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Boating, Paddling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Tours
Spirit of the West kayaking Adventures has been offering sea kayaking tours and trips around Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, since 1996. Our most popular tours travel to the orca waters of Johnstone Strait, British Columbia to kayak in the realm of the whales. We also offer trips to Desolation Sound, the Broughton Archipelago, Nuchatlitz Marine Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island and the Great Bear Rainforest on the Central Coast. We also offer tours to the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas and Chilean Patagonia during the North American winter.
Specializing in Desolation Sound, British Columbia, where warm pacific waters teem with marine wildlife and the majestic coast mountains tower over idyllic islands. Join us at our uniquely wonderful eco-resort on an uninhabited island in the heart of Desolation and enjoy locally sourced foods, cozy comforts and a perfectly idyllic setting. Guided and non-guided packages available. Multi-day camping tours are another option for experiencing Desolation Sound or join one of our daily guided tours and whet your appetite for longer adventures. Kayak rentals are available for those seeking self-guided exploration. Snorkel with the STARS! in the unusually warm waters and experience colourful sea stars, sea cucumbers, spiny urchins and much more. Experience the adventure in Desolation!
Providing quality guided kayak tours from Quadra Island, BC. Join our comfortable Orca Base Camp tour in Johnstone Strait, next to Robson Bight Michael Biggs Ecological Reserve. Kayak in waters where Killer Whales play! Spacious Safari tents & cots, close enough to hear the blows of the Orca! Or experience the un-ending channels and wilderness of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands, or the Coastal Inlets on an expedition! Rentals and day tours also available daily at our location
Boating, Paddling, Sightseeing, Wildlife Tours
Cortes Island’s only certified sailing charter vessel. Scheduled day trips, private charters, and mothership kayaking. Scheduled day trips to Desolation Sound and Mitlenatch Island as well as multi-day kayak mothership trips exploring remote areas of the Discovery Islands, Toba & Bute Inlets. Nestled at the entrance to enchanting Desolation Sound & located between Campbell River & the mainland coast of BC, the Discovery Islands dot the intricate waterways in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Biking, Boating, Sightseeing
Sailing adventures from Campbell River aboard a Nordic 44 sailboat. See the sights around the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound and the Northern Strait of Georgia. This protected waterway provides breathtaking views, safe sailing and great destinations. We have tours ranging from day sails to multi day sailing and hiking, sail and dining tours. Private bookings only.
Museums & Heritage Sites
Small museum with local history and natural history of Cortes Island. Exhibits change every year. Beautiful heritage garden with picnic table – allows for family lunch. We are also a Tourist/Visitor Information Booth (T/VIB) as part of a provincial network under Destination BC
Paddling, Spas & Wellness, Bird Watching, Resorts & Wilderness Lodges
Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish and support people making the world better. Powerful experiential learning happens in a magnificent setting on British Columbia’s wilderness coast. Enjoy cozy accommodations in hand-crafted wooden buildings and gourmet organic vegetarian cuisine.