Spirit of the West Adventures
We are professionals that consistently increase our training and knowledge to provide you with the best service in class. We do what we love! We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our coast, and this passion shows in everything we do. We don’t cut corners, we always put forth a 110% effort and we are always trying to improve. Vacations should be safe, fun, educational and of course environmentally friendly!
We live year-round where we work and play, so we know our area inside and out. We love it here, and it shows in the way we run our trips.
While off the beaten path, it is worth the extra effort to reach our corner of paradise. Spirit of the West Adventures is located on Quadra Island, B.C. Canada, on the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland, adjacent to the the city of Campbell River. Your major entry gateways are Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle, and details on travel options from each of these cities are below.
If you stay on Quadra Island the night before your tour starts, you can then also attend the pre-trip meeting for our BC tours and make sure you have everything you need for the trip and get all your questions answered. Parking is most secure for your vehicle and free of charge on Quadra Island. For those arriving late and without time to relax or explore, Campbell River may work best for you.
To travel to Quadra you need to go via Vancouver Island. The island is accessed by ferry service or flights from the mainland. If you are driving from Seattle, allow the full day to get to our area. If you are traveling from south of Vancouver take the Tsawwassen–Nanaimo route (closest to Vancouver airport). If you are coming through Vancouver take the Horseshoe Bay–Nanaimo route. Travelers from the USA can also take ferries from Anacortes, Port Angeles and the Seattle area to Victoria on the south end of the island. If you are travelling by car, please note that the ferries can get quite congested during the summer months, so we advise you to get an early start or make a reservation. Victoria is approximately a 4-hour drive on Highway 19 from Campbell River, and 2 hrs from Nanaimo.
Travel time from Vancouver, Canada:
BY CAR/FERRY – 6 HOURS
BY AIR – 2 HOURS
BY BUS/FERRY – 7 HOURS
Travel time from Victoria, Canada:
BY CAR/FERRY – 4 HOURS
BY AIR – 1 HOUR
BY BUS/FERRY – 5 HOURS
Travel time Seattle, USA
BY CAR/FERRY – 8 HOURS
BY AIR – 3 HOURS
BY BUS/FERRY – 10 HOURS