Learn about kayaking and whale watching around Vancouver Island
Spending some time learning about an area before you visit can be truly rewarding - it's like extending your vacation time as you immerse yourself in a destination! We've put together a few resources for you here to help you prepare for your trip, but if you don't find what you're looking for please feel free to get in touch.
There can be a lot to learn before deciding to go on a kayaking trip! We’ve assembled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions, but if you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us.
The incredible diversity of wildlife never ceases to amaze. From the smallest creature living in the rocks on shore, to the more visible bird life, deer, bears, dolphins, porpoise and whales, we are fortunate to share this beautiful area with so many incredible species. Our philosophy is to not interrupt the natural behaviour of the wildlife. We think of it as an extreme privilege to view these animals in their natural habitat and to catch a glimpse into their daily lives and behaviours.
We love travelling in the wilderness and being a part of the spectacular natural areas of British Columbia. Too often however, human travels in the outdoors can have consequences, incrementally degrading the places we inhabit. On all trips with Spirit of the West we take steps to ensure that the way we behave in the field minimizes any impact that we have on the places that we love and depend on.
The British Columbia coast is a vibrant and dynamic ecosystem, providing an abundance of resources that support both human and animal communities. With so many people dependent on our coastal rainforests and marine environment, we put a lot of strain on the natural systems and processes that make up our part of the world. In this section we highlight how various activities and actions are negatively and positively impacting the ecosystems which we are so privileged to enjoy.
There’s a vast range of books that tell the story of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, from George Vancouver himself in 1791 up to the latest guidebook on our marine mammals by researcher John Ford. Here are some excellent books often found in our guides’ portable libraries. All are great resources for learning about the British Columbia coast.