkken
9 contributions
Jul 2023
One more (4 so far) trip with Spirit of the West, and as always, incredible. Second time Johnstone Strait Expedition - different campsites and wildlife than our first one eleven years ago, but no less wonderful. I'm proud that no one pooped their pants from the close-up humpback breach. Our guides Kristina and Alex were as helpful, knowledgeable, and caring as the others I have met. Their meals made me wish they would stay at my house! They made a geezer feel so welcome. I know this sounds way too gushy, but Rick and Bre have developed amazing experiences and the best possible teams to make them happen.
Written August 6, 2023
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Wow! Thank you so much for continuing to choose Spirit o f the West. We are so happy you continue to be blown away by our tour offerings. We look forward to welcoming you back once again!
Written November 8, 2023
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John D
Vancouver Island, Canada2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We did the Johnstone straight Ultimate with a bunch of other friends. This was during Covid and restriction just I’m opening up again as people were getting their 1st wound of vaccines. So to say the least.. things were not back to normal. Transportation was hit and miss, employees still not reliable due to obligations and their own transport etc. Regardless, we had an amazing time. The home base is a great place to start your day and end it! We hit some bumps along the way but no matter.. they ensure we were taken care! You can rest assure that this operator will take care of you. They are professionals. Thanks for an amazing time!!
Written April 16, 2023
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Thank you so much for such an amazing review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you on the water once again in the future.
Written November 8, 2023
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Alison
Devizes, UK6 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Well organised tour yet flexible to conditions, great fun guides, delicious and interesting food. Lovely paddling conditions - the colour of the water is astonishing. Good snorkelling too.
Written April 5, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us.
Written November 8, 2023
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Fiona Heather
New Malden, UK11 contributions
Mar 2023
This was the most amazing kayaking adventure in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Bahamas.
Really well planned and expertly guided by Rick and Aleia, perfect conditions, great equipment and a wonderful group.
Kayaking, snorkeling and swimming.
Beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets - a full moon and amazing starry skies.
We had it all.
If you like kayaking in warm waters I highly recommend this adventure.
Thank you Spirit of the West Adventures for this first trip with you - I can't wait to join you in the Johnstone Strait in the summer :)
Written March 23, 2023
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Wow! Thank you for such an amazing review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us.
Written November 8, 2023
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telemarkken
9 contributions
Mar 2023
I have been on several prior Spirit of the West trips. Both, of course, were 5 star. Wish I could give this trip more stars. I love winter in Vermont (even shoveling out), but also like a warm week away each year. Haven't found a better week away.
Camping on different cays, shooing away iguanas (and pigs), meeting wonderful new people, great food, good equipment, and so much more.
Being guided by Rick and Aleia, Wow! Yeah they are always ready to assist, can cook wonderful dishes and, in my case, absolutely fantastic when care is needed. I feel like I have two new friends; hope to see you this summer.
Written March 16, 2023
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Thank you so much for the amazing review! We look forward to welcoming you back on future trips.
Written November 8, 2023
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