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Kayaking trips in British Columbia, Chile, The Bahamas and Greenland.

British Columbia Tours

Choose among several professionally-guided 4-8 day trips for all experience levels around Vancouver Island. Options include "glamping" basecamp-style with wood-fired hot tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean, expedition-style paddling from camp to camp or the luxury of a mothership. Trips visit Johnstone Strait, the Broughton Archipelago, famous Desolation Sound, Nuchatlitz Provincial Park and the wild Great Bear Rainforest on the Central Coast of BC.

Johnstone Strait Ultimate

Johnstone Strait - 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Hot tub & shower with ocean view
  • Whale watching around the clock
  • Speed boat journey to camp
  • Gourmet camp food
  • Glamping par excellence
  • In the heart of Johnstone Strait
From CAD $1275*

Johnstone Strait Expedition

Johnstone Strait, Broughton Archipelago - 6 days / 5 nights
  • Killer and humpback whales
  • Hundreds of islands for exploring
  • 1 night at a floating lodge
  • First Nations culture and history
  • Stunning remote camp sites
  • Gourmet camp food
From CAD $1495*

Orca Lite

Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound - 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Easy on the pocketbook
  • Amazing food
  • Beautiful & scenic
  • Amazing orca kayaking experience
  • Experienced guides
  • Spirit of the West Adventures quality
From CAD $995*

Orca Family Tours

Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound - 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • A tour designed for families
  • A great wildlife kayaking adventure
  • Cozy camping times
  • Includes child sized equipment
  • So much to see & learn
  • Good and fun food
From CAD $1125*

Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound - 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Spectacular Coast Mountain scenery
  • Many islands to explore
  • Wildlife watching
  • Swimming in warm lakes & ocean
  • Protected paddling conditions
  • Island culture
From CAD $1025*

Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear Rainforest - 8 days / 7 nights
  • Wildlife viewing
  • White sandy beaches
  • Stunning wild campsites
  • First Nations culture & history
  • Most remote area of BC’s coast
  • Gourmet camp food
From CAD $2395*

Nuchatlitz Expedition

West Coast Vancouver Island - 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Stunning west coast scenery
  • Beautiful wildlife & rare sea otters
  • White sandy beaches
  • Some of the world's finest sunsets
  • Great food
  • First Nations culture
From CAD $1375*

Mothership Tours

Broughton Archipelago & Orcas

Broughton Archipelago, BC - 4 Days / 3 Nights or 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Paddling in a variety of locations
  • Wildlife viewing from the mothership and kayak
  • No backtracking
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Fantastic gourmet meals
  • Amazing tour guiding
From CAD $2450*

Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear Rainforest, BC - 6 Days / 5 Nights or 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Abundance of wildlife
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Visit steep-sided glacier-carved fjords
  • Best bear watching
  • White sandy beaches to relax on and explore
  • Great mothership concept
From CAD $3995*

* Tours are priced and charged in Canadian dollars; prices in other currencies are provided for reference only and will be calculated based on the exchange rate at the time of payment. Prices are subject to 5% GST, though non-residents of Canada are eligible for a rebate of half the tax. Please see our terms and conditions for full payment and fees information.

International Tours

Chilean Patagonia, The Bahamas and Greenland. Three exceptional destinations that are exceptionally suited to travel by kayak, and all run directly by us to maintain the highest of standards in quality and safety.


Greenland Kayaking

East Greenland - 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Unique paddling among icebergs
  • Amazing wildlife
  • Remote arctic fiords
  • Hiking in open tundra
  • Greenlandic culture
  • Small group travel
From USD $6450*


Ultimate Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia - 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • Small group travel (8)
  • Rich wildlife including blue whales
  • Private chartered mothership
  • Abundant untouched wilderness
  • Gourmet cuisine
  • Travel by yacht, explore by kayak
From USD $6950*

Ultimate Patagonia Extended

Chilean Patagonia - 19 Days / 18 Nights
  • Abundant untouched wilderness
  • Paddling at San Rafael Glacier
  • Rich wildlife including blue whales
  • Hot springs, all to ourselves!
  • We take care of all travel details
  • Small group travel (8)
From USD $10750*

The Bahamas

Southern Exuma Cays Expedition

The Bahamas - 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Paddling among sandy cays
  • Bahamian culture
  • Endless warm water snorkeling
  • Beach combing
  • Small group travel
  • Rich Bahamian wildlife
From USD $1995*

Land & Sea Park

The Bahamas - 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Viewing iguanas, sea turtles and much more
  • See the famous swimming pigs
  • Paddling among sandy cays
  • Magical Bahamian nature
  • Beachcombing & camping
  • Fantastic refreshing food
From USD $2295*

* Tours are priced and charged in US dollars; prices in other currencies are provided for reference only and will be calculated based on the exchange rate at the time of payment. There is no additional tax on tours to international destinations. Please see our terms and conditions for full payment and fees information.

Private and Customized Tours

Want to do a trip, but the dates don't quite work out? Have a group with a different idea for a trip? Draw on our experience of almost 20 years organizing trips in BC, and let us arrange something that works just for you.

Many of our guests are interested in forming their own group and custom designing a trip that focuses on their own unique interests. Spirit of the West guides have a wealth of experience on the BC coast in a number of areas and range of different interests.

We would be happy to arrange a special private sea kayaking itinerary for you.


  • Boat based whale watching trip
  • Grizzly bear watching trip
  • Additional time for photography
  • Additional time for hiking
  • Salmon or rock fish fishing
  • Yoga

We can also host family reunions, birthday parties, and family trips with young kids. The options are endless.

Below is a list of some popular destinations. If there is another area on the BC coast that you would like to check out, we can possibly arrange that for you as well.



If you would like flexibility for your group on a base camp style trip, you can stay at our Base Camp on Swanson Island. This camp is designed with custom trips in mind so you can choose your group size or several options for getting there, such as paddling in from Telegraph Cove, boating in from Telegraph Cove, or by boating in from Campbell River. This camp is in a beautiful setting, close to some spectacular paddling and with an excellent chance of seeing both Orcas and Humpback whales. The price of this tour will vary depending on the style of trip you choose, length of stay as well as number of people in your party.


Our most popular tour is our Johnstone Strait Ultimate kayak tour. If you would like to make this tour a customized trip for your group you will need to book a minimum of 10 people or pay the equivalent of what 10 guests would cost. We can take a maximum of 13 guests at this camp. Due to the existing trip schedule we are not able to be flexible on the trip dates, so you will need to choose a date that is already on the schedule. We can however customize a 4 day itinerary to your liking.

Private sea kayaking EXPEDITIONS

Spirit of the West would be happy to organize an expedition style trip for your group. We can arrange a trip to any place we go on our regular schedule such as Johnstone Strait, the Broughton Archipelago, the Great Bear Rainforest, the Nuchatlitz, Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. We can also arrange tours to other beautiful kayaking destinations on our coast such as Kyuquot Sound, the Broken Group, Nootka Sound and Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands).

Please contact our office anytime. We are looking forward to planning your unique private adventure.

private sea kayaking happy Kayakers

Guys we are still buzzing from just the best time ever..!
Thank you for making Kates birthday so very special, even from the beginning what seems like forever ago now with dates, fitting in with airlines and trains, right up to when we arrived back to the HBI it has been so easy and relaxed and just perfect I cannot imagine a bitter trip, you have set the bar on what all other tour operators should be aiming for.

From our guests Dan Cooper & Kate Taylor from the UK