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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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 (2012)
Tour options with a certified guide include: Harbour Kayak and Stand Up Paddling Tours - 3 hrs; Discovery Island Kayak Tours- 61/2 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 & equipment since 1991. Relocated in 2012 to a spectacular waterfront location with private beach on the shore of Sechelt Inlet, we offer rentals & tours from hourly to multi-day. Sechelt Inlet is a paddlers paradise where the mountains meet the ocean & where you can see eagles & heron flying above & seals & dolphins playing in the ocean...really! A safe & protected waterway, we are located at the end of the road, the adventure starts here!
Our guided kayak tours are top rated on TripAdvisor. Enjoy the new (2014) Sechelt Inlet Zodiac tours! Perfect choice for families with differing ages & abilities to do fun, memorable activity together.
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 2015 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.
For a more comfortable immersion into Desolation Sound, Cabana Desolation Eco Resort is located on an uninhabited island in the heart of Desolation. Handcrafted eco-cabins, hot showers, freshly created foods and a stunning setting.
520 4th St
Courtenay, British Columbia
Fully catered guided sea kayaking & whale watching tours in British Columbia's Johnstone Strait (home to Robson Bight - the world's only orca preserve) & God's Pocket Provincial Park, northern Vancouver Island, since 1996. Our paddling tours in heart of whale territory allow you to maximize chances of seeing orcas & whales & explore the turquoise waters of several islands. Novice kayakers welcome - no prior experience is necessary. We use top of the line 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. Situated steps from the ocean we offer kayak & equipment sales, lessons, tours, rentals, stand-up paddle boarding & boat platform rentals for scuba diving & snorkeling. Choose from a 2 hour wildlife paddle board (SUP) & kayak tour, full day excursion, 3-day camping/kayak vacation, gourmet tours, snorkeling or scuba dive charters. Your tour or hourly rental includes a free lesson with one of our professional sea kayak guides.
We also offer on-site, a family-friendly park which includes swimming, playgrounds, a basketball half-court, beach volleyball court, hiking trails & dog park.
Just 1 hour's drive north of Victoria, 20 minutes south of Nanaimo & 10 minutes from world-renowned Chemainus murals.
When on the island, do what the islanders do: go kayaking!
1380 Hooley Rd
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
Come kayak British Columbia's coastal paradise!
We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our coast, and our passion shows in everything we do. Our adventures are safe, fun, educational and of course environmentally friendly!
Choose among several professionally guided 4-6 day trips in Johnstone Strait ('glamping' or expedition-style), the Broughton Archipelago, the Nuchatlitz (west coast Vancouver Island) or Desolation Sound. Imagine savouring a fresh salmon BBQ in the open air, glorious sunset and scrumptious home-made desserts, surrounded by nature.
Explore BC's fascinating marine wildlife and wilderness and wake up on remote islands with the sound of the whales. We love it here, and it shows in the way we run our trips.
Come enjoy one of our authentic kayaking journeys.
Gibsons, British Columbia
We are the 'Adventure Experts' on the Sunshine Coast, since 1991, located at Gibsons Landing harbour waterfront, a spectacular waterfront location at the entrance to Howe Sound & the islands of Keats, Gambier, Bowen, Paisley & Anvil.
We offer, kayak, paddle board, canoe rentals, lessons & tours.
Our sailing tours & charters, are skippered, offering half day, full day & sunset evening charters, in & around the islands of Keats, Gambier, Bowen & the Paisleys.
Our fishing charters are year round & some of the best salmon fishing on the Sunshine Coast, with 5 different salmon species frequenting the area.
Our harbour tours go along the Gibsons & Keats Island shorelines seeing seals, otters, birds & marine life.
A 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver.
A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. One of the most unique trips 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 and Lessons: Try stand up paddle boarding and explore the ecology in the little known Tofino Inlet, a calm and relaxing place to paddle right in Tofino.
If it's your first time paddle boarding or you looking to explore new areas of Tofino, our guides provide instruction and cater paddle board tours to your abilities.
Kyuquot, British Columbia
Savour a diverse west coast sea kayaking adventure that allows you to connect, experience & refresh. Options for families & individual adventurers of all ages. Truly get away and journey off the beaten path by sea kayak in the marine wilderness of Kyuquot Sound & Checleset Bay. With the unmatched camping luxuries of our Wilderness Retreat on Spring Island, learn about local Aboriginal culture, colourful marine wildlife & the mysteries of the coast's old-growth forests on multi-day, all-inclusive, professionally-guided tours with delicious wholesome meals, comfy beds & a team that cares. Guest feedback is that we're in a league on our own - we think that's because of the great people who join us!
Edgewater Activity Centre
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler Eco Tours has been bringing people back to nature since 2001. Specializing in guided canoe, kayak, hike & bike tours, WET's interpretive & naturalist guides will pass on their knowledge of our local flora, fauna, history & geology. We have canoe & kayak tours of the River of Golden Dreams, Alta Lake & Green Lake. We have a variety of bike tours & you can combine your bike tour with a paddle tour. We also offer an array of walking & hiking tours, fishing tours, eagle viewing & mountain biking. Also come explore the Whistler venues of the 2010 Olympics on a guided tour.