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Chilko Lake, Ts'il?os Provincial Park
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Kayaking & Canoeing

Harmony Islands Marine Provincial Park (Albert Normandin photo)

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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Coastal Bliss Adventures - Cowichan Bay

4865 Bench Road
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
V0R 1N1
Toll-free800-896-9525
Phone250-715-0034

We specialize in adventures for both the novice and the experienced. Coastal Bliss Adventures specializes in active multi - day, and day tours. The famous West Coast Trail is our flagship hiking tour. We also offer shorter or less demanding hiking tours of equal beauty and interest. Our kayaking destinations include the picturesque Gulf Islands, the beautiful Broken Group Islands, and Johnstone Strait, orca capital of British Columbia. Whales and other wildlife are common sightings on all of our Vancouver Island tours. We run both scheduled and custom adventures. Our guides are professional, friendly, and well certified in first aid and food safe. We have your vacation safety and experience as our top priority. Making your adventure vacation exceptional is our business.

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Columbia Wetlands Adventures - Parson

2629 Hwy 95
Parson, British Columbia
V0A 1L0
Toll-free888-244-7117
Phone250-348-2235

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 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 & SUP rentals for those who want to create their own adventure. We are a short drive from Golden, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort & Radium Hot Springs.

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Edible Canada - Vancouver

1596 Johnston St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 3R9
Toll-free
Phone604-558-0040

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.

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Glacier Raft Company - Golden

612 - 7th St N
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free877-344-7238
Phone250-344-6521

Glacier Raft Company offers action packed, adrenaline filled whitewater rafting adventures, as well as relaxing, scenic family floats. We run trips on 3 different rivers from Golden.

The Kicking Horse River is the ultimate whitewater rafting destination in the Rocky Mountains, while the White River is a beautiful hidden gem. The Blaeberry River offers friendly family fun, so come join us and let Glacier Raft Company make your next rafting trip the best it can be!

Since 1982.

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Golden River Adventures - Golden

101 Golden Donald Upper Rd
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free888-599-5299
Phone250-344-6778

A thrilling paddling adventure down the Kicking Horse & Beaver Rivers. This tour is available for either the Stand Up Paddle Board or Inflatable Kayak option.

We travel the stunning Beaver & Kicking Horse Rivers with highlights including paddling to the base of Wapta Falls, one of the Rockies most photographed waterfalls. From the Falls we kayak as a group down the upper reaches of the Kicking Horse River, navigating up to Class 2+ rapids with the help of our Inflatable Kayaks or Stand Up Paddle Boards designed for river use. Suitable for the adventurous.

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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Sidney

2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 2P6
Toll-free866-944-1744
Phone250-654-4000

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.

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site - Skidegate

Haida Heritage Centre
Skidegate, British Columbia
V0T 1S0
Toll-free
Phone250-559-8818

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.

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Hollyhock - Cortes Island

Highfield Road
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free800-933-6339
Phone250-935-6576

Hollyhock's spectacular ocean-front setting on super natural Cortes Island is an ideal backdrop for both transformative learning experiences and unforgettably dreamy holidays. Nestled between ancient forest and sandy beach, our internationally renowned centre for lifelong learning and well-being has been offering cutting-edge programs and conferences for 30+ years. A stay at Hollyhock includes morning yoga classes, forest hikes, beach walks, occasional morning rows, 24hr toast/fruit/tea/coffee bar and three decadent organic vegetarian meals each day. (Check out our cookbooks!) Guests may also book in for exquisite bodywork sessions and amazing kayak trips, including sunset paddles with naturally glowing bioluminescent waters. From gorgeous tent sites to hand-built West Coast style oceanfront rooms, we accommodate guests visiting for learning programs, conferences, group bookings and holidays.

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Interior Whitewater Expeditions - Clearwater

73 Old North Thompson Hwy
Clearwater, British Columbia
V0E 1N2
Toll-free800-661-7238
Phone250-674-3727

Set amongst the serene & untouched beauty of BC, our exclusive access to one of the Pacific Northwest's last big volume, free flowing river systems is what makes us one of BC's premier whitewater rafting adventures.

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 we were 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 opportunity while in Canada. One of only two rafting companies to make it into this prestigious group of companies.

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Kootenay River Runners - Radium Hot Springs

4983 Hwy 93
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1M0
Toll-free800-599-4399
Phone250-347-9210

The originals since 1976! Kootenay River Runners has been introducing adventurous travellers to the delights of river rafting in British Columbia. We've guided thousands down the Kicking Horse River, Kootenay, Columbia Rivers & Toby Creek. These rivers carve their way through some of the most impressive mountain landscapes in the Canadian Rockies. Whether your interests are challenging white water, wilderness & family rafting, or Voyageur Canoe Trips, each river offers a unique experience. Based in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, we also have facilities on the Kicking Horse River & Toby Creek. All trips are an easy drive from Calgary, Lake Louise, Golden, Fairmont Hot Springs, Panorama & Radium Hot Springs.

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