Spirit of the West Adventures

Spirit of the West Adventures

Spirit of the West Adventures
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Multi-day ToursEco ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife ToursKayaking & Canoeing
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Heriot Bay, British Columbia, Canada
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L H
Burnaby, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We loved this trip so much, it is hard to choose what to put into a review. We had booked before Covid closures but luckily were able to re-book a modified version as a private tour for two couples upon reopening. Staying in the camp was a dream. We had the joy of camping but with a comfortable bed, lovely meals and a hot tub. The humpback whales and orcas put on a good show for us right from shore. Covid changes meant that we did not have the whale watching tour nor the scenic boat ride up from Quadra but we did have more time in camp and more paddling time which was equally good. Through choice of routes, local knowledge and timing the guides made each paddling outing unique and wonderful. Anyone of any age would enjoy the beauty and solitude of this trip but it was especially good for mature campers or groups of mixed abilities as each person could do as much or as little paddling as they chose. We live in British Columbia and are a little bit accustomed to glorious scenery, but this trip is something special. Highly recommended!
Written August 28, 2020
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This is so wonderful to hear! We are so glad you had such a great trip and were able to get out and enjoy especially in these stressful times. We are a little spoiled for sure with this incredible location, our super team who really do love what they do and guests such as yourselves who are up for fun, kind and up for adventure. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience and review, we really appreciate it. We hope to have you join us again one day.
Written August 29, 2020
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Andrew W
Lions Bay, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had an incredible experience. The staff were absolutely delightful and very professional and Spirit of the West did so much to make the trip special. Gifts and Prosecco to two people celebrating their joint 60th, lovely appetizer platters when we returned from our day of kayaking right down to hot water bottles to take to bed :) Aleah was a great cook and Alex and Thomas wonderful guides. Alex was up long before daylight with her flashlight on our last day to bring us a whole selection of marine life for a talk she gave over breakfast. There was not a detail left out. We would highly recommend Spirit of the West.
Written September 21, 2021
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Thank you for your kind words! We pride ourselves on personalizing aspects of our tours and ensuring no details are forgotten. It means the world to us hearing how special this experience was for you and hope to see you again in the future.
Written March 12, 2022
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binderdundat
Vancouver301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This was my third trip with Spirit of theWest and the experience once again exceeded my expectations. We had booked back in January, before COVID was on the radar. While our original trip was canceled, the team at Spirit of the West created an amazing 5-day custom expedition through the beautiful Discovery Islands for our group of 6 friends. Same outstanding service, guiding, paddling, scenery and food as on my previous trips, with the addition this year of well-thought out and executed COVID precautions. It was comforting to see that Spirit of the West have done everything possible to keep their guests, guides, staff and communities safe. Paddling in the Discovery Islands is lovely ...wild and beautiful and peaceful with eagles flying overhead and plenty of seals, otters and porpoises in the scenic channels. It was wonderful to get away during these challenging times. This trip has given me a whole new appreciation for the natural beauty of British Columbia. Thank you Rick, Breanne, Victoria, Rebecca, Brandon, Beverley and everyone behind the scenes who made this trip possible. I look forward to paddling with you again.
Written August 22, 2020
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This is what makes all it all worth it! We are so thrilled to hear that you had another great trip (yeah for your 3rd trip with us!). COVID sure threw some curveballs (to put it mildly) at us all and we are so thankful that you were able to join us and that you could relax knowing we were doing everything in our power to keep everyone safe. We are so glad that you were able to get away, into nature, and relax and recharge. We are so fortunate to have such a great team, wonderful guests, and an awesome place to adventure together in. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us and others. We look forward to our next adventure together. Ps 10th trip is free ;) The 10th trip-free offer started as a bit of a joke and we have had a few people take us up on it now!
Written August 24, 2020
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Ananda Tremblay
Salt Spring Island, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was our 3rd trip with Spirit of the West Adventures. I'm so happy we did this trip, it so worthwhile. Such a rare opportunity to not only have the most unbelievable beaches all to yourself, but even to camp out on them, under the stars, and feel so warm, safe and comfortable.
