This policy applies to reservations made from Oct 15, 2020 onwards. If you reserved your tour before this, the terms and conditions that were included on your tour confirmation apply.
A NOTE ABOUT COVID-19
We recognize that travel has changed as a result of COVID-19 and we want to assure you we are here to help you have a safe and wonderful experience. We will work with you to help you find appropriate travel insurance protection for your adventure to give you the peace of mind to travel while protecting your hard-earned vacation dollars. Learn more on our Travel Insurance page.
We are a small family-run company and really appreciate your understanding that we incur many expenses in preparing for these tours and our terms and conditions and cancellation policy reflect this. We are happy to provide any paperwork needed for your insurance claim if you are unable to join us and you seek to reclaim any retained travel or tour costs.
If Spirit of the West Adventures chooses to cancel a tour (NOT for reasons outside of our control; see force majeure below) then the full amount paid for the tour is refundable. Please note, expenses outside of the kayaking tour i.e. travel, hotel etc. would remain your responsibility and are another reason we strongly encourage purchasing travel insurance.
In order to participate in our tours you will need to complete and answer satisfactorily:
- COVID-19 Pre-Screening Questionnaire
- COVID-19 Statement of Understanding
- Liability Waiver
- Medical Information Form
Please note that if you exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been ordered to self-isolate, you will be immediately isolated from the group and likely removed from the tour. There will be no refunds after tour departure and you will be responsible for the costs associated with being removed from the tour and any additional expenses incurred as a result. Please contact your travel insurance provider in order to submit a claim for expenses incurred.
How to Reserve Your Trip
Reserving your adventure with Spirit of the West Adventures is simple. Just call 1-800-307-3982 to speak with one of our friendly and helpful office crew, e-mail your request to [email protected] or reserve your trip on the web through our online reservation request system. If reserving a private bubble tour, please contact us to have special group rates applied to your reservation.
If you’re not sure if a particular trip is right for you or you’re looking for more information, let us know and we would be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with a past guest who has experienced the trip before.
To reserve space on our tours we ask for a deposit as well as a completed reservation form. We require a deposit of 25% on all tours.
Payment can be made by cheque, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or Interac e-Transfer; any processing charges or fees are your responsibility.
A deposit to reserve your space on a tour is due at time of booking. For tours that take place in Canada, the balance of your trip cost is due 60 days prior to departure. For tours that take place outside of Canada, the balance of your trip cost is due 90 days prior to departure. If you book and pay after the final balance due date, all monies paid are non-refundable. For your convenience, with your authorization, we automatically charge your credit card when the balance is due unless otherwise arranged.
All tours which take place in Canada are priced and charged in Canadian dollars; tours to Chile, the Bahamas and Greenland are priced and charged in US dollars. Any foreign currency pricing is only approximate. It is your credit card company or bank who determines your exchange rate on the day your transaction takes place. If for some reason you have to cancel and funds are refunded to your card Spirit of the West Adventures is not responsible for any differences in exchange rates. Pricing is subject to change.
For all Canadian tours there is an additional 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST). Tours that take place outside of Canada are not taxed. Non-tour add-ons (equipment rentals, merchandise) must be charged both 5% GST and 7% PST. All tours are also subject to a non-taxed voluntary $20 per person sustainability fee which is donated to research and conservation organizations that work in the areas where we operate.
*Please see above for updates as a result of COVID-19
Please understand that our trip dates and capacities are limited, and when we accept your reservation we may be turning others away from booking that trip. If you find it necessary to cancel your tour, please let us know as soon as possible. No refunds are given once tours have departed. Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. is not responsible for any additional costs that may arise in the event of a trip alteration or delay caused by circumstances beyond our control. To avoid confusion, we require written notice of cancellation, by email or mail. The following fees will apply to cancellations and are calculated as of the date we receive your written cancellation notice, which can be sent by email or standard mail.
Tours that take place in Canada: If you must cancel your tour, your refund is as follows:
- 60 days or more prior to the trip departure date – Full amount is refunded less a $150 administration fee (per person).
- 59-30 days prior to the trip departure date – 50% of total tour price is refunded.
- Less than 30 days prior to the trip departure date – No refund will be given.
Tours that take place outside of Canada: If you must cancel your tour, your refund is as follows:
- 90 days or more prior to the trip departure date – Deposit is refunded less a $250 administration fee per person and the guest is responsible for any costs incurred for cancelling any additional tours or travel arrangements.
- 90-60 days prior to the trip departure date – 50% of total tour price is refunded.
- Less than 60 days prior to the trip departure date – No refund will be given.
*We strongly recommend that all guests purchase travel insurance, including interruption, cancellation and medical coverage to cover costs associated with your travel in case of unforeseen circumstances (travel insurance is mandatory for all Chile and Bahamas tours). Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. is not responsible for ensuring the appropriate level or amount of coverage is purchased. Please contact your travel insurance provider to ensure you have appropriate coverage for your entire trip. If you use a credit card for payment for your tour expenses, you may have trip interruption insurance as part of your card benefits. This coverage, however, is often a limited dollar amount, may not cover COVID-19 related issues and does not usually include cancellation or medical coverage. Please check with your specific card provider to ensure you are adequately insured. Personal equipment, baggage and valuables (cameras, electronics, jewellery, etc.) are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. is not responsible for lost, damaged or delayed property.
Learn more about Travel Insurance here. Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to insufficient bookings. If we have to cancel a tour due to insufficient bookings, you may choose between an alternate trip or a full refund. We will inform participants of cancellations due to insufficient bookings at the earliest possible point and no later than 30 days prior to the tour departure. If the alternate trip chosen is of a lower value than the originally booked, then you are entitled to a refund of the difference. If the alternate tour chosen is of a higher value, then you will pay the difference in price.
