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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 Expedition - outstanding organisation and great coffee!

This was our third sea kayak trip but our first with Spirit of the West and I would rate them very... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2016
katieg190
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Yorkshire UK
Great experience

We had a wonderful time with Spirit of the West on their Johnstone Strait adventure. Our guides Sam... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2016
MJHLondon
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London
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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 21 September 2016

This was our third sea kayak trip but our first with Spirit of the West and I would rate them very highly to the extent that we are certainly planning another trip with them in the next couple of years. What sets SoTW apart in...More

2  Thank katieg190
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2016

Thank YOU! We were so happy to welcome you back for your third trip with us and we thrilled to hear that once again we lived up to your expectations! I will be sure to pass your kind words and reviews onto our office crew,...More

Reviewed 20 September 2016

We had a wonderful time with Spirit of the West on their Johnstone Strait adventure. Our guides Sam and Lucas were excellent in terms of safety and comfort of the group, and added value with their informative and entertaining stories about wildlife. The food was...More

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

Thank you so much for your review of your Johnstone Strait Expedition tour with us. We are so happy to hear that you had a great trip. It really is a pretty special experience getting to see and hear orcas in the wild, so glad...More

Reviewed 19 September 2016

If you read my review from last year you'll learn that my Johnstone Strait Expedition with SOW was one of the best experiences of my life (and I've done lots). I was a bit apprehensive about repeating the same trip (hubby wasn't able to join...More

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

Awesome! So happy to hear that your second time around on the Johnstone Strait Expedition was just as wonderful as your first trip. It can be hard sometimes to replicate the wildlife and weather of a past experience, but it sounds like you and your...More

Reviewed 17 September 2016

This trip was our first ever sea-kayaking experience and we can not stop talking about how fantastic of a trip and adventure we had! We have made multiple dinner dates with friends to show them our pictures since we have returned. My fiance and I...More

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

We are so happy to hear that you had such a great trip! We just love where we get to work and live and it sounds like you may have gotten hooked too! The various campsites on the Johnstone Strait Expedition all have their own...More

Reviewed 15 September 2016

Spirit of the West Adventures is probably one of the best things I’ve done in my life. Still dreaming of the four exciting days I got to spend on the Johnston Straight. Without a doubt the most exciting trip I’ve ever done. The thrills already...More

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

Thank you so much for your absolutely glowing review of your Johnstone Strait Ultimate tour with us. You almost made me tear up hearing how great your experience was. We really do try hard to ensure you have a great trip from start to finish...More

Reviewed 11 September 2016

If you are after an organized trip in a more remote part of the coast, then this trip is for you. Grey whales, sea otters, swells, sheltered island hopping, sandy beaches, sea fog, great laughs, good food, all made this a memorable trip for me....More

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

Hi Sarah, thanks so much for your review of our Great Bear Rainforest Expedition. This area is truly remote and has so many incredible area for exploring by kayak. The long sandy beaches and windswept landscape are so rugged and impressive. It sounds like you...More

Reviewed 7 September 2016

To offer a context for this review, we have whale watched on four continents and travelled all seven. BUT the SOTW Johnstone Strait Ultimate is is NOT a whale-watching holiday. It is a very basic camping trip like the one you did in high school...More

2  Thank Bryan T
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2016

Thank you for your feedback, we do appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience. It sounds like you have been fortunate to experience a variety of tours and wildlife watching opportunities around the world, and we regret that the tour and...More

Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Fun trip made! We took the Johnson Strait Ultimate trip with 7 friends and it was great! The scenery is stunning, we saw stellar Sea lions, Orcas and 1 hump back whale. The campsite has a wood fired hot tube, hot shower and your tents...More

2  Thank Drod1321
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2016

Gotta love Sam's sense of humour and his jokes eh?! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful guide team- Tessa, Robin and Sam are shinning stars for sure. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on our Johnstone Strait...More

Reviewed 28 August 2016

As novice paddlers, The Johnstone Straight Ultimate 4 day tour was perfect for us. The base camp was well set up and in a stunning location. The hot water shower plus a hot tub with ocean views were true camping luxury. Our guides, Mike, Brittany,...More

1  Thank Sandra A
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2016

Thank you so much for your kind words about your experience with us. We really do try hard to make for a great trip all round and it is awesome to hear that enjoyed the area and the amenities. We are so fortunate to have...More

Reviewed 25 August 2016

Our guides created a fantastic experience: delicious food, great kayaking routes, organized plans and knowledgeable guides. Our trip was exciting with orca, humpback & minke appearances. The surprise anniversary card, starfish, and bottle of wine topped the incredible 4 days with our group. Thank you...More

Thank dsajlamb
SOWAdventures, Owner at Spirit of the West Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2016

Happy Anniversary, and thanks so much for celebrating with us! So happy you enjoyed the little surprises, the starfish is made by a local artisan who makes casts of the real deal from the beaches and then hand paints them to be lifelike! It is...More

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Shawnsmitty
Do you do day trips?
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
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
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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