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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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.
12 Erie Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops & eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels & float homes & watch as fishing vessels unload their wares. Visit businesses at Fisherman's Wharf: Restaurant & Seafood Sales, Barb's Fish & Chips, The Fish Store & More, Grilligans BBQ, Jackson's Ice Cream, Hi Gear Crab Sales, Moka House Coffee & Bistro, Marine Adventures, Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, Kelp Reef Kayaking, Pirate Adventures & don't forget Sammy the seal!
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.
5655 Hwy 23 33 Km North Of Nakusp
Nakusp, British Columbia
For more than a century, people have been drawn to the natural healing waters of Halcyon Hot Springs. Located on the shores of the Arrow Lake between Revelstoke & Nakusp, Halcyon Hot Springs Village & Spa is a wonderful escape from the hustle & bustle of city life.
The famous Halcyon Hot Springs Lithia Waters have a unique combination of minerals that are very relaxing & beneficial for a variety of ailments. The cascading pools are constantly supplied with fresh hot springs water. Swirl away tensions in our natural mineral spring pools while gazing over serene Arrow Lake & the Monashee Mountain range.
Enjoy the amenities of Halcyon Village & Spa, pools, great food at the restaurant, comfortable accommodation, RV parking & lake shore.
Cortes Island, British Columbia
For more than three decades, Hollyhock has offered guests an experience that sends them home transformed & inspired to engage in making the world better. Hollyhock is a non-profit centre offering cutting-edge programs with world-class instructors, a gathering place for pursuit of advanced knowledge & deep insights & the perfect place to "just be" amidst the kind of breathtaking island beauty that makes you remember why it's good to be alive. Yoga classes, bodywork sessions, kayak trips, forest hikes & amazing organic, gourmet meals await you. Guests are also welcome to visit without taking a program. Group bookings are also welcomed.
73 Old North Thompson Hwy
Clearwater, British Columbia
IWE offers one of BC's premier whitewater rafting adventures. Set amongst the serene & untouched beauty of BC, IWE offers exclusive access to one of the Pacific Northwest's last big volume, free flowing river systems. Clearwater River both rips & meanders through spectacular Wells Gray Provincial Park, allowing us to offer trips to suit every desire. Raft some of BC's biggest whitewater; enjoy back-country waterfalls, lava canyons & sandy beaches. Check out our interactive virtual tour on our website.
In 2012 IWE was chosen by Tourism Canada to be part of their "Signature Experience Collection" of companies that offer domestic and foreign tourists a once in a lifetime trip opportunity while in Canada. One of only two rafting companies to make it into this prestigious group of companies.
Natural West Coast Adventures offers kayak fishing tours & instruction for both fresh & salt waters species. Our kayak fishing courses are designed for the novice to experience angler & take place in beautiful White Rock, BC where you can learn the fundamentals of fishing & paddling.
For those seeking further adventure & sport fishing opportunities we offer guided kayak fishing tours for both fresh & salt water species on BC's Sunshine Coast. Our base operation is located in scenic Garden Bay, British Columbia where there is easy access to lake & the ocean angling.
NWCA will provide all the gear & equipment needed. We offer small group tours for cutthroat trout, salmon, ling cod, rock cod, green ling & other ground fish species.
Come out for a relaxing day of kayak fishing!
Mile 462 Alaska Hwy
Muncho Lake, British Columbia
Enjoy world-class fishing in the unspoiled wilderness of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Fly-out daily from our comfortable lodge & choose from over 70 pristine remote lakes & streams. Fly-fish or spin cast in BC's Arctic & Pacific watersheds for rainbow Trout, walleye, arctic grayling, northern pike, lake trout & dolly varden. Longing for tranquillity on your very own remote mountain lake? Let us fly you to an outpost cabin in the heart of the Muskwa-Kechika, also known as the Serengeti of the North. You will experience incredible fishing & wildlife viewing. Packages include flight from Vancouver. Drive safe on your travel!
51 Wharf Street
Tofino, British Columbia
We are committed to preserving the ecological value & timeless wonder of Clayoquot Sound. We strive to help visitors appreciate the coastal environment through fun, educational outings. Our programs emphasize the many connections between forest & ocean ecosystems.
Whether whale watching, bear watching, dipping into Hot Springs Cove or sea kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986.
We launch out of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach & Pacific Rim National Park. Tofino is part of Clayoquot Sound, a temperate rainforest area of beaches & fjord inlets.