WHALES & WILDERNESS GLAMPING
SAMPLE ITINERARY (Trips of varying lengths and level of luxury are available)
Your guides will go over the logistics of the tour and answer any questions or concerns you may have. This meeting will be held in the lounge at the Heriot Bay Inn on Quadra Island at 6pm the day prior to departure. If you cannot make it to the meeting just be sure to call in the day before departure to confirm your arrival.
The Heriot Bay Inn has one of Quadra Island’s best restaurants so you may want to consider eating there after the meeting.
MEETING LOCATION The Whales, Wilderness and Glamping tour departs from either Campbell River or Quadra Island (a 10 minute ferry ride from Campbell River). Spirit of the West Adventures is based on Quadra Island and we highly recommend making Quadra Island a part of your vacation plans. Quadra Island has a whole different and laid back feel to it, complete with endless opportunities for beach walks, hikes, biking and visiting local artisans.
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. En route, sightings of marine life such as porpoises, dolphins, sea lions and whales are common.
After the 2 1/2 hour journey we arrive at our remote wilderness base camp on Blackfish Sound. After settling into our new surroundings and having lunch we will have a kayak orientation and discuss safety procedures before setting off on an afternoon paddle.
We will return in time for a fresh wild and local fish dinner (alternatives of course for those who do not eat fish). Enjoy the sunset from the hot tub before retiring to rest for more fun in the morning. (L, D)
After a hearty camp breakfast you 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, you'll set out in our kayaks after breakfast and paddle to one of the area’s many pocket beaches for a picnic lunch before paddling ‘home’ again in time for some relaxation time before dinner. On your way, you'll take breaks for stretching and snacks, and you'll always take lots of time to explore the intricate shoreline. For the very brave there is always the option of a dip into the chilly waters of Blackfish Sound before a restorative soak in the hot tub! (B, L, D)
This morning you'll kayak the nearby waters and islands before returning in time for lunch. In the early afternoon you'll be met by your 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. (B, L, D)
This is our last day of exploration. After a final morning paddle you will pack up your 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. Arrive back on Quadra Island and Campbell River by late afternoon (between 3 & 5pm, weather and wildlife dependent). Overnight at in either Campbell river or Quadra Island. (B, L)
END OF KAYAKING ADVENTURE
(Code: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
Low season $1795.00 CAD + 5% GST
High season $1895.00 CAD + 5% GST (JUL 16 - AUG 25)
TOUR DATES (Every four days throughout the summer)
JUN 25-28, 28-July 1
JUL 1-4, 4-7, 7-10, 10-13, 13-16, 16-19, 19-22, 22-25, 25-28, 28-31, 31-August 3
AUG 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-15, 15-18, 18-21, 21-24, 24-27, 27-30, 30-September 2
SEPT 2-5, 5-8, 8-11, 11-14, 14-17, 17-20
kayaking in the realm of the whales, motorized whale watching tour included,
gourmet camp food,
hot tub and shower with an ocean view, whales swimming past your tent at night,
water taxi journey to and from camp.
Expert guiding service,
water taxi transport to and from camp, all kayaking & safety equipment,
3-hour whale watching trip from camp, canvas tents, beds and linens,
food and drinks from morning snack on day one to lunch on day four (except alcohol),
park and land use permits