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Spirit of the West Adventures

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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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This trip was our first ever sea-kayaking experience and we can not stop talking about how fantastic of a trip and adventure we had! We have made multiple dinner dates with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2016
Janzycki
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This trip was our first ever sea-kayaking experience and we can not stop talking about how fantastic of a trip and adventure we had! We have made multiple dinner dates with friends to show them our pictures since we have returned. My fiance and I are not "tour-group" people, preferring to do most activities and adventures on our own, but... 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 had such a great trip! We just love where we get to work and live and it sounds like you may have gotten hooked too! The various campsites on the Johnstone Strait Expedition all have their own special elements, but as you say the White Cliffs is always a favourite- those rocky... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Spirit of the West Adventures is probably one of the best things I’ve done in my life. Still dreaming of the four exciting days I got to spend on the Johnston Straight. Without a doubt the most exciting trip I’ve ever done. The thrills already started with the boat journey to our Base Camp. We met at the pier on... More 

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

Thank you so much for your absolutely glowing review of your Johnstone Strait Ultimate tour with us. You almost made me tear up hearing how great your experience was. We really do try hard to ensure you have a great trip from start to finish and when the wildlife cooperates on top of that it is just perfect! I am... More 

Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

If you are after an organized trip in a more remote part of the coast, then this trip is for you. Grey whales, sea otters, swells, sheltered island hopping, sandy beaches, sea fog, great laughs, good food, all made this a memorable trip for me. In addition flying into Bella Bella and wandering around the town was a good inside... More 

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

Hi Sarah, thanks so much for your review of our Great Bear Rainforest Expedition. This area is truly remote and has so many incredible area for exploring by kayak. The long sandy beaches and windswept landscape are so rugged and impressive. It sounds like you had a great group of folks to travel with, our guides came back raving about... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

To offer a context for this review, we have whale watched on four continents and travelled all seven. BUT the SOTW Johnstone Strait Ultimate is is NOT a whale-watching holiday. It is a very basic camping trip like the one you did in high school with a dozen peers, and with less skilled leaders. The first hint was the glum... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback, we do appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience. It sounds like you have been fortunate to experience a variety of tours and wildlife watching opportunities around the world, and we regret that the tour and facilities did not meet your expectations and left you unhappy. We know how hard everyone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Fun trip made! We took the Johnson Strait Ultimate trip with 7 friends and it was great! The scenery is stunning, we saw stellar Sea lions, Orcas and 1 hump back whale. The campsite has a wood fired hot tube, hot shower and your tents are on wooden platforms. Our guides were incredible (Tessa, Robin and Sam)! They were very... More 

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

Gotta love Sam's sense of humour and his jokes eh?! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful guide team- Tessa, Robin and Sam are shinning stars for sure. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on our Johnstone Strait Ultimate tour. The hot tub and shower are really quite nice to come home too... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

As novice paddlers, The Johnstone Straight Ultimate 4 day tour was perfect for us. The base camp was well set up and in a stunning location. The hot water shower plus a hot tub with ocean views were true camping luxury. Our guides, Mike, Brittany, and Peter were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and sincerely committed to providing us with a great... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind words about your experience with us. We really do try hard to make for a great trip all round and it is awesome to hear that enjoyed the area and the amenities. We are so fortunate to have such a stellar guide team and crew that help pull off these tours so well.... More 

Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Our guides created a fantastic experience: delicious food, great kayaking routes, organized plans and knowledgeable guides. Our trip was exciting with orca, humpback & minke appearances. The surprise anniversary card, starfish, and bottle of wine topped the incredible 4 days with our group. Thank you Ryan and Lucas!

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

Happy Anniversary, and thanks so much for celebrating with us! So happy you enjoyed the little surprises, the starfish is made by a local artisan who makes casts of the real deal from the beaches and then hand paints them to be lifelike! It is great to hear that the wildlife and weather co-operated. Ryan and Lucas are a pretty... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My daughter and I went on the Johnstone Strait Ultimate - had a fantastic time - great guides, fancy food, fun kayaking and saw lots of whales and sea lions, bears and eagles on our trip! Had a blast!

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

Awesome! So glad to hear that you and your daughter had a great time. We of course would love to have you back again one day. Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. More 

Kingston, Jamaica
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We wanted to go to Alaska but found this 4 day trip while researching and chose it instead. It was truly wonderful; even though we are a 10 min water taxi ride away (we saw Orcas on that ride- bonus!), you can feel that you are experiencing a truly wild camping experience. The company is very careful to care for... More 

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

Wow, thank you so much for your thoughtful review of your recent family kayaking experience with us. I know that the guides had a lot of fun with your family and enjoyed all the youthful energy. It is great to hear that the wildlife cooperated so well with your group. You are right in that being fit and able definetely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

A phenomenal trip that exceeded my expectations. Company and guides are well prepared and organized. This was a 'bucket list' trip for me; one that left me with images I will never forget. Will definitely travel with this outfitter again. Great food, expertise and experiences.

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

What can we say, but thank you! We are so pleased to hear that the trip has had such a positive impact on you and that your experience was everything you were hoping for and more. We would love to travel again with you any day! Thank you for your review. More 

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