Kayaking & Whale Watching - Our News
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May 2019 | The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of great reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor. We today announce that we have received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence 4 years in a row which leads us to the 2019 honour of HALL of FAME. The Certificate of Excellence labels recipients that have consistently delivered high-quality customer service and experience.
“This is a great time to honour the time-consuming but relentless effort of owners Breanne & Rick in replying to each individual review received. Clearly another attempt to symbolize Spirit of the West Adventures’ excellent guest service.”
Karen Lai, past guest and friend shares her story of what inclusion means in the outdoor world. The adventure world doesn’t always provide experiences for folks of all abilities. Read Karen’s story about how working together with Spirit of the West Adventures, the support from outdoor retailer MEC and our awesome guides and fellow trip participants came together for an inclusive and unique experience in the Nuchatliz Provincial Park. Thanks, Karen for your willingness to share, teach and experience with us!
TOURISM VANCOUVER ISLAND REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE AWARD | Summer 2018
The Remarkable Experience of the Year award by Tourism Vancouver Island recognizes tourism businesses that have enhanced or transformed a customer’s experience in the Vancouver Island region.
REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE AWARD OF BC TOURISM INDUSTRY CONFERENCE | Spring 2018
This award recognizes a British Columbia tourism business that has developed, delivered, promoted and sold a new and improved tourism product or experience that reflects the essence of BC and contributes to a remarkable visitor experience. Festivals/events, adventure/outdoor, food and beverage, cultural/ heritage, urban/rural and accommodation experiences may all be considered within this category.
SMALL, COASTAL KAYAKING COMPANY IS MAKING BIG WAVES IN THE BC TOURISM INDUSTRY | Aug 2018
An article from Adventure Travel News about Spirit of the West Adventure and the incredible popularity of our tour which is indicative of larger trends occurring in the BC Tourism Industry.
30 MOST AMAZING WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS IN NORTH AMERICA | April 2018
Top Value Reviews elected Johnstone Strait, one of the destinations in which we are operating a few of our tours, for one of the 30 best wildlife areas in North America.
SPIRIT OF THE WEST TAKES COUPLES ON KAYAKING TOURS ALONG THE COAST OF BC | May 2018
We’ve had plenty of couples on our trips (even our fair share of marriage proposals!), but this is the first time someone has written an article about it! DatingAdvice.com takes you through the ways that a kayak trip together makes for a romantic getaway and some of the ways we can make it special for you (think: private dinners at your tent, flowers on your beds, champagne and strawberries to celebrate anniversaries and more).
ABSOLUTE BEST ECO-ADVENTURE TOURS OF 2017 | Oct 2017
After only its first season, our Whales & Wilderness Glamping trip is already getting noticed! Hand-picked from 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 and the Flight Network did a write-up about the winners too.
MOST POPULAR KIDS ACTIVITY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 2016 | Feb 2017
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.
THE REAL BEST BEACHES OF BC | Fall 2017
Wildcoast Magazine’s 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).
ADVENTURE TOUR OPERATOR AWARD | 2016
2016 Holiday and Tour Specialist Awards by Luxury Travel Guide.
THE TOP 50 TOURS IN CANADA | Jan 2016
All our BC trips were honoured by being included in this Top 50 in Canada list of Shereen Mohammed – Flight Network.
TOP WHALE WATCHING TRIPS | Feb 2016
Making lists again in the Canoe & Kayak Magazine! This time as one of the top trips for watching whales.
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)
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, including some amazing photos.
Caroline Helbig – Writes of Passage Blog (August 2015)
KAYAK THE REALM OF THE ORCA
(“Kajak 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)
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)
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)