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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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Best kayaking and camping ever

I started planning my adventure with Spirit of the West 9 months in advance and from the very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
karelathesupertramp
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Beautiful kayaking in Desolation Sound

Superb from start to finish. Helpful informative office staff, great guides, good food, good gear... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jon s
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perth
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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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1313 Cramer Road, Heriot Bay, British Columbia V0P 1H0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I started planning my adventure with Spirit of the West 9 months in advance and from the very beginning they were very helpful and informative. I have joined Desolation Sound tour that was incredible and exceeded my expectations. Our guides - Peter and Tony -...More

Thank karelathesupertramp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb from start to finish. Helpful informative office staff, great guides, good food, good gear, and stunning paddling on beautiful Desolation Sound. Cannot recommend enough.

Thank jon s
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad to hear that you had such a great trip. We have heard such wonderful feedback from the entire group! Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and hope to see you back again one day soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 5 day Desolation Sound Tour was wonderful!! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure. Kayaking in the beautiful scenery, camping on the islands and great food!

Thank Awiltgen
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review of your trip with us. Desolation Sound really is a stunning place isn't it! Hope to share the beautiful coast again with you soon. Cheers

Reviewed December 29, 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,...More

Thank Erika D
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2016

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...More

Reviewed October 11, 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...More

1  Thank tropicgirl
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2016

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...More

Reviewed October 4, 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...More

1  Thank suetld
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2016

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...More

Reviewed September 30, 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...More

Thank Sue G
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2016

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...More

Reviewed September 29, 2016

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

1  Thank Elienvr
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2016

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...More

Reviewed September 26, 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...More

1  Thank Soph S
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2016

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...More

Reviewed September 24, 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...More

2  Thank n s
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2016

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...More

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Shawnsmitty
Do you do day trips?
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
Hello Beautiful people. My daughter and I will be travelling in July to do the Johnston Straight trip. I will be traveling from San Diego, Ca and she from Columbus Ohio. Can anyone give me any insight on travel arrangements and how it is that you got to Campbell River. There are so many options and I want to try to go the most affordable and logical way. Thank you for your time I look forward to hearing from you guys. XO Julie
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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