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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1660 Telegraph Cove Rd
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Sea Kayak Tours from Telegraph Cove providing you with the best opportunity for the unforgettable experience of viewing orca or killer whales & many other marine mammals in their natural, wilderness environment.
2 hour, half day & day guided tours departing daily.
Guided tours from 2-6 days in the realm of the Orca, led by highly trained passionate guides, excellent equipment, meals that will delight & an overall experience that will safely provide you with life long memories, while causing the minimum impact on the area.
Call for last minute specials!
Kayak & equipment rentals available.
1824 Store St
Victoria, British Columbia
Ocean River Adventures has been "getting you out there" for over 30 years & it has never been easier or so much fun - we were even voted the best Kayak School in western Canada by Sea Kayaker Magazine!
Tour options with a certified guide include: Harbour Kayak Tours - 3 hrs; Discovery Island Kayak Tours- 6 hrs; & Discovery Island Hiking Tours - 3 1/2 hrs. Custom Tours & instruction offered upon request.
Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard rentals are available from downtown Victoria.
Open 7 days a week, the Ocean River Sports outdoor retail store is a must-visit for quality outdoor clothing & gear.
7425 Sechelt Inlet Road
Sechelt, British Columbia
Come to Pedals & Paddles, one of BC's original kayak outfitters serving paddlers with exceptional service and equipment since 1991. Relocated in 2012 to a spectacular waterfront location with private beach on the shore of Sechelt Inlet, we offer rentals and tours from hourly to multi-day. Sechelt Inlet is a paddlers paradise where the mountains meet the ocean, and where you can see eagles and heron flying above, and seals and dolphins playing in the ocean...really! A safe and protected waterway, we are located at the end of the road, the Adventure starts here!
10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of BC's most beautiful & largest marine parks. Unusually warm Pacific waters, prolific marine wildlife & towering mountains highlight this beautiful region. Since 1995, Powell River Sea Kayak has been providing high quality guided tours as well as instruction & rentals.
Join us in 2014 for an all-inclusive multi-day tour - including great foods, high-end kayaks & equipment & a total immersion into the beauty of Desolation! Day tours also available.
2014 will begin a new level of comfort, quality & experience. Desolation's Island Cabana Experience! Handcrafted eco-cabins on an island in the middle of Desolation.
And for those looking for comfort & adventures beyond, our new Mothership tours will explore key areas of the BC coast, including prime orca waters.
615 Taku Rd
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
Since 1997 Quadra Island Kayaks have been offering exceptional guided sea kayak tours for people of all ages! No experience required. Our waterfront location in Heriot Bay (next to Rebecca Spit Provincial Park) is the gateway to Quadra's best sea kayaking! Mountain views & endless scenic shoreline provide outstanding paddling options. Seals, eagles, dolphins, porpoise, shorebirds & vibrant inter-tidal life keep the trips exciting! Several daily departures: full day, half-day and sunset paddles. 100% safety record. Free pick-up offered from the Campbell River ferry. Lunch or hearty snack provided on all tours! Ask us about our "Overnight" adventures!
7050 Rupert St
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Fully catered guided sea kayaking & whale watching tours in BC's Johnstone Strait (home to Robson Bight - world's only orca preserve) & God's Pocket Provincial Park, northern Vancouver Island, since 1996. Our 4, 5 & 6 day paddling tours in heart of whale territory allow you to maximize chances of seeing orcas & whales & explore new paddling areas daily. Novices welcome - no prior experience is necessary. We use top of the line BC-made Seaward kayaks, whip up memorable gourmet food & provide all gear & kayak instruction needed.
200 Transfer Beach Blvd
Ladysmith, British Columbia
Toll-free877-KAYAK BC (529-2522)
Paddle the calm waters of Ladysmith's Harbour. Professional sea kayak guides offer free lessons with hourly rentals & tours. Choose from our 2 hour wildlife paddle board (SUP) and kayak tours, full day excursions, 3-day camping/kayak vacations and gourmet tours, snorkeling or scuba dive charters. Located mid-island;1 hour drive north of Victoria, 20 minutes south of Nanaimo, 10 minutes from world-renowned Chemainus murals. Eco-Adventure Centre situated steps from the ocean, offering kayak & equipment sales, lessons, tours, rentals, stand-up paddle boarding and boat platform rentals for scuba diving and snorkeling. Family-friendly park - swimming, playgrounds,, basketball half-court, beach volleyball, hiking trails, dog park. When on the island, do what the islanders do "Go Kayaking!"
Gibsons, British Columbia
Your adventure starts today. Sunshine Kayaking - Sailing Tours - Fishing Charters was established in 1991 as the first kayaking company on the Sunshine Coast. We are located in Gibsons Landing Harbour, a spectacular waterfront location at the entrance to Howe Sound & the Islands of Keats, Gambier, Bowen, Paisley & Anvil.
One of the best adventure tourism companies on the Sunshine Coast, offering kayaking & SUP paddle board rentals, tours & lessons, skippered sailing tours, fishing charters, Gibsons Harbour Tours & Learn to Sail Programs.
The Islands in Howe Sound is paradise for kayakers, fantastic sightseeing on a sailing tour, salmon fishing on our fishing charters, or just enjoying a Gibsons Harbour Tour by boat.
Just a 40 minute BC ferry ride from Vancouver into Gibsons Harbour & your adventure begins.
366 Campbell St.
Tofino, British Columbia
A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. The most unique trip in Tofino!
Dug-out Canoe Tours: Join your Nuu-chah-nulth guide and paddle a hand crafted dug out cedar canoe. Learn about local aboriginal culture and history. Walk along 1000 year old red cedars on the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island.
Paddle board Tours: Try stand up paddle boarding in the pristine wildlife sanctuary of Grice bay, in Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park.
Hop on our special touring boards for a sleek and stable ride. Explore the unique ecology of the mudflats and beautiful grassy estuaries of Grice Bay.
700 Apex Ave
North Vancouver, British Columbia
West Coast Canoe Tours:
Explore the rich marine ecosystem while experiencing Coast Salish culture while you enjoy a guided interpretive paddle in one of our traditional 31 foot Coast Salish Ocean going canoes. Gently paddle the protected waters of Burrard Inlet & the beautiful pristine Indian Arm. Trained First Nations Guides share first nation's culture, sing traditional songs & tell legends & the history of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
Rainforest Ground Tour:
Explore the ancestral trails of Whey-Ah-Whichen (Cates Park). Learn about the traditional uses of the local flora and fauna, harvesting methods, traditional medicines & how to identify different plant species.