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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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Great Guides and delicious food...

Nature is unpredictable and on this trip NO WHALES. Wind was a factor and the water taxi ride out... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kathy B
Prince George, Canada
Excellent Trip to Great Bear Rainforest

This was our seventh trip with SOW and they have all been excellent. This was the 10 day trip in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Vancouver Island, Canada
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1313 Cramer Road, Heriot Bay, British Columbia V0P 1H0, Canada
+1 250-285-2121
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nature is unpredictable and on this trip NO WHALES. Wind was a factor and the water taxi ride out to the site was horrendous. The day trips were OK but repetitive up and back... not a lot of exploring. The tent locations were not suited...More

Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our seventh trip with SOW and they have all been excellent. This was the 10 day trip in the Great Bear Rainforest, specifically the Hakai Conservancy - a very special area. We saw lots of wildlife (wolves, sea otter, sea lion), camped on...More

Thank FurtherAway
Reviewed 1 week ago

A stunning trip which left us wanting more. Our guides, Ryan and Nicolas, were fantastic. Their experience and enthusiasm ensured our group's every need was met, and when problems cropped up they dealt with them seamlessly (inclement weather, water taxi issues). The food provided was...More

Thank Rupert R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The JSU, or Johnstone Straight Ultimate, was a beautiful trip. We were there for 4 days. We slept in tents on raised wooden structures. We were never cold. The hot water bottles they offered at night were perfect. Our guides,Tessa, Leah and Mike were amazing....More

Thank litbymarta
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second trip with Spirit of the West and it may have been even better than our first. Paddling through the Broughton was magical. The diverse wildlife and landscape can't be beat. We had a great group and our guides Sam and Cass...More

Thank Meredith H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guides were Lucas, Brandon and Leah. From time to time I felt unsure of my own abilities, but never for a moment did I feel unsafe. The confidence, experience and expertise of these three made the whole trip, both on the water and at...More

Thank Celia F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having lived on the West Coast for eleven years, and not taken a kayaking trip, it was time. Haida Gwaii was looking pretty expensive, so Spirit of the West Adventures was first choice. S.O.W. has an excellent reputation and the group into which I was...More

Thank Ciara T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic experience. All staff were first-rate, the food was fantastic (how do they do all that on an island with minimal services?) The kayaking was amazing and the wildlife cooperated: many, many humpback whales, seal, sea lions, dolphins, and a bear (from a healthy...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I often judge a company not by the way everything is handled up front but by the way they handle a problem when things don't go quite right. We booked the trip many months in advance, and some miscommunications happened that had the potential to...More

Thank Jill T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent four days with Spirit of the West in Blackstone Straight (off Vancouver Island.) Everything about the trip was superb - from the facilities to the location, guides, food etc. We saw a wide range of wildlife from our camp, kayak and hired boat....More

Thank RWCFamily
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26 August 2016|
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
Julie N
3 March 2016|
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