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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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.
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.
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 First Nation 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.
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 and 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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Coast Discovery Marina
Campbell River, British Columbia
Whales, Bears and Wildlife! Our West Coast Eco-Adventures take you into the heart of the Orca Realm of Johnstone Strait, the Discovery Island, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Cruise in style & comfort aboard our safe, covered cabin cruiser as we search for Killer Whales (Orca), Grizzly bears, Black Bears, Bald Eagles, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Seals & Sea Birds. Only company in town featuring kayaking boat-based day trips. Our Transport Canada certified boat & captains cater to small groups and families. Come for a scheduled trip or personalized adventure!
Squamish River Dyke Road
Squamish, British Columbia
Aerial Kiteboarding School & Shop is your premier Vancouver Kiteboarding School offering top knotch lessons in Squamish, British Columbia Canada.
With a satisfaction guaranteed policy, we ensure every single student is successful in each lesson. With boat assisted lessons and use of radio helmets, our IKO certified and experienced instructors are beside you every step of the way.
Taking advantage of the summer thermal Howe Sound Winds, Aerial Kiteboarding operates from May 1st to September 30th and offers not only Kiteboarding instruction but also SUP lessons, rentals and tours as well as Kayak Rentals. For more information about Aerial Kiteboarding and other interesting things to do in Squamish check out our website!