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Spirit of the West Adventures

1313 Cramer Road, Heriot Bay, British Columbia V0P 1H0, Canada
+1 250-285-2121
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Johnstone Strait Expedition - Extraordinary!

I just returned earlier this week from the Johnstone Strait Expedition and I am still glowing. If... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ARKilgour
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Calgary, Canada
The Best of BC: Wild nature, wonderful people. Doesn't get better than this.

I wanted to spend some time "off grid" with my late teens kids so figured some time in the Canadian... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Alasdair T
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Manila
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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 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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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1313 Cramer Road, Heriot Bay, British Columbia V0P 1H0, Canada
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"food was great"
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"great trip"
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"kayak trip"
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"top notch"
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"great group"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I just returned earlier this week from the Johnstone Strait Expedition and I am still glowing. If you even remotely like kayaking and wilderness, go on this trip! From the very beginning, all went smoothly. The booking process was easy and SOW staff responded to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I wanted to spend some time "off grid" with my late teens kids so figured some time in the Canadian wilderness would do that. Then I quickly realised there are things that eat you in Canada, and it turns out it is quite a big...More

Thank Alasdair T
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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and incredibly kind words about our team and your experience travelling with us. We are so happy to hear that you and your family had such a great adventure and that the wildlife co-operated. You are so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I attended the 4 day whale camp in July with 10 others. The camp was very well organized and the guides were fun, friendly, extremely hardworking and really knowledgeable on anything and everything. Although we had lots of rain, they took amazing care of us...More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your review and we are so happy to hear that you had a great trip even with lots of rain. We call rain liquid sunshine around here and sometimes the rain makes for great paddling as it often means low...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First ever group tour and it was awesome! All the guides were fantastic and very knowledgeable. The group were great and everyone pitched in without complaint. Saw lots of different animals but only a glimpse of the orcas, but still overall brilliant!More

Thank Sam M
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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

So glad to hear that you had a great trip. We are so lucky to live and work here and happy you loved it as much as we do. Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us! We hope to travel...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience. We hadn't even got in our kayaks when our guide (Kevin) had to rush onto the water to rescue a drowning juvenile bald eagle. Scooped onto the deck of his kayak via a paddle under his butt, he dried out...More

Thank Anne-Louise B
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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind words Anne-Louise. It sounded like a great adventure all-around and the guides/crew had great things to say about you and the other guests. We hope to see you again one day.

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Reviewed October 4, 2017

My husband and I did the Johnstone Strait Ultimate 3 night trip mid-August 2017 to celebrate an anniversary, and had an outstanding experience! We were fortunate to be with a great group of people from around the world, which added to the enjoyment. And since...More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2017

Wow what a great and thoughtful review. You made our day hearing about your trip and all the ways that it worked well for you two. It is so great to hear that all of the little pieces we work so hard on showed and...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

3 years ago we did the Johnstone Ultimate with Spirit of the West. This year we were back for two trips. We started with the Johnstone Strait Expedition and did the Desolation Sound Expedition some days later. Overall our experience was positive but doing two...More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2017

Thank you J & I for your review. We do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your Johnstone Strait Expedition trip and that you thought all elements of this tour were well executed....More

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

We did the Johnstone Strait Expedition with our sons. They are seasoned campers and we are not. We were outside our comfort zone and we loved it!!! It was a fabulous adventure! We moved camp every night. Paddled through crystal clear waters through amazing wilderness...More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2017

We are so happy to hear that you loved your adventure so much. We do try and make our adventures suitable for folks of all different experience and comfort levels, glad to hear its working! The British Columbia coast is such a special place and...More

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Reviewed September 30, 2017

We were lucky to have the chance to kayak from Swanson Island and experience the beauty of B.C.From the journey out with Wayne and the super pod of dolphins, to the bears on the beach as we sped by, the whole trip was wonderful. The...More

Thank Maree S
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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your trip with us. It is great to hear that you had such a great time. It sounds like the wildlife and weather also co-operated which is always such a bonus. I am thinking about...More

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Reviewed September 26, 2017

We did the Whales and Wilderness Glamping tour and we loved every minute of it. Everything was perfect: the food was exceptional, the guides were amazing and very knowledgeable and the tents were cozy and comfortable. The kayaking was great and we did see lots...More

Thank Meli M
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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2017

Awesome- so glad to hear that you had such a great trip. We are so lucky to have this awesome campsite and of course our amazing team and excellent guests such as yourself. Thank you for taking the time to review your trip and we...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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