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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1668 Duranleau St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Ecomarine is one of Vancouver's leading paddle sport specialists with 3 unique oceanfront locations: Jericho Beach, English Bay & Granville Island. We offer kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals, lesson & tours.
The Granville Island retail store is open year-round, selling ocean kayaks, SUP boards, outdoor clothing, footwear, books & charts for your outdoor adventures.
Kayaking & SUP rentals & tours are available all year round.
Jericho Beach features a large beach with easy parking, ocean kayak rentals, sit on top rentals, adult lessons, kids camps & custom group tours.
English Bay is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver & has the largest SUP fleet, ocean & sit on top kayaks. A great location to watch the sun set from your kayak or board.
Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres offers perfect paddling experiences for everyone!
Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on an intimate guided tour, kayaking in the realm of Orcas along BC's Johnstone Strait (the best place in BC to see Killer Whales in the wild). Untamed, inspiring, remote and magical, Warden Beach is home to our Orca Camp and your staging ground for adventures wild and mild. Explore the coast of Vancouver Island on 3, 4, and 6-day Orca Camp adventures, or book any of our packages in combination with Orca Camp for a "best of BC" vacation!
Unleash your wild side and discover what countless travellers have always known: an Ecosummer expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for the soul, where moments in nature soon become memories to last a lifetime!
We offer all inclusive kayaking tours from our luxury base camp near Vancouver Island. Our luxury kayaking tours include gourmet meals with wine, comfortable cabin accommodation with duvets, hot showers, wood fired cedar hot tub, kayaking equipment, instruction & guiding. Experience wilderness in comfort, world class paddling & ocean front accommodation. We prepare our delicious meals fresh from our organic garden with fine dining on our seaside patio. Soak in our red cedar wood fired hot tub & retire to your private cabin accommodation. Explore the emerald green waters & marine parks with your fully certified kayak guide by day.
163 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Island Escapades has welcomed thousands of paddlers to Salt Spring Island since 1990. Kayak along sculpted sandstone islets with your SKGABC certified guide, viewing the spectacular bounty of marine mammals, birds & intertidal life including giant sea stars. Seals pop up & gaze with inquisitive eyes, while bald eagles soar overhead; river otters,mink, porpoise, sea lions & orcas may also be spotted.
We offer Kayak harbour Tours & half and full day Marine Park Paddles, Beginner & Advanced Stroke & Rescue Clinics, Multi-Day Accredited Camping Expeditions, Adventure Youth Camps, School Programs & Guide Courses. Eclectic beachfront shop in Ganges offers Outdoor Gear, Kayak Accessories, Lifestyle, Surf & Skate Wear. Two self-contained waterfront accommodations also available.
315 A Ave
Kaslo, British Columbia
Kayak Kootenay Lake in style. No experience necessary. Half day, full day & multi-day guided adventure tours. Kaslo Kayaking has a variety of tours to suit your time & budget. Imagine a lovely 4 hour afternoon paddle exploring Kootenay Lake, paddle with us to remote ancient shores, hike to a hidden waterfall & enjoy a gourmet lunch on the beach.
Sunset paddles depart daily in season & afford the best lake & mountain sunset views possible. Be sure to bring your camera!
Spur of the moment tours are welcome, but you might want to book in advance during our peak season, July-September.
* Stand Up Paddle Boarding, rentals and lessons *
* Learn to Windsurf - single or group lessons available *
1790A Campbell Way
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from 4 to 15 days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in wildlife & whale viewing or an expedition to Gwaii Haanas National Park for the ultimate in wilderness adventures. Family specific departures are available. All tours are fully inclusive & no experience is needed for most tours.
1251 Cardero St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Experience the nature around Vancouver on a guided kayak excursion and beach BBQ in Indian Arm Provincial Park. This fjord-like glacial inlet with magnificent scenery is only a short drive away from downtown. Discover seals, sea stars, blue herons and a myriad of other shore birds. Qualified guides accompany you at all times, ensure your comfort and explain the nature around you.
Highlight of the trip is a salmon BBQ picnic served on a small, uninhabited island with breathtaking views. Pick-up from your residence in Vancouver is included.
We also offer a number of different day trips including Whale Watching to Victoria with Butchart Gardens, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge, Whistler & more.
1167 Helen Rd
Ucluelet, British Columbia
Wildlife viewing & guided ocean kayaking day trips, half day trips & multi-day trips. Fun for all ability levels; lessons & top of the line equipment included; gourmet lunches on the day trips & delicious catered meals on the multi-day trips. Certified, knowledgeable & fun guides that have years of experience in this area. Our tours explore the Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park, Clayoquot Sound, Deer Group Islands & Ucluelet/Tofino. Check out our website & visit our B&B; let us help plan your trip. Free shuttle from airport or bus. Affiliated with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.
Cortes Island, British Columbia
Cortes Island's only sea kayaking outfitter & Transport Canada certified sailing charter vessel. Kayak rentals, instruction & guided day trips. Experience paddling with the seals, visit a historic pictograph site or a night paddle with bioluminescence illuminating every stroke. Cruise Desolation Sound or Mitlenatch Island on-board the 13 m (43 ft) schooner Misty Isles. Multi-day kayak mothership trips explore remote areas of the Discovery Islands, Toba & Bute Inlets. Nestled at the entrance to enchanting Desolation Sound & located between Campbell River & the mainland coast of BC, the Discovery Islands dot the intricate waterways in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night. Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal British Columbia, kayak through glacial fed waters, amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.