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    Stories, news & views from the realm of the whales.

    All about wilderness camping

    February 11th, 2021

    Smart living in the coastal wild Spirit of the West diligently follows some basic principles that have been established as best practices for wilderness travel. There is a multitude of ways that these principles are put into practice, but we have summarized many of them below to give you an idea of what to expect when you join us on…

    Our two basecamps in comparison

    November 5th, 2020

    Both the Johnstone Strait Ultimate and Whales & Wilderness Glamping tours are excellent choices for sea kayakers of all ability levels. These are our basecamp-style trips, so we carry minimal gear in the kayaks and return to the same comfortable, established camp each night. If you’re new to camping, this is a great way to get a relaxed introduction to…

    Travel Insurance: The Basics

    October 19th, 2020

    Travel Insurance 101 & Frequently Asked Questions No one wants to think about missing their vacation, but ensuring that you have appropriate travel insurance coverage can really decrease the stress and financial pain of the unexpected! Travel insurance comes in many different shapes and sizes, and it will take some work on your behalf to read through the fine print…

    And the winners are…

    October 15th, 2020

    Unique images of a unique season A BIG THANK YOU to all participants & congratulations to the winners! It’s always a pleasure to reflect on the past season through the submissions to our photo & video contest. There were great wildlife sightings, beautiful landscapes and many personal moments with stories to tell. Our thanks to the Spirit of the West…

    Welcomed on day one by orcas & humpbacks…

    October 9th, 2020

    Don’t just take our word for it, this is what our guestS from 2020 have to say. Jane, Caroline, and Chris are just a few of our guests who took the chance and booked a private bubble tour to come paddling with us during the time of COVID-19. Most of them visited our camp in Blackfish Sound but we also…

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