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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685 Heriot Bay Rd
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
Kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca base camp in Johnstone Strait or take one of our kayak expedition vacations to Desolation Sound, Discovery Islands or the Fjordlands. Trips range from 4 to 7 days. We provide memorable outdoor experiences for adventure travellers that combine spectacular scenery, scrumptious food & abundant wildlife encounters including whales, dolphins, bears & eagles. Our top-rated service caters to both local & international clientele. All tours are fully inclusive & no kayaking experience is required. Only have a day? Visit our storefront for paddleboard & kayak rentals or day tours in the stunning vistas surrounding Quadra Island.
1925 Hwy 3
Christina Lake, British Columbia
Biking and kayaking adventures, explore the Kootenays with Wildways. We carry the finest outdoor equipment and a huge selection of beachwear and fashion clothing from Volcom, Fox, Roxy, Quiksilver, RDS in our retail store. We have a full service bike repair shop, 15 seater shuttle van for Trans Canada Trail bike tours on the Kettle Valley Railgrade and a huge inventory of bike parts in stock. SUP's, Kayaks, canoes and bikes are available from 1/2 day to week long rentals. We also sell a complete line of kayaks & SUP's for the Lake, and bikes for the road, trail, or comfort.
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Discovery Harbour Marina
Campbell River, British Columbia
Your Quest for Adventure begins here! Our adventures take you into the heart of the Orca Realm of Johnstone Strait & the Great Bear Rainforest. Cruise in style & comfort aboard our 8.2 m (27 ft) Aluminum cabin cruiser as we search for whales, bears, bald eagles, dolphins, sea lions, seals & sea birds. We are the only company in town offering daytrips featuring recreational kayaks with a 'seaview' window in the bottom of the boat. It is just like having your own private aquarium. Our Transport Canada certified boat & captains cater to small groups and families. Come for a personalized adventure!
1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
We offer both sailing as well as kayaking from Oak Bay, the "wild side of Victoria - only 15 minutes from downtown Victoria, this area is a boater's dream featuring wild islands, protected waters, anchorages & the most reliable winds to be found on Vancouver Island. It is also noted for its marine wildlife & snow-capped mountains.
Half-day, day & overnight sail & kayaking tours are offered. Your Skipper & paddling guides/naturalists are fully certified & have over 20 years cumulative experience in these waters.
Check out our 'learn to cruise" sail programs. Join us this spring in circumnavigating Vancouver Island by sail.
283A Bamfield Boardwalk
Bamfield, British Columbia
Join us for a memorable trip exploring our local area & all its wonders. You may see sea lions lounging at their haul out, harbour seals shyly watching us go by, eagles in their nests tending to their young, sea otters at home in the kelp beds, black bears foraging on the shoreline, gray whales devouring tons of krill & humpback whales playfully breaching. Diving charters, accommodations, kayak rentals & Broken Group Island kayak shuttle available.
Whistler, British Columbia
We have a passion for all things adventurous!
Explore Whistler's spectacular Blackcomb Mountain & the beautiful Callaghan Valley by ATV, 4x4 Jeep, snowmobile, snowcat, snowshoe or dog sled. Paddle a canoe down the River of Golden Dreams for a truly Canadian adventure.
Enjoy world-famous mountain top dining at 6,000 ft (1829 m), travel via snowmobile or in the comfort of a snowcat for a 3-course fondue in the winter. ATV or Jeep in the summer for waffle breakfasts or the famous Salmon Bake evenings. Live entertainers play as you dine in the alpine! Tours cater to all ages and all abilities.
2628 Hwy 95
Parson, British Columbia
Immerse yourself in the serenity & wonder of the world-famous Columbia Wetlands. Witness the wetlands come alive as you float quietly past beaver dams, osprey nests & a heron rookery. With over 300 species of mammals & birds & the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, our Columbia Wetlands Adventures are a nature-lover's dream come true! An on-board guide will amaze & entertain you with their knowledge of the history, ecology & wildlife of the area.
We also offer canoe & kayak rentals for those who want to create their own adventure. We are a short drive from Golden, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort & Radium Hot Springs.
1596 Johnston St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sightseeing for your taste buds! Edible Canada (formerly Edible British Columbia) is located across from Vancouver's Granville Island Public Market. We are Canada's largest culinary tourism & locavore retail company, dedicated to sourcing the highest quality culinary products from coast to coast for our customers. Services include our retail & online artisan food store, guided Granville Island Market & Chinatown Tours, demonstration guest chef Market Dinners, Gourmet Kayaking Weekends & popular Amuse Bouche newsletter & blog. In Summer 2011 we opened Edible Canada at the Market - a vibrant bistro in the heart of Granville Island & at the forefront of Canadian cuisine.
2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve safeguards a portion of British Columbia's beautiful southern Gulf Islands. Established in 2003, park lands are dotted throughout numerous islands, islets & reefs. Enjoy kayaking, boating,camping, hiking, walking along the beaches or trails, picnicking or geocaching. Take in an interpretive program (free & fun) - check the website for more details.
Haida Heritage Centre
Skidegate, British Columbia
Explore the edge of the world. In the southern portion of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) lies Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site, a wild & remote place of haunting beauty. Reservations required May 1-Sep 30.