Spirit of the West Adventures

british columbia, canada

From $450/night
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From $450/night
  • books / library
  • flashlights
  • hammock
  • headlamps
  • lanterns
  • lounge areas
  • patio / deck
  • private hot tub
  • running water
  • shower
  • solar phone charger
  • towels
  • all-inclusive
  • boating
  • fishing
  • guided tours
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • nature walks
  • swimming
  • wildlife observing
  • All-inclusive
  • For honeymoon guest: romantic, private dinner at your own glamping tent.
  • Snacks included
  • Check-in

    8:00 AM

  • Check-out

    4:00 PM

  • Taxes

    5%, not included.

  • Gift Cards

    Available, please inquire.

  • Included in the Rates

    Accommodation, meals, daily kayaking & gear, one motorized whale watching tour, accommodation

  • Gratuity

    Not included, but appreciated.

  • Other Fees

    None

  • Parking

    Included on-site

  • Cellular Signal

    Limited

  • Wi-Fi Signal

    None

  • Minimum Age for Children

    12

  • Additional Guests

    $450/guest

  • Suggested items to bring with you

    Personal items

  • Reservation and Cancellation Policy

    All canceled reservations received 91 or more days prior to arrival are subject to a $100 cancellation penalty. 

    Reservations canceled within 90 days of the scheduled arrival date are subject to a 50% penalty of the entire stay.

    Reservations canceled within 30 days of the scheduled arrival date are subject to a 100% penalty and are responsible for the entire stay and will forfeit all payments.

  • Pet Policy

    Pets are not allowed at this property.

How Do I Get There?

(The Whales & Wilderness Glamping camp is remotely located on Swanson Island east of Vancouver Island on the edge of Blackfish Sound and the Broughton Archipelago. There is no physical address of the camp/property available. Please find the GPS coordinates below.)

Your hosts will meet you on Quadra Island where their office & base is or at Campbell River on Vancouver Island. The international gateway is Vancouver, and from there guests can fly, drive or take public transport to Campbell River (airport code YBL). Quadra Island is only a 10-minute ferry ride from there. From the airport there are shuttle buses and taxis available to the ferry port or hotels in town. It’s a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Vancouver to Vancouver Island and a 1.5-2-hour drive up to Campbell River.

From Quadra/Campbell River an included water taxi shuttle transports guests up to Swanson Island where the glamping camp is located.

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The property and luxury wilderness camp are located on Swanson Island on the edge of Blackfish Sound and the Broughton Archipelago - the heart of orca and humpback territory on northern Vancouver Island. Exclusive boat access to the private Swanson Island location. The established camp is built directly by the sea, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by old growth rainforest and wild beaches. Situated in arguably one of the best areas for viewing whales on the West Coast. Imagine beautiful, big white canvas tents on big wooden platforms 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, dolphins, sea lions and birds.

Tents are large 10×12′, bright and spacious cotton canvas tents made here on Vancouver Island. They are 8′ (2.4m) high at the peak so have ample room for standing up and moving around with ease. The screened windows and front door provide sweeping views of the forest and and/or ocean. The tents are perched off the ground on cedar platforms, helping to protect the delicate ecosystem below. Inside your tents are 2 twin beds which can be pushed together to make a king size if desired. These beds are handmade by our wonderful crew with locally milled red cedar and beach driftwood accents. The beds each have a 6-inch thick soya foam mattress, 2 pillows (one soft and one firm to ensure a good night’s sleep), crisp white linens, a warm duvet and fleece blankets for those cooler nights. Bedside tables, crafted from local wood, hold a lamp for reading and a hot water bottle to help take the chill off when you crawl into your bed to dream about what’s in store for the morning.

Glamping Types

  • Tours & Excursions

Great For

  • couples
  • families
  • small groups
  • solo travelers

Setting

  • beach
  • eco-lodging
  • eco-reserve
  • forest / woods
  • island
  • ocean
  • tour / excursion

Total Accommodations

  • 8

Minimum Night Stay

  • 3

Rates Based On

  • per person

Best time to visit

Open: June - September

High Season: July - August

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Accommodations

  • Canvas Tent

    From $450/night
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  • Amenities
    • books / library
    • flashlights
    • hammock
    • headlamps
    • lanterns
    • lounge areas
    • patio / deck
    • private hot tub
    • running water
    • shower
    • solar phone charger
    • towels
  • Experiences
    • all-inclusive
    • boating
    • fishing
    • guided tours
    • hiking
    • kayaking
    • nature walks
    • swimming
    • wildlife observing
  • Dining Options
    • All-inclusive
    • For honeymoon guest: romantic, private dinner at your own glamping tent.
    • Snacks included
  • Policies
    • Check-in

      8:00 AM

    • Check-out

      4:00 PM

    • Taxes

      5%, not included.

    • Gift Cards

      Available, please inquire.

    • Included in the Rates

      Accommodation, meals, daily kayaking & gear, one motorized whale watching tour, accommodation

    • Gratuity

      Not included, but appreciated.

    • Other Fees

      None

    • Parking

      Included on-site

    • Cellular Signal

      Limited

    • Wi-Fi Signal

      None

    • Minimum Age for Children

      12

    • Additional Guests

      $450/guest

    • Suggested items to bring with you

      Personal items

    • Reservation and Cancellation Policy

      All canceled reservations received 91 or more days prior to arrival are subject to a $100 cancellation penalty. 

      Reservations canceled within 90 days of the scheduled arrival date are subject to a 50% penalty of the entire stay.

      Reservations canceled within 30 days of the scheduled arrival date are subject to a 100% penalty and are responsible for the entire stay and will forfeit all payments.

    • Pet Policy

      Pets are not allowed at this property.

  • Location

    How Do I Get There?

    (The Whales & Wilderness Glamping camp is remotely located on Swanson Island east of Vancouver Island on the edge of Blackfish Sound and the Broughton Archipelago. There is no physical address of the camp/property available. Please find the GPS coordinates below.)

    Your hosts will meet you on Quadra Island where their office & base is or at Campbell River on Vancouver Island. The international gateway is Vancouver, and from there guests can fly, drive or take public transport to Campbell River (airport code YBL). Quadra Island is only a 10-minute ferry ride from there. From the airport there are shuttle buses and taxis available to the ferry port or hotels in town. It’s a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Vancouver to Vancouver Island and a 1.5-2-hour drive up to Campbell River.

    From Quadra/Campbell River an included water taxi shuttle transports guests up to Swanson Island where the glamping camp is located.

    View Google Maps

Inside Scoop

  • What to bring

    General items: Wetshoes, camp footwear, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen, camera, Ziploc bags or other large plastic bags, gloves (optional), beverages (alcohol/soda pops), personal items (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap/shampoo, washcloth, feminine hygiene products, hairbrush, etc.), book or journal, fishing gear (optional), gratuity for your guides (at your own discretion)

    Clothes: Rain jacket & rain pants, light windproof jacket (optional), long-sleeved non-cotton shirts (synthetic/wool), long pants, shorts, t-shirts, lightweight long underwear, sweaters, bathing suit, warm socks, undergarments, an extra set of clothes that you may want to reserve for the end of the trip.

  • Included in the Rates:

    Return water taxi service from Quadra Island/Campbell River, professional guiding service, all kayaking excursions & equipment and other activities as mentioned above, 3-hour whale watching trip on covered vessel, all meals (morning snack day 1 to lunch day 4) and beverages (as mentioned above), park and land use permits. They provide meal options for vegetarian, vegan, or wheat/gluten intolerant people as well as non-seafood/fish lover or any other dietary restrictions.

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