We do what we love. After nearly 20 years guiding sea kayaking trips in British Columbia, we still feel a sense of anticipation and excitement when pushing off from shore at the beginning of an expedition. With us, you’ll find engaged and professional guides, amazing food and top-notch gear and logistics to allow you the best experience whale watching, paddling and reconnecting with nature. We offer a range of trip styles to choose from such as base camp, expedition, mothership and family tours.

Overview

Imagine beautiful, big white tents set against the backdrop of towering fir trees and the blues and greens of the ocean lapping at your doorstep. The sounds of silence, interrupted only by the occasional blow of passing whales. Extraordinary kayaking & wildlife watching at the edge of the Broughton Archipelago in the heart of BC's coastal paradise. Exclusive boat access to our private Swanson Island location where our glamping basecamp is located.
Our on-site chef and guides pamper you with excellent fresh and hearty food, daily kayak excursions with beach picnics, a motorized whale watching trip and unique moments soaking in the hot tub while the sun goes down on the Pacific horizon. Our many green initiatives make it possible to enjoy responsible luxury in pure wilderness.
Starting at
$1375 USD
$1795 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • REMOTE 5-STAR GLAMPING
  • WHALE WATCHING
  • SCENIC, MOUNTAINS

We do what we love. After nearly 20 years guiding sea kayaking trips in British Columbia, we still feel a sense of anticipation and excitement when pushing off from shore at the beginning of an expedition. With us, you’ll find engaged and professional guides, amazing food and top-notch gear and logistics to allow you the best experience whale watching, paddling and reconnecting with nature. We offer a range of trip styles to choose from such as base camp, expedition, mothership and family tours.

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Kayaking

Activity

  • Sea Kayaking & Touring

Waterway

  • Coastal

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 4 Days

Accomodation

  • Glamping

Guided

  • Yes

Special Interest

  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beginner

Itinerary

Meeting Place

QUADRA ISLAND

, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Day 1:

Rise and shine ready for fun and adventure. After meeting our water taxi and a safety briefing, our captain takes us up Discovery Passage and safely through the infamous ‘Seymour Narrows’, renowned for its treacherous tidal flows and whirlpools.

Day 2:

After a hearty camp breakfast we will meet to discuss our plans for each day. Our route and schedule will depend on weather conditions, wildlife viewing opportunities and group preferences. Generally, we set out in our kayaks after breakfast and paddle to one of the area’s many pocket beaches.

Day 3:

This morning we’ll be met by our covered vessel for a 3-hour journey further into Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait or Queen Charlotte Strait, giving you the opportunity to explore areas beyond the reach of our kayaks.

Day 4:

This is our last day of exploration. After a final morning paddle we will pack up our things and soak up the last bit of tranquility before the water taxi arrives to transport us back to Quadra Island and the real world once again.

Dates & Packages

Whales & Wilderness Glamping

Professional guiding service
All kayaking equipment (including kayaks, PFDs, paddles, pumps, ropes, dry bags and sponges)
Hydrophone for listening to the whales
Meals (morning snack day 1 to lunch day 4)
Everything you need for the perfect glamping experience: walk-in canvas tents on wooden platforms, real beds (2 twin or 1 king size, thick soy foam mattresses, warm blankets, 2 pillows, linens), bath towel, flashlights/headlamps, hot water bottle, library of natural history books, camp binoculars
Whale watching trip on covered vessel
Return water taxi service from Quadra Island
Park and land use permits

What Guests Are Saying

Beautiful scenery, expert guides, great equipment and DELICIOUS food. I can't rate Spirit of the West highly enough - and what a beautiful are of the world to explore in a kayak! We saw lots of wildlife (including humpbacks and eagles), our guides were exceptional - thank you!

- Soph
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