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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257 Glen Rd
Clearwater, British Columbia
Like you, we have a huge passion for travel and adventure! We specialize in guided sea kayaking expeditions, canoeing trips and hiking and backpacking adventures in British Columbia. All our hand picked programs are run by seasoned guides with in-depth knowledge and experience, leading you into a world of tranquillity and simplicity to encounter resident wildlife and diverse areas rich in history and culture. With a 30+ year history and thousands of happy clients around the world, Ecosummer Expeditions is the choice for your adventure and travel needs.
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, sea lions & orcas may also be spotted.
We offer Kayak Harbour & Snorkel Tours, Beginner & Advanced Stroke & Rescue Clinics, Multi-Day Accredited Camping Expeditions, 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 adventures; Kaslo Kayaking has a variety of tours to suit your time & budget. How about a lovely 4 hour afternoon paddle exploring Kootenay Lake, where you will paddle with us to a remote ancient shore, 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 July - Sept.
1 Dallas Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Kelp Reef Adventures is located at Fisherman's Wharf, an easy paddle to the Juan de Fuca Straight to explore Victoria's coastline & see the city's historic port from a unique perspective. We often encounter Harbour Seals, River Otters, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles & many species of migrating seabirds. Our certified kayak guides are focused on your safety while negotiating the marine traffic of Victoria's picturesque harbour city. Each tour starts with a kayak safety briefing, equipment & harbour orientation. We provide the necessary safety equipment, spray skirt, paddling jacket, gloves & drinking water.
The best way to see Victoria!
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.
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.
Natural West Coast Adventures offers sea kayak tours and instruction for the novice to experienced paddler. Located in White Rock, BC & servicing the Sunshine Coast region, we provide a variety of paddling programs. Our approachable safety conscious partners are hooked on kayaking & enjoy the outdoors. Join one of our courses or tours for safe, informative & attentive service. We also cater to groups so please feel free to contact us for group pricing on many of our programs.
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