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Address: 1313 Cramer Road, Heriot Bay, British Columbia V0P 1H0, Canada
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+1 250-285-2121
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08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Spirit of the West kayaking Adventures has been offering sea kayaking tours...

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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Incredible kayaking adventure!

The 4 day Johnstone Strait Ultimate trip was nothing short of MAGICAL! From the pre-event communication, to the final water taxi back to Quadra Island - the Spirit of the West... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2016
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

The 4 day Johnstone Strait Ultimate trip was nothing short of MAGICAL! From the pre-event communication, to the final water taxi back to Quadra Island - the Spirit of the West team were exceptional at every stage. We had three fantastic leaders with us (Sam, Mike and Tyrone) who ensured that we remained safe, warm and well fed the entire... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

What a wonderful to wake up- seeing your glowing and kind review. Thank you! We are so happy that you had such a great trip. We do try our very best to make for a stellar experience all round, even when weather and or wildlife are less than cooperative. We will be sure to pass on your praise to your... More 

massachusetts
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

4-Day Johnstone Strait Ultimate in Early September 2016. This was late in the season, but we wanted to overlap this trip with grizzly bear watching. We were on this trip to see Orcas while kayaking - a 20 year goal of mine that is finally a reality. The meeting at Heriot Bay Inn the night before was disappointing because we... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your trip with us. We are so glad to hear that you had an "awesome and magical"trip and that the wildlife co-operated. As you mentioned, the whales can travel large distances each day, but experiencing them in the wild and in their natural habitat is a pretty incredible experience when it does happen. It... More 

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

The Spirit of the West, Johnston Strait Ultimate, kayaking trip is truly wonderful. From start to finish nothing could make it better. The water taxi ride to the camp, the camp site, the tents, with their views, the shower, the hot tub, the loo's, also with views, the food, the guides, the kayaks, everything is just fabulous. The crystal clear... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

Wow, so awesome to hear how much you enjoyed your experience with us in Johnstone Strait. We are pretty in love with this whole area ourselves. So happy to hear that you loved every aspect and that the whales were just icing on the cake so to speak. We hope to be able to share more time together in this... More 

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Reviewed 30 September 2016

From the moment you start communicating with the SOTW team, you understand immediately why they have an excellent rating. They were informative when I was researching, helpful when I had complex travel needs, incredibly FUN and safety minded. We had all gear and full delicious meals and lots of adventure. I had such an amazing time getting to know the... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip Sue G. It is pretty incredible how you can take a group of strangers from around the world and put them together in the wilds of the BC coast for a week and you all leave close friends. We have several groups of people who met on one... More 

Antwerp, Belgium
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Very good guides, they know everything. The food was awesome, It was an amazing experience. The group was a lot of fun.

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and your kind words. We will be sure to pass on your perfect review to all the folks who work so hard to make these trips happen. We hope to see you back again one day for another adventure together. More 

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Beautiful scenery, expert guides, great equipment and DELICIOUS food. Can't rate Spirit of the West highly enough - and what a beautiful are of the world to explore in a kayak! We saw lots of wildlife (including humpbacks and eagles), and camped on some wonderful little islands. Our guides, Ryan and Mike, were exceptional - thank you! I've done broadly... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

Wow thank you so much for your glowing review. It sounds like you and your group had a great trip all round. It is so wonderful when the stars align and the weather and the wildlife all co-operate. I've said it many times before, but will say it again, Ryan and Mike are totally awesome and we are so lucky... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Our first trip (but NOT the last) with Spirit of the West Adventures. The Johnstone Strait Ultimate was a wonderful and exciting 4 day trip. These are the high points for me: 1. very experienced and capable guides. We were safe. The equipment is very good. 2. location: base camp has all the comforts we needed and very much appreciated:... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

Wow, thank you for such a positive review. We are so lucky to live and work where we do! The scenery, wildlife, kayaking and great guests make our jobs pretty enjoyable. So glad to hear that you could sense the enthusiasm of the guides and their love of what they do. We really do take pride in sharing these incredible... More 

Yorkshire UK
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

This was our third sea kayak trip but our first with Spirit of the West and I would rate them very highly to the extent that we are certainly planning another trip with them in the next couple of years. What sets SoTW apart in my view is their excellent communication before and after the trip and in terms of... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

Thank YOU! We were so happy to welcome you back for your third trip with us and we thrilled to hear that once again we lived up to your expectations! I will be sure to pass your kind words and reviews onto our office crew, kitchen crew and of course the fabulous Lukas and Dan. Those two guides really are... More 

London
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We had a wonderful time with Spirit of the West on their Johnstone Strait adventure. Our guides Sam and Lucas were excellent in terms of safety and comfort of the group, and added value with their informative and entertaining stories about wildlife. The food was fantastic - varied, nutritious and tasty. We saw orcas at a distance and listened to... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of your Johnstone Strait Expedition tour with us. We are so happy to hear that you had a great trip. It really is a pretty special experience getting to see and hear orcas in the wild, so glad you were thrilled with your sightings. The hydrophone is such a neat way to get... More 

Vancouver
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146 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

If you read my review from last year you'll learn that my Johnstone Strait Expedition with SOW was one of the best experiences of my life (and I've done lots). I was a bit apprehensive about repeating the same trip (hubby wasn't able to join my last year) as I didn't think it could be this great a second time.... More 

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this review

Awesome! So happy to hear that your second time around on the Johnstone Strait Expedition was just as wonderful as your first trip. It can be hard sometimes to replicate the wildlife and weather of a past experience, but it sounds like you and your friends made the most of some of our liquid sunshine (rain)! This whole area is... More 

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