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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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Johnstone Strait Ultimate - Outstanding trip!

My husband and I did the Johnstone Strait Ultimate 3 night trip mid-August 2017 to celebrate an... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
sausti
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Illinois
Details make different

3 years ago we did the Johnstone Ultimate with Spirit of the West. This year we were back for two... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
quaint
,
Leuven, Belgium
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1313 Cramer Road, Heriot Bay, British Columbia V0P 1H0, Canada
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+1 250-285-2121
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

My husband and I did the Johnstone Strait Ultimate 3 night trip mid-August 2017 to celebrate an anniversary, and had an outstanding experience! We were fortunate to be with a great group of people from around the world, which added to the enjoyment. And since...More

Thank sausti
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Wow what a great and thoughtful review. You made our day hearing about your trip and all the ways that it worked well for you two. It is so great to hear that all of the little pieces we work so hard on showed and...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

3 years ago we did the Johnstone Ultimate with Spirit of the West. This year we were back for two trips. We started with the Johnstone Strait Expedition and did the Desolation Sound Expedition some days later. Overall our experience was positive but doing two...More

1  Thank quaint
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Thank you J & I for your review. We do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your Johnstone Strait Expedition trip and that you thought all elements of this tour were well executed....More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

We did the Johnstone Strait Expedition with our sons. They are seasoned campers and we are not. We were outside our comfort zone and we loved it!!! It was a fabulous adventure! We moved camp every night. Paddled through crystal clear waters through amazing wilderness...More

Thank CEBE2014
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

We are so happy to hear that you loved your adventure so much. We do try and make our adventures suitable for folks of all different experience and comfort levels, glad to hear its working! The British Columbia coast is such a special place and...More

Reviewed 1 October 2017

We were lucky to have the chance to kayak from Swanson Island and experience the beauty of B.C.From the journey out with Wayne and the super pod of dolphins, to the bears on the beach as we sped by, the whole trip was wonderful. The...More

Thank Maree S
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your trip with us. It is great to hear that you had such a great time. It sounds like the wildlife and weather also co-operated which is always such a bonus. I am thinking about...More

Reviewed 26 September 2017

We did the Whales and Wilderness Glamping tour and we loved every minute of it. Everything was perfect: the food was exceptional, the guides were amazing and very knowledgeable and the tents were cozy and comfortable. The kayaking was great and we did see lots...More

Thank Meli M
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Awesome- so glad to hear that you had such a great trip. We are so lucky to have this awesome campsite and of course our amazing team and excellent guests such as yourself. Thank you for taking the time to review your trip and we...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Trip was fairly good paddling not hugely demanding felt days 4&5 were light on with paddling and choice of camp sites a little strange given lack of activities off the water staying longer at or close to lakes would have been better. Wild life really...More

Thank Wuzzattt
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are sorry to hear that the tour was not what you were hoping for. The Desolation Sound tour is the one tour that it is very unlikely to see whales on. We...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

Our group of friends experienced an enjoyable wilderness camping and kayaking experience in the capable hands of Devon, Gaspar and Beverly. The 'semi-glamping' basecamp was well organized with the correct emphasis on safety, environment, enjoyment and experience. We were well fed both in the camp...More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are so happy to hear that you and your group of friends had a great trip. We will be sure to pass your positive feedback onto your guide team and...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

I usually dont like to write reviews but will make an exception. Fantastic trip. My wife and I went with a group of 5 and we were joined by 7 other very nice people and 3 guides. We were a little concerned about the price...More

Thank vawaterdr
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Wow thank you for your glowing review. We are so happy to hear that trip was "fantastic". We definitely try very hard to ensure all the little details are taken care of and together they make for a smooth and enjoyable trip. The guides had...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

AMAZING adventure I would love to repeat! Highly recommend BEVERLY and SAM were awesome - her personality and enthusiasm for every part of this adventure - his diligence in keeping us safe, fed, and keeping us on schedule to make sure we missed nothing. They...More

Thank LLB2124
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you so much for your kind and glowing review. We are so happy to hear that you has such an excellent adventure. We are so fortunate to have such a great team, from our guides in the field and the crew behind the scenes...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

just one off the best 4 days i had in years but we did have great whether and conditions and had great group loved the back to basic life and camaraderie also had two great guides Leah and Jeremy great cooks and hosts .. ....More

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SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

So glad to hear you enjoyed your Orca Lite trip so much. It is always pretty incredible how groups of people from all over the world come together and all get along so well. The camaraderie is great. We will be sure to pass your...More

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Shawnsmitty
26 August 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
4 March 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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