Spirit of the West Adventures Discovers Record Numbers of Humpback Whales in the Pacific Northwest

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The North Pacific humpback whale population is the largest it’s been in over 40 years. Join Spirit of West Adventures for a once in a lifetime experience, kayaking on Vancouver Island with humpback whales.

Kayak with whales on Vancouver Island.

A humpback reaches for the sky in the the Broughton Archipelago.

The humpback population of the North Pacific is the largest it's been in over 40 years!

Yes, humpback whales are on the return in the Pacific Northwest. It is the perfect time to discover this magnificent mammal, and no more intimate and sustainable way to do so than by kayak. Spirit of the West Adventures offers breath-taking kayaking tours in Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago in British Columbia, Canada. Expect gourmet food, picturesque landscapes, skilled and experienced guides, and the opportunity to view wildlife such as humpback whales, killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, black bears, bald eagles, and minke whales. Kayaking on Vancouver Island is sure to be a great experience with Spirit of the West Adventures at the helm.

It is an exciting year for ocean enthusiasts on the west coast of British Columbia. Humpback whales have shown a steady increase in population since commercial whaling ended in the 20th century. The humpback population of the Pacific Northwest is the largest it's been in over 40 years. A 2006 assessment by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) found that over 2100 humpback whales are present in British Columbia waters, an average population increase of about 4% per year! This increase has lead COSEWIC to change the population status of humpback whales to a lower risk category from “threatened species” to “species of special concern”.

Although the North Pacific humpback population is not in the clear, this population increase is positive and encouraging news for the vitality of the species. It is also fascinating for people with an interest in marine wildlife and kayaking on Vancouver Island. In the past decade, non-profit research groups located in the Pacific Northwest, like the Humpback Comeback Project and Cetus, have intensified their study of humpback whales. This increased knowledge has lead to a deeper respect for the whales and has inspired adventure tourism companies to maintain best practices that support the education and conservation of whales. Kayaking on Vancouver Island with Spirit of the West Adventures is a sustainable and educational tour that recognizes the importance of conservation and protection of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem and all its’ inhabitants. Spirit of the West Adventures ensures that kayaking with whales is done in manner that is both unobtrusive and respectful of whale-watching guidelines.

Spirit of the West Adventures offers kayaking tours through the spectacular Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait in British Columbia, Canada. Being the only company to offer “one-way” expedition style tours (as opposed to departing and arriving in the same place), a trip with this company offers the exclusivity and excitement of exploring a new area each day. The trip includes a night in a remote floating lodge, gourmet meals prepared by guides, exploration of early First Nations’ village sites, and of course, the opportunity to view wildlife, like the humpback whale. Kayaking on Vancouver Island with Spirit of the West Adventures is an unforgettable experience in one of the top paddling destinations in North America! There is no better time to kayak with whales in their natural habitat.

For more information about kayaking on Vancouver Island visit http://www.kayakingtours.com or contact Breanne or John by e-mail at info(at)kayakingtours(dot)com or phone at 1-800-307-3982 or 1-250-285-2121.

About Spirit of the West Adventures

Spirit of the West Adventures, located on Quadra Island, British Columbia, has run multi-day kayaking tours in the Vancouver Island area for over 17 years. Spirit of the West offers sea kayaking tours around Vancouver Island including Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago, Desolation Sound, and the Nuchatlitz. International sea kayaking destinations include Chile and Greenland. Spirit of the West Adventures is Canada's first certified carbon neutral kayaking company.

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Breanne Quesnel, Rick Snowdon, John Waibel
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