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In The News

Spirit of the West articles and mentions in the media.

Kayaking and Whale Watching - In the News

A round-up of places we've appeared in magazines, newspapers, blogs and top lists.

 

ABSOLUTE BEST ECO-ADVENTURE TOURS OF 2017
After only its first season, our Whales & Wilderness Glamping trip is already getting noticed! Hand-picked from    a a select group, we’re proud to be named among the “absolute best”, and in good company with the others on this list. The Huffington Post did a write-up about the winners too.
Flight Network (October, 2017); HuffPost (October, 2017)

Whales and wilderness award

10 ICONS AND HOW TO SEE THEM
Our Johnstone Strait Ultimate was featured in this “Dream Trips” list from the Times of London. Via Frontier Travel (UK travel agent).
The Times of London (February 11, 2017)

MOST POPULAR KIDS ACTIVITY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 2016
Our Orca Family Tour was listed by Canadian Kids Activities as their most popular activity in BC. A fantastic way to step away from the everyday and spend quality time with your kids in the BC coastal wilderness.
Canadian Kids Activities (February, 2017)

family kayaking trip

THE REAL BEST BEACHES OF BC
This list surveys all the gems that you can find on the coast, including those that have no road access and require a boat to get to. The Goose Group, one of the highlights on our Great Bear Rainforest trips, makes the cut (with nearby McMullins Group as a special mention).
Wildcoast Magazine (Fall, 2017)

ADVENTURE TOUR OPERATOR AWARD
2016 Holiday and Tour Specialist Awards
Luxury Travel Guide (2016)

2016 global travel award

THE TOP 50 TOURS IN CANADA
All our BC trips were honoured by being included in this Top 50 in Canada list.
Shereen Mohammed – Flight Network (January 2016)

Top 50 tours award

TOP WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Making lists again! This time as one of the top trips for watching whales.
Conor Mihell – Canoe & Kayak Magazine (February 2016)

WEST COAST WHALE PADDLING
An interview with the filmmaker who directed and filmed our videos, David Hartman.
Conor Mihell – Canoe & Kayak Magazine (February 2016)

BEST OF THE BEST 2016
Our Johnstone Strait Expedition selected as the “Best Kayaking in the Realm of the Whales”. (p. 32)
John Kimantis – Wild Coast Magazine (December 2016)

KAYAKING WITH THE WHALES: BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO
A humpback and orca watching journey on the Johnstone Strait Expedition, incuding some amazing photos.
Caroline Helbig – Writes of Passage Blog (August 2015)

KAYAK THE REALM OF THE ORCA
(“Kajakem im Reich der Orcas”) Viewing killer whales by kayak in the Johnstone Strait region. (German)
Andrea Hartlein – My Spotlight Kanada (January 2015)

SEARCHING FOR SEA OTTERS BY KAYAK
Nuchatlitz Inlet near Vancouver Island offers great opportunities to view sea otters in the wild.
Suzanne Morphet – Globe and Mail (July 2013)

NEW WAR IN THE WOODS
Protecting high use tourism areas from the effects of clear cut logging.
Kylie Stanton – Global TV (Spring 2013)

GOURMET KAYAK TOURS
A focus on the culinary experience at our Johnstone Strait Ultimate base camp tour.
Andrew Findley – Savour Magazine (Fall 2012)

BEST KAYAK TOUR COMPANY IN WESTERN CANADA
Winner of 2012-2015 “Best Kayak Tour Company in Western Canada”. Unfortunately this long-running sea kayaking magazine ceased publication in 2014, after 30 years of advising paddlers from around the world.
Sea Kayaker Magazine (2012)

DESTINATION AFLOAT
A regular column on travel experiences in this Australian newspaper, highlighting our Johnstone Strait Ultimate.
Kerry Lorimer – The Weekend Australian (May 2012)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST 2012
We (and our trips to Johnstone Strait) were named on their 2012 Ultimate Adventure Bucket List!
National Geographic Adventure (October 2011)

KILLER JOURNEY
A detailed exposition on our Johnstone Strait Ultimate.
Kerry Lorimer – Australian Geographic (December 2010)

FLOATING IN THE WILD, TRAILING ORCAS AND OTHER BEASTS
Long-form article describing the author’s experience on one of our Johnstone Strait Ultimate tours.
Kari Bodnarchuk – Boston Globe (July 2010)