Few areas in the world are as beautiful to explore by kayak as the coastal waters of BC, with its jagged coastline and thousands of islands, inlets and coves. British Columbia is one of the premier ocean kayaking destinations in the world, whether you’re new to the sport, looking for an exciting adventure getaway, or simply out to improve your paddling skills. The kayaking season is mid-May to September.

Vancouver Island’s vast number of lakes, rivers and ocean inlets are a pleasure to explore by canoe or kayak. The large, relatively isolated lakes of the north and central portion of Vancouver Island are enclaves of solitude. Kayakers glide through marine parks into scenic bays and lagoons and go ashore on secluded sandy beaches and uninhabited islands.

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Spirit of the West Kayaking
P.O. Box 569 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0
Phone 250-285-2121 Fax 250-285-2104 Toll Free 1-800-307-3982Website Visit Website

Join our sea kayaking adventures around Vancouver Island, Canada’s coastal kayaking paradise. Kayak with Killer Whales, paddle Desolation Sound, experience the remote north Nootka Sound, or kayak from the comfort of our 95 ft Mothership, the Songhee. Our sea kayaking trips depart from our base on Quadra Island in the BC Discovery Islands.

No experience is required for our kayak tours! Our adventures are for everyone. Our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. The majority of people who join our tours are first time kayakers, and we take care to introduce you to the sport in a fun and safe manner. All that we ask is that you welcome adventure with an open mind and are able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected.

Our groups are small, ranging from 8-13 people depending on the trip, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Spirit of the West maintains a minimum ratio of one guide for every 5 guests on most trips. On our Johnstone Strait Ultimate Tour, we want to provide the ultimate in flexibility and service so we send 3 guides for 13 people. All our expedition stye tours have a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides.

Spirit of the West uses only high quality fiberglass kayaks, and we provide everything you need to have a great kayaking adventure, including paddling equipment, camp cookware and eating utensils, and camping gear (with the exception of a sleeping bag, although we do have some available at an additional fee to cover cleaning costs).