k'awat'si Tours
k'awat'si Tours
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k’awat’si Tours Eco Tours and Aboriginal Cultural Experiences with First Nations guides let you see the wild beauty of North Vancouver Island. Hike in coastal rainforests, get out on the water to view wildlife, roam remote beaches, or listen to stories and learn how to weave cedar or make drums.
Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada

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aggiesmom
Missouri22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We had a wonderful experience on this tour. We were picked up at the hotel and taken to the dock. Davis did a wonderful job explaining his native culture and the areas we were visiting. We saw whales, otters, sea lions and porpoises. The rapids are simply amazing!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend!
Written August 13, 2017
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Thank you for your review! Davis is a wonderful guide and enjoys sharing the stories of his people. Wildlife viewing is good this time of year and how exciting for you to see whales, otters, sea lions and porpoises. Best wishes, Scott
Written August 14, 2017
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ACW56
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Even though the weather was dull and drizzling, we thoroughly enjoyed our boat trip. Weaving through the small islets to the Rapids was beautiful and the rapids themselves are stunning- beauty and power in a grand show of nature.

Of equal value was the commentary from our guide Davis about the re-emergence of the First Nations people and their consolidation of a place in the economic and cultural aspects of tourism in Port Hardy. Good luck to them with their endeavours.
Written July 10, 2016
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We're so glad you enjoyed the boat trip with us, despite the unseasonable weather! It's hard to convey the intensity of the Rapids in photos, so we're happy to be able to show them to people in person. We'll make sure Davis knows you enjoyed his commentary - we are lucky to have him on the team. Thank you for the review and well-wishes!
Written July 13, 2016
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smasales
Port Hardy1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
I have lived in Port Hardy all of my life and have seen the Nakwakto rapids many times. Taking this tour as a local was amazing - learning some history of our local First Nations, seeing the rapids from a different viewpoint, and all of the incredible wildlife was very special, and something not to be taken for granted. Absolutely loved the trip!
Written July 16, 2012
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Paige P
Port Hardy, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Business
Last week I went out with a co-worker of mine for a familiarization tour with the Port Hardy Visitor Centre. I had an absolutely amazing time! Conrad and our Captain were very friendly, informative, and welcoming. I learned a lot about the history of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations and their territories. The tidal rapids took me completely by surprise, I would have never thought the sea could go from such a calm place to a tumultous set of sea rapids in such a short time. This trip blew my expectations out of the water when on our way home we spotted four humpback whales, a large pod of pacific white sided dolphins, dalls porpoise as well as some harbour porpoises. Finally, the art building was super interesting to look at on our way out, it is great to finally have a place with the young first nations peoples' art on display and for sale. Overall this trip was fantastic; I would highly reccommend this tour, whether you're a tourist or a local!!
Written July 11, 2012
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orangetabby58
port hardy29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
We had no idea what to expect when we left the seagate wharf at 8:30 on a beautiful sunny day in Port Hardy. After a brief blessing,and introduction on the way out of the harbour, we were on our way. It is a 4 hour return trip through some of the most beautiful landscapes that god created .The rapids are fascinating and we were very comftorable in the boat. Tremble Island also the ancestral burial grounds was beautiful to see and learn about. We saw lots of wildlife and learned so much about the history of the traditional territories of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations. Angela and Conrad were wonderful. We would highly recommend this trip.
Written July 11, 2012
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Wildscapes
Vancouver Island, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
Leaving Port Hardy on a beautiful Saturday morning heading to the Natwakto Rapids (strongest currents in the world) on a 28' boat, the scenery heading towards the rapids is breath taking to say the least. Along the way you are treated to some educational and historical information about the area and the people who lived in the area, a well produced DVD is shown about the area, very informative. The skipper was excellent, the ride out was as smooth as one can have it in these waters, the cultural information is educational and well explained by the cultural officer who speaks about the area as you make your way. Once at the rapids you notice right away the strength of the rapids, Turret Rock sits in the middle, to me it looked like it was tilting. Again the scenery was amazing. Excellent for photographers both professional and amateur. The skipper gives you plenty of time to click away. It's a magical place.. As an added bonus to an already amazing journey we saw some Humpback whales and scores of Pacific White Sided Dolphins on our way back to Port Hardy, again amazing, I will go back again because I am convinced I missed some things because there is so much to see. Appx 4 hrs and well worth it, cloudy or sunny. Beverages and snacks are offered on the journey.
Written July 10, 2012
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Eric D
Vancouver42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
The Gwa'sala and ’Nakwaxda’xw nations have just started offering an opportunity to visit their ancestral lands north of Port Hardy. The natural beauty is spectacular, but this tour is also a chance to learn about the history and experience of these communities and their relationship to this wild area that was their home.

We enjoyed a comfortable crossing to the Nakwakto rapids and were amazed at the power of the tides flowing past 'Tremble island' (Turret rock -- and ancestral burial ground).

We were also lucky to see a Stellar sea lion rookery, lots of eagles, humpback whales, porpoises and Rhinoceros Auklets.

The offering of this tour helps to support the development of independent tourism by these First Nations communities. We highly recommend this trip.
Written July 10, 2012
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Chus_Gijon
London, UK178 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
Not much good to say about this operator since they cancel without previous notice once we were there and we had checked in in the hotel owned by the same company.
Written September 29, 2018
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garth_in_BC
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
I took the scenic boat and wildlife tour with Tom. There was no safety briefing or mention of life jackets. We spent 2 hours on a historic site mostly looking for beads on the beach, and one hour travel to and from. Tom told us about himself and his family. I was hoping for a scenic boat and wildlife tour.
Written August 8, 2018
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Hi Garth, We're sorry to hear that you found your tour disappointing and sincerely apologize for letting you down. Our understanding is that due to a lack of visibility from fog in the area a decision was made to limit on the water time, which we understand would be frustrating. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback, and know that we have made changes to our safety policy.
Written August 23, 2018
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RuudK123
Venlo, The Netherlands391 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
This review is not about the tour itself, because there was no tour!
We booked a Scenic Boat & Wildlife Tour at K'awat'si on Wednesday 8th march 2017 for Wednesday 9th August. Our Canadian itinerary was partly planned especially around this tour....coming from Europe all the way.

On this particular Wednesday, 2 hours before the tour should start, we received a phone-call questioned 'if we were able to postpone the booked tour for the next day'.? As we stated this was not possible due to our travel plans, we were asked to be at the pier one hour earlier as planned, which we confirmed.

As we turned up at 'Pier side landing hotel' one of the crew members told us, the tour was cancelled due to 'some guest drop-out '! We were astonished since this was a tour we all - and especially our daughter - were looking forward to.
Since we were with 'only' 3 guests, and the mimimum - according to the crewmember - should be 4, the whole tour was cancelled! We even tried to offer an extra payment (covering the costs for the 'missing person' by 50%) unfortunately without succes.

After our great dissapointment, we filled a complaint.
We received a kind of apology per mail; 'the very young team is still learning'? and were promissed to be refunded. Which occurred.

In our opinion you just cannot run a professional business in such a way!

Putting the customer first, in simple terms, means that a business puts the needs and requirements of a customer ahead of anything and everything else. In order to be successful, an organization needs to continuously change and adapt to their customer’s ever-changing needs and wants. If they fail to do so, they will lose out to their competitors who are better at it, simple as that.

This is exactly what happened, we booked at the competitor who delivered to the full !
Written September 14, 2017
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Good day, I am sure nothing I can say in regards to this booking will make you feel better. Davis has explained the events of that day, and all I can do as hotel manager is offer my sincere apologies for your difficulties. Sincerely, Scott
Written September 17, 2017
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