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Spirit of the West Adventures

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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...more
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1313 Cramer Road, Heriot Bay, British Columbia V0P 1H0, Canada
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Reviewed September 11, 2018

From my first online queries to the pre-trip meeting all communication was prompt and clear. The equipment was clean and well kept. It was my first paddling experience and the relative calm of Desolation Sound made a perfect introduction. The scenery was amazing and the...More

1  Thank Connie C
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your trip with us. It was a pleasure getting to meet you and so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip so much. We are so lucky to have such a great crew who...More

Reviewed September 10, 2018

I was on Spirit of the West's Johnstone Strait Ultimate from Sept. 3 to 6, 2018, and it was superb. The scenery was spectacular, the marine and land life diverse, the accommodation comfortable, and the food delicious and plentiful. And all three Spirit of the...More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review Kent. It is always great to get folks from our part of the coast out and experiencing things in a whole new way. It is funny how this can literally be our backyard and we can forget its...More

Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

Excellent from start to finish. Pre–trip they responded to all my email enquiries in a timely manner with all the information I had asked for. The guides on the trip where extremely knowledgeable about the local wildlife, history, local area and full of stories. Enjoyed...More

Thank Andrew J
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your glowing review. We really do try hard to ensure our guests have a great vacation and fall in love with the coast the way we have. It sounds like you had a great trip and that the weather and...More

Reviewed August 26, 2018

This is the third trip with Spirit of the West and year after year, they continue to impress me with their yummy food, equipment, and professionalism. Tessa and Leah are so passionate about their jobs and exceed my expectations as guides - they just add...More

Thank Trek304142
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review of your latest adventure with us. It is super to hear that you once again had an awesome adventure. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed having Tessa and Leah as your guides- they really are outstanding...More

Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

I can not recommend this company highly enough. Our guides were totally sensational. Brilliant with our kids and amazing for our family. we did the family orca tour four 3 nights and 4 days. The food was sensational, the camping facilities were brilliant, and the...More

Thank Megan C
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2018

Thank you so much for your review Megan. And thank you for choosing to spend your family vacation with us! We tend to boast about our crew often, but when you have team members like Tessa, Jess and Mitch, it's can be really hard not...More

Reviewed August 20, 2018

Just spent four days on this trip with 12 other fellow travelers. The fixed camp was comfortable, the guides were excellent and we had the incredible privilege of seeing a group of Orcas hunting up close and personal. The food was fresh and well prepared....More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2018

We are so happy to hear that you had a great trip and that the wildlife more than cooperated. It really is pretty incredible witnessing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat and it sounds like you got an extra special show. We will be...More

Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

If ever you want to kayak and get up close and personal to whales and orcas and dolphins and..... Followed by perhaps a cold swim and or a hot tub and comfortable beds and great food, this is the trip for you. Oh, and fabulous...More

Thank Jan C
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

Thank you so much for your review of your tour with us. It is great to hear that the wildlife co-operated with you. It is a pretty special experience getting to see these creatures in the wild and then to top off with the hot...More

Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

We had done a trip like this before with another company so kinda knew what to expect. Spirit of the West did an absolutely great job! Very well organized, extremely friendly and capable staff, and a perfect base camp for wilderness 'glamping'. The setting of...More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

So wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us so much! We are so lucky to live where we do and work with such an excellent crew and guests such as yourselves. We will be sure to pass on your praise. Thank you...More

Reviewed August 4, 2018

This was my third trip with Spirit of the West and it was by far the best. Not because the others were bad - they were great! - but because this one was in the Great Bear Rain Forest, a wild, beautiful and very special...More

Thank Glen Valley S
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

So awesome to hear it! We are thrilled that you had another great trip. The Great Bear area really is pretty special isn't it?! We look forward to adventuring with you again soon and your tenth trip is free FYI (we do actually have some...More

Reviewed July 31, 2018

Spirit of the West Adventures provided my husband and I with the trip of a lifetime. We can't say enough about the high quality of equipment, delicious food, excellent guides, superb organization, and, of course, the fantastic scenery on our Broughton Archipelago expedition trip. Every...More

1  Thank Heather81060
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2018

Awesome! So happy to hear that you had such a great trip. We want everyone to have an awesome vacation and do try our very best to make this happen. We are so thrilled to hear that you will be back for more adventures with...More

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Shawnsmitty
August 25, 2016|
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Response from Quadracat | Reviewed this property |
Spirit of the West now only does multi-day trips. For day trips check out Quadra Island Kayaks Tours, Coast Mountain Adventures and Wild Coast Adventures , all based on Quadra Island and running various daytrips in the... More
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Julie N
March 3, 2016|
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Response from SOWAdventures | Property representative |
Hi Julie, Thanks for your question. The first place you land in British Columbia will likely be Vancouver, as the international airport is located there. There are 3 main options for getting to us from here. All can sound a... More
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