If a tour has to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control and/or a circumstance amounting to “force majeure” such as war, threat of war, political instability, riots, civil disturbances, actual or threatened terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disasters, fires, epidemics, health risks and pandemics, acts of God, industrial disputes, unforeseeable technical problems with transport for reasons beyond our control or that of our suppliers, closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential adverse weather condition, and any other similar events, there will be no refund from Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. Please contact your travel insurance provider for details on how to start a claim. Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip participants in preparing for a cancelled trip (for example non-refundable advance purchase plane tickets, visa fees, inoculations, equipment etc. or for any additional arrangements for other travel plans associated with your travel).
Spirit of the West will make every reasonable effort to contact you as soon as it appears that a trip may be cancelled.
Once your tour is booked and your deposit is received by us, we’ll send you a detailed document that includes everything that you will need to prepare for your tour including an itinerary, packing list, transportation options, directions, meeting times and frequently asked questions. For tours outside of Canada, we also include information about topics such as passports, visas, immunizations and currency exchange. All you need to bring is your passport, a sense of adventure, your clothing and personal items. Let us know if you’re planning a birthday or anniversary trip. We’ll pack a surprise!
Dietary Restrictions and Accommodations
We need to know as soon as possible about any dietary requirements we should consider when planning your trip menu. If you have food allergies or restrictions, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. However, people with severe food allergies may need to supply some or all of their own food as we can’t entirely mitigate the risk of cross-contamination. Additionally, some specific needs can only be met if we charge you a supplemental menu fee to cover our increased costs.
Please note we are not a peanut- or nut-free facility. On Chile and Bahamas tours the availability of ingredients or restaurant kitchens outside of our control may limit the type of dietary accommodation we are able to offer.
Note: Pending a detailed discussion about a guest’s specific dietary requirements, Spirit of the West Adventures may determine that a person with severe allergies and/or dietary restrictions is not suitable for our adventures due to the constraints of preparing food for groups of people in a wilderness setting.
Medical and Risk Acknowledgement/ Liability Release Forms
Each participant is required to fully fill out the Medical Information Form, Liability Release Form, a COVID-19 Pre-screening Questionnaire and Statement of Understanding in order to join the tour. Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. must receive the completed Medical Information Form, Liability Release and Statement of Understanding at least 30 days prior to tour departure. Please read and understand the COVID-19 Pre-screening Questionnaire as you will be asked to complete the questionnaire the day before or day of your tour departure.
All guests will be required to complete a Pre-Screening Questionnaire and Statement of Understanding regarding COVID-19. Your honesty in self-reporting on these forms as well as compliance with our COVID-19 policies and procedures is required and will help to keep us all safe.
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers medical, interruption and cancellation as a minimum.
Although no previous kayaking experience is required on our tours, as with any adventure there is always an element of risk. While our trips are not considered to be overly strenuous or physically demanding, we do require a moderate level of fitness and good general physical condition. If you have any physical limitations or concerns, please let us know. As we are not qualified to evaluate your level of fitness we ask that you (possibly along with your doctor) determine whether or not you are able to join one of our adventures. If you have any special medical conditions, we encourage you to check with your doctor before you reserve your trip. Please also note that all of our tours take place in remote areas and evacuations can take a great deal of time and can be expensive. Persons with physical limitations and/or disabilities are welcome on Spirit of the West tours, pending a discussion of any special needs and requirements.
You must also acknowledge that travel with Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. requires a degree of flexibility and understanding that the trip’s route, itinerary, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. While traveling with Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. you agree to accept the authority of the leader at all times. You need to be aware that group travel may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and abilities of group members. We just ask that you welcome your adventure with an open mind and be able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected. Spirit of the West is dedicated to providing safe, environmentally sensitive, well-organized, fun-filled adventures.
Passports and Visas
You must carry a valid passport and/or necessary documentation and have obtained the appropriate visas when travelling with Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. Please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas for your travels. Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. does not accept responsibility if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct documentation, or the authorities deem you unsuitable for entry.
Accommodations on Tour
Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. will do our best to make you comfortable and feel at home on your tour.
Tours within Canada: Keep in mind that our sea kayaking tours are a true wilderness experience that can involve camping in established and non-established sites. Our expedition style tours involve camping at sites with minimal facilities and rustic surroundings. Basecamp style tours afford more facilities and comforts. This is all part of what we call an adventure! Tenting and lodging is generally based on double occupancy, however if you are traveling solo we do our best to provide you with your own tent, please confirm this is possible when making your reservation.
Tours outside of Canada: Hotel portions of tours are based on double occupancy. If you prefer a single room there is an additional $100/night single supplement charge. Availability of single rooms may be limited. Single accommodation on the mothership in Chile is not possible. All tenting is also based on double occupancy, however if you are travelling solo we do our best to provide you with your own tent.
Gratuities are not included in your tour costs. Gratuities are always appreciated. If you feel the guides and crew have done an exceptional job, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation. We also appreciate other expressions of thanks including cards, letters etc.
STORAGE OF PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Due to the nature of our services, it is necessary to collect and store a certain amount of personal and financial information. By providing us with address, personal and financial information, you consent to the storage of this information for a period of time deemed appropriate by Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. Personal information includes, but is not limited to, your first name, last name, phone number, email address and billing address and date of birth. Financial information includes, but is not limited to, your card account number, card expiration date and cardholder name. Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. is PCI compliant and is committed to ensuring the safety of your information.
Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd, reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any of its tours. Trip members should be aware that Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. may use these photos or film for promotional and or commercial purposes without remuneration to the trip participants.