The famous crystal clear turquoise waters are very shallow all throughout the Bahamas bank and in addition to being great for swimming, it is awesome for spotting interesting wildlife from the kayak or beach. for me this was an extremely relaxing holiday, with plenty of opportunity to kick back, but also an opportunity to be very active and challenged in the kayaks, within the safety net of our super knowledgeable guides. Who also happened to be excellent cooks! The food was delicious healthy and plentiful.
Written March 10, 2020
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We are so happy to hear that you had another great trip with us. We always enjoy traveling with you two! The Bahamas and in particular the Exuma Cays really is a special place and so different from where we paddle in Canada. We are delighted to hear that you found that perfect mix of relaxation and active vacation. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to the whole team that put these tours together. We look forward to adventuring with you again soon.
Written March 12, 2020
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Fiona Heather
New Malden, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This was the most amazing kayaking adventure in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Bahamas.
Really well planned and expertly guided by Rick and Aleia, perfect conditions, great equipment and a wonderful group.
Kayaking, snorkeling and swimming.
Beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets - a full moon and amazing starry skies.
We had it all.
If you like kayaking in warm waters I highly recommend this adventure.
Thank you Spirit of the West Adventures for this first trip with you - I can't wait to join you in the Johnstone Strait in the summer :)
Written March 23, 2023
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Wow! Thank you for such an amazing review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us.
Written November 8, 2023
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Stuart F
Ashford, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We took part in the Johnstone Strait Ultimate trip. it was amazing! The staff were so helpful and made you feel like friends immediately, they were informative and so warm and welcoming. The pre-trip arrangements were so smooth and the trip itself exceeded our expectations. We were lucky with the wildlife we saw but the camp site was amazing. We loved the trip and the ethos behind all the that team did to promote the care for the environment and a love and appreciation of the spectacular location and opportunity to share it with others.
Written July 26, 2022
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Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so happy to hear you felt well taken care of by both our office team and guides. It sounds like you had an incredible experience and we hope you can look back on this trip with fond memories. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written October 25, 2022
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Heather T
London, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The Johnstone Strait Expedition was an amazing trip.
The wildlife - the scenery - the water - SPECTACULAR!
We had a really great group and our incredible guides Alex and Christina ensured we had the BEST of trips.
This is a very special part of the world and we were guided across channels and around islands to amazing camp sites, always on the lookout for whales, seals, sea lions and other wildlife. Alex and Christina shared their knowledge of the local area and the wildlife and we all shared many stories and had a lot of laughs.
Spirit of the West are really passionate about their trips and operate in a responsible way in this precious ecosystem
I can't wait to do another trip with them!
Written August 14, 2023
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Thank you so much for the kind words! Sounds like you had an incredible experience with our team. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Written November 8, 2023
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Sergio J
Baja80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We love everything about our trip to Swanson Island with Spirit of the West Adventures. The location was truly spectacular, the camp set up was very luxurious, the tents were extremely comfortable (with a toilet cabana attached!), and the kayaking and wildlife viewing were fantastic. It is such an amazing gift to be able to spend time in such beautiful, remote locations while also being able to sleep on a comfortable bed and enjoy terrific food and drink. Strongly recommend this adventure.
Written October 30, 2022
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Thank you so much for the kind words! We appreciate you leaving such a thoughtful review.
Written November 8, 2023
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Sally A
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Wonderful experience. Great guides great camp beautiful location. A memorable family trip - we shared lots of stories with guests at dinner and around the camp fire. Lovely hot tub. Great tents.
Written September 5, 2023
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Thank you so much for the great review!
Written November 8, 2023
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Bridget S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
This 4 day Orca Lite trip was a lifetime dream and it surpassed all expectations. Our guides Lei and PJ made the whole experience a safe and comfortable one. Nothing was too much trouble all done with a smile .
Hot tea awesome scenery gr8 team of mixed ages and abilities all catered for.
Dream team Awesome
4 bucket list days and ORCA
Highly recommended.
Written September 7, 2023
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Thank you so much for the great review! Sounds like you had a phenomenal experience. We hope to see you on the water again in the future.
Written November 8, 2023
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