Kayaking & Canoeing
Harmony Islands Marine Provincial Park (Albert Normandin photo)
Ocean kayaking, lake paddling, whitewater kayaking... for kayak and canoe enthusiasts, British Columbia’s spectacularly scenic regions offer adventures for all skill levels.
BC is one of the world's premier ocean kayaking destinations, thanks to its jagged coastline and many islands, inlets, and coves. Kayakers enjoy easy-to-challenging waters and myriad wildlife viewing opportunities. Orcas, as well as grey and humpback whales, are commonly seen during their migration seasons. Watch for marine birds, seals, otters and porpoises too.
Launch from Deep Cove or False Creek near Vancouver’s urban environment, or kayak through the isolated Broken Group Islands off Vancouver Island’s west coast.
Prefer canoeing? Head to the renowned Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. Or try the Thompson Okanagan’s Wells Gray Provincial Park, laden with gorgeous waterfalls, and home to Murtle Lake, which boasts 100km/62mi of shoreline.
Meanwhile, whitewater kayakers flock to the legendary Stikine River in Northern BC and the Sunshine Coast’s Skookumchuck Narrows.
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4330 Sunshine Coast Highway
Sechelt, British Columbia
Alpha Adventures specializes in year-round adventure on the Sunshine Coast. With locations in Sechelt (Wilson Creek) & Pender Harbour we service all areas of the coast. Year-round adventure tours, kayak & stand up paddleboard rentals, tours, lessons to all areas of the Sunshine Coast. We offer kayak drop-off service to Sechelt Inlet, Gibsons & many other areas. Explore the sheltered waters of Pender Harbour from our summer location in Garden Bay. In the winter we offer snowshoe & cross country ski rentals & tours for Dakota Ridge. Our full-service retail store stocks all the gear you will need for your next adventure. Winter Shuttle service available. Visit our website for more details.
3375 Lakeside Road
Whistler, British Columbia
The River of Golden Dreams is a flat water, serpentine river that winds it's way from Alta to Green Lake in Whistler. No rapids, just some ripple, but the twists & turns will keep you wondering what's around the next corner. Beaver, beaver dams & lodges, eagles, osprey, river otter, black bears, birds that burst off the water in front of your boat & glacier capped mountain views. Warm up on the lake to start then enter the river. Guides are recommended. This trip has been offered for over 100 years & is an annual event for many resort guests. We also rent non-powered boats on Alta Lake.
Bowen Island, a short 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay and one hour from Vancouver, is so close, yet worlds away. Established in 1996, Bowen Island Sea Kayaking is dedicated to providing you with safe and enjoyable kayak excursions from self-guided paddles to 3 hour, full day and multi-day tours of the beautiful Howe Sound area. We also rent stand-up paddle boards!
The 15th Annual Round Bowen Challenge on Saturday June 27, 2015 is a 32 kilometre race open to kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards and outriggers as solo or relay team members.
Come for a leisurely daytime paddle, a full moon tour, or a heart-pounding race, and revel in the beauty that is so close, but world's away - good times naturally.
Between Barkerville & Wells
Wells, British Columbia
Join us on this uniquely Canadian wilderness experience. The Bowron Lakes is a circuit 110 km long with interconnecting lakes & rivers. Offering a variety of landscapes with breathtaking snow-capped mountains, azure lakes, sandy beaches & marsh lands. Great fishing, unlimited photographic opportunities, & wildlife viewing (black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, moose, hawks, eagles, various other birdlife & otters. All canoe instruction is provided - no experience is required. The Bowron Lakes expedition has much to offer to both the experienced & the inexperienced outdoor enthusiast. Outdoor Magazine rates Bowron as one of the top ten canoe trips in the world. Truly the vacation of a lifetime - we supply all group gear & do all the cooking. Let us spoil you on this classic 8 day Canadian outdoor experience.
Simoon Sound (Gilford Island)
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Sea kayak in comfort based from our oceanside or float-house
accommodations. Enjoy catered meals or cook for yourself. Guided
kayak tours & rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours & kayak transport. Acupressure massage is also available on-site.
5505 Jacobson Rd
Beaver Valley, British Columbia
The Cariboo Chilcotin is famous for its many beautiful lakes & waterways, including the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, Beaver Valley 4 Lakes Chain, Nazko Lake Canoe Circuit & more. Explore on your terms by renting a canoe or kayak. Amazing camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, swimming & sightseeing await you.
Whether you are interested in paddling for a day or a week, Cariboo Canoe & Kayak Rentals has an itinerary suited to you.
Leave the crowds & your worries behind, while you dip your paddle into cool refreshing water & glide silently through the amazing landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin.
Surge Narrows, British Columbia
Lodge based multi-day sea kayaking tours in the Discovery Islands, off Central Vancouver Island. We operate in and around the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound & mainland inlets. Marine parks, wildlife, BC's highest mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Watch grizzly bears from your kayak, paddle with seals, dolphin, and porpoise. Incredible marine inter-tidal life. No experience necessary. We are Canada's longest operating sea kayak company now entering our 28th year. Recommended by National Geographic as one of Canada's top places to visit. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!
1765 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
"Nice People to Paddle with" - From our waterfront location in historic Cowichan Bay Village, we rent kayaks & run kayak tours to explore Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay and into Sansum Narrows. Seals, otters, bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons & other wildlife make this beautiful area their home. Join us on a tranquil Sunset or Full Moon Paddle, or on one of our guided 3hr or full day tours. No previous experience necessary!
2354 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
Self-guided adventure packages for hiking, kayaking and mountain biking in BC. Get outstanding guidance without the guide. Get the trip of a lifetime without the logistics. We're with you every step of the way. We take care of the details. All you have to do is show up, enjoy and create incredible memories.
We believe that the self-guided, highly personalized trips we create offer you a unique kind of independence and flexibility. What we do best is this: match your needs with the many paddling and hiking opportunities available in BC and equip you to do it. Alone. Unguided. But well informed and advised about what challenges you will face. That's how we put our knowledge to work for you.
1668 Duranleau St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Ecomarine is one of Vancouver's leading paddle sport specialists with 3 unique oceanfront locations: Jericho Beach, English Bay & Granville Island. We offer kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals, lesson & tours.
The Granville Island retail store is open year-round, selling ocean kayaks, SUP boards, outdoor clothing, footwear, books & charts for your outdoor adventures.
Kayaking & SUP rentals & tours are available all year round.
Jericho Beach features a large beach with easy parking, ocean kayak rentals, sit on top rentals, adult lessons, kids camps & custom group tours.
English Bay is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver & has the largest SUP fleet, ocean & sit on top kayaks. A great location to watch the sun set from your kayak or board.
Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres offers perfect paddling experiences for everyone!